"The New Homeless"
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
As a result of Hurrican Katrina 75-80% of Southern Mississippi's subsidized housing was destroyed or deemed uninhabitable. This short video clip, produced by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), shows the challenges facing low income and subsidized renters and their struggle in the search for affordable housing in the wake of disaster.
"The Turkey Creek Project"
Two Cents Productions
Dir. Leah Mahan
In production since 2001, Director Leah Mahan has chronicled the Turkey Creek community's struggle to preserve their unique community and way of life from vulturous developers and unfeeling sprawl. Originally conceived as a story of historic and environmental preservation, the film has morphed into a study in post-Katrina recovery and survival reflecting the changing challenges facing the community. Leah Mahan's documentary SWEET OLD SONG was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and was selected by film critic Roger Ebert for his Overlooked Film Festival.
College Volunteers Spruce Up North Gulfport
Jan 9, 2007
Melanie Der was sitting on the edge of a muddy ditch. Her job was to grab tires found in some woods and toss them along Magnolia Avenue.
"I knew we'd break a sweat, but not tires," the recent college graduate said.
Der volunteered to clean up north Gulfport because "one of my friends asked me if I wanted to help out." When she said yes, she had no idea helping out would entail pulling so many buried tires out of the muddy ditch. Despite the mess, Der said she was happy to be in north Gulfport,
"As long as we're just helping out some."
To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, the University of Maryland clean up crew started on Martin Luther King Boulevard. And then, the volunteers spread out to small side streets.