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Community Support in Algiers, New Orleans

On September 13, the Common Ground collective in Algiers, New Orleans began the day with a meeting to discuss everything from staying healthy to the difference between martial law and a state of emergency. A medic at the wellness center said that the best way to maintain to the health of the community is be sure that everyone washes their hands often and to not share plates and utensils.
supplies used to create personal hygiene kits
supplies used to create personal hygiene kits
Christopher and Errol are happy to receive bicycles
Christopher and Errol are happy to receive bicycles
Iasha and Rosa
Iasha and Rosa
Malik's backyard
Malik's backyard
Vinny interviews Cory of the US Army
Vinny interviews Cory of the US Army
army vehicles are frequently seen patrolling the streets of New Orleans
army vehicles are frequently seen patrolling the streets of New Orleans
Malik invites a couple guys from the Army to the upcoming BBQ on Sunday
Malik invites a couple guys from the Army to the upcoming BBQ on Sunday
Francisco, an artist from Austin, draws a portraiture of Errol
Francisco, an artist from Austin, draws a portraiture of Errol
Vinny interviews Christopher
Vinny interviews Christopher
Iasha, Errol and Christopher pick up some toys
Iasha, Errol and Christopher pick up some toys
Veterans for Peace arrive
Veterans for Peace arrive
Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan
the mast designed and built by Jackie
the mast designed and built by Jackie
Iraq war vet explains that he spoke on CNN as a gay man against the Iraq war
Iraq war vet explains that he spoke on CNN as a gay man against the Iraq war
getting 94.5 FM on the air
getting 94.5 FM on the air
securing the mast to the roof
securing the mast to the roof
sunset through the busted windows of a downtown building
sunset through the busted windows of a downtown building
the Battle for Algiers, 94.5 FM, is on the air
the Battle for Algiers, 94.5 FM, is on the air
After the meeting, volunteers assembled personal hygiene kits and dropped them off at the Common Ground Wellness Center at 1401 Teche St. where hundreds of people from New Orleans have been treated and received supplies.

A little bit later in the day, Iasha, Errol and Christopher came by to see if they could have some bicycles. The folks from Austin who brought the bicycles were happy to set the three of them up with bicycles. Iasha, Errol and Christopher said that all their friends have left town and they are the only children left in the neighborhood. Francisco, an artist from Austin, drew a portraiture of Errol as Rosa and Vinny conducted an interview. Iasha, Errol and Christopher also left with a bag of toys, crayons and a coloring book.

Meanwhile, Jackie was busy creating a large wooden mast for the brand new community radio station which is currently being called "The Battle for Algiers." As this was going on, Cindy Sheehan and the Veterans for Peace showed up to drop off supplies and get some video footage.

Soon we had a crew on the roof of Malik's house and installed the mast and antenna for the radio station. Everyone seems to be very excited to have a community radio station for Algiers where people can make their own media and play the music they like. The station got on the air with the help of people from New Orleans, Austin, Houston, New York City, Santa Cruz, Portland, Indiana and elsewhere. We are now broadcasting with ten watts of power at 94.5 FM. Radio volunteers are greatly needed to help train people in Algiers and other parts of New Orleans on the fine art of maintaining a community radio station.

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thanks for the great reporting 14.Sep.2005 16:48

would be listener

Now that 95.3 is on the air in Houston and 94.5 is on the air in New Orleans can someone please report as soon as audio streams from these stations are available over the internet. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to listen and enjoy the fruits of the labor that so many wonderful people have contributed. It's amazing how many stories of community building are coming out of New Orleans from reporters there.