STAND with Dignity
To Define, Create, and Speak for Ourselves
STAND is a grass-roots organization of low-income residents and workers in New Orleans. As survivors, we believe unity and self-determination are our most viable solutions. Now more than ever, when City, State, and Federal government have turned their backs, we believe grassroots leaders must come together to take collective action to change our condition. We seek to transform all systems of exploitation and racism through organizing the power of the working poor. To this end, we pledge to ensure the rights of workers and residents to return and recover.
STAND with Dignity has been at the forefront of the struggle to have a dignified evacuation for Louisiana’s poorest residents. Directly during the evacuation of Hurricane Gustav STAND was in the shelters helping evacuees organize for basic rights. STAND released a damning report directly after Hurricane Gustav detailing the shelter conditions. After a year of constant pressure on the state and local government STAND won most of the demands and went on a walk through of several shelters which have seen marked improvements. Through My Eyes: Louisiana’s First Independent Evacuation Shelter Monitoring Report about current evacuation shelter conditions was released in August, 2009.
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