New Orleans Community, Hip Hop Artists, and Activists To Commemorate The 10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina with Biggest Secondline Ever

New Orleans Community, Hip Hop Artists, and Activists To Commemorate The 10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina with Biggest Secondline Ever

New Orleans, La ­ August 20, 2015 ­ To remember the lives lost, honor the resiliency of the community, and advocate for the people most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus, Nuthin But Fire Records, Q93, People¹s Climate Music, and Sierra Club, and numerous community and national partners host the 10th Annual Katrina March and Biggest Secondline Ever on Saturday, August 29, for the 10-year anniversary of Katrina.

As part of the commemorative day, organizers are asking participants and supporters to:
·      Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make Aug. 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.

·      Right the wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice so that in the face of disaster, the poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.

·      Say never again: by calling for action on climate change from our world¹s leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Katrina around the world.

The day’s events will begin with a healing ceremony right against the breached levee in the lower 9th Ward, followed by a march through the streets which will, in New Orleans tradition, feed into the world¹s largest
secondline. The secondline will end at Hunter’s Field with a rally hosted by Wild Wayne of Q93 and renowned New Orleans¹ poet Sunni Patterson and featuring speakers and performers including prominent community, cultural and national leaders. This event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Katrina, and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on communities who ten years later are still recovering. Photojournalists welcome to capture what is expected to be a powerful moment for the New Orleans community.

WHAT:  Katrina Anniversary 10 Healing Ceremony, March & Secondline and Rally ­ Organized by: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus, Nuthin But Fire Records, Q93, and People¹s Climate Music, in partnership with Sierra Club, and numerous community and national partners.

WHEN & WHERE:  Saturday, August 29, 2015  10:00am-10:30am ­ Healing Ceremony: Lower 9th Ward between N. Galvez St. & Jordan Ave.

A healing ceremony held right against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the lower 9th Ward. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.

10:30am-12:30pm ­ March & World¹ Largest Secondline: View the route here.

The march will transition into a secondline to Hunter’s Field. The Biggest Secondline Ever will feature New Orleans¹ Brass Bands: Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, All For One Brass Band and Most Wanted Brass Band. Plus Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs: 9 Times, CTC Steppers, Lady Buckjumpers, Extraordinary Gentlemen, DSS, Electrified Ladies, Westbank Ladies Of Pleasure, Rebel Sista’s, Dumaine Street Gang, Clutch Poppin Motorcycle Club, Smokin Aces Motorcycle Club, Str8 Wyl’n Motorcycle Club

12:30pm-4: 30pm ­ Rally and People¹s Climate Change Bus Tour Kick-off: Hunter¹s Field between N. Claiborne Ave. & St. Bernard Ave. An afternoon program with speakers and performers, vendors and community
organizations.

WHO:  Hosted by: Wild Wayne (Q93 On-Air DJ and Personality and New Orleans native) & Sunni Patterson (Award winning international spoken word Poet and singer, and New Orleans native)

·      Members of New Orleans¹ Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, the organizers of the secondline parades for which the city is famous, will all come together for the first time to create the biggest secondline ever. They
include:

  • 9 Times
  • CTC Steppers
  • Lady Buckjumpers
  • Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • DSS
  • Electrified Ladies
  • Westbank Ladies Of Pleasure
  • Rebel Sista’s
  • Dumaine Street Gang
  • Clutch Poppin Motorcycle Club
  • Smokin Aces Motorcycle Club
  • Str8 Wyl’n Motorcycle Club

·    Secondline led by world famous New Orleans Brass bands: Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, All For One Brass Band, Most Wanted Brass Band

·      Speakers and Performers:

  • Kermit Ruffins, renowned jazz trumpeter, singer and composer from New Orleans
  • Mia X, pioneering rapper and recording artist from New Orleans
  • Sess 4-5, CEO Nuthin But Fire Records, recording artist and prominent community activist
  • Young Sino, recording artist and activist
  • Dee-1, RCA recording artist and New Orleans native
  • Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans singer and soul artist and contestant on
    NBC¹s ³The Voice²
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. ­ President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus and
    Louisiana native
  • Roi Anthony, New Orleans songwriter and producer
  • Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org
  • Micheal Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
  • with DJs: DJ Poppa and DJ Vee

WHY:  This annual anniversary event will be its biggest yet for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The full day of activities will demonstrate the resilience of the community and honor the lives lost 10 years ago. The speakers and messages will also highlight the continued struggle of families to navigate the post-Katrina New Orleans¹ realities because of racial and economic inequities; and it will call on the all of us to prevent any future disasters of this magnitude by addressing climate change.

This event will also be the kick-off to the People¹s Climate Music ³Act On Climate² National Bus Tour, a multi-state tour organized by Hip Hop Caucus and its partners. The weak and vulnerable are the most affected by changing weather conditions caused by global warming, and Hurricane Katrina is a prime example. The tour will focus on the significance of organizing communities of color across the country that are disproportionately affected by the climate change issue. Learn more about the People¹s Climate Music Bus Tour at http://www.peoplesclimatemusic.com

MEDIA CONTACT:

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th. Visit katrinaanniversary10.com  to R.S.V.P. to the biggest second line in NOLA history and to pledge your support for these communities.

About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today¹s young leaders. Learn more at http://hiphopcaucus.org.

About the People¹s Climate Music: People¹s Climate Music is helping to expand the climate movement by organizing diverse and influential artists to create music and culture that inspires action to solve the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced ­ climate change. Organizations leading People’s Climate Music include Hip Hop Caucus, 350.org, Earthjustice, League of Conservation Voters, NRDC, Sierra Club and The Solutions Project.  Learn more at http://peoplesclimatemusic.com.