Q & A with Dana Kaplan

Sep 5, 2008 by

Dana Kaplan is the Exectuive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. She had some interesting things to say about the evacuation and the return.

What was the local reaction to the mandatory evacuation?
There is a museum called the Back Street Culture Museum, which is kind of a home to a lot of Mardi Gras Indians. On the night Mayor Nagin had the press conference and announced the mandatory evacuation, he emphasized that if people stayed in the city then there would be no help for them. Some of the guys hanging out at the museum were like, “Well, there’s never any help for us. So what’s the difference between that and a regular day? We’re not going anywhere.”

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