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"Enslaved in our own homes": Daily Life at Gordon Plaza
12019-09-13T13:25:19-07:00The Critical Visualization and Media Lab of Tulane University5dbc431b0d12a55c30aef69bfe788ea14cef18e3344681In Summer 2019, Tulane students conducted interviews with seven Residents of Gordon Plaza: Marilyn Amar, Sheena Dedmond, Sam Egana, Lydwina Hurst, Jesse Perkins, Shannon Rainey, Lionel Youngblood. This video clip conveys some of the personal compromises that residents have made as they raised children, handled lawncare, pets, illness and drinking water amidst living in contaminated housing. It also explores why residents feel trapped in their homes and cannot leave.plain2019-09-13T13:25:19-07:00The Critical Visualization and Media Lab of Tulane University5dbc431b0d12a55c30aef69bfe788ea14cef18e3
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1media/WereStillHere.jpg2019-06-27T16:04:51-07:00We’re Still Here9image_header2019-09-13T13:27:06-07:00For the Gordon Plaza residents, their fight for relocation is urgent and ongoing. The most recent report from the Louisiana Tumor Registry found that cancer rates between 2001- 2015 within the census tract that includes Gordon Plaza had the second-highest sustained rates of cancer in the state of Louisiana.
Portrayed in this section of the exhibition are the current realities and sentiments of the Gordon Plaza residents as they navigate everyday life—finances, family, friendship— with the added weight of knowing their health and happiness are likely being compromised by the toxic conditions within their homes. While new alliances have reinvigorated their quest for relocation to a safe, healthy environment, after four decades of struggle these households are still here and still seeking a fair and fully funded relocation.
Justice too long delayed is justice denied. - Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letters from Birmingham Jail”