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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – Seattle

October 10th, 2018 Comments off

THE CONTRAFLOW PROJECT
thecontraflow@yahoo.com
@thecontraflow
(803) 792-7037


 
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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Beacon Hill resident M. Darryl Woods.

M. Woods says, “In June ’90, I arrived from the Bay Area at the Seattle Greyhound Bus Terminal with a quarter in my pocket. I went straight to Madden Labor on Pike Street who hired me on the spot for a job that night at the AT&T Gateway Tower. When I got off work the next morning, I sought shelter at the Union Gospel Mission.” On July 2, 1990, he left the mission and was once again a functioning member of society. Woods credits the UGM, Madden and a caring Uruguayan American for providing an environment conducive to getting his life together.

On March 26, 1994, M. Woods launched the Afromation Educational Movement to Integrate American History at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Seattle Central District. That same evening he hosted a “Black History Party and it’s Not Even February” booksigning and social event at the SeaTac Red Lion. The rally cry was, “Too Much History For Just One Month!”

1994

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” A mega disaster that overnight made one million people homeless. Forever in pay-it-forward mode, on September 7, 2005, Woods redirected Afromation’s focus on New Orleans and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences. The new rally cry was, “What really happened in New Orleans!”

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. Unexpectedly, a rare west of the Cascades “Arctic Blast” prevented the Seattle “homecoming” visit. However, WA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Commander Bill Engler was very accommodating via the phone and Internet. After hearing his experiences at MSY Airport, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

2008

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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7 Cities for 7 Books Campaign – San Francisco Bay Area

October 10th, 2018 Comments off

THE CONTRAFLOW PROJECT
thecontraflow@yahoo.com
@thecontraflow
(803) 792-7037

 
 
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The Contraflow Project: Shedding New Light on the Hurricane Katrina Response

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, OCTOBER 29, 2018: The Contraflow Project (TCP), a nonprofit research organization, announces its Hurricane Katrina Response Educational Awareness Campaign. “Contraflow,” a Louisiana highway evacuation procedure allowing coastal-bound traffic lanes to flow in the opposite direction of normal, seemed a fitting term for TCP co-founder and former Oakland, California Lake Merritt Neighborhood resident M. Darryl Woods.

Twenty-eight years ago M. Woods departed a homeless shelter on MacDonald Street in Richmond, California. He boarded a Greyhound bus, courtesy of Contra Costa County, bound for the Puget Sound Region where jobs were plentiful. Within thirty days, he was back to being a contributing member of society. “I credit the staff at the Bay Area Rescue Mission for providing me with an environment conducive to getting my life together,” says Woods. He goes on to say, “I also thank Gospel Search Ministries‘ Dr. Madalynn Peterson for her angelic message of hope.” It was the next day, following her visit to evening worship service, that Woods decided to flow northward to the Emerald City; Seattle, Washington.

Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond

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On March 26, 1994, M. Woods launched the Afromation Educational Movement to Integrate American History at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Seattle Central District. In ’96, Oakland Tribune Columnist Brenda Payton wrote about Woods in a piece titled, “Integrating History.” He left the East Bay homeless man. He returned to the East Bay an accomplished author.

Thirteen years ago the world watched in dismay the humanitarian crisis down on the bayou called “Katrina.” A mega disaster that essentially made a million people homeless. On September 7, 2005, M. Woods in perpetual pay-it-forward mode since Richmond, answered the call to assist fellow Americans in dire need and joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. What began as volunteer house gutting block by block and virtual office services, led to Woods chronicling the Katrina experiences of four men known as the “Soul Patrol” from the New Orleans 7th Ward; along with documenting the Post-Katrina Year One repopulation of the Crescent City.

In late spring ’06, one still gnawing question for Woods was why did Delta Airlines withhold the destination from the passengers on the Soul Patrol’s September 10, 2005, Operation Air Care relocation flight out of New Orleans Louis Armstrong Int’l Airport (MSY)? After several failed electronic attempts to reach Delta spokesman Anthony Black, Woods snail-mailed an inquiry to their ATL Headquarters. To his surprise, charter operations manager Tracy Bevingtion responded with word that Captains Joe Kolshak and Mike Quiello wanted to talk. What those two airline executives, who piloted humanitarian Flight 9900 in and out of MSY on September 1, 2005, had to say would ultimately lead to Woods transitioning focus from solely that of the survivors’ saga to the vastly overlooked responders’ experiences.

His curiosity now aroused, in Dec. ’06, Woods set out on a Katrina Responders fact-finding mission to San Diego, L.A., SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Memphis. It was the Menlo Park, California interview of CA-6 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) members Dave Lipin, Barbara Morita-Wake and Richard Brown that would touch his heart. After hearing their courageous and harrowing Superdome deployment experiences in detail, Woods was all in on the Katrina response big picture.

Woods’ Dec. ’06 D. Lipin interview in Menlo Park


 

Woods’ Jan ’07 R. Brown interview at the Superdome

With guarded media relations officers a nonissue for Woods, TCP’s interviewing and meticulous research continued well into this decade. Then, after reading the Times-Picayune article, “Superdome’s Condition Leaves Mark on Doctor” on March 14, 2014, TCP finally cracks the Katrina Response DNA code. Woods says, “I believe once the sequence of events is understood, the true story of Katrina can be understood.”

Today Woods plans to initiate a fact-sharing mission physically and digitally revisiting the same ’06 cities to bring attention to the forthcoming 7-part book series, CONTRAFLOW: A KATRINA HEPTALOGY; which is void of blame, political agendas, media sensationalism, race-carding and demographic stereotyping. It’s dedicated to ALL Katrina Responders. The “7 Cities for 7 Books” campaign plans to begin in November 2018.

CONTRAFLOW is, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “The Rest of the Story. Good day!” To learn more please visit: www.thecontraflow.org.

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4,000 Days to New Orleans

July 11th, 2016 Comments off

On Thanksgiving Day ’08, while visiting my little sister in Southwest Charlotte, I sat down to a fine meal with love ones. It was November 27, 2008, 1,177 days after I first joined the Katrina Relief Efforts. At the request of a Katrina Survivor named Rick Mathieu from the Treme Neighborhood of New Orleans in November ’05, I purchased a camera for what I thought was to be use to document storm and flood damages at his Treme and Seventh Ward homes. Instead, it was used to document the repopulation of the Big Easy. For three straight years, I carried around that camera (from Uptown to Downtown, from Lakefront to Riverfront, from Eastbank to Westbank) like people today carry around their smart phones. It was always in my hand. As you will see, my brother-in-law Pastor Sean Weaver turned my camera back on me. I was like “Soul Food” movie meets 60 Minutes

I sounded so engaging, and I remember feeling relieved that my Hurricane Katrina research was over. Not! Today, I know that I wasn’t even 1/3rd of the way to fruition when this rare interview of myself was captured. Yesterday, I asked a lifelong friend named Kathy to describe me with one word. Her response was, “Engaging.” This upcoming August 20, 2016, will mark my 4,000th day since joining the Katrina Efforts on September 7, 2005. It is good to know that after all these years, I’m still engaging. 4,000 I’ll need that character trait even more so to finally tell this mega story of what really happened in and around New Orleans during the Katrina Response.

Why is this all still relevant? Because it socially and politically changed the world; lame ducking arguably the most powerful man in the history of the world, Pres. George W. Bush, only seven months into his second term; sending the nation on a path toward CHANGE. Am I talking conspiracy theories? Not at all. I exhaustively researched and meticulously positioned literally thousands of events during those surreal days of the Katrina Resposnse into their proper sequence. I thank God for Microsoft Excel. Anyways, it is there where the true story jumps right out and slaps you. Basically, the light skinned city leaders of New Orleans (Katrina Responders) were scared to death of the darker skinned constituents (Katrina Survivors). A New Orleans pigmentocracy. Three Shades of Blackness

 


M. Darryl Woods, Lead Researcher
The Contraflow Project