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Introduction and Mission

This forum is for all of those--along with family members, friends, supporters, and sympathizers--who experienced dislocation(s) following the 2005 triad of Gulf Coast hurricanes, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Founded at the 5th anniversary of the New Orleans’ levee disaster and fully aware of the continuing displacement caused by the 2010 blow-out of the DeepWater Horizon Rig, by the 2011 Mississippi River flooding and extreme mid-west tornados season, and by Hurricane Isaac in 2012, this site offers one foothold in the survival and healing walks of the peoples of New Orleans, southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Our name, NOLA DIASPORA, embraces the positive metaphor of movement and of scattering and sowing seeds for new growth, while still acknowledging and honoring the burdens and hardships of dislocation and transformation. The future, like the acronym NOLA, is truly all encompassing: it is a definiendum that is recognized and understood, but also immeasurable and boundless, simultaneously complete and generative, consummate and evolving. This site hopes to help create a viable and plentiful future where words and works, thoughts and actions, expectation and opportunity, unite.

NOLA DIASPORA encourages open discussions and honest engagement. We locate ourselves at the intersection of intellect, heart, and spirit, welcoming critical, creative, and hybrid submissions in both standard text and multi-media forms.

--From the free on-line
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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di•as•po•ra: Pronunciation: \di-'as-p(?-)r?, de-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek, dispersion, from diaspeirein to scatter, from dia- + speirein to sow

a : the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland
b : people settled far from their ancestral homelands
c : the place where these people live— di•a•spor•ic \?di-?-'spo?r-ik\ adjective

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