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Videos By Character: Kawana Jasper

A mother fights to preserve her community and raise her children

Kawana Jasper always wanted the best for her children, even if it meant leaving the St. Bernard community where she was born and raised. But when the federal and local government closed off her public housing community and others like it in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Kawana realized she “never thought” she’d miss it as much as she did. She feels that people like her, the poor working class of the city, are “not welcome…they want to make it more for tourists, trying to make it like Las Vegas…”. As she fights in public, she also continues to raise her children as a single mother.

Alongside her mother, Sharon she fights to dispel the stereotypes that people in public housing are lazy and don’t want what is best for their families.