Citizens Premanently Displaced from Lower 9th Ward?

NEW ORLEANS - The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Ray Nagin led hundreds of marchers Saturday to the crumbling houses that still dominate the Lower 9th Ward to draw attention to the area's slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Jackson said the Bush administration and much of the nation had largely forgotten the working class and mostly black hurricane victims in the Lower 9th, while areas that draw tourists and more affluent sections recover more quickly.

"The waters have subsided, but the abandonment continues. The president did not mention Katrina in his last State of the Union address," Jackson said. While the Saints, the city's professional football team, and Mardi Gras have returned, "the people are not back," he said.