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People are in the streets of Washington. DC. Thousands for a demonstration organized after the police killing of George Floyd. It's called the get your knee off our necks March and had happened on the anniversary of the nineteen sixty three march on. Washington where Martin Luther King Junior proclaimed, I have a dream activists who marched called for organizing and getting out the vote this November NPR's WanNa Summers Watch the March and spoke to participants. She joins us now wanNA thanks for being with us. Hey, there. Good Morning. What did you see? Yes, there were thousands of protesters who gathered at the Lincoln memorial to call racial justice in an overhaul of countries criminal justice system. This was a really big crowd and also a really diverse crowd, and there are a number of speakers including union leaders, politicians, civil rights leaders, but they also heard some powerful words from a number of family members of black people who had been hurt or killed in cases that have caught public attention, and we should know that this event had been coming together for some months now but many people that I spoke to dead mentioned Jacob Blake, another name in a list of names that they say is just far too long. We've seen activism in the streets, all around the country, this summer and and violence and a few cities and their Guess. It was a lot of talk about what this all may mean come November what was the sense that the march yesterday which was peaceful. Yes as something striking to me was the urgency that I heard from people around voting as I was actually walking around. There were volunteers seemed like at every corner actually registering people to vote and one, hundred, sixty to one person I met her name is Stephanie Lion and when the nineteen sixty three march happened, she was only eleven years old and her mom told her she was too young to go. So she couldn't go and felt like she had to be there and the other thing that she was very insistent about was how she planned to vote I think that mail and voting gives me some suspect. Some apprehension in doing. So but standing in line shows that I'm really going to support the voting process and I think that he's going to be clean, legal and straightforward, and the topic kept coming up We also talked with Kai Marshall who lives in Jacksonville about it. So soon as early voting for early voting opens in Florida, that's what I go I got on. Wait for the day I go month before. So the lines are lower smaller. And so I can get in and out but I still participated in the process. Of course, these activists were marching gathering not far from the White House. We're just this week president trump accepted the Republican nomination for president. Yeah and if you remember in that speech President Trump talked about gatherings like this. You described the people participating as agitators who he said wanted to destroy the American way of life. A lot of people who gathered heard that speech and had a lot of strong words for the president. Almost everyone I talked. You said that they plan to support Joe Biden. And Kamala Harris Democratic candidates though there were certainly different degrees of enthusiasm. Akina new bre is twenty four and I spoke to her about the Democratic presidential nominee and whether she thought that young people like herself would vote in November or whether a lack of enthusiasm for the ticket might keep them home. They understand what's going on and they understand that whether you. Love Biden or not you gotTa vote for him because we can't have former trump new Ross said that it did not matter whether Biden Harris where a perfect fit she said she was more worried about the future of the country and what it would look like if president trump does win another four years NPR's WanNa Summers. Thanks so much. Thank you and you can hear more of one is reporting on the NPR politics podcast. So be sure to download and subscribe. Much of southern Louisiana is still without power for those who stayed behind Thursday when Hurricane Laura made landfall, and for those who have returned sense cleanup is difficult and slow going trees and power lines down throughout. Much of Lake. Charles one of the cities that took the brunt of the storm, which one hundred, fifty, mph, Winds Arbor you haas of member station w. w. no spent today there and joins us now. Good. Morning Aubrey Good Morning. So tell us what you saw. Yeah so I started my reporting downtown and that's where a lot of the most visible damages storefronts blown apart to be everywhere and windows shattered buildings that just you know completely fell apart I saw this massive broadcast tower that just crumpled to the ground and when I talked to some residents who are around, you told me they've often looked to this tower in past storms and it's been a comfort when it's still standing and they didn't have that this time around really let. Them know just how strong Laura was power still out across the city and the water isn't working either elected officials have said it might be weeks before residents get those services back and because there's no electricity traffic lights aren't working some roads are completely impassable either because they're covered with debris or floodwater and while were a lot of cars on the road you know relief workers and military vehicles. They weren't a lot of residents back just yet because the conditions are so difficult. Now I understand you were able to spend some time though with some people who were returning and trying to figure out if they're homes were still there and what damage had incurred and what what the damage was what did they find? Yeah. So I did I found a family, the pilots They told me that they evacuated to Arkansas as the storm was coming in and they returned to Lake Charles not exactly knowing what they would find when they got to their house they said everything looked pretty good from. The front, they could see that there was a branch on the back of the roof It wasn't until they walked around to the back yard. They saw that this massive branch had crashed through the ceiling opened up a hole in the kitchen and was placing a lot of weight on the rest of the roof I spoke with abby. PIAT. The daughter of the family as she saw this and she had a good sense of humor about it mom said, I always wanted to skype in my kitchen but now like this. And I when I was, there are lots of people had descended on the house to help the family out. Some are on the roof using a chainsaw to cut the branches of the big oak tree others were in the back cheering them on and still more people were inside the house moving furniture and belongings to try and limit the damage. We're trying to move everything before the ceilings caved in because it's looking like it won't last very long. So good spirit there despite the destruction did you get a sense from residents what they're planning to do next in the recovery? Yes. So obviously, it's always traumatizing after a major disaster like this people are thankful for what they have and they're thankful to alive and a lot of the people I spoke to just really relieved the damage from the storm was nowhere near as bad as forecasters thought it would be you know some people that I spoke to. You said, they were really expecting to come home to you know homes that had been completely flooded out and when they saw that that hadn't happened they were just you know really thankful but still it's not easy to recover from something like this. Things are in really really bad shape and without having power without having water, it's difficult for people to come back and it's difficult. You know to get the ball rolling when it comes to recovery work. So you know people don't know exactly when they're going to be able to you know get to the bulk of the work right now they're just kind of trying to like keep things where they are right now. So they don't get worse I. It's also late August in Louisiana. So it's hot and humid, and those aren't exactly the greatest conditioning to try to put things back together. That's Aubrey. You Haas of member station W.. Who has been reporting in Lake Charles Louisiana? Up I Saturday August Twenty Ninth Two Thousand Twenty I'm Scott Simon and I'm Debbie Elliott our weekend version of up I is produced by.