Last Chance...

I'm sorry, folks, but every time I've been seeing the Rising Tide tweets warning everybody that the cost of the conference goes up on August 1st, I've had this song in my head:

So, if you don't want the biggest earworm in your life plaguing your brain, do two things:
You'll thank me later. Last chaaaaaance....last daaaaance....


Keynote speaker announced

Mac McClelland, human rights journalist for Mother Jones, has agreed to be keynote speaker for Rising Tide 5. We're thrilled to have McClelland at our conference, as she has written many of the most compelling stories about the oil gusher's effect on coastal communities.

Register for RT5 today and see Mac McClelland on August 28th.


Come to Rising Tide 5 Cheap

I received an announcement that Air tran Airlines is having a fare sale until July 27, 2010. The fares are pretty good, here are one way fares to New Orleans.
Akron/Canton $64 - $209
Allentown $69 - $184
Aruba $124 - $234
Asheville $59 - $69
Atlanta $49 - $159
Atlantic City $69 - $146
Baltimore $49 - $184
Bloomington/Normal $69 - $184
Boston $49 - $204
Branson $64 - $189
Buffalo/Niagara $69 - $184
Cancun $99 - $154
Charleston, WV $79 - $79
Charlotte $49 - $174
Chicago (Midway) $69 - $184
Columbus $54 - $174
Dallas/Ft. Worth $77 - $194
Dayton $49 - $174
Denver $84 - $190
Des Moines $79 - $194
Detroit $69 - $184
Flint $69 - $184
Ft. Lauderdale $69 - $184
Ft. Myers $69 - $209
Grand Rapids $59 - $174
Gulfport/Biloxi $59 - $173
Harrisburg $69 - $184
Houston (Hobby) $79 - $184
Huntsville $69 - $169
Indianapolis $59 - $184
Jacksonville $49 - $209
Kansas City $74 - $194
Key West $69 - $214
Knoxville $64 - $64
Las Vegas $109 - $214
Lexington $74 - $94
Los Angeles (LAX) $114 - $234
Memphis $49 - $184
Miami $69 - $144
Milwaukee $49 - $194
Minneapolis/St. Paul $49 - $204
Moline/Quad Cities $69 - $189
Montego Bay $69 - $224
Nassau $44 - $214
New Orleans $59 - $185
New York (LaGuardia) $74 - $204
Newport News/Williamsburg $54 - $209
Omaha $74 - $154
Orlando $44 - $139
Pensacola/Gulf Coast $49 - $209
Philadelphia $69 - $184
Phoenix $119 - $214
Pittsburgh $64 - $184
Portland $69 - $149
Raleigh/Durham $49 - $164
Richmond $54 - $184
Rochester $49 - $194
San Antonio $79 - $204
San Diego $109 - $234
San Francisco $114 - $224
San Juan $74 - $214
Sarasota/Bradenton $69 - $209
Seattle $114 - $224
St. Louis $59 - $184
Tampa $59 - $184
Tunica $69 - $159
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $74 - $184
Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) $74 - $184
West Palm Beach $69 - $209
White Plains $79 - $144
Wichita $69 - $194
Not all fares are available on all flights and seats are limited, but if you want to come to Rising Tide 5 this opportunity together with our great hotel rate make Rising Tide 5 an affordable and unique opportunity to support New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Remember Registration is just $20 until August 1.

Airtran Airlines is not an official sponsor of Rising Tide and other airlines may have equal or better fares.


Volunteer with Rising Tide 5 and Second Harvest Food Bank

Rising Tide 5 is proud to assist the efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. We are conducting a food drive in conjunction with the conference, and we also have a volunteer opportunity on Friday, August 27, the day before the conference.

We will be packing food boxes from 9:00 a.m. until noon, on Friday, August 27, at Second Harvest's Elmwood warehouse. Rising Tide 5 committee member Alli de Jong is coordinating the food drive and the volunteer meet-up in Elmwood. She can be reached at

Please join us for this year's Rising Tide public service opportunity. We'll be packing food boxes for distribution to
hundreds of families who've seen their jobs and livelihoods evaporate. If you are coming from out of town, we can hook you up with a ride to Elmwood.

In the meantime, you don't have to wait until late August to support the efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. You can donate a Healthy Bag any time. For more information about the food bank's mission, go to www.no-hunger.org.


Rising Tide on the Radio

Rising Tide 5 was the subject of Crystal Kile's Community Gumbo Friday morning on WTUL in New Orleans. Check out the Podcast.


Hotel for Rising Tide 5

We have a Rising Tide 5 group rate at the Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel, across the street from The Howlin' Wolf.'

Thurs night, 8/26 - Sun night, 8/29 = $79.00 per night
All rooms are "suites" with sitting room/office area
Rate applies to rooms with 1 king bed or 2 double beds
Double rooms sleep 6, King rooms sleep 4

Telephone 1.888.364.1200 to make reservations.

The cutoff date for reservations is August 9th.

Single Reservation:

Double Reservation:


Rising Tide 5, August 28, 2010

Rising Tide 5
Saturday, August 28, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Howlin’ Wolf
907 South Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana


Rising Tide NOLA, Inc. will present its 5th annual new media conference, centered on the recovery and future of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, on Saturday, August 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters St., in New Orleans.

The one-day conference features speakers and panel discussions on the status and future of the culture, politics, criminal justice system, environment, and flood protection of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Past speakers have included actor and outspoken champion of New Orleans Harry Shearer, and authors Dave Zirin, John Barry, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block.

Rising Tide NOLA, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed by New Orleans bloggers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federally-built levees. After the disaster, the internet became a vital connection among dispersed New Orleanians, former New Orleanians, and friends of the city and of the Gulf Coast region. A surge of new blogs erupted and, combined with those that were already online, a community of bloggers with a shared interest in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast developed. In the summer of 2006, to mark the anniversary of the flood, the bloggers of New Orleans organized the first Rising Tide Conference, taking their shared interest in technology, the arts, the internet and social media and turning advocacy for the city into action.

Rising Tide 5 is proud to support the efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank as they lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana. Our conference this year will include a food drive and volunteering for Second Harvest Food Bank. Please bring at least one, but preferably several, non-perishable food items to Rising Tide this year, to support Second Harvest Food Bank's response to the increasing need for emergency food assistance in Louisiana's coastal parishes. For more on what to donate, contact Alli deJong at allidejong@gmail.com or visit www.no-hunger.org.

Conference registration is open at http://www.risingtidenola.com and at the Rising Tide blog: http://www.risingtideblog.blogspot.com

2010 Rising Tide sponsors include The Canary Collective, a media publishing agency, and Levees.org.

Rising Tide’s featured artwork, available as a poster and t-shirt, is once again produced by the award-wining editorial cartoonist and artist Greg Peters of Suspect Device.

The New Orleans bloggers will present the annual Ashley Award named for Ashley Morris—blogger and passionate advocate for New Orleans who passed away in April, 2008. The Ashley Morris Award is given each year to an outstanding blogger writing about New Orleans and the challenges it faces.

Tables for booksellers and vendors are available at the Rising Tide 5 Conference by calling Tim Ruppert at 504-975-3591 or by e-mailing tmruppert@yahoo.com

Those interested in sponsorship should e-mail info@risingtidenola.com.

registration@risingtidenola.com. The telephone number to call for information about Rising Tide 5 is 866-910-2055.

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