Brad Pitt and the leaders of his non-profit organisation, Make It Right, are considering legal action over claims rotting wood was supplied to rebuild homes in New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Inglourious Basterds star founded the group to aid in the environmentally friendly rebuilding of the city’s Lower 9th Ward after the deadly hurricane left the neighbourhood in tatters in 2005.
Now some of the glass-infused wood used to build the houses has allegedly started to rot, despite a 40-year guarantee of its durability.
Make It Right spokeswoman Taylor Royles tells New Orleans’ The Advocate magazine they will be replacing all of the wood over the next six months, even on the homes that have not shown signs of decay, costing the organisation about $US150,000 ($NZ180,000).
Royles insists they are considering legal action to recoup the cash, stating, “We are evaluating our rights under the law and under the product warranty.
“We hope to have a candid discussion with the company and have asked them to put their insurance carrier on notice. We prefer to resolve this short of litigation, but we are prepared to pursue all legal remedies if necessary.”
Pitt adds in a statement: “Make It Right is ambitious and tries new things all the time in order to make our homes better. Where we find innovative products that didn’t perform, we move quickly to correct these things for our homeowners.”
Brad Pitt’s organization Make It Right is debuting the transformation of a rundown vacant metro school into new affordable housing in the urban core.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held this weekend for the former Bancroft Elementary School, but they gave an early behind-the-scenes look at the redevelopment. Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II will participate in the weekend ceremony for what will now be the Bancroft School Apartments.
Local companies partnered with Make It Right to build the energy-efficient apartments located at 4300 Tracy Avenue from the school that originally opened in 1904 and then had sat empty for thirteen years.
“When the school closed it became a blight, a drain on the community. It brought things down. It didn’t help elevate it,” said Jim Nichols, the owner of Dalmark Development Group.
Crews are finishing the final touches to begin leasing the apartments to low-income families.
Nonprofits like Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation are benefiting from the power of millions of engaged Web surfers.
When Samuel L. Jackson was looking to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, he turned to Prizeo.com to create a sticky message. In a bid to lift the “Please give” plea above the din, the website and the notoriously foul-mouthed actor launched an accompanying video post of Jackson reading a Breaking Bad monologue.
The video went viral, and the effort raised $170,000 for Alzheimer’s disease.
Similarly, Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation teamed up with eBay last year, looking for an untapped way to raise money by harnessing the actor’s famous connections and the online auctioning giant’s massive community.
Brad Pitt, and a host of the world’s best loved and well-known house-hold names from Music, Film, TV and sport have pledged their support to male cancer awareness this International Men’s Day, by donating their signed and exclusive items all to be auctioned as part of the Cahonas Scotland ‘Loosen Up’ eBay campaign.
With men often “tongue tied” when discussing or dealing with male health issues it is hoped that the auction and campaign will provide an innovative way to help bring positive change in Male Cancer Awareness.
Brad Pitt has kindly donated one his owned and worn Gucci Bow Ties which he has signed. Other top celebrities who have been “positive role models” to the campaign, International Men Days 2012 theme, include One Direction and Damian Lewis as well as international stars Katy Perry and Killers front man Brandon Flowers.
Enthusiastic fans eager to get their hands on their favourite stars item can go online to bid from Monday 19th November until Sunday 25th November via the Cahonas Scotland eBay store by visiting the link Loosen Up Auction. All money raised will help Cahonas Scotland to advance education of the public in matters relating to male cancers and to undertake where necessary the prevention of discrimination and stigma arising from diagnosis and the cancer experience.
Commenting on the launch of this years ‘Loosen Up’ campaign, Cahonas Scotland Founder and Chair, Ritchie Marshall said, “As a charity focussed on positive men’s health, we at Cahonas Scotland fully support International Men’s Day, and particularly this year’s theme of positive role models for men. We would like to thank the many celebrities who have taken the time to engage with us, learn more about what we do and support our year end fundraiser, the Loosen Up Auction 2012.”
“With their support and generosity we will make a real difference to the profile of men’s health issues in 2013.”
Thank you Ritchie for bringing to SB’s attention, we are proud to support this charity and bring awareness to the public. Good luck with the auction!
Cahonas Scotland exists to advance education of the public in matters relating to male cancers and to undertake where necessary the prevention of discrimination and stigma arising from diagnosis and the cancer experience.
HRC members and supporters are once again mobilizing for equality in the final days of the 2012 election. Thousands of you joined Brad Pitt in opening up your wallets and supporting equality for loving, committed same-sex couples. In the past 48 hours, we raised $200,000 thanks to the generosity of our members, supporters, and Brad Pitt. Those funds are going directly to the four states where HRC and our allies are in the home stretch of critical ballot measure campaigns – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.
At this late stage in the game, every single dollar counts. Thank you for your support – you are having an impact on advancing equality for LGBT people in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.
Earlier this week, Brad Pitt made headlines with his $100,000 donation to HRC to support marriage equality in the four ballot states. In a message to HRC members and supporters, Brad made the case for why taking action now is so important:
It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days.
In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples – our friends and neighbors – are worthy of the same protections as everyone else.
But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.
…This is our last chance to make a difference. If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?
Following Jolie’s $50,000 donation via her charity to the Women of the World Foundation, Pitt is writing from his own checkbook to support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT organization fighting for same-sex marriage.
The 48-year-old actor has gifted the HRC with $100,000, agreeing to match donations from contributors up to that amount as campaigns in Minnesota, Washington State, Maine and Maryland begin their final push ahead of the election Tuesday.
“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt said in an email Wednesday to members and supporters of the HRC. “In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples – our friends and neighbors – are worthy of the same protections as everyone else. But that’s the system we have, and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry.”
• x022 BOOKS > In Times of Architecture Need. This is a fascinating book about the rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward with Make It Right. Brad provided an inspiring foreword. Please give credit.
PS. I know there have not been many updates here, but that is only because I do not post everything that is out there. I could fill up this website with all sorts of crap every day but I think my loyal visitors know that SB is not like that. I will only provide newsworthy stuff and add content when I have time. For the people that have complained about me not updating (yes, people email me about that): I work full time and try to have a private life, please respect that. I will always give my all for this website as it is my baby <3 Thank you.
The video in the post before this one shows the whole segment that was broadcasted. What a lovely video to watch. Thanks to Hallie we have this great still of the show and the transcript. Thank you! Photocredit to Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt walk through the lower ninth ward in New Orleans and discuss the progress of “Make It Right” airing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday, March 20th. Brad on New Orleans and “Make it Right”
Ellen: Let me start from the beginning. Lets start from when you first fell in love with New Orleans. Where were you? What year?
Brad: Early 90’s and it was a bit of a blur because New Orleans will do that to you.
Ellen: I don’t remember last night.
Brad: Yeah I understand. I fell in love with the place. The people. The music. It’s in the air. It’s something you can’t describe on camera.
eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, is teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to take charitable fundraising to a whole new level with a physical space and interactive bidding. Fans are invited to walk through a gallery featuring one-of-a-kind celebrity experiences and mementos to be auctioned off for charity on eBay Celebrity. Smartphones add a hands-on element to visually innovative displays, enabling attendees to participate in an interactive bidding process via dimensional QR codes by utilizing the eBay mobile app to bid in real time as well as track auction progress.
The elite exhibition brings celebrity charity auction items to life in New York’s famed Chelsea Market, with 100% of proceeds going to Make It Right, a non-profit foundation building sustainable, affordable homes in disadvantaged communities. Launched in November, eBay Celebrity is a unique shopping destination that combines celebrity experiences, memorabilia and merchandise with philanthropic causes.