[Imc-miami] People's Call to Action from New Orleans
arche at riseup.net
Mon Sep 5 07:44:55 PDT 2005
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Subject: Displaced New Orleans Community Demands Action, Accountability and
From: jordanflaherty at bellsouth.net
Date: Sun, September 4, 2005 8:30 am
To: jordanflaherty at bellsouth.net
PLEASE FORWARD EVERYWHERE
Displaced New Orleans Community Demands Action, Accountability and
Initiates A People’s Hurricane Fund
Not until the fifth day of the federal government’s inept and inadequate
emergency response to the New Orleans’ disaster did George Bush even
acknowledge it was ‘unacceptable.’ ‘Unacceptable’ doesn’t begin to
describe the depth of the neglect, racism and classism shown to the people
of New Orleans. The government’s actions and inactions were criminal. New
Orleans, a city whose population is almost 70% percent black, 40%
illiterate, and many are poor, was left day after day to drown, to starve
and to die of disease and thirst.
The people of New Orleans will not go quietly into the night, scattering
across this country to become homeless in countless other cities while
federal relief funds are funneled into rebuilding casinos, hotels,
chemical plants and the wealthy white districts of New Orleans like the
French Quarter and the Garden District. We will not stand idly by while
this disaster is used as an opportunity to replace our homes with newly
built mansions and condos in a gentrified New Orleans.
Community Labor United (CLU), a coalition of the progressive organizations
throughout New Orleans, has brought community members together for eight
years to discuss socio-economic issues. We have been communicating with
people from The Quality Education as a Civil Right Campaign, the Algebra
Project, the Young People’s Project and the Louisiana Research Institute
for Community Empowerment. We are preparing a press release and framing
document that will be out as a draft later today for comments.
Here is what we are calling for:
We are calling for all New Orleanians remaining in the city to be
We are calling for information about where every evacuee was taken. We are
calling for black and progressive leadership to come together to meet in
Baton Rouge to initiate the formation of a Community Oversight Committee
of evacuees from all the sites. This committee will demand to oversee
FEMA, the Red Cross and other organizations collecting resources on behalf
of our people.
We are calling for volunteers to enter the shelters where our people are
and to assist parents with housing, food, water, health care and access to
We are calling for teachers and educators to carve out some time to come
to evacuation sites and teach our children.
We are calling for city schools and universities near evacuation sites to
open their doors for our children to go to school.
We are calling for health care workers and mental health workers to come
to evacuation sites to volunteer.
We are calling for lawyers to investigate the wrongful death of those who
died, to protect the land of the displaced, to investigate whether the
levies broke due to natural and other related matters.
We are calling for evacuees from our community to actively participate in
the rebuilding of New Orleans.
We are calling for the addresses of all the relevant list serves and press
contacts to send our information.
We are in the process of setting up a central command post in Jackson, MS,
where we will have phone lines, fax, email and a web page to centralize
information. We will need volunteers to staff this office.
We have set up a People’s Hurricane Fund that will be directed and
administered by New Orleanian evacuees. The Young People’s Project, a
501(c)3 organization formed by graduates of the Algebra Project, has
agreed to accept donations on behalf of this fund. Donations can be
The People’s Hurricane Fund c/o The Young People’s Project
99 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
If you have comments of how to proceed or need more information, please
email them to Curtis Muhammad (muhammadcurtis at bellsouth.net) and Becky
Belcore (bbelcore at hotmail.com).
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