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stop the eviction of the 'welcome home' kitchen

The only kitchen serving fresh, nutritious meals to the people of New
Orleans east of Canal St. is being threatened with closure by city
officials.
The loose-knit coalition of groups known as 'the Rainbow Family of
Living Light', best known for their yearly 4th of July Rainbow
Gatherings at rotating locations throughout the country, have been
instrumental in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina. The
mobile kitchen they founded in Waveland, Mississippi, the area hardest
hit by the storm, has been consistently serving 2,000 people a day
since its inception in early September.

In New Orleans, the Rainbow Family established a kitchen over a month
ago serving three meals a day to the homeless, nearly homeless, and
underserved people of New Orleans. A half mile away is a facility with huge tents and serving areas set up by FEMA, but it is for FEMA
contractors only, and large signs posted outside say "No public
services available". In fact, FEMA has been very visibly absent in the city of New Orleans, from their initial arrival five days late to their inexplicable lack of public centers in the city itself.

The "Welcome Home Kitchen", as the Rainbow Family's Kitchen is known,
has been serving well over 700 people each day for three meals a day,
as well as providing free medical care, a distribution center of clothing and supplies, a community bulletin board and information table, and a sense of camaraderie that has brought smiles and hugs from people in the most desperate of circumstances.

But now the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the New Orleans
Emergency Operations Center, Ms. Cynthia Lear, has declared that the
city will unilaterally shut the kitchen down on Wednesday, providing no alternative and no resources for the underserved in New Orleans. Ms. Lear has stated that there is no appeals process for this decision, even though community members at the Fauberg-Marigny neighborhood council meeting on Monday gave virtually unanimous support to the ongoing work of the kitchen.

Please call ms. cynthia sylvan lear, the deputy chief administrative
officer of the new orleans emergency operations center at
504-658-2180 and Mayor Nagin at (504) 658-4924, Fax: (504) 658-4938
to express your dismay that such a resource would be unilaterally
dismantled by the government while it is providing such an important
resource for the community.

ugly retaliation 08.Nov.2005 16:58

doobie hauser

They're just angry and embarrassed that HIPPIES are showing the brain-dead rulers of FEMA and other fake relief organizations how to do their jobs correctly. This is unbelievable! Just like Food Not Bombs, it seems you can't even lend a helping hand to your fellow man without some political vampire getting jealous of your success. So much for the Bush family's vaunted "1,000 Points of Light". What a goddam bunch of hypocritical liars they all are.

Protect it 08.Nov.2005 22:32

DestroyAllMonsters

Seriously if I was anywhere in the area I'd be down there with stick telling the City to get lost. In solidarity, I'll call her office tomorrow if it helps. Live Free or Die trying

A quick update 09.Nov.2005 21:32

repost from Rainbow newsgroup

A quick update. There was a large meeting today
with the mayor. It basically comes down to most everyone wants the
kitchen and medical clinic to stay but one or two of the neighbors that
live adjacent to the park. They consider us all "dirty hippies", so they
want Welcome Home gone regardless. Unfortunately for them, it was
obvious they were the minority viewpoint, and the mayor finally relented
and gave them his permission to be in the park till roughly Dec 1st.
Many people are offering places to move to, so it looks like come
Dec the Cafe will move to a new location within New Orleans. We've now got
a few weeks to work out the details.

There's been alot of media attention today, People Magazine, the NY
Times, and even the local TV station broadcast the news live from the
park last night. So tomorrow there should be a blitz of new media about
this. I'm sure the media attention (and all the phone calls folks made)
has helped.

GOOD WORKS RainBows 15.Nov.2005 15:37

momaeagle momaeagle1@hotmail.com

Been Reading on line of ALL GOOD WORKS MUST BE WHY THE CREATOR of ALL that WE SEE KEEPS CALLing US to The Mountians(to keep US on OUR TOES) AnyWay Take Care and stay HIGH in THE SPIRIT of LOVE. LOVE All Ways Moma Eagle.

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