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Isn't it just like some folks - steal another's home thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision, steal their culture, sell it off like Disneyland. Up to our asses in capitalist 'gators. Enough to make ya sing the blues.
Help people go home and rebuild. Stop the sell-off.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
The appalling incompetence and negligence that characterized the government's response at the outset of the human tragedy unleashed by Hurricane Katrina have now given way to ruthlessly efficient methods of military occupation and repression in the ravaged city of New Orleans.
For four critical days, Washington proved incapable of mounting any credible effort to rescue the tens of thousands of largely poor and working class New Orleaneans who were left to their fate in the city's flooded streets, many of them losing their lives not to the surging waters, but to the lack of food, water or medicine.
KBOO was talking a lot about this situation. The donations that were pouring into this station were lost when the server processing the donations went down. So they are at ground zero and currently off the air. This is a real and tangible way to support the local people who are refusing to leave, so there can be real communication on the ground there.
call governor (i-866-310-7617)
Katrina has turned out to be the worst disaster in the recorded history of this nation. What's most egregious is that it was predicted years earlier in books on climate change and the growing global warming crisis, as well as from local officials of the region who knew of the dangers and tried to get Federal assistance.
In a surprise outpouring of compassion, George Walker Bush Sr donates half his accumulated wealth to the victims of hurricane Katrina.
People in Austin, TX and around the country are
trying to lend support to the communities on the West Bank of New Orleans who are getting very little support and resources from FEMA. The West Bank has been given an order to "voluntarily evacuate" after Hurricane
J. D. Crouch, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.
what should be said
sorry about the formatting. this just came out on a prisoner support list
We are all set up to open our city and offer some nice temporary housing.. The beds have literally been made.
I dont buy the idea that "folks want to stay on the gulf coast"
In short, the corporate media would have us believe Brown is a clueless lawyer and former horse trader and FEMA an unresponsive federal bureaucratic leviathan wrapped up in red tape. But this does not explain the following:
"You blessed your chimichanga in the name of Jesus Christ, and then proceeded to spend the better part of your meal--and mine, since I was too near your table to avoid hearing every word--morally scolding the people of that devastated city, heaping scorn on them for not heeding the warnings to leave before disaster struck...."
So people say that this horrible atrocity happening in New Orleans has nothing to do with race or human rights? Don't believe me, just read on!
amerikka: Two Different Countries
The costs for the American public, in higher energy costs, higher food bills, economic recession and a burst housing bubble, are the just deserts of decades of self-centered voting habits.
The disaster that struck New Orleans and the southern Gulf Coast has given rise to the largest military mobilization in modern history on US soil. Nearly 65,000 US military personnel are now deployed in disaster area, transforming the devastated port city into a war zone.
Squads of combat-equipped troops toting assault rifles and columns of humvees with gunners at the ready crisscross its flooded streets. Soldiers with bayonets mounted have begun house-to-house canvassing of the city to enforce the complete removal of its civilian population.
is this what really happened in new orleans? i wonder....
Seattle hip-hop has stood up!
Tragedy in high school gymnasium.
Portland Roasting reaches out to Hurricane Katrina victims with the help of New Seasons Grocery and the local Red Cross - 100% of all profits on the sale of coffee through all New Seasons grocery stores will go to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Gotta watch that spending, cut that budget, and let the market decide
Great stuff from the man behind Public Enemy
The French novelist Balzac famously wrote, "Behind every great fortune there is a great crime," and over the past century and a half and more, no one has proved him wrong. Indeed events forcefully remind one of his phrase nearly every day in contemporary America. Nowhere else has the ruling elite so successfully reorganized public life according to the proposition that the accumulation of personal wealth, at no matter what cost, should be society's guiding principle. The American population is currently paying a horrible price for this 'success.'
As our nation continues responding to the need of help for those who were left homeless due to Hurricane Katrina, many wonder why so many chose not to leave. Unfortunately when the order for mandatory evacuation was given, the means for evacuation were not provided for those without resources to leave. It was the low income working class sections that were hit the hardest and many had no means to leave and now suffer the most.As our nation continues responding to the need of help for those who were left homeless due to Hurricane Katrina, many wonder why so many chose not to leave. Unfortunately when the order for mandatory evacuation was given, the means for evacuation were not provided for those without resources to leave. It was the low income working class sections that were hit the hardest and many had no means to leave and now suffer the most.As our nation continues responding to the need of help for those who were left homeless due to Hurricane Katrina, many wonder why so many chose not to leave. Unfortunately when the order for mandatory evacuation was given, the means for evacuation were not provided for those without resources to leave. It was the low income working class sections that were hit the hardest and many had no means to leave and now suffer the most.
Only three months ago an event happened in New Orleans which attracted little national attention. Today, the dominant media is exposing the horrific results of flood control project funding which was diverted to support America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stories of thugs looting and shooting in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans are now front page news. Good people everywhere are asking how people could do these things to their fellow citizens. Part of the answer lies in the fact that New Orleans already had already become a war-zone of violence between its community and law enforcement.
Pets are loved and part of a family. For people who do not have family or have lost family in the disaster, it is even more heartbreaking that their rescued pets would be taken away from them. Please can you help.
At 5:30 this evening there is a video showing at the downtown library. It is in the US Bank room.
Oxfam America is distributing emergency grants and relief supplies to local organizations working in the Gulf Coast region.
The refugees' greatest needs NOW are arguably housing and employment, not hippie buses full of donated food and cooking gear. If anyone can suggest progressive avenues for making donations to help people with housing and jobs, PLEASE post that information!
Tax cuts and free enterprise - its always the most cost effective solution...
This country needs to get it's priorities straight.
For those of you hoping to help or wanting to stay informed about the
arrangements for the hurricane evacuees who will be coming to
Portland, the Buckman Community Association has invited interested
neighbors to attend their regular, general meeting this Thursday, 7
PM at Central Catholic High School (24th and Stark). See below for
PLEASE NOTE: This is a regular BCA meeting and the update on what's
happening at Washington High School shelter will not be the only
Troops and Ships headed to Venezuela, for an invasion or practice invasion, are redirected to take control of southern U.S. states ...
this is a letter i just faxed to my congressman and senators....i encourage others to do the same
A picture of some Busses.
Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died...
printable 'wanted' poster
Despite rumors of people marching on DC with pitchforks, I thought I'd go through the usual blah, blah channels.
Who's and What's next?
Look at what this capitalist system with its rule of profit in command has done in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But there is an alternative to such madness: A socialist society, ruled by the working class, in which production meets the needs of the people and serves the revolutionary transformation of society.
wwl channel 4 has managed to remain on the air with the assistance of the local OPB station throughout this past week.
THIS IS WAR PEOPLE! THE PENTAGON IS INTENTIONALLY KILLING YOU.
The jamming is having an adverse impact on emergency, disaster recovery, and news media communications. The jamming is even affecting police radio frequencies in Jefferson Parish, according to an Australian news report.
The President of Jefferson Parish Aaron Broussard told Meet the Press today that FEMA cut his parish's emergency communications lines and he had to have his sheriff restore the severed lines and post armed deputies to ensure that FEMA did not try to cut the communications lines again. Broussard's statement: "Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, 'No one is getting near these lines.'"
Jamming radio and other communications such as television signals is part of a Pentagon tactic called "information blockade" or "technology blockade." ... is psychological operations (PSYOPS) methods used by the US Special Operations Command. Jamming is currently being used by US forces in Iraq and was used by the US Navy in the botched coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez in April 2002--and now it is being used in New Orleans. New Orleans is being treated as a war theatre, a test plot for domestic invasion by the Penatagon. US Navy ships off the Venezuelan coast jammed diplomatic, military, emergency services, police, and even taxi cab frequencies in Caracas and other large cities. "'When they talk about 'technology blockade,' they want to be able to block data going into or out of a certain region of the world that they may be attacking."'"
YOUR ROGUE GOVERNMENT IS COMING TO KILL YOU AND WANTS NO ONE INDEPENDENTLY LEFT TO WITNESS THE CALCULATED SLAUGHTER.
New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. People trapped amidst squalor and chaos in the official shelters. People facing death from starvation and disease on the streets.
There was no way to stop Hurricane Katrina, but the chaos, suffering and death that resulted from this storm WAS preventable. Why didnít the government organize massive and systematic evacuation? Why werenít the levees maintained? Why were so many people left to fend for themselves?
The Red Cross, under the Liberty Fund, collected $564 million in donations after 9/11. Months after the event, the Red Cross had distributed only $154 million. The Red Cross' explanation for keeping the majority of the money was that it would be used to help 'fight the war on terror'
People spontaneously came together and helped each other during the crisis. Reposted from SFGate.COM because I think it's relevant.
FUX 12 Lies Showcases Racism
Some conservatives are saying Nagin is no Giuliuani and Blanco is not tough enough on the rabble either. Well this article would seem to prove them wrong, insofar as Nagin is responsible for N.O. police conduct and "shoot to kill" Kathleen Blanco is responsible for the LA National Guard conduct. In fact, I can't imagine Giuliani for all the horrible racial profiling he instituted in NYC, treating blacks as unbelievably callously and insanely racist in their gravest hour of loss, grieving, despair and need, as the N.O. police and the Louisiana National Guard, according to this article, did when screening them coming into the Superdome before the storm.
When I used to live in New Orleans (1999), there were always rumors that when 'the big one' hit, New Orleans would be underwater, and many would die as a result. In 2001, this was confirmed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which rated a hurricane in New Orleans to be one of the three most likely, most catastrophic disasters in this country. There was plenty of warning that this was coming....like this article from the Houston Chronicle from 2001, which says, in part:
" In the face of an approaching [Category 3 or above hurricane] storm, scientists say, the city's less-than-adequate evacuation routes would strand 250,000 people or more, and probably kill one of 10 left behind as the city drowned under 20 feet of water. Thousands of refugees could land in Houston. Economically, the toll would be shattering."
Update on the two public meetings held today in preparation for Survivors arrival.
We are putting a newspaper together here in Portland to offer an alternative to the BS being printed in the Oregonian about Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans flood, and the aftermath, and present the opinions of Portland residents, for potential printing as soon as Tuesday.
Story from the front--hippie bus makes it through the chaos of government intervention
Many short-term solutions for the damage from Katrina; no long-term solution. Start of a proposal.
The buckets are only for donations at Christmas.
Sunday, September 11th 6pm to 1pm.
Consciousness In Progress: 206 Hip-Hop Benefit for
the victims of Hurricane Katrina at The Triple Door
(216 Union St).
A listing of grassroots relief operations.
The president of Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, Aaron Broussard, just issued an emotional appeal on NBC's Meet the Press. By the end, he was completely broken down, sobbing uncontrollably:
Katrina was a methodical murder of innocents by the government during America's largest nation emergency. I suppose the reason they murder them through inaction is that they didn't want to pay the health care costs of this disaster. Might as well let the weak ones die...
Impeach Bush for murder!