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September 12, 2005

2005.09.12: 5 p.m Today: Justice for Katrina Victims

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:23 pm

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 2:43 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 5 p.m Today: Justice for Katrina Victims

From: Troops Out Now Coalition

Monday, September 12

National Day of Outrage

Thousands were left to die beause they were poor and black!

We must demand Justice for the Victims of Katrina!


5:00 PM

in front of the FEMA office

26 Federal Plaza

Demonstrations in more than 100 cities

Money for Jobs, Housing, and Reconstruction, not for War!

With every day that passes, the enormity of the devastation in the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina becomes clearer. What makes this horror even more shocking is the knowledge that the massive loss of life could have been prevented.

State, local, and Federal authorities all knew that a hurricane of this magnitude was likely to strike the region. They knew that more than 100,000 people would be unable to evacuate. They knew that the levees would not withstand the onslaught of a hurricane of this magnitude. They had the knowledge of the impending disaster. They had the ability to evacuate people. They simply chose to do nothing. They chose to turn their heads while thousands of people died, simply because these people were poor and Black.

Across the country, communities are organizing to demand justice for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Some of the events planned include:

a.. Rallies and pickets at Federal Buildings and other locations

b.. Press Conferences with community organizers, trade unionists, and antiwar activists

c.. Collecting materials to ship to New Orleans and the surrounding region – It is clear that the government cannot be trusted to meet the needs of the people or provide for their safety.  The people must take matters into their own hands, and many have already begun to do so.

d.. Vigils

e.. Observing a moment of silence, including walking out of classes or stopping work

Join us to build a national movement to demand justice for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Monday, September 12, community organizers, trade unionists, and antiwar activists will be on the streets to demand:

a..   Immediate relief-food, medicine, water, clothing, and emergency

shelter for the people of the region.

b..   A massive jobs program to help rebuild the region.

c..   Back pay and extended unemployment for the one million displaced


d..   The right of the people of New Orleans to return to their homes and

to have decisive control over how resources are allocated to rebuild their city.

e..   Relief money to be given directly to organizations representing the

community, not to Halliburton.

f..   An end to the military occupation of New Orleans.

g..   Extended unemployment benefits for all who have lost jobs, and a

massive jobs and housing program for the near future.

h..   End the military occupation of New Orleans! People trying to feed

their families are not looters!

i..   An independent international investigation of the criminal

negligence that caused this disaster.

Some of the cities where protests are already planned include:

Activities are already planned in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Carmel NY, Amherst, New Haven, Charlston SC, Jackson MS, Charlotte NC, Miami FL, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Turner Falls MA, Detroit, Grand Rapids MI, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Houston, Raleigh, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Richmond VA, Hampton VA, Atlanta, and cities and towns of all sizes in every region of the country.

Initiating endorsers include:

the Million Worker March Movement; Troops Out Now Coalition; Saladin Muhammed, Black Workers For Justice; Harlem Tenants Council; Chris Silvera, Chair, Teamsters National Black Caucus; International Action Center; Cuba Solidarity New York; Rev. Lucius Walker, Pastors for Peace; Rev. Luis Barrios, Iglesia San Romero de Las Américas; and local leaders and activists from around the country.

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