National Days of Action for True Homeland Security – 2005-09-04 08:51:04
ACTION ALERT: September 7:
National Day of Action
Support the People of New Orleans!
Jobs/Income & Housing for All Displaced Families
Real Relief – Yes! Racism – No!
Join a protest on September 7 see below for details of protests in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle — or organize one in your community or on your campus.
List your event on the A.N.S.W.E.R. website! www.pephost.org/Sept7localaction
What is taking place today in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama is a crisis rarely seen in this country. It has provoked an outpouring of concern for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Millions of people across the United States and around the world are watching in horror at both the scale of suffering and the lack of response by President Bush and the US government. Thousands are dead or missing; millions have been displaced or lost their jobs and homes.
The African American community in New Orleans has been especially hard hit, and on top of massive death and suffering has been the victim of vicious racist scapegoating at the hands of government officials and the corporate media. The real “looters” in this crisis are the big oil companies that are making super-profits by jacking up the price of gas and oil all over the country.
It is becoming clearer every day that this crisis goes far beyond a “natural disaster.” The massive death and destruction did not have to happen as a result of the hurricane; rather it is caused by a government that prioritizes profits, war and conquest over human needs.
The danger that a hurricane posed for New Orleans and the region had been known and discussed for years — with no significant preparations taken. Funds were diverted from securing the levees to pay for the war in Iraq and the protective wetlands were sold off to the developers.
Global warming is a major factor in the big increase in tropical storms, particularly Hurricane Katrina, which developed from a minimal hurricane to one of the largest and most powerful ever recorded because of the extremely high water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico. Still, the Bush Administration continues to contemptuously turn its back on evidence of climate change and stands by its position to cancel the Kyoto Accord.
Before the hurricane struck, the government issued a mandatory evacuation order with a “free-market approach.” In other words, people were ordered to leave, but the means for evacuation were not provided. It was the poorest sectors of the working class and predominantly the African American community that did not have the means to leave and endured the greatest personal suffering.
Even days after the hurricane the US government has refused to commandeer all available buses and send them to transport people out. With the city awash in a sea of sewage and chemicals, the contemptible director of FEMA, Michael Brown, had the gall to then accuse those who have suffered the most: “I think the death toll may go into the thousands and, unfortunately, that’s going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings.” (September 1, CNN)
The Bush administration has spared no resource in waging its war against Iraq, taking more than $200 billion from the people of the United States to do so. It spared no resource in destroying the entire city of Fallujah last November. But when it comes to confronting this “natural” catastrophe, the Bush administration has been criminally derelict.
Bush’s relief package of $10.5 billion which equals just 7 weeks of the cost of the occupation of Iraq is completely inadequate. As people, including babies and the elderly, go without food and water, and corpses lie in the street and float in the water, Bush has presented a meager and dilatory response.
The government is preparing to bail out the oil companies, insurance companies, other big corporations and casinos.
Big Oil is also using this catastrophe as an opportunity to line their pockets. Working people in the United States need to stand with the victims of this crisis and demand that the government provide both short and long-term assistance to those who have lost everything.
Stop Racist Scapegoating of the Victims
Jail the Real “Looters” the Big Oil executives
Money for People’s Needs, Not for War
Stop Bush’s War Against
the Poor at Home and Abroad
• Washington DC: 5 pm at the White House. Call 202-544-3389 or email email@example.com for more information.
• San Francisco: 5 pm at Powell & Market Sts. Call 415-821-6545 for email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Los Angeles: 6 pm at the Westwood Federal Building (Veterans & Wilshire). Call 323-464-1636 or email email@example.com for more information.
• Seattle: 5 pm at Westlake (Pine near 4th). Call 206-568-1661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join a protest on September 7 or organize one in your community or on your campus. Let us know if you are planning a protest in your area. Fill out the Event Listing Form (www.pephost.org/Sept7localaction) as soon as you make your plans and your event will be listed on the A.N.S.W.E.R. website.
• Make your plans today for the
September 24 Mass Protest against the War in Iraq. Join the huge number of people coming together from across the United States to demand that resources be used to meet human needs rather than for war and occupation. Details: www.pephost.org/s24home
Rally at the White House to End the War
A rally will be held at Lafayette Square Park (in front of the White House) at 5 p.m. ET on September 15, 2005. Earlier the same day, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will host hearings on Capitol Hill on exit strategies for Iraq. Also the same day, a coalition of organizations will hand in to Congress a petition for an exit strategy. (See http://www.peoplespetition.org )
Speaking at the rally will be Congresswoman Woolsey and other congress members who support ending the war. The rally will bring together a broad coalition, including military families and leaders from throughout the peace movement (including some not supporting the petition cited above).
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
• Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and other Congress Members;
• Gold Star Families for Peace Member Tia Steele;
• Founder of American Families United, Gold Star Mother, Member of Military Families Speak Out, and star of “Farenheit 9-11” Lila Lipscomb;
• Family member of US soldier serving in Iraq Jawaid Khan;
• Co-Founder of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tom Hayden;
• Code Pink Co-Founder and United for Peace and Justice organizer Gael Murphy;
• Peace Action Organizing and Policy Director Paul Kawika Martin;
• US Labor Against the War Co-Founder Gene Bruskin;
• Center on Conscience and War Executive Director J.E. McNeil;
• PDA Board Member and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz;
• Pastor of Pasadena, Calif., All Saints Church Ed Bacon;
• PDA Executive Director and After Downing Street Co-Founder Tim Carpenter;
• PDA Board Member and After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson;
• Democracy Rising Director and likely US Senate candidate from Maryland Kevin Zeese;
• Pacifica Radio Washington Bureau Chief Verna Avery Brown;
• Co-Founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern;
• PDA Board Member and President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
THE RALLY IS SPONSORED BY:
Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Code Pink, Peace Action, Democrats.com, Democracy Rising.
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BUILDING TOWARD SEPT. 24-26
This event is part of a movement building toward mass mobilization in Washington, DC, on September 24-26
We need funds to cover the expenses of organizing the September 15th rally. Please contribute here: