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Archives: 10/05

Monday  10/31/2005

Thousands of evacuees face eviction Other Katrina victims homeless after aid problems  10/31/2005 USA Today 

Voodoo Practitioners Scatter After Katrina  10/31/2005 AP 


Sunday  10/30/2005

Increasingly, Football's Playbooks Call for Prayer  10/30/2005 NYT: "As in politics and culture in the United States, college football is increasingly becoming a more visible home for the Gospel. In the past year more than 2,000 college football coaches participated in events sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which said that more than 1.4 million athletes and coaches from youth to professional levels had attended in 2005, up from 500,000 in 1990… Last June, in the wake of a Pentagon task force investigating broader allegations of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, Fisher DeBerry, the football coach, stopped leading pregame prayers and removed a banner in the Falcons' locker room. It bore the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Competitors Creed, which begins "I am a Christian first and last.""


Saturday  10/29/2005

The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11  10/29/2005 Peter Dale Scott: 48 pages, by Peter Dale Scott

Aryan Jihad and the Elephant in America's Living Room  10/29/2005 Alternet: "Just weeks after Katrina alerted the country to our massive unresolved race issues, the media again missed the big picture of the Toledo riots."


Friday  10/28/2005

Gentrifying Diversity  10/28/2005 Alternet: "With poor evacuees being discouraged -- via eviction, lay-offs, and lack of temporary housing -- from returning to New Orleans, hurricane Katrina may prove to be the biggest 'urban-renewal' project black America has seen."

Two Months Later, Katrina Survivors are Losing the Battle by Medea Benjamin  10/28/2005 Common Dreams: "The “whitification” of New Orleans, however, is not inevitable. There are many solutions: demanding a massive program for affordable housing, halting evictions and price gouging for rental properties, making it possible for evacuees who are scattered around the country to move to temporary shelters (trailers, vacant apartments, tents) back home, giving job priority to local residents, reopening pubic schools, providing support systems to those returning, demanding that the poor be represented in the rebuilding decisions. We need to support the movements, both at the grassroots and at the policy levels, that are supporting these policies." [lists activist groups focusing on this problem]

AFRICA-VENEZUELA: Weaving New Alliances with Cultural Threads  10/28/2005 IPS: "Venezuela, the biggest oil producer in Latin America and the fifth biggest in the world, has launched an offensive to forge closer diplomatic ties with Africa, initially focusing on political and cultural questions while leaving the matter of energy cooperation to the future… The next step is a Nov. 13-20 cultural festival that Venezuela will host in Caracas, with the participation of a dozen African artistic and cultural groups like the Benin national ballet company and Gnaoua musicians from Morocco, as well as a number of Venezuelan groups and artists. "Venezuela, like other Latin American countries, owes a spiritual debt to Africa," Jesús García, president of the non-governmental Afroamérica Foundation, told IPS. "Thousands of slaves from the Wolof ethnic group of Senegal or the Mina from the (West African) equatorial coast came to this country." The festival "gives us a chance to eradicate the 'Tarzan-like' vision of Africa that we still have in Venezuela, where we often see it merely as a primitive continent with enormous needs. We want African intellectuals to come and show us their reality," said García. In the activist's view, the government's offensive provides an opportunity to support intergovernmental efforts by promoting agreements between universities, parliaments, regional authorities and city governments in Africa and Venezuela, "and with the rest of the region, in search of a new relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean as well." "


Thursday  10/27/2005

Katrina: The Movement  10/27/2005 Alternet: "Groups like the Young People's Project's Find Our Folk initiative are out speaking directly to survivors across the Katrina Diaspora, listening to their issues and giving form and voice to their outrage. Local communities are holding tribunals and truth and reconciliation commission-style hearings to "try" the Bush Administration in ways that are helping communities make sense of the senseless. The U.S. Human Rights Network, a coalition of more than 100 U.S.-based organizations working on human rights issues here "at home" has been documenting abuses and working to involve the United Nations in an investigation and review. Community Labor United, Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, Common Ground Collective, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Southern ECHO, ACORN, INCITE! and Project South are among the many regional and local organizations organizing for a just recovery and rebuilding. Many of these groups work together as part of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund and the Southern Relief Fund -- broad coalitions focused on addressing relief and recovery issues in Louisiana and Mississippi, respectively."

The Battle for New Orleans  10/27/2005 Black Commentator: "New Orleans represents a challenge to African Americans, unprecedented since the epic struggles of the Fifties and Sixties. The perverse reality, to which African Americans must rise, is that the man-made disaster in the Gulf provides what may be the last chance to build a real Movement, encompassing the broadest sectors of Black America. Cruel history presents the catastrophe as an unwanted opportunity, a test of Black people’s capacity for the operational unity craved by the vast bulk of African Americans. The pain and anger in Black America is all but universal, and demands collective action, the outcome of which will largely define the true State of Black America as it has evolved over the last two generations."

Ex-New Orleans cop sentenced to death  10/27/2005 AP: "A former New Orleans policeman was sentenced to death again for ordering the murder of a woman who filed a brutality complaint against him. Len Davis was convicted in 1996 of violating the civil rights of Kim Groves by having her killed. He was sentenced to death but that was thrown out on appeal. Earlier this year, a jury sentenced him to death for a second time. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan on Wednesday handed down Davis' sentence in Baton Rouge, where New Orleans federal courts moved after Hurricane Katrina. "This case involved the murder of a citizen for filing a complaint against a police officer," prosecutor Jim Letten said in a statement. "Two juries have said loudly and clearly that this behavior will not be tolerated and will be punished in the most severe manner.""

Louisburg Square tenants face bullying landlord  10/27/2005 New Orleans IndyMedia: "As Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco's emergency freeze on evictions in the New Orleans area lifted on Tuesday, landlords throughout New Orleans have begun to serve eviction notices to thousands of tenants. Please call the Gretna Mayor Ronnie Harris at 504-363-1505 to express outrage and dismay at the harassment and threats being made by members of the Gretna police department toward tenants in Terrytown. Over the last few days, members of the Gretna police force have harassed, intimidated and threatened residents of the Louisburg Square apartments at the request of the apartment complex's manager. The owner of the apartment complex, LES Realty Trust, filed eviction orders against the tenants Wednesday, October 26th, with a court date of Nov. 2nd. The tenants have a legal right to remain in their homes until the court orders an eviction or until their lease expires. LES Realty Trust has had workers from BMCI Contracting (407-522-4444, fax 407-855-0049) working and staying at the apartments for several weeks, although no permits have been issued by the city for the work that is being done. The apartment owners have also been having cars towed from the complex's parking lots (also illegally) by Quick Recovery Auto Salvage (504-392-3493). Please call these firms as well and inform them that they are party to illegal activities by working with LES Realty Trust on this matter."


Wednesday  10/26/2005

Tens of thousands face eviction in New Orleans and Lake Charles  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "The scheme to flush the remaining poor out of New Orleans and grab their land from them is quickly moving into a new phase. Recently, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said that he is opposed to rebuilding the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, and he is in a position to follow through with his menacing posture. As a follow-up, HUD officials have imposed a complete lockout of public housing tenants in New Orleans, forcing thousands out of their homes. In addition, New Orleans officials are now quickly moving to evict the thousands of remaining poor people from the city, and the eviction legal battles began yesterday, Oct. 25… Attorney Bill Quigley of the Loyola University law school, the same attorney who represents Father Jean Juste and other political prisoners in Haiti, filed suit in Gonzales, a town about 60 miles from New Orleans, to move the eviction hearings into the city. Since the hurricane, New Orleans court headquarters had been moved to Gonzalez. The judge agreed with Quigley that many tenants facing eviction would be unable to travel to Gonzalez and thus would be denied their right to due process."

Solidarity with Ninth Ward begins by Common Ground Collective  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "The city and state governments have attempted to purchase land from the area's residents for decades in order to expand the Industrial Canal and allow a cruise ship line to build its hub in the region. The Ninth hasn't received any aid or cleanup efforts from any state, city or non-profit agencies. Local realtors and big businesses are pushing to have the entire area bulldozed so that the city can get a "new face." Garbage, decaying animals and other debris remain untouched while other areas in the city are receiving services. Common Ground volunteers are currently placing information sheets on every door of the Ninth Ward urging residents to return home, organize, help each other and resist the city's efforts to destroy their community for profits. Common Ground is addressing the city's lack of garbage and trash pickup by removing the trash from the neglected Ninth and placing it in the neutral area of main boulevards away from homes, thus forcing the city to do trash pickup."

Hip Hop Caucus March on Gretna Nov. 7  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "On Monday, Nov. 7, the people of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina, joined by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus and other activists and students, will march on Gretna. We will march over the Crescent City Connection Bridge to Gretna’s Oakridge Mall, where buses were to transport evacuees to safety - a destination people from New Orleans never reached during the height of the crisis. In the aftermath of Katrina, New Orleans authorities directed people to evacuate the city by crossing the Crescent City Connection Bridge which spans the Mississippi River, linking New Orleans to the west bank city of Gretna." [Long list of march supporters and other news.]

Resist or die: Why we must act on Nov. 2  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "We saw a taste of this, something in birth, during four days of outrage and protest a couple of weeks ago. From Thursday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 2, our party called on people, especially the basic masses, to protest what this system did - and is continuing to do - to the people of New Orleans. People wore black ribbons. They made banners to send to New Orleans. They put up the "Bush Regime WANTED" poster everywhere. What we saw and learned tells you something about how we can drive out Bush. More than once, when we took "Wanted posters" of Bush to people, they were moved to tears of rage. Finally, someone was telling the truth and giving people a way to do something about it. In a Dominican neighborhood in New York City, people marched through the community after church, after a minister asked people to hold up the "Bush Regime WANTED" poster and rally the community to stand with the people of New Orleans against the murderous crimes of the Bush regime. In Chicago, in places like car washes and McDonald's, thousands of "Bush Regime WANTED" posters and flyers to drive out the Bush regime were taken around and posted up."

The POCC National Tour - Part 1: The Black Cross campaign - by Minister of Information JR  10/26/2005 SF Bay View: "Between Oct. 11 and 13, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and myself led a Prisoners of Conscience Committee delegation of Black Cross Campaign members and a busload of supplies from Chicago to Lake Providence, Louisiana, which is on the border with Mississippi."


Tuesday  10/25/2005

Hip Hop Activist Set to Cross March to Racist Town of Gretna  10/25/2005 Davey D's Katrina Relief Efforts Forum: "PRESS CONFERENCE for this event will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 2 with representatives of sponsoring organizations (details forthcoming)"

Challenge Police Brutality  10/25/2005 Community Labor United: "The New Orleans Police and their cronies in the various federal agencies who have come down to New Orleans for ‘target practice’ (as one inmate reported overhearing guards at Camp Greyhound makeshift jail saying late one night) need to be held in check. Every night, the newly-formed ‘anti-looting squad’ of over 100 poorly-trained and unprofessional officers head out into the darkened streets of New Orleans and arrest, beat and imprison dozens of individuals."


Monday  10/24/2005

New Orleans Community Organizer Malik Rahim Demands Inquiry into Hurricane Katrina Deaths and Amnesty for “Looters”  10/24/2005 Democracy Now 


Sunday  10/23/2005

Thousands of Demolitions Are Likely in New Orleans  10/23/2005 NYT 

Walker's World: Bush at bay  10/23/2005 UPI: UPI is owned by the Rev Moon - "The CIA leak inquiry that threatens senior White House aides has now widened to include the forgery of documents on African uranium that started the investigation, according to NAT0 intelligence sources. This suggests the inquiry by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame has now widened to embrace part of the broader question about the way the Iraq war was justified by the Bush administration… There is one line of inquiry with an American connection that Fitzgerald would have found it difficult to ignore. This is the claim that a mid-ranking Pentagon official, Larry Franklin, held talks with some Italian intelligence and defense officials in Rome in late 2001. Franklin has since been arrested on charges of passing classified information to staff of the pro-Israel lobby group, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. Franklin has reportedly reached a plea bargain with his prosecutor, Paul McNulty, and it would be odd if McNulty and Fitzgerald had not conferred to see if their inquiries connected."

Lewisburg Square Apartments tenants being evicted  10/23/2005 New Orleans IndyMedia: numerous pics


Friday  10/21/2005

Illegal workers found at La. Base  10/21/2005 USA Today: "BE&K is a subcontractor for Halliburton, which is doing the bulk of the reconstruction work at the base. It was not clear whether BMS Catastrophe also is a Halliburton subcontractor."


Wednesday  10/19/2005

The Blackout Boycott of Wal-Mart  10/19/2005 SF Bay View: "Over the last month, the Prisoners of Conscience Committee initiated the Black Cross Campaign to aid and assist the refugees fleeing the Gulf States. Yes, I did use the word refugee, because I believe that these evacuees were fleeing a war, not just the 500-year war that we have been in since we were shipped to Amerikkka at the bottom of slaveships, but also the war that was initiated by the U.S. military blowing up the levees in New Orleans while the hurricane was passing through."

'This is criminal': Malik Rahim reports from New Orleans  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 

Chabot Cuba conference faces a challenged Afro-Cuba  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 

Katrina reveals environmental racism's deadly force  10/19/2005 SF Bay View: "New Orleans, what we once called home, is now a toxic wasteland. But our communities were polluted even before Hurricane Katrina. The 85-mile stretch from New Orleans to Baton Rouge is home to many African-American communities, as well as 136 petrochemical plants and six refineries. At the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Xavier University, I work with these "Cancer Alley" communities."

Finding Common Ground: Lessons from Algiers, New Orleans  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 

Black New Orleans residents being arrested for returning home  10/19/2005 SF Bay View: "With every type of police and federal officer in the U.S. - from the DEA to the FBI to the notorious New Orleans Police Department - roaming the streets of New Orleans, many former residents are afraid to come home. Some even wonder if the ongoing military occupation is being used to intimidate them into not returning."

Katrina: Relocation or ethnic cleansing?  10/19/2005 SF Bay View: "FEMA has been entirely reshaped under the Bush administration. It's no longer designed to meet the needs of a natural disaster but rather to advance the political agenda of the current regime. It is clear by the way that FEMA employees did everything in their power to undermine relief operations for the people stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Their orders simply corresponded with Washington's intention to put the city under federal control and to forcefully evacuate the victims to locations around the Southwest."

Crime and New Orleans  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 

That could be us! From the Bayou to the Bay: Learning from Katrina  10/19/2005 SF Bay View 


Tuesday  10/18/2005

North Toledo Riot: Initial Conflict Between Police And Protesters  10/18/2005 History Mike, Toledo: nice set of pics documenting poorly led police action.

The Economics of Return - Class, Color May Guide Repopulation of New Orleans  10/18/2005 Washington Post 

Britain faces big chill as ocean current slows  10/18/2005 Times, London: published 5/05 - "CLIMATE change researchers have detected the first signs of a slowdown in the Gulf Stream — the mighty ocean current that keeps Britain and Europe from freezing. They have found that one of the “engines” driving the Gulf Stream — the sinking of supercooled water in the Greenland Sea — has weakened to less than a quarter of its former strength."

METHANE CLATHRATE OUTGASSING AND ANOXIC EXPANSION IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN DEEPS DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING  10/18/2005 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment: published 1997 - "Numerous marine areas in SouthEast Asia are cold and deep enough to develop stable gas hydrates of greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide and of reducing agents such as hydrogen sulfide. In addition many of these deeps have low oxygen values below sill depths. Warming of such waters could: (1) destabilize existing gas hydrates (clathrates) flashing them into gas and (2) reduce the oxygen capacity of waters below the sill depth. Outgassing could increase the buoyancy, producing upwelling of potentially noxious deep waters into the photic zone and even to the surface where the greeenhouse gases would be added to the atmosphere."

Climate warning as Siberia melts  10/18/2005 New Scientist: "His colleague Karen Frey says if the bogs dry out as they warm, the methane will oxidise and escape into the air as carbon dioxide. But if the bogs remain wet, as is the case in western Siberia today, then the methane will be released straight into the atmosphere. Methane is 20 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide. In May this year, Katey Walter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks told a meeting in Washington of the Arctic Research Consortium of the US that she had found methane hotspots in eastern Siberia, where the gas was bubbling from thawing permafrost so fast it was preventing the surface from freezing, even in the midst of winter."

Global warming, in capsule form  10/18/2005 Gristmill: "a handy one-paragraph-long roundup of evidence on global warming"

ACORN Katrina Survivors Association Announced  10/18/2005 ACORN: "The AKSA will continue and expand the organizing that local ACORN chapters have conducted since Katrina first hit, which has already resulted in some notable actions and victories: On October 7th, the Houston ACORN Hurricane Survivor Committee brought together survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their host families to confront Houston FEMA Director Tom Costello about a lack of response to the needs of the survivors. In negotiations a week later, FEMA agreed to a number of reforms to make services more accessible, including a shuttle bus to their service center, translated materials, and extension of benefits to Rita survivors. Displaced New Orleans ACORN members have organized in shelters in Baton Rouge and other part of Louisiana, advocating for a “right to return” to New Orleans. On October 15th, Louisiana ACORN members staged a caravan into the Lower 9th Ward to claim their right to return and placarded hundreds of homes with signs that state "Do Not Bulldoze.”"

The Latinization of the New New Orleans  10/18/2005 New America Media: "A wave of mostly Latino workers from across the U.S., Mexico and Latin America is seeking work in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf region. The migrants, often incorrectly labeled "Mexicans," are dealing with cultural ignorance, strained resources and tense race relations as they rebuild the Big Easy and other cities and towns."


Monday  10/17/2005

The Inevitable Peaking of World Oil Production  10/17/2005 Defense & the National Interest: "Robert L. Hirsch, The Atlantic Council, October 2005. A distinguished energy scientist considers three questions pertinent to world conflict: When will oil production peak? How will we know that it has? And will we have sufficient warning to mitigate its effects? Although estimates range from next year to 2025 (or later), the fact is that for the last 15 years, the world has used more oil than it has discovered. This trend is accelerating as China, India, and other developing countries ramp up their consumption."

Totally Bootleg: Cops and Jails in New Orleans  10/17/2005 New Orleans IndyMedia: "The public beating of 64 year old Robert Davis (5) is not an isolated incident either. Talking with him after his release he described being hit from behind and then beaten on the ground after merely asking a cop what time the curfew started. His right eye was still swollen shut when I met him, and there were visible wounds on his face and chest. The images and video of Davis being beaten have been broadcasted across the world; with all of the media attention, the NOPD was quick to distance itself from the beating and call for internal investigations. What the news didn't report and the police won't distance themselves from are the dozens of similar incidents that have occured both on the street and inside the jail. Throughout my interviews I've talked to many of the victims of this violence. One man was beaten, maced, and shot with bean-bag rounds while in custody for “talking too loud” (6). Another youth in Algiers was beaten on the street and arrested for allegedly stealing an ice chest, then released without seeing a judge. A lot of the people being brought in and attacked have no idea what they were charged with. A man I talked to yesterday described being beaten, dragged by his hair, and shot with bean bag rounds in the jail before he was even searched. The next morning, officers fired indiscriminately into the cage with bean bag rounds. The stories go on and on."

Crime and Corruption in New Orleans  10/17/2005 Alternet: "Police misconduct in the 'Big Easy' has reached a frightening fever pitch. In the last year, seven young black men have been killed by police, and none of the officers have been punished." [Then they complained about taking sniper fire during the hurricane…]

Road Trip for Relief! Reclaim the Gulf!  10/17/2005 Common Grounds Collective: "We hope you will join us as we converge on New Orleans Nov 20-27, to clean up for returning evacuees and begin the massive rebuilding project. To help us organize the people-power that we need (see flyer above), please send an email to commongroundrelief@gmail.com or check out our Caravan Forum Discussion."


Sunday  10/16/2005

Farrakhan Blasts Federal Katrina Response  10/16/2005 AP: "Pointing to the broad spectrum of participants, Farrakhan said the march included an ``unprecedented'' array of black leaders of organizations ``coming together to speak to America and the world with one voice.'' ``This tells us that a new day is dawning in America,'' he said. Ten years ago, Farrakhan urged black men to improve their families and communities - women, whites and other minorities had not been invited. On Saturday, all were welcome at the Millions More Movement, which organizers said would build on the principles of 1995 and push people to build a movement for change locally and nationally."

TAKING THE WHEEL - To some he is a thug, but to the 60 people on the school bus he commandeered as Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters rose, Jabar Gibson is nothing short of a hero.  10/16/2005 Times Picayine 

FBI Research Reports on the Ku Klux Klan  10/16/2005 Memory Hole: "Two Previously Unseen Monographs Covering the Klan's History from 1865 to 1958"

Head Start Can Make Hiring Decisions Based on Religion, Says U.S. House  10/16/2005 OneWorld: "An amendment to the new funding bill for Head Start promotes discrimination on religious grounds and would deal a devastating blow to some one million low-income children and their parents who are dependent on the program, according to a large and varied coalition of U.S. organizations."


Saturday  10/15/2005

Planned neo-Nazi march sparks violence - Dozens of arrests expected; mayor blames gang members  10/15/2005 CNN: "Most of the violence happened when residents, who had pelted the Nazi marchers with bottles and rocks, took out their anger on police, said Brian Jagodzinski, chief news photographer for CNN affiliate WTVG. Video showed crowds at around 2:25 p.m. using bats to bring down a wooden fence as looters broke into a small grocery store. "The crowd was very ... extremely agitated at the police ... for doing this [making arrests in] the community when they should be doing this to the Nazis," Jagodzinski said."

Venezuela defends expulsion of US missionary  10/15/2005 The News, Pakistan: "Venezuela’s vice president defended a decision to expel a US-based Christian missionary group from the country on Thursday, saying members of the New Tribes Mission had links to the CIA, a charge the organization strongly denied. Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel spoke a day after President Hugo Chavez announced he was ordering the group to leave, citing US "imperialist infiltration." "We have intelligence reports that that some of them are CIA," Rangel told reporters. "The president’s decision was based on reports that their actions create situations that compromise the country’s sovereignty.""

A Real Racial Democracy? Hugo Chávez and the Politics of Race  10/15/2005 Venezuela Analysis: "Venezuelan elites," one scholar has remarked, "judged people by their appearances. Accordingly, individuals with 'anxious hair' or 'hair like springs' lived in the shadow of their black slave ancestors. The elites considered respectable the whiter Venezuelans who had 'hair flat as rainwater, of an indefinite light brown color which is neither fair nor dark.'" Though some blacks were able to enter white society through marriage and miscegenation, "in the long run, such individuals provided the exceptions that proved the rule." Blacks who sought social acceptance had to adopt the clothing, education, and language of the white elite. In present day Venezuelan society, notes respected commentator Gregory Wilpert, "The correspondence between skin color and class membership is quite stunning at times. To confirm this observation, all one has to do is compare middle to upper class neighborhoods, where predominantly lighter colored folks live, with the barrios, which are clearly predominantly inhabited by darker skinned Venezuelans." Meanwhile, journalist Greg Palast noted that rich whites had "command of the oil wealth, the best jobs, the English-language lessons, the imported clothes, the vacations in Miami, the plantations."

Update for medical clinicians coming to New Orleans How to donate services and funds to Common Ground Clinic, inspired by Malik Rahim by Michael Kozart, M.D.  10/15/2005 SF Bay View 

City in exile: Katrina's displaced move to defend New Orleans from elite visionaries  10/15/2005 SF Bay View 


Friday  10/14/2005

Katrina: Direct Action vs. Government Guns  10/14/2005 Common Ground Collective 

Disaster area becomes wireless test-bed  10/14/2005 AP: "Meinrath's project has lit up two dozen evacuee centers with Internet as well as a medical clinic in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. A month after the disaster, teams are training local groups. Malik Rahim, co-founder of a the Common Ground clinic in Algiers, praised the efforts and the pace at which the technology was deployed. "Within a matter of hours, not days, we had functioning communications established," he said."


Thursday  10/13/2005

Anger, frustration greet New Orleans mayor at Shreveport shelter  10/13/2005 Shreveport Times 

Hurricane Song  10/13/2005 hurricanesong.com 

President Chavez claims US evangelicals gather sensitive and strategic information  10/13/2005 Vheadlines: ""They will leave Venezuela," President Hugo Chavez Frias said. "They are agents of imperialist penetration ... they gather sensitive and strategic information and are exploiting the Indians. So they will leave, and I don't care two hoots about the international consequences that this decision could bring." New Tribes, an evangelical organization that has long had close ties with the U.S.-based Summer Institute of Linguistics, is active in a number of countries in Asia and Latin America, and in Venezuela has focused its efforts on the Yanomami, Ye'kuana and Panare indigenous groups and other ethnic communities in the southern part of the country. The Summer Institute of Linguistics was founded in 1934 with the declared purpose of translating the Bible into indigenous languages."

BushCo's black support at 2%  10/13/2005 Washington Post: "In what may turn out to be one of the biggest free-falls in the history of presidential polling, President Bush's job-approval rating among African Americans has dropped to 2 percent, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The drop among blacks drove Bush's overall job approval ratings to an all-time low of 39 percent in this poll. By comparison, 45 percent of whites and 36 percent of Hispanics approve of the job Bush is doing."


Wednesday  10/12/2005

FEMA Restricts Evacuee Data, Citing Privacy  10/12/2005 Washington Post 

Spike Lee plans film on Katrina disaster  10/12/2005 Detroit News: "Asked about the possibility that the rumors of government involvement had any truth, Lee said it wouldn't surprise him. "It's not too far-fetched ... I don't put anything past the United States government," Lee said. "I don't find it too far-fetched that they tried to displace all the black people out of New Orleans." "\

Losing Hope in Louisiana  10/12/2005 Washington Post 

Louisianans get few post-Katrina contracts  10/12/2005 USA Today 

FEMA pulled Jeff's plug - Antenna unhooked days after Katrina  10/12/2005 Times Picayune: "As if the kick by the deadliest storm in Louisiana history didn't create crisis enough, Jefferson Parish officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency knocked out their radio communications with field workers for several critical hours on Aug. 31, two days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Telecommunications Director JoAnn Becnel said Tuesday that a contractor investigating the failure discovered that radio cables and equipment leading to an antenna atop the Galleria office building in Metairie had been disconnected and replaced with cables and equipment belonging to FEMA. The contractor called Becnel from the Galleria's roof. "

Keep FEMA's feet to the fire!  10/12/2005 News from Underground 

Jackson's buses bring job seekers to N.O.  10/12/2005 Baton Rouge Advocate: "A small group mildly protested at the restaurant, holding signs that said "Housing-Eviction-Help-Me," "Affordable Housing For All" and "Hands Off Iberville" -- a reference to the Iberville housing development that was damaged by Katrina."


Tuesday  10/11/2005

As others profit, Katrina survivors suffer  10/11/2005 Chicago Sun Times: by Jesse Jackson

Republicans To The People Of New Orleans: Drop Dead  10/11/2005 Confined Space 

The SeeingBlack.com 411 - October 2005  10/11/2005 SeeingBlack.com: "As floodwaters recede in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region, it is clear that the lethargic and inept emergency response after Hurricane Katrina is a disaster that overshadows the deadly storm itself. Questions linger: Is government equipped to plan for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter? Using case studies dating back more than seven decades, government response to Hurricane Katrina can be examined in a historical context of response to other public health emergencies, natural disasters, industrial accidents, toxic contamination, epidemics (natural and manmade), and terrorism threats in African Americans communities. Generally, emergency response reflects the pre-existing social and political stratification, with communities of color receiving less priority than White communities. Equity issues revolve around which community needs are addressed first and which community is forced to wait."


Monday  10/10/2005

Susan Bell: a shameful secret history  10/10/2005 Independent, UK: "In 1996, the award-winning journalist Gary Webb uncovered CIA links to Los Angeles drug dealers. It was an amazing scoop - but one that would ruin his career and drive him to suicide. His widow, Susan Bell, looks back on a shameful secret history… His series of articles - which prompted the distinguished reporter and former Newsweek Washington correspondent Robert Parry to describe Webb as "an American hero" - incited fury among the African-American community, many of whom took his investigation as proof that the White House saw crack as a way of bringing genocide to the ghetto. Webb's reports prompted three official investigations, including one by the CIA itself which - astonishingly for an organisation rarely praised for its transparency - confirmed the substance of his findings (published at length in Webb's 1998 book, also entitled Dark Alliance). "Because of Gary Webb's work," said Senator John Kerry, "the CIA launched an investigation that found dozens of connections to drug runners. That wouldn't have happened if he hadn't been willing to stand up and risk it all." "


Sunday  10/9/2005

New Orleans Police Beating Caught on Tape  10/9/2005 AP 

Cronies, Contracts and the No-Fault President Katrina and the Growls of Greed  10/9/2005 Counterpunch: by Ralph Nader

New Orleans police plead not guilty  10/9/2005 USA Today: "Two of the officers in the video appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina, and Defillo said it would be up to their commanders to decide if they would face charges."

The Millions More Movement and Zionism  10/9/2005 Counterpunch 

New Orleans Police Department Challenged by Its Own Instability  10/9/2005 Chicago Tribune: "A decade ago, the department was rocked by corruption charges, including officers helping drug dealers murder rival gangsters. The force was purged of about 200 corrupt cops in the late 1990s, and leaders reorganized the way the department fights crime and how it oversees police conduct. The force's reputation has improved in recent years, but the department is still struggling. Riley was appointed after the sudden resignation of his boss two weeks ago. And many of the 249 officers under investigation will likely be fired."


Thursday  10/6/2005

After the Deluge: How Do Blacks Get to the Table  10/6/2005 Black Commentator: "We need look no further than the rapid resort to no bid contracts going to well placed corporations like Fluor, Bechtel, Kellogg, Brown and Root (Halliburton) – in other words, the usual suspects who are the prime private sector beneficiaries of the war in Iraq. Bush moved quickly to waive prevailing wage requirements for contractors working on hurricane relief projects. That was reassuring to the conservatives in Congress who had been fighting to strike that provision altogether. They now have a beachhead. Beyond that, it is not likely that many in the displaced population will benefit from construction and other jobs due to limited skills and low labor force participation rates before Katrina. Even with the lower wages others likely will get those jobs."

Race, Lies and New Orleans  10/6/2005 Alternet: "The Guardian may have been an isolated, and to some suspect, media voice with its counterspin on the mythical violence, but it wasn't the only press skeptic that tried to separate fact from fiction about alleged Katrina violence. Reporters for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, which could hardly be tagged left-leaning, also found no credible evidence that marauding gangs terrorized anyone, or that they even existed. A month after these lonely press voices took the time to check facts, rather than run with gossip, a few newspapers did a tepid mea culpa and admitted that the apoplectic frothing tirades by a legion of talking-head commentators and their bloodthirsty headlines about "Baghdad on the Bayou," rape, murder, incest, stockpiled bloated corpses, mass looting, the breakdown of civilization and the dark side of America were exaggerated, or more bluntly a pack of lies."

Nigeria: Three die as soldiers and police clash in bribe row  10/6/2005 Times, UK: "NIGERIA yesterday counted the cost of a bloody gunbattle between police and army officers that killed at least three civilians and sparked an orgy of looting in central Lagos. The clash was apparently triggered by an argument between a soldier and a policeman when the latter harassed a motorist for a bribe — an everyday event in Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital. However, it quickly escalated into a full-scale military confrontation, highlighting growing political tensions after a presidential crackdown on corruption. Dozens of soldiers from a nearby barracks rushed to help their comrade. Armed with knives, guns and sticks, they burnt down a police station and beat up any policemen they found in their path."

Malik Rahim Speaks About the Grassroots Response to Hurricane Katrina  10/6/2005 IndyBay: "On October 4, Malik Rahim, a longtime community activist in New Orleans and San Francisco, spoke at the Women's Building in San Francisco about the situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous response by the Bush administration and other government agencies. Malik, who lives in the Algiers community of New Orleans, discussed the grassroots community relief and rebuilding efforts underway through the Common Ground collective. (39:39 minutes)"


Wednesday  10/5/2005

How Rotten Are These Guys?  10/5/2005 Consortium News: "In the weeks ahead, a dangerous eruption is again threatening to shake the Bush family’s image of legitimacy, as the pressure from intersecting scandals builds. So far, the mainstream news media has focused mostly on the white-collar abuses of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for allegedly laundering corporate donations to help Republicans gain control of the Texas legislature, or on deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove for disclosing the identity of a covert CIA officer to undercut her husband’s criticism of George W. Bush’s case for war in Iraq. Both offenses represent potential felonies, but they pale beside new allegations linking business associates of star GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff – an ally of both DeLay and Rove – to the gangland-style murder of casino owner Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2001. These criminal cases also are reminders of George H.W. Bush’s long record of unsavory associations, including with a Nicaraguan contra network permeated by cocaine traffickers, Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s multi-million-dollar money-laundering operations, and anti-communist Cuban extremists tied to acts of international terrorism."

Malik Rahim speaks in Berkeley  10/5/2005 SF Bay View: "Two days ago I went to a speaking event in Berkeley where Malik Rahim, a veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, was speaking about the governmental atrocities that went on in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, which we call Hurricane Amerikkka, since it was the Amerikkklan government that blew up the levees, abandoned the people, put shoot-to-kill orders on Black people, refused materiel and personnel help from world leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and is in the process of stealing Black people’s land and whitening New Orleans."

Colombian communities under siege - Afro-Colombian leaders speak out!  10/5/2005 SF Bay View: by Willie Thompson, el unico. "When Afro-Colombians began filing for collective land titles, they were massacred by Colombia’s U.S.-funded military working in close collaboration with brutal illegal paramilitaries, creating massive displacement. Paramilitaries are now illegally occupying these lands, growing, among other things, coca plants used for cocaine. This has triggered U.S. funded aerial chemical fumigations, poisoning this most bio-diverse ecosystem in the hemisphere as it creates new waves of Afro-Colombian displacement. The United Nations has called Colombia ”a humanitarian catastrophe,” in which Afro-Colombians are now disproportionately impacted."

Flood of Emotion  10/5/2005 Philadelphia Weekly: "It's been a month since Katrina leveled New Orleans, and some evacuees are finally returning to their former lives. But for African-Americans across America, the hurricane left scars that will last a lifetime."

Katrina, Three Strikes and dirty elections - Race and class still matter in America  10/5/2005 SF Bay View: "FEMA under Michael D. Brown, secretary of Homeland Security for emergency preparedness and response, stopped truckloads of water from being delivered to the Superdome, stopped the delivery of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel docked on a Coast Guard vessel, cut all emergency communication lines and promised the 82nd Airborne Division would act, on Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's order, to "shoot to kill" people trying to survive by taking water and shoes from stores. The Thursday before, Brown's deputy, Butch Kennedy, told National Public Radio that the government had no responsibility to rescue people who didn't leave New Orleans when first warned."


Tuesday  10/4/2005

Black Bodies Remain Still.....  10/4/2005 Scout Prime: "Searchers and residents insist there are still plenty of dead to find in New Orleans. Once again, they say the Ninth Ward is being ignored because it is poor and black."

Tale of the forbidden pillow offers insights into FEMA work  10/4/2005 Colombia Tribune 


Monday  10/3/2005

Iraq war delayed Katrina relief effort, inquiry finds  10/3/2005 Independent, UK: "Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered near catastrophic failures due to endemic corruption, divisions within the military and troop shortages caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry into the disaster has revealed. The confidential report, which has been seen by The Independent, details how funds for flood control were diverted to other projects, desperately needed National Guards were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had to "sneak off post" to help with relief efforts because their commander had refused permission."

Florida city considers eminent domain  10/3/2005 Washington Times: "Florida's Riviera Beach is a poor, predominantly black, coastal community that intends to revitalize its economy by using eminent domain, if necessary, to displace about 6,000 local residents and build a billion-dollar waterfront yachting and housing complex. "This is a community that's in dire need of jobs, which has a median income of less than $19,000 a year," said Riviera Beach Mayor Michael Brown."

Riviera Beach chooses developer for its billion-dollar project  10/3/2005 Palm Beach Post: published 9/16/05, this involves eminent domain taking the homes of thousands of black people.

Cheney: N.Y.'s Rangel Is 'Losing It'  10/3/2005 AP 

Roundup of Immigrants in Shelter Reveals Rising Tensions  10/3/2005 WSJ: "The incident was confirmed by the shelter's staff, including an assistant shelter manager and volunteer Jesse A. Acosta, who said he, too, was asked by a local police officer to show identification. After flashing his Red Cross badge, Mr. Acosta, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, was told to show another form of ID and then had to wait 20 minutes while being screened for outstanding arrest warrants. The line of men, women and children included no whites or African-Americans, he said. "I was singled out because of my skin," Mr. Acosta said. "These people went through Katrina and went there to be taken care of and not to be hassled.""

Blacks are more than Criminals  10/3/2005 NNPA: By George E. Curry


Sunday  10/2/2005

Assata Shakur: The government's terrorist is our community's heroine  10/2/2005 Socialism and Liberation: by Mos Def - "For those of us who either remember the state of the union in the 1960s and 1970s or have studied it, when we consider Assata Shakur living under political asylum in Cuba, we believe that nation is exercising its political sovereignty, and in no way harboring a terrorist. Cubans sees Assata as I, and many others in my community do: as a woman who was and is persecuted for her political beliefs. When the federal government raised the bounty on her head this May 2, one official declared that Assata was merely "120 pounds of money." For many of us in the Black community she could never be so reduced. For many of us in the Black community, she was and remains, to use her own words, an "escaped slave," a heroine, not unlike Harriet Tubman."

Senior Administration Officials Could Be Charged With Criminal Conspiracy  10/2/2005 Think Progress: "Under this legal tactic, Fitzgerald would attempt to establish that at least two or more officials agreed to take affirmative steps to discredit and retaliate against Wilson and leak sensitive government information about his wife. To prove a criminal conspiracy, the actions need not have been criminal, but conspirators must have had a criminal purpose."

A Flood of Money - In the Gulf, a gold rush for government funds  10/2/2005 US News & World Report 

Accounts of New Orleans violence may have been overblown  10/2/2005 Reuters 

Media deserve blame for New Orleans debacle  10/2/2005 Chicago Sun Times: "The facts they put in front of us were wrong, and they didn't talk truth to power. They talked to goofs in power, like New Orleans' Mayor Nagin and Police Chief Compass, and uncritically fell for every nutso yarn they were peddled. The media swallowed more bilge than if they'd been lying down with their mouths open as the levee collapsed. Ten thousand dead! Widespread rape and murder! A 7-year-old gang-raped and then throat-slashed! It was great stuff -- and none of it happened. No gang-raped 7-year-olds. None."

Prisoners Evacuated After Hurricanes Allege Abuse  10/2/2005 NYT: "Lawyers for inmates in Louisiana say that prison guards have abused some of the nearly 8,000 prisoners who were evacuated from flooded jails in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. The allegations are contained in affidavits filed by lawyers who have interviewed thousands of inmates in recent weeks. The complaints include accusations that some guards left prisoners locked in their cells while floodwaters rose to their necks, and that others engaged in regular beatings and other abuse. The lawyers also estimate that as many as 2,000 people arrested for minor crimes just before the hurricane are still in prison five weeks later. They said that under normal circumstances, such low-level offenders would have seen a judge and been released within days. State and local officials say flooding has destroyed much of the court system and legal records in New Orleans."


Saturday  10/1/2005

The book of racist virtues, by Bill Bennett  10/1/2005 Austin American Statesman: "What is morally reprehensible is that Bennett's racist statements fuel the specious belief that blacks are genetically wired to be criminals. Bennett should know that race is not a predictor of criminal behavior. Researchers long have pointed to socioeconomic factors as a primary cause for criminal behavior. But Bennett didn't say that aborting all poor children would reduce the crime rate, but rather aborting all black children — rich, poor or middle-income — is the way to lower the crime rate. Bennett should apologize. Instead he blames the media for taking his comments out of context. Right."

Grand juror: DeLay evidence is there  10/1/2005 Dallas Morning News 


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