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Friday  9/30/2005

Longtime GOP Fundraiser and NPR Critic Elected to Head CPB  9/30/2005 Pacifica: "Longtime Republican fundraiser Cheryl Halpern was elected the new chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting earlier this week. Halpern has overseen such government-funded media projects as Voice of America, Radio Marti in Cuba and Radio Free Iraq. She has also accused National Public Radio of anti-Israel bias."

Hurricane Brings Miss. Real Estate Frenzy  9/30/2005 AP: "The Mississippi coast, wracked by Hurricane Katrina, is caught up in a real estate rush, as speculators and those looking to replace their own wrecked homes pinpoint broken and battered waterfront neighborhoods. In the weeks since the hurricane, prices of many homes - even damaged properties - have jumped 10 to 20 percent. But what Katrina spared, the real estate rush now imperils. The arrival of speculators threatens what's left of bungalow neighborhoods that are among the Gulf's oldest communities, close-knit places of modest means where casino workers, fishermen and their families could still afford to live near the water."

Texas mayors say FEMA didn't deliver on promise to do better  9/30/2005 Knight Ridder 

Thursday  9/29/2005

Conyers Calls on Network to Suspend Bill Bennett's Radio Program  9/29/2005 Buzzflash 

EVACUATION - Lessons come at high cost: 107 lives  9/29/2005 Houston Chronicle 

Wednesday  9/28/2005

White Lawmaker Likens Black Colleagues, KKK  9/28/2005 AP 

FEMA Under Fire Again, Now for Rita Effort  9/28/2005 AP 

EVACUATION "like a horror movie"  9/28/2005 South East Texas Live: "Several bus drivers from the convoy on Tuesday were staying in Reunion Arena, one of the three main Dallas shelters now housing about 1,700 people from Jefferson County. As they sat outside on folding chairs, having a smoke, they described seeing people on their front lawns glaring at them with shotguns in hand, and pickup trucks with nooses hanging in back (most of the bus passengers were black).The drivers said whenever they tried to stop to rest or let their passengers use the restroom, town officials had court orders waiting for them to get out of town, an assertion those town officials later denied."

Tales of rape, murder in Superdome appear false  9/28/2005 AP: [classic prodrome to a lynching]

3 Charged in Killing Of Fla. Businessman - Boulis Slain After 2000 Abramoff Deal  9/28/2005 Washington Post: "Fort Lauderdale police said yesterday that they charged three men in the 2001 gangland-style slaying of a Florida businessman who was gunned down in his car months after selling a casino cruise line to a group that included Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis was killed on a Fort Lauderdale street on Feb. 6, 2001. Two of the three men charged had been hired as consultants by Adam Kidan, one of Abramoff's partners in the SunCruz Casinos venture. Anthony Moscatiello, 67, identified by authorities as a former bookkeeper for the Gambino crime family, was arrested Monday night in Queens, N.Y. Anthony Ferrari, 48, was arrested in Miami Beach. Both were charged with murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder. James Fiorillo, 28, was arrested in Palm Coast, Fla., yesterday and charged with murder and conspiracy. Boulis, millionaire founder of the Miami Subs sandwich chain, sold SunCruz to Abramoff and Kidan in September 2000, at a time when Abramoff was one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists. Abramoff and Kidan were indicted last month on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with a $60 million loan they obtained to purchase the casino company."

Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down"  9/28/2005 Media Matters 

Tuesday  9/27/2005

FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid  9/27/2005 Washington Post: "After weeks of prodding by Republican lawmakers and the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it will use taxpayer money to reimburse churches and other religious organizations that have opened their doors to provide shelter, food and supplies to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. FEMA officials said it would mark the first time that the government has made large-scale payments to religious groups for helping to cope with a domestic natural disaster. "I believe it's appropriate for the federal government to assist the faith community because of the scale and scope of the effort and how long it's lasting," said Joe Becker, senior vice president for preparedness and response with the Red Cross." [the same racist red cross that can't distribute warehouses of goods in white neighborhood to black ones]

Monday  9/26/2005

Still a mess in Texas - Residents urged not to return home until Houston is ready, but many not willing to abide by state's plan  9/26/2005 Newsday: "For many of the impatient, the tired and the homesick whose evacuated dwellings in metro Houston were mostly spared by Hurricane Rita, the governor of Texas yesterday offered words they dreaded to hear: Don't come home yet. A planned three-day staggered return to the nation's fourth-largest city was meant to ensure that gas stations were resupplied, downed power lines repaired, roads cleared of high water and debris, and grocery shelves restocked."

Assassination in Puerto Rico - The FBI Murders a Legend  9/26/2005 Counterpunch: "Filiberto, she says, knew that the FBI was there to kill him and did not talk at any time about surrendering himself. After all, that is what happened in Cerro Maravilla, where the local police -acting allegedly in cohort with the FBI- executed two unarmed independentistas, well after they had surrendered to the authorities. The Attorney General for Puerto Rico has already corroborated Elma's story. The FBI fired more than a hundred rounds of bullets. Filiberto was able to respond only ten times. There was no attempt to arrest him; they came to kill him with premeditation… From 1990 to 2005, Filiberto was running loose in Puerto Rico, outsmarting the FBI on an Island that is smaller than the State of Connecticut and where everybody, through means of gossip, can easily find out what the other islanders are doing, even in their bed. So, the FBI knew for sure that Filiberto was being protected by the community at large. The FBI had a motive for their assassination. Filiberto Ojeda will be buried the afternoon of September 27, 2005, as a hero in his hometown of Naguabo, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Bar Association has announced that it will conduct a full investigation -together with the Government of Puerto Rico- to determine if the FBI murdered Ojeda."

Sunday  9/25/2005

A Washington Sand Trap - A golf outing trips up a widening circle of power brokers.  9/25/2005 Newsweek: "David Safavian wasn't expecting visitors. A relatively senior White House official—he oversaw federal contracts for the Office of Management and Budget—the 38-year-old Safavian had been working around the clock on Katrina relief. But at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, a team of FBI agents showed up at his house and arrested him. The Feds wanted to know if Safavian would be willing to cooperate in an ongoing corruption probe surrounding his friend, lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According to Safavian's lawyer, no deal was struck. Safavian was then charged with lying to the FBI and obstructing an investigation."

George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People by: The Legendary K.O.  9/25/2005 Black Lantern 

How Corporations Cashed in on Katrina - Stealing the Moment - By RALPH NADER  9/25/2005 Counterpunch 

Purging the Poor  9/25/2005 The Nation 

Katrina Redux? Beaumont Paper Finds Federal Storm Failure in Texas  9/25/2005 Editor & Publisher: "Jefferson County officials had a plan to distribute Meals-Ready-to-Eat from local fire stations, the paper said. However, Griffith said the MREs, like the generators, were being withheld by FEMA."

Saturday  9/24/2005

3 in 82nd Airborne Say Beating Iraqi Prisoners Was Routine  9/24/2005 NYT 

Rapper's line bashing Bush put into song via the Web  9/24/2005 Chicago Tribune: Nickerson lives just minutes from the Houston Astrodome and said he was motivated by survivors' firsthand accounts. "Seeing the loss of human dignity ... it created a lot of pent-up emotion," he said. "I knew I was going to put it into a song."

Cuba's offer of help: Lies And Distortions Does Not Save Lives  9/24/2005 AfroCubaWeb: " If Mr. Cuevas-Vega lived in any of those euphemistically described as "under served" communities, was one of the victims of hurricane Katrina or was homeless, he probably would have a different assessment of this offer."

Saving Ourselves  9/24/2005 SOS After Katrina: "Black America learned a very valuable lesson this week in America. We learned that Black Americans have to Save OurSelves because we cannot rely on the Federal Government to save our people Now nor in the future. Black Americans must band together to make it through this massive endeavor of recovery after Hurricane Katrina. We shall prevail! Black America has always fought the good fight."

US Northern Command and Hurricane Rita  9/24/2005 Global Research 

Puerto Rico rebel dies in hideout  9/24/2005 BBC: "Early reports suggesting the death of the Macheteros leader triggered protests in San Juan, the capital of the Caribbean island. Some 500 people blocked the city's main avenue to demonstrate against "Ojeda Rios' assassination". "This was done on purpose... to try to humiliate us," Socialist Front president Jorge Farinacci said. "It's to tell us 'You do not have the right to independence'." "

Friday  9/23/2005

Pattern of Abuse  9/23/2005 Time: "Senate sources tell TIME that the Captain has also reported his charges to three senior Republican senators: Majority Leader Bill Frist, Armed Services Committee chairman John Warner and John McCain, a former torture victim in Vietnam. A Senate Republican staffer familiar with both the Captain and his allegations told TIME he appeared "extremely credible." "

Miles of Traffic as Texans Heed Order to Leave  9/23/2005 NYT: ""The question is how many people will be gravely ill and die sitting on the side of the freeway," said State Representative Garnet Coleman, Democrat of Houston. "Dying not from the storm, but from the evacuation." Mr. Coleman's family had tried to leave the city Thursday at his urging - he is traveling on the West Coast - but they gave up after 12 hours of stalled traffic, without even passing the city's outer ring highway. "If you can't move outside the city of Houston in 12 hours, then nobody else is getting out," Mr. Coleman said. "This is it. Because even if you tried to leave now, you would not move fast enough to get out of harm's way in advance of the storm." The situation raised serious worries about how the city would handle something like a terrorist attack, he said. Timothy Adcock, 48, a Houston landscaper who was in the 15th hour of inching to Tyler in a companion's pickup truck after his car broke down under the grueling conditions, said, "I never saw anything so disorganized." "

Thursday  9/22/2005

'That Could Have Been Us' -- Struggling Communities Seek New Solutions After Katrina  9/22/2005 Pacific News 

The Invisible Victims of Katrina  9/22/2005 Pacific News: "They are nameless faces who -- just like hundreds of thousands of others in the Gulf Coast -- lost everything they had to the rabid winds of Hurricane Katrina. They are victims of the storm, but because they don't exist in the eyes of federal authorities, they will not be treated as such. Because they are undocumented immigrants, they are invisible. When the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would help all the victims of Katrina, it did not really mean "all." When asked over and over again by Spanish-language journalists whether or not undocumented immigrants would be excluded from aid, time and time again FEMA's representatives said the aid is for "all" of the victims. But we later learned how relative the terms "aid" and "all" can be."

Food Not Bombs Needs Help Feeding the Survivors of Rita and Katrina  9/22/2005 Food not Bombs: "PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP! We are in need of volunteers and food to help the people displaced by both Rita and Katrina. Last week Food Not Bombs opened a Community Center in the 9th Ward. We also need as many volunteers in , Houston, Baton Rouge and New Orleans as possible. Tucson and Prescott Food Not Bombs report that there is widespread need in Baton Rouge. Volunteers, food and personal items such as tampons are needed. A 24 foot truck will be leaving Tucson soon."

Wednesday  9/21/2005

Update for medical clinicians coming to New Orleans - How to donate services and funds to Common Ground Clinic, inspired by Malik Rahim  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "I'm posting an update on the Algiers Clinic, and how things have been going in New Orleans. We're now calling the clinic Common Ground, and we're referring to the staffing as part of the Mutual Aid Collective of Algiers. The clinic is located on 1401 Teche St, and our phone is (504) 361-9659. To support Common Ground, send donations to Common Ground, P.O. Box 3216, Gretna, LA 70054. Please no clothes or food. More information and online monetary donations are available at the new action website at"

Back inside New Orleans  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "I spent yesterday inside the city of New Orleans, speaking to a few of the last holdouts in the Ninth Ward neighborhood. Their stories paint a very different picture from what we've heard in the media. Instead of stories of gangs committing crimes while police and soldiers kept order, there were stories of collective action and everyone looking out for each other - communal responses."

Bush to New Orleans: Let the niggers die!  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "West had nothing to gain by criticizing Bush and everything to lose in terms of his newly-won mainstream musical success. Certainly the media and the government will try to destroy his career, just as they have done with other outspoken Black commercial artists who have criticized the political establishment… Nobody in the government cares about these Black and poor people. To this government, even a number of poor whites who shared in their fate were totally expendable. They are niggers too, the underclass. No buses were sent by the mayor, governor or president for these Black and poor people to take them to safety, even though there was a full three to four days warning. No plans were made to feed or house them or to give them medical attention. They were abandoned to their fate. Neither Bush nor the local politicians cared if they lived or died. This was a criminal, genocidal non-response by American government officials in the Bush administration especially, one of the most right-wing federal administrations in U.S. history."

Lost my husband and my home to Katrina  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "My husband was in Orleans Parish Prison since Aug. 7 on a court hold and was left to drown when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The staff abandoned the jail and left the prisoners alone with no water or food for two days. When they finally did come to evacuate the jail, they brought my husband along with others to Hunts State Penitentiary in Gonzales, Louisiana, where they spent the night on a hillside in the rain… When he arrived at Phelps Correctional Center in Dequincey, Louisiana, where he is to this day, they sprayed them down and gave them numerous shots for disease control. My husband is very ill and needs lots of care. He is only on court hold. He was accused of rape in 2002, but the alleged victim waited 11 months to even report this rape and only then after we had filed a complaint against them for an illegal eviction in a state funded facility. I do have concrete evidence of his innocence, including a 30-minute segment of the meeting of the illegal eviction back in 2001. In this meeting, the director of the facility where we lived states she wanted to give him a fresh start and there was no actual penetration or physical assault. So why is he accused of rape three weeks later?"

The Black 911: Baush has declared war on Black people - ‘The revolution has begun – we need to get down here!’ - by Suncere Ali Ahakur  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "There is total devastation in the Black community down here in New Orleans. All the stories you hear about FEMA and the Red Cross, man, they are slow getting to the people down here. If it wasn’t for the people on the ground, the grassroots folks getting supplies and water and things they need, they probably would just perish. I’m in Algiers (a neighborhood on the West Bank across the river from downtown New Orleans) with brother Malik Rahim. With the people he’s been able to organize, he’s been able to save about 70 percent of the community… On all four corners we’ve got Blackhawk helicopters flying around. You know how paranoid the government gets when people start moving on their own. I don’t have a problem with white people coming down here and helping out, especially if they are in the right spirit. The community we have here is good. They’re about work. The thing is I haven’t heard any Black nationalist organizations giving any funds to help this brother (Malik Rahim) doing what he is doing. I haven’t heard any of these organizations sending any bodies, because we need bodies to do what we are doing. This brother has a clean heart and soul. He’s really about the people, and that’s rare. That is very rare… These people have upped the stakes on us. They’ve taken advantage of Katrina, and they’re making a movement and a land grab on our folks and they’re shooting them in the streets. Our people are not criminals. They’re trying to survive this hell hole. We’ve come down here and set up soup kitchens and a mobile clinic. After we did everything, then the Army came in. They said the people need vaccinations. We already gave them vaccinations. They said the people need water. We already gave them water. But this man (Malik) can’t sustain this stuff by himself. We need us down here to see about us. I don’t care where you come from. We got people driving two days in a row from San Francisco in a car (that’s) packed. We got technicians down here. We’ve got internet set up. Basically we’ve got a little command center and everything. We’ve got people that can get you through those checkpoints. If you all worried about getting shot at, dammit, you’re going to get shot at in your own neighborhood. You run the same risk staying home – so you might as well come on down here and let’s move. The revolution has begun. We need to get down here. These people are not attacking us covertly any more through the prison industrial complex, through sorry health care or through sorry housing. Bush has declared war on Black people. This is the Black 911. Hopefully this will galvanize us, bring us together. You can’t sit back, watch our people die and get their land taken away from them. This is slavery, man. It’s just like slavery when they took slaves, broke them up and sent them to different plantations. It’s the same thing going on. These people are down here terrorizing our people, scaring them not to come back. You’ve got Homeland Security and the Army terrorizing people. I had three friends stopped last night on their way home by three guys from Homeland with guns. There’s nobody here, bro. Why all the guns? Ain’t nobody here. We need some soldiers down here. It’s genocide now. It’s not covert any more. Now it’s overt. I’m not advocating any kind of violence, but protect yourself at all times, of course."

Katrina's Window Into Slavery's Past — and Present  9/21/2005 Village Voice: "Rebecca J. Scott's Degrees of Freedom is a fascinating and well-written piece of comparative history, but it's not exactly written for a mass audience. Its subtitle, however, says that it should be: "Louisiana and Cuba After Slavery." Scott (see photo) is a University of Michigan law and history professor who spent years trying to understand what happened after the Civil War — and after the Spanish-American War — to the hundreds of thousands of slaves working in the huge sugar-cane industries of Louisiana and Cuba. Those who are rebuilding New Orleans would do well to capitalize on what's inside Scott's suddenly extremely timely book. With the Bush regime in power, that's unlikely to happen. But here's a question posed and analyzed by Scott: After slavery, how did the African Americans fare, compared with the African Cubans? I'll be more simplistic than Scott: Since slavery officially ended, the African Americans have been treated worse, and this was apparent long before Fidel Castro was even born."

Rescue Came from the Grass Roots  9/21/2005 Black Commentator: "The first folks to send a couple of vans of food and supplies was TOPS, The Ordinary Peoples Society, a prison ministry in Dothan AL founded and staffed by ex-offenders. They organized food from a food bank, pooled their money to get additional goods and moved it to Mobile where they connected with a second organization of formerly incarcerated brothers down there to distribute it while they went back to Dothan for more. That's why we tell everybody now that it was felons who were the first to feed, the first to respond to need, the first to get up and do something. They didn’t wait for permission or for a contract. That’s real leadership… So well stocked and well-supplied Red Cross operations sat in white churches only a short distance from predominantly black areas which had not been reached by any private or government relief agency before black churches and black ex-offenders and black grassroots organizations took matters into their own hands."

Momentum building for huge protest Saturday Stop the war – stop the greed – from Iraq to New Orleans  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "Plans for the largest demonstrations since the U.S. invasion of Iraq are gaining momentum across the nation, and protestors’ attention is also focused on the genocidal response of the Bush administration in New Orleans and elsewhere to hurricane Katrina."

French Lesson: Taunts on Race Can Boomerang  9/21/2005 NYT: "There are virtually no black people in corporate France, and blacks have almost no political representation. No black person sits in the National Assembly or in a regional parliament, and only a smattering are found in city councils. The European Union finances programs for minorities but not in France, because of its refusal to recognize minorities. So, today, blacks are not much on the French agenda. After the recent fires, the interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, proposed a program of affirmative action and a requirement that résumés conceal a person's ethnic or racial identity. But the rest of the cabinet, including the minister for equal opportunity, rejected the ideas, saying they offended the fundamental principle of equality."

Of race and nature’s wrath by Mumia Abu-Jamal  9/21/2005 SF Bay View 

Hurricane Raps -- Freestyles, Conscious Laments and Battle Rhymes Inspired by Katrina  9/21/2005 New American Media: "The Hurricane Katrina experience has sparked an explosion of rhymes from New Orleans evacuees. Many use rapping as a way to express their wonder, anger and frustration as they wait to pull their lives back together. One in an ongoing series of storm survivor narratives."

Help reunite New Orleans prisoners with their families  9/21/2005 SF Bay View 

The Titanic of our era by Bill Fletcher Jr.  9/21/2005 SF Bay View: "There is another way to think about the disaster: the steerage on the Titanic. To refresh your memory, that was the section of the ship that provided the cheapest accommodations and where the poorest were housed. It was also the lowest part of the ship, the least safe and the site of overwhelming death. One may remember, as portrayed in the film “Titanic,” that the passengers in steerage were literally locked in, trapped like rats such that they could not escape the rising water. Does this somehow sound familiar? Did the builders of the Titanic design it in such a way that they aimed to kill the occupants of steerage? Not at all. They did, however, design it so that if anyone was going to die, it would be those in steerage. Their deaths were acceptable for the builders of the Titanic. After all, those in steerage were considered a less-relevant population than the rich on the upper decks… They calculated that they could ignore the plight of the Gulf Coast’s poor. Each hurricane that missed the Gulf Coast was another source of relief and a confirmation that it was better to put resources into wars and tax cuts than into saving the lives of those at the bottom. So, it did not have to be a conspiracy, because, in fact, the game of U.S. capitalism has been rigged from the beginning. We just happened to see the results in bloated bodies, crying and ill children, the devastation of a beautiful coastline and the possibly permanent displacement of hundreds of thousands of people."

Tuesday  9/20/2005

Cuban State Disaster Management Praised by UN  9/20/2005 AIN, Cuba 

New Orleans: Survivor Stories  9/20/2005 City Pages, Minneapolis 


News about Food Not Bombs and Our Effort to help the Victims of Katrina  9/20/2005 Food not Bombs: "We have new information daily - Food Not Bombs groups all across the southern United States are feeding families displaced by Katrina. Help us get food and supplies past FEMA. We need clothes, cooking equipment, food, cooks and money to provide for thousands of hungry homeless people. We have no overhead, rent or salaries so every donation goes directly to helping people. Many affected by Katrina are familiar with Food Not Bombs because we have been sharing free food in communities through the area for many years. Because we are independent we can take food and supplies to areas where no other agency can reach."

Katrina’s Lesson: Self-determination for Blacks Everywhere  9/20/2005 SF Bay View 

Monday  9/19/2005

Wake Up White America! Racist Policies Lead to Death and Destruction  9/19/2005 Counterpunch 

Katrina survivors speak out - Millions More Movement conveners launch fact-finding mission  9/19/2005 Final Call: "He also revealed to the press a report that he received, from a “very reliable source” he said, that there was a 25-foot hole under one of the levees that broke, which suggested it may have been busted on purpose to destroy the part of the city where Black people lived. “This is a horrible thing to think that somebody would do,” he observed, “but all one needs to understand is our history, and Black-White relations in this country, and what some are capable of doing out of envy and desire for political and economic advancement.” He reminded the press of the only time that bombs ever fell on the soil of the United States—May 31, 1921, the bombing of “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Okla., one of the most economically prosperous and independent Black communities ever developed. He recounted that an incident over a Black person “insulting” a White person was fabricated and fomented the farmers’ hatred and envy enough to take to the skies in their planes and drop bombs to burn the Black community to the ground, killing 300 people and wiping the entire district off the map."

Faith-based disaster  9/19/2005 SF Chronicle: "Immediately after the hurricane, there were only two secular organizations to which FEMA's Web site urged that contributions be made; all the others were faith-based. What's worse, in at least some instances, FEMA relied on faith-based charities to spearhead the emergency-relief effort, regardless of whether they had expertise."

Sunday  9/18/2005

FEMA: A Legacy of Waste  9/18/2005 Sun Sentinel, FL: "The handling of aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina is only the latest in a series of missteps and fraud that has plagued this tax-funded government agency. The Sun-Sentinel took a look at 20 recent disasters and found mismanagement and misallocation abound."

Chavez at the UN - by Hugo Chavez  9/18/2005 Znet: "Last January, of this year 2005, we were in World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. There, several personalities requested that the seat of United Nations be taken from the United States if that country continues to violate international legal norms. Today we know that there never were any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The American people has always been very scrupulous in their demand that their rulers be truthful with them. The other peoples have also made this demand. Even though there never were weapons of mass destruction, in spite of the United Nations' objections, Iraq was bombed, occupied, and continues to be occupied. For that reason we propose to this assembly that the United Nations should leave a country that does not respect the resolutions of its own assembly."

Assata Shakur: Woman, Exile, Artist, Mother  9/18/2005 HOA 

What Is The Hands Off Assata Campaign?  9/18/2005 HOA 

Transcript for September 18 - Bill Clinton, Thad Allen, Gwen Ifill, Eugene Robinson, Judy Woodruff & Byron York  9/18/2005 NBC: "I was stunned in New Orleans at how many black New Orleanians would tell me with real conviction that somehow the levee breaks had been engineered in order to save the French Quarter and the Garden District at the expense of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is almost all black. You know, I don't for a minute think the Corps of Engineers or the city of New Orleans would be clever enough to do that at this point. But these are not wild-eyed people. These are reasonable, sober people who really believe that. And that tells you something about our racial divide in New Orleans."

Saturday  9/17/2005

FEMA, Slow to the Rescue, Now Stumbles in Aid Effort  9/17/2005 NYT: "Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Katrina cut its devastating path, FEMA - the same federal agency that botched the rescue mission - is faltering in its effort to aid hundreds of thousands of storm victims, local officials, evacuees and top federal relief officials say. The federal aid hot line mentioned by President Bush in his address to the nation on Thursday cannot handle the flood of calls, leaving thousands of people unable to get through for help, day after day. Federal officials are often unable to give local governments permission to proceed with fundamental tasks to get their towns running again."

Hands Off Assata Chicago Petition to City Council, 8/05  9/17/2005 AfroCubaWeb 

BLOCKED EVACUATION ROUTE - Police decision to close bridge justified, city says  9/17/2005 Houston Chronicle 

Katrina shows effect of climate change, says Gore  9/17/2005 FT: “Katrina is the first sip, the first taste, of a bitter cup that will be proffered to us over and over again. It is up to us [to tackle climate change], and it does involve accepting that there is a legitimate role for government.”

Going back for more  9/17/2005 Corvallis Gazette-Times, OR: "After a couple of weeks in New Orleans with an emergency team providing aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina, Philomath residents Peggy Peirson and Dan Kearl spent only a few days at home resting up and telling stories before getting ready to head back and continue recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast."

I Will Rebuild With You, Mr. President By Donna Brazile  9/17/2005 Washington Post: "On Thursday night President Bush spoke to the nation from my city. I am not a Republican. I did not vote for George W. Bush -- in fact, I worked pretty hard against him in 2000 and 2004. But on Thursday night, after watching him speak from the heart, I could not have been prouder of the president and the plan he outlined to empower those who lost everything and to rebuild the Gulf Coast."

Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims  9/17/2005 Baton Rouge Advocate: "In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn't registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I begged him to let me continue," said Perlmutter, who left his home and practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Pennsylvania to come to Louisiana and volunteer to care for hurricane victims. "People were dying, and I was the only doctor on the tarmac (at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) where scores of nonresponsive patients lay on stretchers. Two patients died in front of me. "I showed him (the U.S. Coast Guard official in charge) my medical credentials. I had tried to get through to FEMA for 12 hours the day before and finally gave up. I asked him to let me stay until I was replaced by another doctor, but he refused. He said he was afraid of being sued. I informed him about the Good Samaritan laws and asked him if he was willing to let people die so the government wouldn't be sued, but he would not back down. I had to leave." FEMA issued a formal response to Perlmutter's story, acknowledging that the agency does not use voluntary physicians."

Media Hallucinated ‘Thoughtful’ Bush Commentary on Race  9/17/2005 Think Progress: "Given this kind of media treatment, it’s worth noting that Bush’s 3,300-word speech actually contained just a single, 19-word sentence about race. Even more notable, that one sentence describes racial discrimination in the past tense"

Friday  9/16/2005

U.S. Decertifies Venezuela on Drug Control  9/16/2005 Narcosphere: "It would seem, then, that the White House and State Department are using the drug war pretext to begin what could evolve into a Cuba-style economic blockade of Venezuela. At the very least, they are employing a tool that in the past has been quite effective for the political isolation of other countries, and, in the case of Panama in 1989, was part of the run-up to U.S. military invasion."

Ice Runs - A neighborhood survives in New Orleans — without any government help  9/16/2005 LA Weekly 

Leadership vacuum stymied aid offers - Doctor: Officials gave hospital staffers mops as people died  9/16/2005 CNN: "Warehouses in New Orleans burned while firefighters were diverted to Atlanta for Federal Emergency Management Agency training sessions on community relations and sexual harassment. Water trucks languished for days at FEMA's staging area because the drivers lacked the proper paperwork. ...Dr. Bong Mui and his staff, evacuated with 300 patients after three hellish days at Chalmette Medical Center, arrived at the New Orleans airport, and were amazed to see hundreds of sick people. They offered to help. But, the doctor told CNN, FEMA officials said they were worried about legal liability. "They told us that, you know, you could help us by mopping the floor." And so they mopped, while people died around them. "I started crying," he recalled. "We felt like we could help, and were not allowed to do anything."

No Understanding of the Poor or Racism - Bush's Judges and Black America  9/16/2005 Counterpunch 

The New York Times Leads the Pack in Scapegoating Black Americans - Race, Katrina and the Media  9/16/2005 Counterpunch: "Also, I'm not surprised that there was very little difference between the former Ku Klux Klan leader's comments and commentary earlier this week by the New York Times' elite columnists Nicholas D. Kristof and John Tierney. Conservatives might view the Times as liberal, but, in my opinion, the Times leads the nation's media when it comes to scapegoating blacks for the country's social problems. Kristof endorsed a deal suggested by the clueless Rich Lowry of the National Review in which the left would devote " ... greater attention to out-of-wedlock births ... in exchange for the right's support for more urban spending." Missing from this proposal is the fact that out-of-wedlock births among black teenagers have plummeted more than that of any ethnic group, while those among white women are on the rise, according to the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. Kristof also praised Times writer Jason DeParle, who has made a good living identifying welfare as an exclusively black problem. Meanwhile, some members of the Vietnamese community are in a crisis because their five years of receiving checks are about to expire. (When he appeared on C-SPAN, I asked DeParle why the Times always accompanied welfare stories with a black face. He squirmed as callers from around the country referred to other ethnic groups with large numbers on the welfare rolls, including immigrants from Russia.)"

Dignity - Respect - Collaboration - Action  9/16/2005 Get Your Act On!: "Some serious things are going down in New Orleans - we have many questions and very few answers. We fear that New Orleans is slated to be turned into a 'destination resort' - a Disneyfied version of New Orleans, minus the people that make the culture of New Orleans what it is. We refuse to watch our city be stolen and its cultural heritage trashed. Get Your Act On! is moving back in and will take it from there - we want our city and our people back."

A Bridge Too Far  9/16/2005 Washington City Paper: "The print media get picky about a story involving police forcing evacuees back into New Orleans."

Eyewitness, politically charged, on-the-ground truth telling from New Orleans  9/16/2005 Global Research: "It's not so much that the government is not responding [with storm relief], they are obstructing the response. They are telling us we can't bring people the basic necessities of life because that would give them hope. It is a question of oppression vs. mutual aid. That is the revolution. – Jesse, an organizer with MayDay DC volunteering in the Common Ground Wellness Center, Algiers, NOLA"

After Blocking the Bridge, Gretna Circles the Wagons  9/16/2005 LA Times: "GRETNA, La. — Little over a week after this mostly white suburb became a symbol of callousness for using armed officers to seal one of the last escape routes from New Orleans — trapping thousands of mostly black evacuees in the flooded city — the Gretna City Council passed a resolution supporting the police chief's move. "This wasn't just one man's decision," Mayor Ronnie C. Harris said Thursday. "The whole community backs it.""

FEMA under fire for slow Katrina aid  9/16/2005 Reuters 

After Blocking the Bridge, Gretna Circles the Wagons  9/16/2005 LA Times 

It’s time to put LAPD on trial  9/16/2005 Final Call 

Thursday  9/15/2005

Hold the United States Accountable  9/15/2005 Black Commentator: "The United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement provide just such a framework. The principles identify the internationally recognized rights and guarantees of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities due to a number of factors, including natural disaster. According to this set of principles, those who have been displaced from their homes but not crossed international borders are classified as “internally displaced persons,” not “refugees” or “evacuees.” This is not a mere question of semantics, but an essential definition that establishes the obligations that government has to protect and defend the rights of the Gulf Coast residents who have been dispersed across the country. The extent to which various aspects of the recovery should be funded will be a topic of much debate among policymakers, especially given the federal deficit and competing economic needs. But the rights of the displaced must be viewed as a separate and overriding issue. Receiving protection and humanitarian assistance from government authorities is not an act of benevolence, but rather is obligatory for displaced people – for the duration of their displacement. This will be especially important to remember after media coverage of Katrina has faded, and we must not compound the plight of the displaced by letting them fend for themselves once the dust has settled. If we accept that it will take years to rebuild New Orleans, we must also accept that it will take no less time to rebuild the lives of the displaced from New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast."

Katrina: Contemporary Screams of Agony  9/15/2005 Black Commentator 

The Political Wrath of Hurricane Katrina  9/15/2005 Black Commentator 

Expulsion is Transfer: The Colonial Logic of Bush’s Response to New Orleans  9/15/2005 Black Commentator: "First, they order the American Red Cross to leave the site of the catastrophe and not return. Whenever the Red Cross is thrown out of a human disaster zone, the message to any other relief team, either church-based or public is, don’t even think about it. This, incidentally, is the same military strategy that the Israeli army used during its racist siege of Beirut in 1982, where Israel refused to permit the Red Cross to visit Palestinian refugee camps it had just bombed into oblivion (see Noam Chomsky’s The Fateful Triangle, p. 231). In fact, the New York tabloid media seemed to sense this kind of Israelization of the situation in New Orleans when it turned its attention, instantly, to all the dangerous snipers shooting down cops, etc, etc. This fixation on snipers provided the government’s official rationale for martial law, even though the reality of the situation called not for martial law but rather for urgent and massive relief efforts led by the Red Cross. The Bush response to the New Orleans catastrophe was a white supremacist military response, modeled in a precise way after the Israeli colonial occupation of Arab Palestine and the U.S.’s own colonial occupation of Iraq, duly noted, ironically, by commander Riley."

City of Gretna Louisiana - The most evil, racist city in America.  9/15/2005 "Gretna Police Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. ordered his officers to kill any black people that tried to cross the bridge that lead into Gretna. His officers shot at blacks or people in the company of blacks that tried to cross the bridge. A group of around 20, mostly blacks who were fired at when they tried to cross the bridge, camped out at the top of the bridge. Their camp was raided at dusk by Gretna police who held them at gun point, shouted racial slurs and robbed them of their food and water. They hate black people so much that they wanted to add to their suffering pilled on them by hurricane Katrina by taking away their life sustaining food and water. Many died as a result."

Right-Wing Myths About Katrina, Debunked  9/15/2005 Think Progress 

O'Reilly: "Many, many, many" hurricane victims who failed to evacuate New Orleans are "drug-addicted … thugs"  9/15/2005 Media Matters: "Many, many, many of the poor in New Orleans are in that condition. They weren't going to leave no matter what you did. They were drug-addicted. They weren't going to get turned off from their source. They were thugs, whatever."

Malik Rahim and medics from SF to DC set up health clinic in New Orleans  9/15/2005 SF Bay View: "Mayor Ray Nagin announced Thursday that Algiers will be the first of the communities in New Orleans to reopen to residents. While FEMA and the Red Cross will surely trumpet their efforts, the real success of Algiers belongs to those courageous community members who stayed through the storm and activist Malik Rahim who helped to catalyze the bustling Common Ground Relief effort… Cracker squads are groups of white supremacists who are using the slanderous media coverage and storm chaos to terrorize communities of color in Louisiana and Mississippi. One young woman in a Mississippi town relayed to us that a cracker squad had shot Black men in the woods and threatened retaliation for those going public with the story. Similar stories have come in from Algiers, downtown New Orleans and the outlying parishes of Louisiana. A related threat are the armed mercenaries of Blackwater and other contractors who are patrolling downtown New Orleans. Internet reports indicate they have been particularly brutal in the handling of storm survivors."

A sausage -- looted or not -- lands elderly church leader in prison  9/15/2005 AP: "Merlene Maten undoubtedly stands out in the prison where she has been held since Hurricane Katrina. The 73-year-old church deaconess, never before in trouble with the law, now sleeps among hardened criminals. Her bail is a stiff $50,000. Her offense? Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck. Family and eyewitnesses have a different story. They say Maten is an innocent woman who had gone to her car to get some sausage to eat but was wrongly handcuffed by tired, frustrated officers who couldn't catch younger looters at a nearby store. Not even the deli owner wants her charged."

Speculators Rushing In as the Water Recedes  9/15/2005 LA Times: "The real estate agent has $10 million in the bank, wired by an investor who has instructed her to scoop up houses — any houses. "Flooding no problem," Farris' newspaper ads advise. ADVERTISEMENT Her backer is a Miami businessman who specializes in buying storm-ravaged property at a deep discount, something that has paid dividends in hurricane-prone Florida. But he may have a harder time finding bargains this time around. In some ways, Hurricane Katrina seems to have taken a vibrant real estate market and made it hotter. Large sections of the city are underwater, but that's only increasing the demand for dry houses. And in flooded areas, speculators are trying to buy properties on the cheap, hoping that the redevelopment of New Orleans will start a boom. This land rush has long-term implications in a city where many of the poorest residents were flooded out. It raises the question of what sort of housing — if any — will be available to those without a six-figure salary. If New Orleans ends up a high-priced enclave, without a mix of cultures, races and incomes, something vital may be lost."

Wednesday  9/14/2005

New Orleans: Escape from flooded hospital  9/14/2005 SF Bay View: "The distorted emphasis on criminal behavior has stigmatized the people who are now in shelters. Events this week exposed racial, economic and geographic segregation in our society that includes inequality in planning and resources. People need to stick up for the folks in the shelters. I guarantee there’s a shelter coming to a city near you. There are not enough places here for all these people. The New Orleans community is like a glass paperweight that was smashed by a fifty pound iron mallet. Poor people from New Orleans are going to be everywhere. People need to help them, not fear them. Our question should not be, “Why was there looting,” but “How are your families?” and “How can we help?”"

Cheney Diverted Power Crews from Hospitals to Oil Pipeline  9/14/2005 Buzzflash: "Cheney intervened and directed utility crews to restore power for an oil/gasoline pipeline at the expense of medical facilities throughout Mississippi. He gave this order while he was still in on vacation in either Wyoming or Maryland, negotiating on his new $2.7 million summer home."

Terry Long's death tied to football injuries  9/14/2005 Pittsburgh Tribune Review: [many football players suffer debilitating concussions]

Time for a Truth & Justice Commission - Back Inside New Orleans  9/14/2005 Counterpunch: "I asked Okra, in his house off of Piety Street, what the biggest problem has been. He said, "It's been the police - they've lost the last restraints on their behavior they had, and gotten a license to go wild. They can do anything they want. I saw one cop beat a guy so hard that he almost took his ear off. And this was someone just trying to walk home" ...According to a report that's been circulated, Denise Young, one of those trapped in the convention center told family members, "yes, there were young men with guns there, but they organized the crowd. They went to Canal Street and looted,' and brought back food and water for the old people and the babies, because nobody had eaten in days. When the police rolled down windows and yelled out the buses are coming,' the young men with guns organized the crowd in order: old people in front, women and children next, men in the back,just so that when the buses came, there would be priorities of who got out first" But the buses never came. "Lots of people being dropped off, nobody being picked up. Cops passing by, speeding off. We thought we were being left to die"

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement mobilization and demand statement  9/14/2005 SF Bay View 

National Conference of Black Lawyers blasts Bush regime, calls for Black community self-reliance in assisting displaced persons  9/14/2005 SF Bay View 

These are the people the government abandoned - Powerful words of survival, struggle and spirituality of hurricane survivors filled Oakland church Saturday  9/14/2005 Poor News Network 

Aid for Katrina Victims Spurned  9/14/2005 Washington Post: ""I hope people don't play politics," said President Bush in the hurricane's aftermath. But that message didn't get through at the State Department, which is playing politics by continuing to ignore Cuba's offer to send 34 tons of aid and the services of 1,586 doctors. On the face of it, the State Department’s inaction is puzzling. Cuban doctors have much experience in helping the victims of tropical storms. In 1998, Cuba sent 2,000 doctors to Central America to help the victims of Hurricane Mitch, a storm far more devastating than Katrina… The problem isn’t that Cuba’s poor human rights record has been condemned by the international community. Israel's human rights practices are also controversial, but the United States has sensibly welcomed aid offered by the Israel Defense Forces. The problem isn’t that Cuba has an authoritarian government. So does Russia. But the United States isn't so petty as to turn away the 17 tons of medication sent by Moscow on Wednesday."

What GOP Leaders Fear Most in New Orleans  9/14/2005 Buzzflash: "The woman in the wheelchair is old enough to have been around in Jim Crow times. Now she and the little girl seem to be holding hands without a second thought. In the wake of the hurricane, most black and white Americans saw themselves as on the same side, despite the GOP and their PR flaks attempts to create a racial divide and portray the survivors as savage looters and snipers. I have often wonder if Martin Luther King was killed not for his civil rights work for blacks, or his opposition to Vietnam, but because the last cause he was involved in, that garbage workers strike, was showing that working class blacks and whites had more to gain as allies than enemies."

Last-ditch efforts to save inmate - Black leaders predict dire consequences if Frances Newton is executed tonight  9/14/2005 Houston Chronicle: "Those weapons, they contend, could have been switched during ballistics testing, thereby wrongly indicating that the gun Newton hid in a vacant house after the shootings was the murder weapon. Newton has said she removed the pistol from her apartment and hid it to keep her husband from getting into a violent encounter with drug dealers. Much of the evidence and testimony supporting their multiple-pistol theory, defense attorneys say, was developed after Newton's initial trial."

Tuesday  9/13/2005

Rosa Clemente Reports Back From New Orleans  9/13/2005 Davey D's Hip Hop Daily News: "Hip Hop activist Rosa Clemente is one of the few ‘non-mainstream journalist allowed into New Orleans where the flood waters and damage has occurred. She brings to us an heartwrenching eye opening account of what’s really going on… She talks about the smell of death in the air and how things are much worse then we could ever imagine….Read what she wrote and peep out the interview… There’s more to come.."

The Great New Orleans Land Grab - The 17th Street Canal levee was breached on purpose  9/13/2005 La Voz de Aztlan: "Who were these "military agents" that were killed by the police near the 17th Street Canal breached levee and what were they doing there? Why did the New Orleans police find it necessary to shoot and kill 5 or 6 of them? No one is saying anything and it appears that the news story has now been swept under the rug. Were these US Department of Defense personnel a Special Forces group or Navy Seals with top secret orders to sabotaged the levee? There are verifiable reports that at least 100 New Orleans police officers have disappeared from the face of the earth and that two have committed suicide. Could these be policemen that died defending the levee against sabotage by "federal contractors"? Another telling incident that points to a "nefarious plan" is what New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said at the height of the crisis. He said publicly, "I fear the CIA may take me out!" Mayor Nagin, a Black, said this twice. He told a reporter for the Associated Press: "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened." Later he told interviewers for CNN on a live broadcast that he feared the "CIA might take me out." What does Mayor Ray Nagin know and why does he fear the CIA? In an interview by WWL TV, Mayor Nagin complained vociferously that Louisiana National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were being stopped from dropping sandbags to plug the levee soon after it breached. There is evidence that no repairs were allowed on the levee until after New Orleans was totally flooded! Many civilian groups who were attempting to aid people trapped in their attics, on their roofs and at the Superdome are reporting that FEMA, other federal agents and the US military essentially "stopped" them from doing so. Convoys that were organized by truckers and carrying "food and water" were blocked by agents of the federal government on the highways and roads leading to New Orleans. The American Red Cross, in addition, encountered numerous incidents and has made formal complaints."

Heads of NAACP, National Urban League, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Urge Fairness for African Americans, Katrina Survivors in Recovery Spending  9/13/2005 McKinney Associates 

The Rationale for a Scaled-Back City  9/13/2005 WSJ: "But some economists are starting to wonder if Mr. Hastert might have had a point about caution when it comes to rebuilding New Orleans, as poorly articulated as it might have been. It's not just the city's natural disadvantages (much of it is located below sea level) that worry economists. It's also its economic position -- rampant poverty and an exodus of people and businesses even before the hurricane touched down -- and the need to avoid creating incentives that could lead to development that is no less vulnerable. "We have an obligation to people, not to places," says Edward Glaeser, a Harvard professor who specializes in urban economics. "Given just how much, on a per capita basis, it would take to rebuild New Orleans to its former glory, lots of residents would be much [better off] with $10,000 and a bus ticket to Houston." However the help, and the promise of rebuilding, also gives people an incentive to keep living in disaster-prone places. Like Mr. Glaeser, he's for helping victims. But to limit the perverse incentives, Mr. Becker says any rebuilding of the place should come with tough love from the government, such as tight zoning restrictions in flood-prone areas and tough flood insurance rules. He's not the only Nobel-winner arguing for circumspection about rebuilding New Orleans. "The best policy is not to permit rebuilding in New Orleans in the areas that are subject to flooding," says Edward Prescott, a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who famously used flood-plain relief as an example of how seemingly sound short-run policies can skew incentives in the long-run. Richard Posner, the conservative jurist who shares an economics Web log with Mr. Becker, proposes that the city come back something like Colonial Williamsburg -- a quaint tourist site that isn't really attached to a city. [The blueprint for getting rid of black people in New Orleans.]

Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows  9/13/2005 Knight Ridder: "But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director. But according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder, Chertoff didn't shift that power to Brown until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30, about 36 hours after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. That same memo suggests that Chertoff may have been confused about his lead role in disaster response and that of his department."

Hurricane looting not over yet  9/13/2005 Chicago Sun Times: by Jesse Jackson - "Already Halliburton is on hand with a no-bid contract for reconstruction. Fluor, Bechtel, the Shaw Group -- Republican-linked firms -- are lining up for contracts. Lobbyists like Joe Allbaugh, close friend of George Bush, and James Lee Witt, close friend of Bill Clinton -- both former heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- are advising their corporate clients to get teams on the scene. Normal rules of contracting and competition are being waived in the emergency. Big bucks are on the table. It is a time to be wired politically. The ideologues are in the hunt, too. Newt Gingrich is circulating memos calling for turning the region into a massive enterprise zone, slashing corporate taxes, reducing regulations. The oil lobby is pushing for drilling in Alaska and off the shores of the United States. Right wing activist Grover Norquist calls for cutting taxes on the wealthy even more to stimulate the economy. Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flak suggests conservatives use the crisis to try out their favorite ideas -- vouchers for education and health care. President Bush characteristically issued an executive order effectively lowering the wages of reconstruction workers -- and hiking the profits of their companies. He wiped out the requirement to pay prevailing wages in the disaster region, apparently thinking that $9 an hour for construction workers was too high a price to pay. The government can save money, no doubt, by exploiting illegal immigrant labor."

Usher Supports Kanye, Rebukes Media  9/13/2005 All Hip Hop News: "R&B crooner Usher is denying that he took exception to Kanye West’s off-the-cuff commentary that “George Bush doesn’t like Black people,” an opinion expressed during a live NBC telethon. Usher released a statement to contradict the reports and rebuked the media for promoting division between the two artists. “Contrary to false media reports, I support the personal opinions made by my friend Kanye West. If it wasn’t for his comments, there would not be an open dialogue about the underserved people in the Gulf Region,” Usher said in a statement."

Hurricane Kanye hits America  9/13/2005 SF Bay View: "Kanye told the TRUTH, and it needed to be said. Anytime white conservative talk show hosts like Neal Boortz ( – We need to start an email and phone campaign to holla at him this Tuesday, for real) can get on the radio and make racist statements against Black people who are suffering from a natural disaster and urge the good ole boys to arm themselves and shoot first and ask questions later, somebody has to say something! We all know that “martial law” is a code word for white folks to shoot Brothas on sight. We must support Brothers and Sisters who stand up for the people like Kanye West did. As the right wing gathers its forces to attack this Brother, we must attack back! Every time one of them disses Kanye on the radio, TV or newspaper we must make an immediate organized response. We must show them the real meaning of “Bring tha noise!”"

Afrika Bambaataa Speaks on Hip Hop, Katrina and Race  9/13/2005 Davey D's Hip Hop Daily News: "Bam went on to talk about the Black-Brown tensions in cities like Los Angeles. He noted that there’s been a lot of confusion and that much of this has to do with Willie Lynch syndrome and White world supremacy, which strives to keep us divided and going at each other.. Bam went on to note that many Latinos have African roots so its confusing that there would be any sort of tension. He said its important for people not to get caught up in the language of their oppressor (Spanish-English) but to focus on who and what we really are… Bam also said he wants to start doing more interviews in Latin magazine and radio shows to express this unity and bring some of these points to light."

FEMA to set up camper cities for 200,000  9/13/2005 NOLA 

Holy Rollers -- The Church Van Is Hero of Katrina Recovery for Blacks  9/13/2005 Pacific News 

Monday  9/12/2005

Obama: Ignorance of inner city life partly at fault  9/12/2005 Chicago Sun Times: 'Whoever was in charge of planning was so detached from the realities of inner city life in New Orleans ... that they couldn't conceive of the notion that they couldn't load up their SUVs, put $100 worth of gas in there, put some sparkling water and drive off to a hotel and check in with a credit card,'' Obama said. ''There seemed to be a sense that this other America was somehow not on people's radar screen. And that, I think, does have to do with historic indifference on the part of government to the plight of those who are disproportionately African-American.'' He added that ''passive indifference is as bad as active malice.''

Hard Knock Radio To Do Fact Finding Mission in Gulf States  9/12/2005 Davey D's Hip Hop Daily News: "Some of the Organizations we hope to connect and help (not a full list and we are still attempting to contact folks): The People's Hurricane Fund & Community Oversight Committee Incite Gulf States Chapter, FFLIC (Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children), Louisiana Welfare Rights Organization, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Southern Echo 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, Malcom X Grassroots Movement Gulf States Chapters, NAACP/MER-C in Missisippi Southern Relief Fund c/o Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights"

How, in the Katrina debate, can we be talking about racism?  9/12/2005 Town Hall 

Bush allies getting Katrina work - Companies with ties to the White House among the first awarded reconstruction deals.  9/12/2005 CNN 

Cynthia McKinney censored in congressional record- Is someone afraid of the word IMPEACHMENT?  9/12/2005 Bella Ciao: "I mentioned the word impeachment on the House Floor Thursday late afternoon, but I don’t see it in the official Congressional Record transcript. I was chided by the Speaker that it was out of order to question the President’s motives. I didn’t question motives, I questioned actions: from lack of actions on Katrina to cutting the budget of safety net programs, to rewarding the rich to the detriment of all the rest of us. This transcript directly from the Congressional Record is mangled and omits that word!!!! I can’t believe this. Please read the attachment (I don’t normally do attachments) and see if I missed it. If I hear back from you that it is, indeed, missing, then I will say the word repeatedly on the House Floor upon my return to force them to put my words as I say them in the Congressional Record."

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