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Marleyb Donating Member (736 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:09 PM
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Imagine one hundred thousand people marching on New Orleans
This is written by Naomi Archer on the ground helping in New Orleans....

"One hundred thousand people. I read the news from Washington DC that one hundred thousand protestors are marching on the capital, sharing a flood of outrage on our faltering King George, who frankly, doesnt care if one hundred million demonstrated. I look at the pictures from the day and I see marches with multitudes of people, smiles and laughter, and creative props, costumes and actions. Im sure the people who are participating feel empowered and alive...

The disonance between what is happening in Washington DC tonight and what is happening in Louisiana is too much for me to rationalize. Progressives talk about ending racism, poverty, and showing how much they "care" about other people. But it seems that for too many people, those ideals are values of convenience. And when it becomes inconvenient, uncomfortable, or frightening - then the values become almost valueless.

What could I say to the hundreds of families who are watching the water rise towards their doors and windows, or people who have already lost everything from these storms? "Im sorry, but I cant help you because we dont have enough volunteers. I know your house is flooding, youre hungry and everything you own will be lost. But look on the bright side. One hundred thousand people are protesting about the lack of relief response youve gotten. Im sure it will change right away. President Bush always moves quickly on these kinds of things."

But things could be so much different. Imagine one hundred thousand people marching on the Gulf coast to act in soldiarty with others who have been marginalized and demonized by King George and his jesters. I think of the pictures of that day. I see hundreds of tons of food distributed, thousands of tarps and house repairs, and creative ways of acting together to build a community of change. Im sure the people who are participating feel empowered and the ones they are helping are still alive. There might even be a smile.

Come to Louisiana. Come hand out food. Come provide medical care. Come cover the roof of a house. Come give hope to those whove lost everything. I guarantee it will change your life forever. For more information about Common Ground and community-based hurricane relief, visit http://www.commongroundrelief.org ."
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Marleyb Donating Member (736 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:24 PM
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1. I don't think this relief worker is trying to diss the protesters
as much as she is trying to plead for help.

And why, with FEMA and their billions of dollars and the Red Cross with their millions of donations...why are the people of New Orleans still in such a desperate situation?

It's really horribly inexplicably sad. If thousands of relief workers went to New Orleans, Blackwater wouldn't be able to harass the residents, and FEMA and the Red Cross wouldn't be able to pretend they are helping. They would be forced to step up to the plate. Also, it wouldn't be so easy to hide the bodies if there were witnesses everywhere.
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