I haven't been posting the past few days, partially out of continued shock over the destruction in Louisiana. I've been reading and listening to what news of it I can, but don't have anything to add that hasn't been said by many others. However I'll pass along something that came into my inbox today from the La. Greens, via the national party. By the way, the Louisiana Greens (not to be confused with the Los Angeles Greens) earlier this summer became the most recent state Green Party to gain major party ballot status. I'm posting the entire press release because I can't find a link.
Louisiana Greens Express Outrage at Katrina "Planning"Read the rest at gp.org.
War, Racism, Coastal Mismanagement Exacerbate Devastation
As the devastation in New Orleans from hurricane Katrina grows more and more deadly, disgraceful, and surreal--we find ourselves in a state of 'shock and awe' at the appalling carelessness to the rescue effort, the racist neglect of New Orleans' most vulnerable people, and the devastating mismanagement of our regional ecosystem which hastened and exacerbated the devastation.
Greens are committed to rebuilding Louisiana sustainably and equitably!
THE REAL COSTS OF WAR
Fully one-third of the Louisiana National Guard, whose mission is to assist in rescue and relief operations during peacetime, have instead been sent to Iraq to fight for George Bush's war, based on lies and deception. This includes many troops who were trained specifically for high-water rescue operations. Yet four days after the hurricane hit, there's no National Guard in sight. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians--most poor and African-American--have been without food, water and medicines for almost a week while the president cobbles together a hodgepodge of disaster relief teams from under-staffed and under-funded local authorities.