Protest for Hurricane Katrina

*FYI: The following was not written by Uptown Flavor.

From 3:00 to 7:00, from Frederick Douglas to Broadway along 125th Street

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans. The world looked on in horror as George Bush and the system he represents cold-bloodedly let people, mostly poor and black, needlessly suffer and die. A savage crime was committed and it is a crime still in progress. Katrina concentrates the larger reality facing Black people in the U.S. — this system has nothing for black people but more bitter, brutal betrayal, and new levels of suffering and oppression. We urgently need resistance to all this! Now!

Harlem- On August 29, 2007 let’s join people across this country and say loud and clear- Katrina- Never Forgive – Never Forget! Let’s call out this criminal system for what it did in New Orleans. Let’s say loud and clear we will not accept any part of this system’s genocidal assault on black people: We will not accept Sean Bell’s murder by the police- not the modern day lynching of six black youth in Jena, Louisiana- not the recent Supreme Court ruling against school desegregation- not the criminalization of a generation of youth,- not any of this.

On Wednesday, August 29

From 3:00 to 7:00, from Frederick Douglas Avenue to Broadway along 125th Street. (Meet at Frederick Douglass and 125th.)

It’s time to stand up, open our mouths, speak the truth, and start fighting back like we mean it.


5 thoughts on “Protest for Hurricane Katrina

  1. I am deeply disturb by our response to Hurricane Katrina. I, as an American citizen, dont want to believe that as a society we have come so far,but yet have made no steps foward. The smallest victims of Hurricane Katrina were left to their own devices to survive in a world that most adults don’t. As a society, are we so guillable that we have allowed ourselvies to be tricked into forgetting one of the greatest tragedies. We have become too involved in talk of rebuilding New Orleans,”chocolate city”, and who lives there. Are we not yet hip to the tricks of the trade, to the point that time and time again we miss the important issues because they are set up in such a way that they tend to let us forget what has happened. What happened to the children and where will they pop up in the next 10 years? Don’t forget most of these children were the color of the “chocolate city” and they will ,for the most part, be blamed for the future chocolate promblems, even though they were given no chance to become produtive citizens. I believe that as a productive,strong,intelligent group of people, we can do any thing we put our minds to which includes fighting for equality in New Orleans,insisting on financial help for the victims, and demanding to know what happened to so many of our Martin Luther Kings, Rosa Parks,and Fredrick Douglas’s.If we do not find the answers to our future (our children) we are bound to allow our past to be repeated and also too become more and more immune to it. It is time to stop allowing others to tell us what we deserve and how we are suspose to conduct ourselves. Our ancestors did not allow others to tell them they were not intelligent nor that they were incapable of inventing stop lights, refrigerators, air conditioners, and the process known as the pattent just to name a few of the things that came from black minds. We are a hard working group of people that are capable of mobilizing to achieve what others may consider impossible. Don’t allow others to tell us our children are not important. I say this as I am a mother with chocolate children.

  2. People should be angry. But I wonder if they should modify their demands a bit. Please consider:

    The lack of response to the disaster in New Orleans was probably the worst in American history. But the US is not truly prepared for a disaster in any American city. How can ANY major city be rapidly and safely evacuated, and where to? This a nation-wide problem, not something that just affects black people.

    Supposedly, the French general who ordered that a city be built at the mouth of the Mississippi was told by his civil engineer that it was an extremely bad idea. The general didn’t listen. The “good” land on high ground in New Orleans was mostly already owned by whites when slavery was abolished. Freed slaves and later poor blacks who lived in the area ended up in low-lying areas more vulnerable to flooding. People took what they could get. A tragedy of history and circumstance, but not a conspiracy to drown blacks. Once again, the city should not have been built there in the first place!

    It really makes no sense at all to continue to protect the low-lying areas of New Orleans by spending billions on levees. And so many of the remaining houses are beyond repair (yes, they really are). The fact that the US Government is at least attempting (although miserably) to rebuild low-lying areas of New Orleans is actually a victory for the black people who fought for that, since it’s actually a really bad idea (and all the experts know this). Another disaster will eventually strike sooner or later.

    Black people who were displaced should demand a MASSIVE RELOCATION to a nearby area. Frankly, we should relocate the city inland to a safe place and give land grants and special deals (40 acres & a mule?) to former New Orleans residents of the unsafe, low-lying areas.

    Don’t agree? Well, move back to the old neighborhood…and wait for the next Katrina.

  3. 40 years of politicians putting off securing the levees, combined with Mother Nature bringing this storm to shore on August 29 is the reason this protest is happening on an ‘inconvenient’ weekday.

    August 29, 2005 happened to be a Saturday, but that certainly was no more ‘convenient’ for those that lost their lives, their homes, and their culture.

  4. As a hurricane survivor and displaced Artist from New Orleans- Treme, I appreciate any attention to a massive scale problem that is a continuing struggle for the people of the Gulf coast and is a vivid illustration of the struggle of the poor and disenfrancised in society today. The city is limping and battered , the community is desperate for help, any attention brought to this issue is welcomed Wed or any day. People have set up a homeless camp across from City Hall there have been organized marches on Nola City Hall yet there is no change. It will take outside attention and more resources to rebuild. You only need to visit the 9th ward and see the scattered remains of torn lives to understand the word devistation. This enchanting city layered with history and its own unique culture is dying while the Nation stands by watching. I thank those who are not content to watch.

  5. How many times do we have to go over this? How can any protest expect to attract serious minded people with the motivation and resources for change if it’s held on a week day in the middle of the day????

    If the only people you are looking to attract are those with nothing to do at 3pm on a Wednesday, then good luck to you accomplishing anything meaningful.

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