Help ensure just recovery in the wake of Hurricane Gustav
It’s hard to believe that another devastating hurricane has hit the
Gulf region. Three years after Katrina, many families have just made
it through the barriers and red tape to finally come home again while
tens of thousands are still displaced. Yet, we can already see a
change in the way government at all levels is responding this time –
thanks, in large part, to pressure by you and thousands of others
But we cannot let up. Our brothers and sisters in the Gulf need our
support and solidarity now more than ever.
Three years later, people are still struggling to recover from
Katrina. Mismanagement by FEMA coupled with a leadership crisis and
failed capacity at the American Red Cross has meant continued
hardship for Katrina survivors as dollars and supplies targeted for
recovery have been misspent or appropriated. Immigrant communities
and non-native English speakers remain isolated from services. As
Gustav approached, undocumented workers brought to the Gulf in
Katrina’s wake to help rebuild the region were forced to weigh the
need for safety and evacuation against the fear of immigration raids
Take action today to help ensure just recovery in the wake of
Act now to demand Cash Not Comfort from FEMA. Millions evacuated the
Gulf Coast to escape Hurricane Gustav. Returning home will take time
and cost money. But FEMA is stopping short of helping evacuees return
by passing on the burden of providing food, shelter and comfort to
groups like the American Red Cross.
Call Senators Landrieu and Vitter, Governor Jindal, and Mayor Nagin
to demand that they:
1. Provide an orderly process for return of all residents to the
greater New Orleans area, and the entire Gulf Coast region.
2. Force FEMA to provide cash compensation to evacuees in order to
defray the cost for this extraordinary effort.
Senator Landrieu: 202.224.5824
Senator Vitter: 202.224.4623
Governor Jindal: 225.342.7015
Mayor Nagin: 504.658.4000
Don’t let the American Red Cross repeat the mistakes of Katrina and
Rita! Stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable communities of
the Gulf. Send a letter to the Red Cross demanding equitable
distribution of resources to low-income communities and communities
Volunteer to be a Human Rights Monitor.
Donate. Help. Click here to donate and volunteer with grassroots
organizations working for "solidarity, not charity."
Stay up to date on the latest advocacy efforts for just recovery and
please spread the word. Together, we are making a difference!
The KIN Team
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