Peoples' Fund
September 7, 2005

From: Betty Garman Robinson"

This gives you a way to donate on-line to the People's Hurricane Fund, set up by Community Labor United (CLU). A key organizer is Curtis Muhammad, former SNCC organizer.

The Government Botched It So Far, Now Let the People Who Have Suffered Have a Say

Give Voice to the New Orleans Families and Communities Whose Lives Are Now Changed Forever

Help give the evacuees a voice.

Dear Betty,

We've all watched in horror as events unfolded in New Orleans, and one lesson is clear: The people left behind to suffer were left behind because they didn't have the power that richer and whiter Americans take for granted. People in shelters were treated like animals. Government officials separated families. Thousands were simply left to die in the floodwaters.

It is time to give voice to the community — now a diaspora — hardest hit by the hurricane. TrueMajority is working with Community Labor United (CLU), a coalition of community groups that for nine years has worked in what are now the hardest-hit neighborhoods of New Orleans.

Already the leaders of CLU have set up a People's Hurricane Fund that will be directed and administered by New Orleanian evacuees. Money donated to this fund will pay to coordinate activities directed at helping the evacuees in the shelters today, reuniting and rebuilding families tomorrow, and making sure the reconstruction of New Orleans meets the people's needs down the road. They need your help right now.

Please click HERE to help this group speak for the people President Bush wouldn't listen to.

Americans have been generously giving to relief organizations such as the Red Cross to provide the food, clothing, and shelter that evacuees need right now. This charity is necessary and welcome. But in the coming days and months, these victims will need more than that. Government agents will make profound decisions about where victims will live, where their children will go to school, what kind of services they will receive, who gets hired in the reconstruction, and ultimately whether their neighborhoods are even rebuilt and they can ever return home. Today these people are without a voice; Community Labor United is ready to be that voice.

TrueMajority has agreed to accept donations on behalf the People's Hurricane Fund and transfer 100 percent of the proceeds to CLU. To give, just click on Peoples' Fund

By working together, we can empower the hardest-hit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Thank you for your generosity,

Andrew Greenblatt
191 Bank Street, Third Floor
Burlington, VT 05401

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Last Modified: September 7, 2005.
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