Statement on Hurricane Katrina
(National Action Committee) Sept. 2, 2005
In behalf of the
Socialist Party USA, our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones as
well as homes and belongings from Hurricane Katrina.
not all lives could have been saved, the lack of concern by city and state officials over
the community residents in New Orleans without the resources to leave is
a crime against humanity.
attempts were made to help the 20% of New Orleans population who had no
cars, money, or place
to evacuate to.
evacuation plans left them there to die and put the resources into saving the survivors
after the storm had passed, instead of helping them get out before.
20% (or about 100,000) were those who are most affected by capitalism with an average per
captia income of 1/3 of that of the white population of New Orleans. The
working people of America continue to bare the brunt over the lack of concern
for government investment in infrastructure and natural disaster planning.
for the levies was cut and the money diverted to tax breaks for the rich (those able to
flee and who have insurance) and the war in Iraq. Not enough National Guard
troops are available to help because they are in Iraq.
Socialist Party USA calls for the following: Funds for Hurricane
the National Hurricane center have been cut by the Bush Administration and should be
restored; call for large-scale public investment in the construction of low
cost, scattered site, community-based, high-quality housing that will
sustain flooding and hurricane damage; call for the creation of fully
funded public transportation systems between cities, with fares set low enough
to be a viable alternative to the use of the automobile; end to the portrayal
of "looters" in racial undertones; call to all community organizers across the
country to come to the aid of those most in need in Louisiana and