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Katrina analysis and resources
We thought it might be worthwhile to mention some resources and analysis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Obviously this is a pretty fucked-up and nightmarish disaster. It’s obvious that the thousands of people thought to be dead did not have to die, and that this was not as much a natural disaster tragedy as a collosal policy failure (or malicious policy consequence). But I’ll let these articles speak for themselves.
The burning question is this: will Bush now declare a Global War on Weather? Any country harbouring bad weather will be held accountable? You’re with us or you’re with the meteorologists?
- How the Free Market Killed New Orleans (by Michael Parenti)
- Did Katrina Blow Off the White Sheets of American Racism? (by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
- New Orleans and the Third World (by Mukoma Wa Ngugi)
As well, with the flurry of organizations soliciting money for relief efforts, our friends at Clamor smartly posted a link to some progressive relief organizations, in the case that you were looking to donate. See the list here.
We’d also like to point to you to PeTA’s action alert asking people to pressure FEMA to allow efforts to rescue animals left behind to go forth.
Lastly, check this video out. Too hilarious and right-on.
UPDATE: There is an excerpt of an article titled “The Uses of Disaster” by Rebecca Solnit on the Harper’s Magazine website which is definitely worth reading. Pretty powerful, very well-written. Read it here.
UPDATE: Just got this great article regarding the fundraising efforts that is a refreshing change from the “donate!” mantra. It’s worth noting that this and the Parenti article are part of the ZNet Sustainers program, of which G7 is a subscriber. Get more info on it here.