The People of the Dome


Richard Moore

From: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: The People of the Dome
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 09:38:22 -0700

The People Of
The Dome
By Mitchel Cohen in Brooklyn

My friend Les Evenchick, an independent Green who lives in the
French Quarter of New Orleans in a 3-story walkup, reports
that 90 percent of the so-called looters are simply grabbing
water, food, diapers and medicines, because the federal and
state officials have refused to provide these basic

Les says that "it's only because of the looters that
non-looters -- old people, sick people, small children -- are
able to survive."

Those people who stole televisions and large non-emergency
items have been SELLING THEM, Les reports (having witnessed
several of these "exchanges") so that they could get enough
money together to leave the area.

Think about it:

- People were told to leave, but all the bus stations had
closed down the night before and the personnel sent packing.

- Many people couldn't afford tickets anyway.

- Many people are stranded, and others are refusing to leave
their homes, pets, etc. They don't have cars.

You want people to stop looting? Provide the means for them to
eat, and to leave the area.

Some tourists in the Monteleone Hotel paid $25,000 for 10
buses. The buses were sent (I guess there were many buses
available, if you paid the price!) but the military
confiscated them (!) and would not let the people leave.
Instead, the military ordered them to the now-infamous
Convention Center.

HOW SIMPLE it would have been for the State and/or US
government to have provided buses for people BEFORE the
hurricane hit, and throughout this week. Even evacuating
100,000 people trapped there -- that's 3,000 buses, less than
come into Washington D.C. for some of the giant antiwar
demonstrations there. Even at $2,500 a pop -- highway robbery
-- that would only be a total of $7.5 million for transporting
all of those who did not have the means to leave.

Instead, look at the human and economic cost of not doing

So why didn't they do that?

Why have food and water been BLOCKED from reaching tens of
thousands of poor people?

On Thursday, the government used the excuse that there were
some very scattered gunshots (two or three instances only) --
around 1/50th of the number of gunshots that occur in New York
City on an average day -- to shut down voluntary rescue
operations and to scrounge for 5,000 National Guard troops
fully armed, with "shoot to kill" orders -- at a huge economic

They even refused to allow voluntary workers who had rescued
over 1,000 people in boats over the previous days to continue
on Thursday, using the several gunshots (and who knows WHO
shot off those rounds?) to say "It's too dangerous". The
volunteers wanted to continue their rescue operations and had
to be "convinced" at gunpoint to "cease and desist."

There is something sinister going down -- it's not simply
incompetence or negligence.

How could FEMA and Homeland Security not have something so
basic as bottled drinking water in the SuperDome, which was
long a part of the hurricane plan? One police officer in
charge of his 120-person unit said yesterday that his squad
was provided with only 70 small bottles of water.

Last year, New Orleans residents -- the only area in the
entire state that voted in huge numbers against the candidacy
of George Bush -- also fought off attempts to privatize the
drinking water supply.

One of the first acts of Governor Kathleen Blanco (a Democrat,
by the way) during this crisis was to TURN OFF the drinking
water, to force people to evacuate. There was no health reason
to turn it off, as the water is drawn into a separate system
from the Mississippi River, not the polluted lake, and
purified through self-powered purification plants separate
from the main electric grid. If necessary, people could have
been told to boil their water -- strangely, the municipal
natural gas used in stoves was still functioning properly as
of Thursday night!

There are thousands of New Orleans residents who are refusing
to evacuate because they don't want to leave their pets, their
homes, or who have no money to do so nor place to go. The
government -- which COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE provided water
and food to residents of New Orleans -- has NOT done so
INTENTIONALLY to force people to evacuate by starving them
out. This is a crime of the gravest sort.

We need to understand that the capability has been there from
the start to DRIVE water and food right up to the convention
center, as those roads have been clear -- it's how the
National Guard drove into the city.

Let me say this again: The government is intentionally not
allowing food or water in.

This is for real.

MSNBC interviewed dozens of people who had gotten out. Every
single one of them was WHITE.

The people who are poor are finally leaving the horrendous
conditions in the SuperDome and are being bussed to the
AstroDome in Houston.

Call them "People of the Dome."

If people open fire on the National Guard coming to remove
them against their will, will New Orleans become the first
battle in the new American revolution?

Mitchel Cohen Brooklyn Greens / Green Party of NY


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