Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, flanked by veteran Democratic activists and a union leader, criticized the Bush administration on Saturday for allowing hurricane rebuilding contracts to go to out-of-state firms and low-wage workers.
Speaking to a rally of about 1,000 union members and activists from the steps of the state Capitol, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton also charged the White House with using the crisis to remake the state's political map by discouraging the return of displaced blacks...
I don't know if anyone there said it, but those "low-wage workers" are, in fact, mostly illegal aliens. The article goes on to quote some race-baiting from Jackson, and I'm sure that from Sharpton was even worse. Perhaps they should concentrate on rebuilding jobs for Americans instead of their usual BS. I'm sure they'd get much more support from the rest of the country if they just concentrated on that.
Some people previously discussed on this site also made appearances at the big ANSWER (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) protests in Washington. As you have probably heard, ANSWER is basically a Commie front.
Speakers included: Cindy Sheehan, Malik Rahim, and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Rahim is also a Green Party leader.
Someone with a NO connection but who hasn't been featured here is Curtis Muhammed, Community Labor Union of New Orleans.
Here's the ANSWER-provided guest list, minus those names above:
- Jessica Lange, actor
- George Galloway, British Member of Parliament
- Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
- Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers of America
- Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
- Ralph Nader
- Mahdi Bray, Exec. Dir., Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
- Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney/co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice, National Lawyers Guild
- Elias Rashmawi, National Council of Arab Americans
- Brian Becker, National Coordinator, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
- Lynne Stewart, human rights attorney
- Anita Dennis, mother of Iraq War veteran / resister
- Clayola Brown, President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Vice President of UNITE HERE**
- Ben Dupuy, Former Ambassador At Large for the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
- Jos Williams, President, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
- Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg
- Christine Araquel, Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
- Andy Thayer, Equality Campaign
- Margaret Prescod, Global Women's Strike
- Hadi Jawad, founder of Crawford Peace House
- Chris Silvera, Teamsters Black Caucus
- Musa Al-Hindi, Al-Awda National
- Michel Shehadeh, L.A-8 defendant, a Palestinian activist framed COINTELPRO-style
- Nancy Wolforth, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
- Manuel Santos, Socialist Front of Puerto Rico
- Brenda Stokely, Million Worker March, New York City Labor Against the War
- Peta Lindsay, Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. Student, Howard University student
- Mounzer Sleiman, National Council of Arab Americans
- Macrina Cardenas, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras
- Jeanette Caceres, Spoken word artist from New York University
- Gloria La Riva, National Committee to Free the Five
- Riya Ortiz, Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines, Campaign for Justice Not War
- Larry Holmes, Troops Out Now Coalition
- Chuck Kaufman, Nicaragua Network
- Women's Anti-Imperialist League
- Representative of Bayan USA
- Eugene Puryear, Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. Student, Howard University student
- Patti Smith, singer
All speakers confirmed by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition except those indicated by an asterisk (*) are confirmed by UFPJ and those indicated by two asterisk (**) are confirmed by USLAW.
FPM has a link-rich rundown of the left's attempts to politicize the disaster:
IT'S OFFICIAL: THE AMERICAN LEFT NOW BELIEVES GEORGE W. BUSH IS GOD. Bellowing leftists such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cindy Sheehan have blamed Hurricane Katrina - something insurance companies classify as an act of God - on President Bush's "killing policies" (and, in RFK Jr.'s case, those of Mississippi's Republican governor, Haley Barbour). Former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal also penned an article in The Guardian chalking up the flood to the Bush administration's having cut one item in the Army Corps of Engineers' annual budget. (Desperate to build a presidential legacy, even ex post facto, ex-President Bill Clinton has intimated his administration did more to keep New Orleans safe than Bush's.) Meanwhile, DNC Chair Howard Dean weighed in by demeaning Bush's trip to the disaster area, calling it "just another callous political move crafted by Karl Rove."
While you wouldn't expect him to say anything else, here's what he said in Houston over the weekend:
I feel race was a factor. Why? I remember almost a year ago to the day I was in Florida when a hurricane was coming not a point four, not a point five, and I saw the white house move. I saw the government of the president's brother move. National guard was already alerted before the storm ever hit. It seems to me that if we can be alert in Palm Beach, Florida, we could have been alert in New Orleans.