I go this message forwarded on the email discussion list for the Green Party of the United States National Committee and thought it was worth sharing here (one thing I really dig about this statement is this part – “NEVER AGAIN WILL PROPERTY RIGHTS TRUMP PEOPLEâ€™S RIGHTS!” as this is the motto of the NLG and is my own personal philosophy, that property rights should never be used as a justification for oppression)
Subject: [usgp-dx] March on Gretna, La., Nov. 7 — Blacks evacuees were barred from Gretna (fwd from the Hip Hop Caucus)
First and foremost, it is with great sadness and respect that the Hip Hop Caucus extends deepest
condolences to Mrs. Rosa Parksâ€™ family and friends. We hope it is a comfort to them that the
entire country mourns their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.
The Hip Hop community will never forget that Mrs. Parks sat down so others could stand up.
So with this in mind we ask everyone to join us for the MARCH ON GRETNA in Louisiana on Monday, November 7, 2005!
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE ATTACHED FLYER TO ALL THOSE CALLING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY & JUSTICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS!
Come March with Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (Hip Hop Caucus), Kim Gandy (NOW), Van Jones (Ella Baker Center for Human Rights), Ron Daniels (Center for Constitutional Rights/Institute for the Black 21st Century), Curtis Muhammad (Community Labor United), Rev. Tony Lee (Ebenezer AME Church), Cousin Jeff Johnson (BET/People for the American Way), College Students, Community Activists, led by People of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina; join the Peopleâ€™s Committee for Relief & Oversight, NOW, UP for Democracy, & the Hip Hop
Caucus, as we March on Gretna!!!!!!
Date: Monday, November 7, 2005
Time: Rally starts at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Convention Center, 900 Convention Boulevard, New Orleans
March over Crescent City Connection Bridge to Gretna’s Oakridge Mall
PRESS CONFERENCE for this event will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 2 with
representatives of sponsoring organizations (details forthcoming)
We will march over the Crescent City Connection Bridge to Gretna’s Oakridge Mall where buses were to transport evacuees to safety – a destination people from New Orleans never reached.
In the aftermath of Katrina, New Orleans authorities directed people to evacuate the city by crossing the Crescent City Connection Bridge which spans the Mississippi River linking New Orleans to the west bank city of Gretna.
However, if you were black or in the company of blacks, you were blocked from evacuating New
Orleans by armed Gretna police with guard dogs. Under orders from Gretna Police Chief Arthur S. Lawson to seal off the bridge and deny safe passage to evacuees, Gretna police officers fired
shots in the direction of the crowds and held others at gunpoint. It should be noted that the
people of Gretna had been evacuated, the Gretna officials were concerned about the protecting the property of their suburban community.
On Monday, November 7, 2005, the Hip Hop and progressive community will cross that bridge!
We march with our fellow citizens displaced by Katrina to reclaim the right to cross that bridge
to Gretna, and in crossing that bridge in the name of the rights to safety and self-determination, to racial and economic justice â€“ we March in support of the People’s control of the reconstruction process in the Gulf Coast. And we will keep marching until we reclaim this democracy nationwide in the elections on November 7, 2006! NEVER AGAIN WILL PROPERTY RIGHTS TRUMP PEOPLEâ€™S RIGHTS!
WE WILL MARCH FOR FREEDOM IN NEW ORLEANS, USA! WE WILL MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 7, 2005! AND WE WILL KEEP MARCHING, ADDING TO OUR NUMBERS, UNTIL WE TAKE BACK AMERICA ON NOVEMBER 7, 2006!
The Hip Hop Caucus and UP for Democracy will also be organizing a work brigade on Sunday, November 6, 205 to assist New Orleans families in the “recovering and retrieving” – assisting in the clean-up efforts now underway.
This march is endorsed by Black Leadership Forum, Center for Social Justice, Cities for
Progress/Institute for Policy Studies, Clergy & Laity Concerned About Iraq, Code Pink,
ColorofChange.org, Common Ground, Community Labor United, Ella Baker Center for Civil Rights, Global Crisis Coalition, Global Exchange, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Healthcare
NOW!, Hip Hop Caucus, Independent Progressive Politics Network, League of Pissed Off Voters,
National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, New Orleans Network, National Organization for Women, Peopleâ€™s Alliance for Community Empowerment, Peopleâ€™s Hurricane Relief & Reconstruction Oversight Committee Peopleâ€™s Institute for Survival & Beyond, Progressive Democrats of America, Project South, Rainbow Push, National Progressive Youth & Student Organization, Quality Education as a Human Right, Rebuild Green, Rebuilding Louisiana Coalition (NOLA), Rebuild Hope NOW, Saving Our Neighborhoods, Southwest Workersâ€™ Union, TransAfrica Forum, United for Peace & Justice,
United Houma Nation of Louisiana, Urban Heart.
For more information: http://www.upfordemocracy.org or call Charles
Young at (202) 545-0113 or Diane Shamis (845) 661-3754.
Also Police Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. is still in power as police chief there. I think the HipHop caucus should demand that he resign from office as well. (interestingly there is no email address contact for Chief Lawson…)