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Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities


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PM Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities

Interviews Available

ROBIN ROCQUE, robinrocque@hotmail.com
Rocque said today: "I'm one of the fortunate. My family evacuated
New Orleans early Sunday morning, before the horror. We sat in my
uncle's living room, in Arcadia, La., and stared at the television. I
am a native New Orleanian and I had a difficult time identifying my
city's landmarks through water and fire. Now as I sit in San Diego, I
try not to hate those who allowed this to happen. I've been listening
to the federal politicians state that what happened in New Orleans
could not have been anticipated. That is a blatant lie. As a New
Orleans tour guide, I would joke that one day New Orleans would
become Atlantis."

BILL QUIGLEY, duprestars@yahoo.com
Quigley is a lawyer specializing in civil rights, human rights
and poverty law at Layola Law School in New Orleans. His wife, Debbie
Dupre Quigley, is an oncology nurse assigned to Memorial Hospital. He
volunteered at the hospital from before Katrina hit until Thursday.
He said today: "The latest troubling thing is the disproportionate
attention to looters and the effect that is having on the people in
the shelters. We saw incredible acts of heroism and generosity by so
many people. The actual amount of looting that happen was a fraction
of one percent. But because of all the dwelling on that, many are
fearful of the people in the shelters."

AKUA HOLT, Folon@aol.com, http://www.kpft.org
Holt is a producer for the program "Pan African Journal" on the
community radio station KPFT in Houston. She said today: "Even here
in Houston, people are still suffering and even here it's evident
there was no serious plan in place."

MAUDE HURD, ALLISON CONYERS, (202) 547-2500, acorncomm@acorn.org,
http://www.acorn.org
ACORN (Association of Community Organization for Reform Now)
National President Maude Hurd said today: "ACORN has lost our
national headquarters in this catastrophe. We have lost hundreds if
not thousands of people in ACORN communities and been shocked into
action by the slow pace of rescue and relief."
Conyers is communications coordinator for ACORN. She said today:
"The government response has been horrible. There was no plan for the
100,000 people who didn't have cars. ... ACORN organizers are using
text messages, flyers, their website and other means to find people
in the 9,000 member families from New Orleans. ACORN members in Texas
and around the country have offered to share their homes with the
victims of Hurricane Katrina, as they struggle to reunite their
families and rebuild their lives."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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BY AFFLUIANT NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS TO COUNTER THE BUSH ADMINISTRSATION'S POLITICAL SPIN, NOW BEING CONDUCTED, TO DEVERT ATTENTION AWAY FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE, AND SUBSEQUENT FAILURE'S AND TRY TO (MIS)PLACE BLAME ON LOCAL RESIDENT'S, AS WELL AS THE STATE AND LOCAL COVERNMENT BODIE'S. THEY FAILED IN THEIR DUTIE'S, AND NOW THEIR TRYING TO EVADE ACCOUNTIBILLITY. BOTTOM LINE.**HUMPHREY**

It seems that the turning away of aid from other countrys,
the report of a caravan of empty buses leaving New Orleans shown on cnn tonight, and the ship off new orleans that could have been used to help the folks are important What is the possible reason for denying citizens food water and medical aid???

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