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Farrakhan Gathering to Focus on Katrina (WHAT A JERK!!!)
ABC/AP ^ | Oct 9, 2005 | ERIN TEXEIRA

Posted on 10/09/2005 1:05:51 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

- Hurricane Katrina thrust racial disparities onto the nation's political agenda and top civil rights leaders, fueled by outrage over the disaster, are heading to Washington. The occasion is the 10th anniversary of Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March, a long-planned event that now is shaping up as a stage for black America to respond to the devastation in New Orleans.

"Because Katrina put it out there, no one can play the pretend game any more that there isn't poverty and inequality in this country," said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League. "The Millions More Movement Katrina gives it added significance."

Though Farrakhan has long stirred controversy and lately he has speculated that New Orleans' levees were bombed to destroy black neighborhoods his event will unite a wide array of prominent social justice advocates. The guest list for Saturday's event includes members of Congress, hip-hop artists, civil rights activists, media pundits, academics and business leaders. Muslim and Christian religious figures will also participate.

"The need to save our people it's so much bigger than the personality or the baggage that has been heaped on Louis Farrakhan or others," Farrakhan said. "Katrina has focused this agenda."

At the 1995 rally, Farrakhan was "a facilitator," said Ronald Walters, a political scientist at the University of Maryland. Most people had "a range of other reasons why they came, and I would venture to say that's pretty much his role this time around."

The daylong gathering is scheduled to begin at dawn with a public memorial service for those who died in the hurricane, followed by music, prayer, dancing and dozens of speeches.

Event spokeswoman Linda Boyd said the goal is to build on the themes of 1995, which focused on urging black men to take responsibility for improving their families and communities, creating a movement that gets people to act for change locally and nationally.

Many who advocate for disadvantaged groups said the rally at the National Mall comes at a pivotal time.

Images of chaos and death as Katrina's flood waters engulfed black neighborhoods shocked many Americans: poor New Orleans residents, many black, begging for rescue; corpses on the street; looting. Prominent opinion-makers from the president on down suddenly talked about poverty and racial inequality.

Dianne Pinderhughes, a political scientist who focuses on race issues at the University of Illinois, said that in recent years the nation's generally conservative political climate has sidelined many of those discussions.

"This is very much an opportunity to change the tendency that has been the case in the last 20 years to dismiss issues of economic standing, equality, all of those things that suddenly became very prominent in the wake of Katrina," Pinderhughes said.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson agreed. "The poor and the working poor have been locked out of the nation's consciousness, even by the media and by many ministers," he said. "Katrina washed away the debris that was covering the locked out and left behind."

Days after the hurricane hit, Morial testified before Congress, urging officials to set up a victims' compensation fund similar to that created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bruce Gordon, president of the NAACP, toured affected areas and his group has collected more than $1.2 million to respond to Katrina and future natural disasters.

Officials with the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights group, are battling the deportation of some undocumented hurricane survivors and they along with the Asian American Justice Center are pushing disaster relief organizations to create permanent bilingual resources.

The hurricane "is changing the way we're going to be doing business for quite some time," said Lisa Navarrete, a La Raza vice president. As of last week, no one from La Raza had been invited to Farrakhan's event, Navarrete said, but Millions More organizers have said all ethnic and religious groups as well as women are welcome, unlike at the 1995 event which was for black men.

Still, not everyone is supportive. For months, the Anti-Defamation League has been urging black leaders to boycott, calling Farrakhan and another organizer, Malik Zulu Shabazz, "unrepentant racists and anti-Semites."

Despite anti-gay statements made by Farrakhan, some black gay and lesbian leaders have requested time to speak at the event to no avail. Instead, gay advocates will stage a "We Are Family United Weekend," a parallel gathering near the Mall, said Ray Daniels of the National Black Justice Coalition.

In recent weeks, Farrakhan has raised eyebrows by speculating that New Orleans' levees did not collapse beneath the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but that they were bombed.

"Is this a means of getting rid of the poor? The black?" Farrakhan asked in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Is this a means of ensuring that in the elections there will never again be a black or Creole mayor of that city?"

Russell Simmons, chairman of the Hip Hop Action Summit, who has helped pull in a long list of entertainers to participate, said he doesn't know what happened to the levees.

"I don't agree with every single thing anybody says," he said, "but what he (Farrakhan) says about poor people and spiritual practice and being responsible for your family ... that speaks to me."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: farrakhan; katrina; leveeplot; malikshabazz; malikzulushabazz

1 posted on 10/09/2005 1:05:52 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
"Farrakhan gathering..."
Hmm, while he indeed is a form of atmospheric disturbance, I'm not sure that he deserves to be honored by having a tropical storm named after him. He rates at most a depression.
2 posted on 10/09/2005 1:09:40 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
Looks like the joker is up for another game of Race Card Poker!


3 posted on 10/09/2005 1:20:03 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Calypso Louie is just another ugly parasite, another professional race-baiter, just looking for a place to happen to keep momentum up in his professional victim making line of work.

You can take this leech, Al, Jesse, and all of the Black Caucus in the Congress and throw them all in the trash can. We will have lost nothing, to say the least...


4 posted on 10/09/2005 1:31:19 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

when is the motherwheel coming to take screwy louie home? his favorite saying when he was in the ghetto was," we don't need the work, we need the money"...


5 posted on 10/09/2005 1:33:13 PM PDT by ronnied (we are the only animals that bare our teeth in greeting...)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Here's an agenda for y'all: learn to speak actual English, dress appropriately, get off the drugs, and go get a job. Oh yeah, and if you knock up your girlfriend, prepare to marry her. Send your kids to school instead of to the local gang.

I'm so sick of these ghetto worshippers. Get your own damn self out of the ghetto.


6 posted on 10/09/2005 1:53:17 PM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Keep an eye for for Eddie Compass. I'm guessing he ends up being a Farrakhan body guard.


7 posted on 10/09/2005 1:54:34 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

In recent weeks, Farrakhan has raised eyebrows by speculating that New Orleans' levees did not collapse beneath the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but that they were bombed.

---They have already shot down this jerks theory about the levees.


"Is this a means of getting rid of the poor? The black?" Farrakhan asked in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Is this a means of ensuring that in the elections there will never again be a black or Creole mayor of that city?"

----Ray Nagin was black and he was going to let the people drown by NOT using the buses BEFORE the hurricane to get them out. It wasn't a bomb, idiot. It was the poor choice of mayors that almost killed your people.


8 posted on 10/09/2005 2:06:55 PM PDT by WasDougsLamb (Just my opinion.Go easy on me........)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
In recent weeks, Farrakhan has raised eyebrows by speculating that New Orleans' levees did not collapse beneath the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but that they were bombed.

The video of the Million More March speech by Farrakhan in Memphis, in which he makes the claims about the I-10 Bridge and the levees being breached using explosives, can be viewed at the link below. You can choose either 56k or DSL/Cable connections to download and view it. The references to New Orleans start at about the 1:11:50 mark, with the levee claims at about 1:18:00 - 1:23:00. Advance to those spots by moving the slide to the right on the Windows Media Player, with your mouse cursor, and watching the clock in the bottom right corner.

http://www.millionsmoremovement.com/webcast/923/index.htm

9 posted on 10/09/2005 2:16:17 PM PDT by Eagle9
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Why ..?? Most of the blacks have left - and do not want to come back.


10 posted on 10/09/2005 3:15:29 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (America has the greatest military on the face of the earth.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
Lets see how things have progressed in the 10 years since the original Million Man March. Has the number of single parent families in the black community decreased? Have the men who fathered children started to pay child support or have they married the mothers of those children? Has hip hop music stopped degrading you black women?
If the answer to these is no, then it appears the Million Man Movement has done little of it original intended purpose.
11 posted on 10/09/2005 3:28:14 PM PDT by Burf (We'll all be drinkin that free Bubble Up and eatin that Rainbow Stew.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Louie and his fellow race baiting, povery pimps will lay all the blame at the feet of Bush and the Feds with nary a finger pointed to Blankstare or Nimnuts Nagin.


12 posted on 10/10/2005 7:06:53 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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