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Katrina victims demand 'right to return'
Reuters ^ | 12/10/5

Posted on 12/10/2005 3:30:51 PM PST by Crackingham

With jazz music, prayer and offerings to the gods, hundreds of Hurricane Katrina survivors on Saturday demanded the government move faster to rebuild the city and provide evacuees with more disaster assistance. Shouting "We're Back," protesters said they feared the city's poor would be shut out of reconstruction after being dispersed far across the United States since the storm. City officials estimate more than 300,000 New Orleans residents have yet to return since Katrina flooded the city, reducing entire neighborhoods to a rubble-strewn wasteland.

In one of the largest rallies in New Orleans since the hurricane, survivors marched to City Hall from Congo Square, a centuries-old meeting place where African slaves once gathered to trade, play music and dance. African drummers and a brass band dubbed the "Soul Rebels" set the carnival-like tone, while a tribal priest made an offering of rum and watermelon.

"I lived in my house for 45 years -- my mother died and left it to me," said Gloria Brown, 70, an evacuee living in San Francisco. "I swam seven blocks in filthy water with my dog Queenie to survive. I want to come back but I can't pay for it."

The federal government is providing varying amounts of assistance to evacuees to cover temporary housing and living expenses. But some evacuees said they have not yet received any money.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has held meetings with evacuees living in places like Alabama or Mississippi to gather their ideas about how to rebuild the city. City and state officials have yet to determine how to rebuild a faulty levee system that created the flooding, a key decision for insurers and lenders financing the reconstruction. Some hurricane evacuees said there should be less talk and more action.

"Right now they're treating us like refugees," said Mervin Lucas. "They're worried about health in Afghanistan, the cold in Pakistan. They're giving folks in Iraq better things than they're giving us."

Rally organizers accused the city of discriminating against black residents by moving slowly on rebuilding, particularly in low-income areas that were hardest hit, after failing to rescue them quickly in the days following the storm.

"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber, a protest leader with the grass-roots People's Hurricane Relief Fund. "This government left us to starve and to die."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
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1 posted on 12/10/2005 3:30:53 PM PST by Crackingham
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To: Crackingham


I am so sick of the whining and the playing of the race card by these people.


2 posted on 12/10/2005 3:33:14 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Crackingham

This bunch deserves to be ignored.


3 posted on 12/10/2005 3:33:48 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Crackingham

These people need to get a clue...they need to be more self-sufficent...NOT demanding the federal government do MORE~


4 posted on 12/10/2005 3:34:05 PM PST by Txsleuth (MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANNUKAH...The dems are spreading joy through GOPland!)
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To: Crackingham
It's interesting to read how Katrina survivors compare with survivors in other parts of the world. For example, Quake Survivors Dig Own Graves Ahead Of Winter.
5 posted on 12/10/2005 3:34:10 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: Crackingham


Get a frikkin job and build your own life. It's no wonder if people don't want you back. Bunch of loud mouthed, violent leeches!


6 posted on 12/10/2005 3:34:22 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: Crackingham
"This government left us to starve and to die."

No, Actually they didn't. Your inability do to anything but whine and stick out your grubby nasty hand has landed you in your current situtation.

7 posted on 12/10/2005 3:35:24 PM PST by jess35
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To: jess35

bttt


8 posted on 12/10/2005 3:35:53 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Crackingham
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber, a protest leader with the grass-roots People's Hurricane Relief Fund. "This government left us to starve and to die."

Racist statement anyone?

9 posted on 12/10/2005 3:36:08 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: Crackingham
... I want to come back but I can't pay for it."

Hitchhike...

10 posted on 12/10/2005 3:36:45 PM PST by Fawn (http://www.stickdeath.com/bank.htm)
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To: Crackingham
Victimhood--the new crack

Or maybe, the new opiate of the people

11 posted on 12/10/2005 3:37:05 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (We need HRC for President like Michael Moore needs a Burger King franchise)
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To: Crackingham
"...I want to come back but I can't pay for it."

Good grief. Now some think they have a "right" to everything they want.

12 posted on 12/10/2005 3:37:46 PM PST by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: Crackingham
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber, a protest leader with the grass-roots People's Hurricane Relief Fund. "This government left us to starve and to die."

In case it escaped your notice, the government that left you to starve and die is mostly Black.

13 posted on 12/10/2005 3:38:25 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Crackingham

Whatever happened to the concept that "beggers can't be choosers"?


14 posted on 12/10/2005 3:39:41 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Crackingham

"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has held meetings with evacuees living in places like Alabama or Mississippi to gather their ideas about how to rebuild the city."

He has done no such thing. He is trying to round up his votes, and the government wards who cast them.


15 posted on 12/10/2005 3:40:08 PM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: onyx

" I am so sick of the whining and the playing of the race card by these people."

ditto


16 posted on 12/10/2005 3:41:40 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Crackingham

This is about telling us not to look at the complete breakdown of the democratic leadership. Nice Try, but you can only run this dog and pony show so many times before no one cares. Just ask the Ditch Witch. Watch, next we will get a big dose of the Clintoon follies at the Richard Pryor funeral.


17 posted on 12/10/2005 3:41:47 PM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: Crackingham

Am I a terrible person for not wanting to see my tax dollars spent on housing built below sea level?


18 posted on 12/10/2005 3:42:08 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (If your store doesn't have a guy with a red kettle standing in front of it, I'm not shopping there)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Picky, picky.


19 posted on 12/10/2005 3:42:50 PM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: Crackingham

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme ....


20 posted on 12/10/2005 3:42:55 PM PST by Modok
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To: Txsleuth; onyx
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber

Wait till they found out what the REST of us think!

ROFLMAO..........this thread is making me laugh as hard as the Richard Pryor one.

21 posted on 12/10/2005 3:44:16 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Crackingham
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber, a protest leader with the grass-roots 'People's Hurricane Relief Fund' . "This government left us to starve and to die."

Despicable comic book characters like Suber exploit noble monickers like 'People's Hurricane Relief Fund' to steal from the U.S. government, then are given a platform to spew idiotic lies by junk "news" outlets like Reuters?

I don't know who's more disgraceful.

22 posted on 12/10/2005 3:44:34 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Darkwolf377

LOL!


23 posted on 12/10/2005 3:45:44 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Crackingham
"I lived in my house for 45 years -- my mother died and left it to me," said Gloria Brown, 70, an evacuee living in San Francisco. "I swam seven blocks in filthy water with my dog Queenie to survive. I want to come back but I can't pay for it."

Therefore you and I must, apparently. There is no difference between this and a stickup in the street, but there are very few people who have the courage to say it.

"They're giving folks in Iraq better things than they're giving us."

I keep forgetting that the sole purpose of government is to "give" things to people.

Rally organizers accused the city of discriminating against black residents by moving slowly on rebuilding,

Nothing like people who don't understand the meaning of the word "insurance."

particularly in low-income areas that were hardest hit,

I love to watch conservative parody lines come to life.

after failing to rescue them quickly in the days following the storm.

Nothing like people who don't understand the meaning of the term "evacuate" either.

24 posted on 12/10/2005 3:46:19 PM PST by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: Steamburg

Do not besmirch Richad Pryor's name by associating him with Bill Clinton.


25 posted on 12/10/2005 3:47:17 PM PST by Howlin
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To: All

Right of return? I didn't know we were banning former residents from ever coming back.


26 posted on 12/10/2005 3:47:50 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Crackingham
Translation: Evil White People tried to kill me and now I want those same Evil White People to pay for rebuilding the house they destroyed, and if I make enough noise those Evil White People who went to the trouble to destroy my home will rebuild it at great cost to themselves.

The reason for rap's massive popularity are now clear to me.

27 posted on 12/10/2005 3:50:53 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (We need HRC for President like Michael Moore needs a Burger King franchise)
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To: pepperhead

After the elections.


28 posted on 12/10/2005 3:52:08 PM PST by jocko12
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To: Crackingham
They're giving folks in Iraq better things than they're giving us."

Always about us giving and them demanding more.

29 posted on 12/10/2005 3:54:28 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Crackingham
They're giving folks in Iraq better things than they're giving us."

Always about us giving and them demanding more.

30 posted on 12/10/2005 3:54:35 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Crackingham

To those who appreciate all that was done for them and want to be productive Texans I say you are welcome to stay. To the remaining ungrateful assclowns I say vacate my state immediately.


31 posted on 12/10/2005 3:54:43 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren (Take back the press!)
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To: Howlin

Yeppers...I have never been rich...and never lived "uptown"...but, I wouldn't want them back...if all they want is a return to the same subsidized housing...with people that don't take pride in doing things for themselves...

And I don't care WHAT COLOR the people are..


32 posted on 12/10/2005 3:56:37 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: ItsForTheChildren

I've been looking for a Texan to ask this question: how is it going down there with the evacuees?


33 posted on 12/10/2005 3:59:33 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Fawn
"Hitchhike..."

Cut her a little slack. She's 70, and it's winter. How much time does she have left?

OTH, don't cut any slack at all for those in their 20's to early 50's. They can work or starve, as far as I'm concerned.
34 posted on 12/10/2005 4:02:55 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Howlin
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber Wait till they found out what the REST of us think! ROFLMAO..........this thread is making me laugh as hard as the Richard Pryor one.

Well, bless your heart. It is so compassionate of you to laugh at folks who want to return to their homes they have lived in for generations.

My word, the only thing they have to do is get up on poles and restore power, sanitize their drinking water, haul away tons of garbage in their backpacks and restore their homes full of mold and damage.

Why, those lazy dogs do not even deserve a helping hand, do they? After all, it's just white folks who are smart enough to do so, right?

I live in southeast Missouri and I can recall the damage of the 1973 flood, the 500 year one. I don't recall all the harping of folks here who resented fed dollars being spent to repair the damage to our cities effected.

And the black residents of NO probably do have a complaint. I have long felt that the government (city, state and fed) have determined that NO will be built for corporate interests and not for the residents.

35 posted on 12/10/2005 4:05:08 PM PST by Conservababe
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To: Crackingham
"It's no secret the rich white folks uptown don't want us back," said Malcolm Suber, a protest leader with the grass-roots People's Hurricane Relief Fund. "This government left us to starve and to die."

Whining, crack-headed, blood-sucking useless t*rds...

It's no wonder the "rich white folks uptown" don't want 'em. Well, I don't want 'em in my neighborhood, and I'm not one of the "rich white folks uptown", either.

Let 'em go to Hyannisport and set up tents and bellyache around Teddy's Compound. Or just let 'em starve, beg or go to jail. I could care less which. This country would be better off without them.

36 posted on 12/10/2005 4:07:59 PM PST by Gritty
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I want to come back but I can't pay for it.

Southwest Airlines:

SFO to Nashville: $135

Nashville to New Orleans: $61

Yeah, I don't know how anyone can afford that.

37 posted on 12/10/2005 4:10:05 PM PST by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: Crackingham
"We're Back,"

Then find yourself a job, a place to stay and get to cleaning up your house.

I didn't hear of the white folks that were displaced screaming racism and demanding things.

38 posted on 12/10/2005 4:11:30 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Old Student

I agree. Help out the elderly who lost everything by pointing them to the various non profits, help is out there. However, to the able bodied whiners, do like the illegals have done, go in and take advantage of the jobs and do the work yourself.


39 posted on 12/10/2005 4:11:45 PM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: Conservababe
Why, those lazy dogs do not even deserve a helping hand, do they?

They're getting a helping hand -- it's just not as fast as they want it or as MUCH as they want it. And they not the least bit appreciative of what WE are having to pay for.

Where was HER insurance? Or did she not know she was living BELOW SEA LEVEL? It was an act of God, for goodness sakes; we don't OWE her anything except to do the best job we can as soon as we can.

Quite frankly -- and in case you haven't noticed -- a lot of people are sick and tired of the whining and LIES coming from these people. It's bad enough that they are demanding BETTER than they lived before, but we who are going to end up paying for this have to listen to their continual CARPING about how bad they have it -- and to their LIES about "white people" deliberately letting this happen to them because they are black (see this week's Congressional hearings regarding white people bombing the leeves.)

I live in North Carolina, so don't lecture me about hurricanes; we've had more than you'll ever dream of having; but one thing you don't hear is the people of OUR state on TV whining about how we're not getting the government to replace something we didn't care enough to INSURE.

Your post is racist in tone and I damn well don't appreciate it. I bet I'm not the only one.

40 posted on 12/10/2005 4:13:11 PM PST by Howlin
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I'm not trying to put Pryor down he had a grasp on who and what he was. On the other hand, just how are they going to keep a mike out of Bubba's hands when he can tell you how it was all about him and how he almost burned up with Richard, just like he did for Rosa Parks (I'm not trying to put her down either).


41 posted on 12/10/2005 4:13:11 PM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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They're giving folks in Iraq better things than they're giving us."

OMG That just totally frosts me!!!!

Free 2K Debit card, free hotel rooms, free charter bus rides, free apartments, free food, free room service.
And last I checked the US is fighting the Taliban and AlQada in Iraq.
I am so glad I stopped giving to the Katrina Fund very early on!


42 posted on 12/10/2005 4:13:21 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
Am I a terrible person for not wanting to see my tax dollars spent on housing built below sea level?

No. Bush's dump of taxpayer money to the tsunami victims and the reaction and rhetoric of Katrina victims and politicians cured me from EVER donating to a charity for disasters ever again. They take enough in taxes from me and just give that away, anyway. That's my charity, my taxes --which was over $30,000 last year. Anyone else just goes to my local church. I now contribute to NOTHING else.

43 posted on 12/10/2005 4:13:26 PM PST by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: Crackingham

Ray Nagin has held meetings with evacuees

Shouldn't he be woo-ing large corporations to move in and build businesses? So people have employement to come back to?

Oh wait, maybe they don't want employment, just a free house somewhere else? In a better climate than Utah maybe?


44 posted on 12/10/2005 4:15:03 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Steamburg

Oh, I get it now! Sorry.


45 posted on 12/10/2005 4:16:34 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Crackingham
With jazz music, prayer and offerings to the gods

welp thats as far as I got

46 posted on 12/10/2005 4:17:01 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: SouthernFreebird

damn... I'll count my blessings about being a truck driver!!!


47 posted on 12/10/2005 4:18:28 PM PST by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: xrp
No. Bush's dump of taxpayer money to the tsunami victims and the reaction and rhetoric of Katrina victims and politicians cured me from EVER donating to a charity for disasters ever again.

I'm glad I am not the only one who feels that way. There's a fine line between charity and entitlement, and that line was crossed long ago.

49 posted on 12/10/2005 4:20:24 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Merry Christmas)
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To: CajunConservative
"I agree. Help out the elderly who lost everything by pointing them to the various non profits, help is out there. However, to the able bodied whiners, do like the illegals have done, go in and take advantage of the jobs and do the work yourself."

I think there are some charities that still do good work, like Habitat for Humanity. They have people who are receiving their assistance work for several (hundred, I think) hours on their and other's new and improved housing. They learn useful skills, and develop some deserved self-esteem. They also, by the time they're done, see their house as something they invested in, not as something they were given, and that can be easily replaced. How does that go? "Give them a hand up, not a hand-out!"
50 posted on 12/10/2005 4:22:26 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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