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September 12, 2005

Louisiana NAACP calls for shelter residents to organize

LOUISIANA NAACP PRESIDENT CALLS FOR EVACUEES TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN DESTINY AND FORM "SHELTER COMMITTEES"

CONTACT: Bob Brigham 415-265-2226 (Cell)

BATON ROUGE - Ernest L. Johnson, President of the Louisiana NAACP called today for Katrina evacuees in shelters to take control of their own destinies by forming SHELTER COMMITTEES.

"Each SHELTER COMMITTEE should elect a Chairperson and a Secretary and begin holding meetings, organizing, and working as a team for better treatment," Johnson said. "In unity there is strength."

Johnson called for each committee to begin writing down the name, telephone number, and next of kin of every shelter resident.

This contact information must be put into the FEMA database for evacuees to receive financial assistance.

Johnson urged each SHELTER COMMITTEE to send this information to 1755 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802, or to fax it to (225) 334-7491.

The Louisiana NAACP is airing public service announcements on radio stations that explain the process for bringing participatory democracy to the shelter system.

"The Louisiana NAACP is with you in solidarity," Johnson said. "The NAACP will stand with all displaced people until each and every one return to a brand-new New Orleans."

Ernest Johnson is available for media interviews.

Kyle has the audio of Earnest Johnson's announcement.

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This seems like a wonderful idea... collective bargaining is about their only option... Although why do I have this deep, deep fear that something horrible is going to happen? The more outrageous this administration gets, the further they push... and the more ferocious the lashback will be when it comes.

Collecting the names of everyone in there is absolutely essential, and it never even occured to me (then again I have little experience living as a visible minority in the Deep South). Even if you are optimistic enough to believe the worst that could happen is that people could "slip through the cracks..."

Call me an elitist white raised in the suburbs, but this I can get behind more than Farrakhan's message: There, in those camps, are the dispossessed. All of them need to band together and protect each other, and all of them need help.

I will be poking around, hoping to find where we can get word of what specific things they need over the months ahead, whether it be financial or otherwise.

Vedy Intarestink. I'll be amazed if it gets pulled off.

What can people not in the shelters do to support this? I'd like to hear suggestions. This is important.

I can't stand Mitt Romney, but I will give him credit for this. He set up a system for the evacuees on the Cape at Campe Edwards to have an elected mayor to represent them. And there areonly about 100 or so there now. It might double, but it's a far cry from the 2500 we were expecting. I guess that they don't want to brave the cold.

I think it would be interesting to have everyone who has lost a loved one to keep a central record of it. The administration is spinning the new low death toll really hard before they even have the city drained!

The local firefighters have said that they don't believe it. Bush and Co. bought Florida with FEMA checks, but dead loved ones is a different story.

I hope that the toll is low, but my bullshit detector is going off every time I hear the words of the spin fairy coming out of some government pukes mouth.

Why does the Louisiana chair of the NCAAP have a San Francisco phone number?

Because, you know, it's quite possible the Louisiana offices of the NAACP don't exist anymore.

I've heard of evacuees being sent off to what sounds like internment camps in Oklahoma. That's outrageous. Their civil rights are being trampled on all over again. And I don't see any 21st century MLK rising to the occasion. Farrakhan is too much of a demagogue.

@Thad
That sound you hear is my thumping my head against the wall. Didn’t think through the implications of that at all...

I wonder if any NOLA based cell-phones are working right now. Come to think on it, why wouldn’t they be working?

Cell phones require local towers from a compatible network within range for coverage, and most of the towers in NOLA were destroyed in the hurricane and flood. If you look at, for instance, T-Mobile's coverage map you can see that many areas in the US aren't covered at all.

Since I only have a cell phone, I can't call Lindsay -- she has to call me from a land-line phone, when she can find one that works.

Why does the Louisiana chair of the NCAAP have a San Francisco phone number?

Bob Brigham and I wrote the press release and Bob is the press contact. That's Bob's San Francisco cell number.

@Thad:
Let me try again:
Say I’ve got a Cell with a 415 area code. (this is an SF only area code, BTW, it covers about 49 square miles). Let’s say that while I am in Seattle, A big whopping Earthquake removes San Francisco from the map. Can I still use my Cell phone to call my (East Bay residing) parents and find out if they’re ok?

Andrew,

If your parents are on a cell phone, and all the cell phone towers in their area of SF are destroyed in the quake, then no.

If your parents are on a land line, and the land lines that serve their residence are damaged in the quake, then no.

The area code of your cell phone has nothing to do with it.

You'll recall that on 9/11, cell phone service in New York was effectively impossible because (A) one of Verizon's main cell towers was located in the WTC, and (B) every cell network was completely swamped with people trying to make calls.

Bottom line -- in the event of a major quake in SF, I wouldn't count on being able to reach anyone on any (consumer) phone until at least several hours (if not days) after the disaster.

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