Having closed its eyes to the government's continued disregard for the poor and disproportionately Black population of the Gulf Coast, the big business media has clearly decided that the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is no longer an "it" story. The people living through the tragedy have no such luxury. They cannot simply close their eyes to the situation, and have it magically disappear.
This past week, Malik Rahim, a New Orleans community activist and leader of Common Ground Relief, spoke at an event hosted by A.N.S.W.E.R. He cut through the lies of the (mis)information media, exposing in detail the racist and anti-poor character of the reconstruction of New Orleans. He encouraged all members of New York's progressive community to get involved, to intensify the struggle for justice, to support New Orleans community activists, and to channel their humanitarian instinct into a focused, grassroots movement based on solidarity with the oppressed. For more on Malik's remarks, click here.
In this spirit, Youth & Student ANSWER has organized a strategy session to discuss where the movement can go from here. How can the antiwar movement build off the success of the September 24th demonstrations? Who will rebuild New Orleans? How can we contribute to the people's struggle for justice? How do we combat the misinformation of the media? How can we build a revolutionary youth movement - historically a driving force of progressive social movements - that overcomes a single-issue political perspective, and links war with racism, sexism, LGBT oppression, and economic exploitation?
Join us in New York:
Sunday, November 6th, 2pm
Room 537, Hunter North, Hunter College
68th St. and Lexington Ave.
(6 train to 68th St.)
This will draw activists from New York City, Washington D.C. and other cities. From Washington DC, Caneisha Mills, Howard University student and Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. organizer, will give a report on her trip to New Orleans, and lead a discussion on the grassroots activist efforts that have taken shape there.
Contact the New York office at 212-694-8720, or firstname.lastname@example.org