The Revolutionary Communist Tour

The Revolutionary Communist Tour aims to build a communist movement among the people locked on the bottom of society in the current era of Bushite Christian-fascism. Contact us at rc_speaks@yahoo.com, or P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station New York, New York 10002-0900 866-841-9139 x2670

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: The People Did Not -- and Do Not -- Have to Die



Statement issued by the Revolutionary Communist 4 -- September 2, 2005

Introduction: The Revolutionary Communist 4 (RC4) are releasing this statement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina which has left tens of thousands of Black people (and others) without homes, food, water, shelter and medical care. The disaster in New Orleans is of grave proportions and thousands are stranded and could die --and they don't have to die -- if the government is not forced to take urgent and immediate measures to organize massive and systematic evacuation! Meanwhile, President Bush threatens people who are taking food, water, and other necessities with attacks from the National Guard and the police.

The Revolutionary Communist 4 have been hitting the road over the summer, spreading revolution and communism to Black people and others at the bottom of society. They are scheduled to appear next in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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There was no way to stop Hurricane Katrina, but the chaos, suffering and death that resulted from this storm WAS preventable. Why didn't the government organize massive and systematic evacuation? Why weren't the levees maintained? Why were so many people left to fend for themselves?

This government has spent hundreds of billions for the war in Iraq -- but didn't evacuate a city facing a devastating storm that had been predicted for days. They got all kinds of helicopters and transport plans in Iraq but in New Orleans people were trapped in the city and stuffed into the sports stadium.

People, from all walks of life, are suffering because preventive measures that could have lessened the effects of the hurricane are not profitable. People were forced into an "every-man-for-himself" situation, so millions were left to try and survive on their own. Over 100,000 people were left in New Orleans -- often because they didn't have a car, gas or cash.

This disaster revealed the unequal and oppressive relations of this system. People live in conditions where when a disaster hits, they are left in severe and needless danger of death. On TV, we've seen the many thousands of Black people trapped in New Orleans and other dangerous places. We see the results of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow and the present-day effects of this oppressive history in sharp relief.

Before the storm even hit, Louisiana's governor Blanco gave authorities the power to suspend civil liberties. Federal Homeland Security officials have declared a national emergency. In the media, people desperately trying to survive are being demonized as "dangerous armed gangs of looters." Meanwhile, the governor is sending in troops. All this cannot be good for the people.

Louisiana's governor called for a day of prayer. And while individuals can pray if they want, the government should be meeting the needs of the people, mobilizing others to help, not telling people to pray.

The new developing dangers are caused by the way that society is set up, NOT by nature. New suffering must be prevented. The disaster that looms is not inevitable IF HUMAN BEINGS ARE MOBILIZED TO PREVENT IT. If people are NOT mobilized in this way, if the government is NOT forced to take URGENT measures right away, then hundreds and possibly thousands more will needlessly die from disease and/or not being rescued.

WE DEMAND:
* At the government's expense: People must be housed and cared for until they can safely return to their homes; hotels, convention centers, and other buildings must be provided to people in need of shelter; there must be free communication for people to contact relatives. Immediately, there must be emergency medical care and measures to prevent massive epidemics and needless dying. There must be no arrests for so-called looting. There must be emergency relief -- people must be immediately provided with water, food, medicines, and other basic needs FREE OF CHARGE.
* The needs of all must be met, with first priority to those most urgently in need. There must be immediate, orderly, and safe evacuation. If necessary, events in nearby cities must be canceled to accommodate people. People must not be evacuated into situations which are going to reproduce disease and danger.
* There must be intense search and rescue efforts in all areas. People must NOT be allowed to die. All necessary resources, including mobilizing volunteers, must be brought to bear on this. The government must not repress people who volunteer or prevent them from helping, but instead, must assist these efforts.
* There must be no profiteering and speculation off people's misery by the sharks of insurance companies, oil monopolies, real estate developers, etc.

Carl Dix, national spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, is available to speak to the press, and can be contacted c/o Revolution Books, 9 West 19th St., New York, NY 10011, or call 866-841-9139 x 2670, or email at comradecarl@hotmail.com

You can contact the RC4 at P.O. Box 941, Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002-0900; Email: rc_speaks@yahoo.com Phone/Fax: 866-841-9139 x 2670 Website: www.rc4tour.info

The RC are:

CARL DIX: RCP National Spokesperson. In 1970 Carl was one of six active duty GI's at Ft. Lewis who refused orders to Vietnam. A veteran revolutionary activist, Carl was formerly with the Black Workers' Congress and the African Liberation Day Support Committee. He represented the RCP, USA, at the founding press conference for the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in London in 1984. And he is a co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality in 1996.

CLYDE YOUNG: In 1990, the Revolutionary Worker published a lengthy interview with Clyde Young, referring to him as Comrade X in that interview. As a teenager, he served time in juvenile 'correctional institutions' and while serving a lengthy prison sentence he became a revolutionary -- leading prison rebellions and other political activity. He was influenced by the revolutionary leaders and movements of the 1960s, including Malcolm X, George Jackson and the Black Panther Party. He was also greatly influenced by Mao and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China. Upon his release from prison, Clyde Young met Bob Avakian and recognized in him unique and special qualities as a leader and also his enormous sense of humor. Clyde Young's writings for the revolutionary press range from essays on Martin Luther King and the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali and boxing to a major analysis of demographic changes, "Since the '60s: Trends of Impoverishment, Oppression, and Class Polarization in the Black Nation."

JOE VEALE: Joe Veale is the spokesperson for the Los Angeles branch of the RCP. Joe arrived in L.A. during the '92 Rebellion determined to link up with the courageous fighters there and fuse their determination to confront injustice with the science of MLM and the cause of communist revolution. Joe is a veteran of the Black Panther Party.

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