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Title: International Tribunal on Katrina & Rita
START DATE: 8/29/2007
Duration: 96 Hours
Location: CBD
Location Details:

The Pan American Conference Center
601 Poydras Street
11th floor
New Orleans, L.A. 70130
Event Topic: Katrina & Rita
Event Type: Triunal
Contact Name: Leon Waters
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (504) 301-0215
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Why a Tribunal?

“They carried out a campaign of terror and genocide” - displaced survivor
The charges are clear against the United States government by the people of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast region displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On August 29th through September 2nd, 2005, the world witnessed the monumental failure of the U.S. government to protect and respect the lives of the working people, the majority of whom were African-American and poor. This failure is the direct result of the national (race), class, and gender oppression that is inherent in the U.S. government throughout its 230 year history.

Since Katrina and Rita, the government has:

Forcibly removed tens of thousands of New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents
Disenfranchised tens of thousands of African-American voters;
Refused to adhere to its own policies and procedures pertaining to the security and well being of internally displaced persons (IDP’s);
Grossly mismanaged resources for the reconstruction of the region, including awarding no-bid contracts to big corporations connected to the Bush administration;
Eliminated environmental and worker protection laws;
Unjustifiably criminalized thousands of Survivors, particularly the displaced;
Set up a reconstruction process that excludes effective input, oversight, and control over the process by the majority African-American population;
Currently threatening to seize large portions of New Orleans owned and occupied by African Americans to ethnically cleanse the city to prevent the return of its historic majority.
Countless abuses were and still are being committed against African-American, working and middle class communities of the Gulf Coast by the U.S. government. The U.S. government must be held responsible for these crimes against humanity. This is why we are calling for an International Tribunal for justice and restitution.

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