New Orleans: 6 years later, Katrina Victims Still Seek Justice:

The Real News Network Interviews Jordan Flaherty

Jordan Flaherty: “New Orleans is a canary in a coal mine warning of what the rest of us could all be facing”
Tue, 08/30/2011  — The Real News Network
This week marks the 6th anniversary of Katrina, the man-made disaster which almost certainly killed many thousands more than the fraudulent official estimated death toll.  The Katrina crisis provided corporate and national policymakers the pretext and opportunity to deport hundreds of thousands of mostly black residents out of the region and to reorganize its economic and political life.  Six years later more than a hundred thousand cannot return, and for those who have, challenges and roadblocks abound…

Make an emergency call! Demand an Evacuation Plan for Prisoners at Rikers Island!‏

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Dear Friends,
No matter where you are right now, prisoners at Rikers Island need our help.  
While we all hope that Hurricane Irene causes as little damage as possible, we need to act now to make sure New York City officials don’t literally leave prisoners behind in their evacuation planning.  Right now there is no evacuation plan for Rikers Island – we need to change this immediately!
The action steps below are from our friends and allies in New York. Please read, act, and forward widely now!
-Critical Resistance
Take Action for Rikers’ Island Prisoners:  Demand the City Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at Rikers’ Island, claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic rights of prisoners in the face of disaster.
We can’t let Bloomberg get away with this!
(1.) Demand the city create an emergency evacuation plan by 5pm today to evacuate prisoners at Rikers Island inthe event that other areas in Zone B or C around Rikers Island are evacuated.
Call NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs at (212) 788-2485
 Twitter: @NYCMayorsOffice
(2.) Call on NY1 to investigate the status of the “contingency plan” for Rikers Island prisoners:
Tel.:  212-691-6397
(3.) Submit evacuation plan demand to city’s website:
Go to  –this is a website set up by the city for people to submit weather-related service problems.  Locate Rikers Island on the map and drag the red marker there.
-Copy and paste this text (or write your own!):
Title: Evacuation plan needed
The city has no evacuation plan for Rikers Island, despite its low elevation and its nearly 13,000 prisoners. Please do not let these individuals, or the ones at the nearby floating Vernon C. Bain Correction Center, suffer.
Critical Resistance
1904 Franklin St #504
Oakland, California 94612