Hurricane Kartina: An Action Program to organize a working class response to the disaster
Programme issued by Socialist Alternative, CWI USA, Sat 3rd Sept.
* Full care and compensation for Katrina victims
All victims of this crisis should be fully compensated for all losses
by the federal government. Free medical care for all those in need.
Ensure that all affected people receive a stable income to get back on
their feet after this tragedy. All those who have lost their jobs,
have been displaced, or in need from the affected counties should
receive a living wage of $500/week for up to 3 years. Immediate
interest-free loans for workers, small businesses, small farmers who
had their livelihood destroyed in the hurricane.
* Initiate massive public works program to re-build & re-employ the Gulf Coast
Immediately begin the construction of decent, affordable public
housing in the safe areas for all those in need due to the hurricane.
Employ the jobless victims of Katrina in public works programs to
rebuild the counties affected. All rebuilding and relief workers must
receive a living wage with union rights and benefits. Ensure the
homes, workplaces, schools and streets of New Orleans are cleansed of
the toxic contamination caused by the flooded sewage and oil and
* Stop racial and class discrimination in relief, compensation,
rebuilding, and policing
All relief money received through government and charity should not be
put in the hands of big business politicians and bureaucrats. Instead,
oversight committees elected from the affected communities, refugees,
and relief workers should control the funding and administration of
relief and rebuilding efforts. Don't bankrupt state and local budgets
for the relief. The federal government should hand over billions for
the relief effort. Don't cut social service funding like healthcare
and education to pay for relief and rebuilding efforts.
* Stop profiteering off tragedy!
We need prices controls on gas and other products to protect
consumers. Construction should be done for the public good, under
democratic community control, not for the profits of a few
* Pay for rebuilding by ending the war in Iraq and taxing big business
This disaster is the direct result of the Bush administration
de-funding levy strengthening and other disaster prevention programs
to pay for the war in Iraq, and tax cuts for the rich. Bring the
troops home and redirect military resources to rebuilding. This
disaster results from decades of corporate tax-cuts by the two major
parties, and the resultant under-funding of infrastructure and inner
cities. Make the rich and corporate America pay for reconstruction.
* This disaster has shown the inequality, poverty, racism and social
deprivations that capitalism breeds. We need a new, socialist society
based on human needs.