1. American Red Cross & FEMA are doing very little to help the people of New Orleans. Mayday DC & Cafe Mawonaj & Food not Bombs run the ONLY makeshift clinic in Algiers (across the river from East New Orleans).

2. The clinic needs: a) Diabetic testing kits b) Anti-mold cleaning supplies c) Vitamin B-complex vitamins d) Brita filters and chlorine pills e) Money for Generators
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3. $80 billion was approved in FY2005 for war in Iraq (not including supplementary funds). $37 million was allocated for FEMA annually since 2001 when the budget was cut 50%. They could have prevented this disaster by reinforcing the levees!

4. Algiers is like a ghost town, it is under martial law and curfew is from 6 am - 6 pm. Not all the army are unhelpful, but the Red Cross sits there, the National Guard & Army don't even know where to buy generators, and the people left over are helping themselves and their neighbors. This includes the displaced from East New Orleans.

Hello from Algiers! I have not seen a computer since last Friday in Washington, DC. I wish our digital camera could have worked because there are a lot of sights and sounds to be recorded, including the military helicopters above. (It reminds me of Palestine).

Minus the special ethnic license plates in Palestine/ Israel, the checkpoints, military curfew, and the lack of concern for human rights are all reminiscent of Palestine or even Iraq. Bork and Mayday DC are doing an excellent job and the Army has NOT shut them down (yet). They encourage people to help their local Armories IF there are displaced people
there. However, I caution against registering with the American Red Cross because they are embezzling money and didn't even help us unload our 26-foot truck. At least the Army soldiers did help us after I yelled at them "Can you help us here?"

There has been a great deal of destruction; there is no electricity in Algiers as far as I know, and power lines are not only down but the structures supporting the power lines are horizontal on the ground. Yet there are at least 5,000 people still in their homes and I think they could rebuild if given the capital and the opportunity.

First the dead bodies in the church need to be identified and accounted for. Then mold needs to be cleaned out. Then the National Guard and N.O.P.D. and individual gang members need to be held to account for a truth & reconciliation process to begin.

There was still 5 feet of water in East New Orleans above the cars yesterday. New Orleans is now open to relief trucks, and actually if you have a letter from the Red Cross saying "Thank you for volunteering" you will most likely get through the checkpoints without a problem. We ran into regular Army at a gas station going into Algiers and they luckily escorted us into the city (well, as far as the main road anyhow). They said "I wouldn't go in there, that's a bad area," but personally I felt safe from the residents, it was only the police I would be worried about. These soldiers came from Fort Lou, TX and they said "Yeah well the National Guard is in Iraq."

The locals are the ones who know how to rebuild and help themselves. But they don't have the capital or infrastructure to continue, particularly as they are under curfew for 12 hours of the day. We encourage any street medics and especially registered nurses or doctors to join the team in Algiers and any other surrounding areas. For example, one medic who runs the San Francisco Mission district clinic was the only nurse practitioner serving an encampment in Covington where we stayed Sunday night (and where we dropped off a LOT of clothes to a church that
distributes to the rural areas).

Mayday DC also emphasizes, "This is SOLIDARITY, not CHARITY" and I hope everyone can remember that phrase and take it to heart. Please fundraise as much as possible to help the people of Louisiana as well as Mississippi and Alabama rebuild their lives after their own government has failed them.

Mayor Nagin and Senator Landrieu are doing their best, and are even trying to restore the wetlands (the levees aren't the only problem). They put a bill into Congress allowing more prescriptions to be filled through Medicaid, I don't know the bill # right now but please please please call to support this bill if you find it.

Thank you all volunteers at Cafe Mawonaj, and all future volunteers and contributors in Washington, DC. We are in the belly of the beast and need to keep protesting the White House (thanks to Black Voices for Peace for that Friday protest).

We have tried to contact NPR reporters, ABC and NBC newstrucks who are filming the Red Cross and military but refuse to show us helping the people. They didn't keep filming us after I told them, "This truck is not with the Red Cross or FEMA, we are with Cafe Mawonaj."

Please repost this article and we hope to develop our film asap. Koncei da Silva will be driving or flying back here next Saturday with supplies and I may be going to New Orleans now.