Press Release



October 5, 2005 Contact: Nellie Hester Bailey 212-234-5005



On Friday, October 7th, 2005 from 6 to 9 PM at the Salem United
Methodist Church Community Center in the village of Harlem located at 211 West
129th St., activists, residents from throughout the City, and
survivors/evacuees from the Gulf States will gather to discuss the "Gulf Wars
from Iraq to New Orleans", an indept analysis of the Gulf states' natural
and man made racist disaster that caused the death of thousands of
people of African descent with thousands of children missing, job loss for
nearly one million people, hundreds of thousand homes destroyed, forced
evacuations and resettlement, and relocated survivors/evacuees coping
with the racist policies of the Red Cross hellbent on isolating
survivors from a Black community support network. The program will open with a
short documentary of the People's Video Network, "Which Gulf is the War
Zone" with an introduction by Teresa Guitterez of the International
Action Center. The compilation of voices for the roundtable discussion
will include the Rev. Lucius Walker of the IFCO/Pastors for Peace and
Mae Jackson, founder of Arts Without Walls who will expose the racist
treatment of the Red Cross to over 1,500 survivors resettled in New York
City. A number of the resettled survivors in New York City will attend
the forum including New Orleans survivor and forum panelist Carlita
Mahrs who sits on the Interim Steering Committee of the People's Hurricane
Fund of Community Labor United, a coalition of local/national activists
and Gulf State survivors demanding the right of return for the
evacuees. (The coalition's demands will be presented at the forum). Attorney
Joan Gibbs will expose the politics of the number one relief
organization, the Red Cross that is reported to have allocated over 50% of its donations
to a bloated administrative budget. Noted progressive educator and
writer Dr. Sam Anderson will talk about the plight of the historic Black
Colleges in the Gulf States, that many fear are slated for the auction block as
the US ruling class promote a reconstruction project with a vision that
generally does not include the presence of African American in the
reconstruction "zones".



According to Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, sponsor of
the forum, "The unfolding spectacle of continuous federal, state and
local criminal negligence for the safety of US residents of African
descent, unbridled greed as illustrated by the suspension of the Davis-Bacon
Act, and the Bush administration's legislative efforts to have the
federal government placed in charge of all natural disasters of this
magnitude that would give the President the sole right to declare marital law are
ominous signs of encroaching fascism. Communities of color and in particular
African Ameircan communities have to understand the critical need for
building a united front against this encroaching and deadly menace."



Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement will contextualize the
katrina/Rita developments within the framework of Self Determination and
Reparation. And Labor and Anti-war activist Brenda Stokely, a Board
member of the Harlem Tenants Council, co-convener of the Million Workers
March, co-chair of New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) and a
leading figure in the Troops Out Now Coalition will call for the building
of a united front to fight against African American national oppression.
The program is moderated by Nellie Hester Bailey, co-founder and
Director of the Harlem Tenants Council, co-founder of Harlem Black Solidarity
Against the War that sponsored the first Gulf anti-war demonstration in
Harlem and was co-convener with Troops Out Now Coalition of a Harlem
Anti-War rally and march of over 20,000 that marched from Harlem to
Central Park on March 19th of 2005. The Harlem Tenants Council is a tenant's
rights advocacy organization whose mission is to provide
anti-displacement/anti-eviction services to poor and working class
African Americans in Central Harlem fighting against gentrification.

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H A R L E M F O R U M



“Connecting the Dots: The Gulf Wars: Iraq to New Orleans"



Friday, October 7, 2005 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM



Salem United Methodist Church Williams Hall Center

211 West 129th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)



Doors open at 5:30 PM - Program starts at 6:00 PM Sharp:


“Which Gulf is the War Zone"
(32 minutes documentary on New by People's Video Network)

Introduction by Teresa Guitterez



Roundtable Panel:


Carlita Mahrs, Survivor from Gulf States Re-settled in NYC(Interim
Steering Committee of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund of Community Labor
United)

Mae Jackson (Art Without Walls),
Community Support for Survivors & Evacuees Resettled to NYC"



Attorney Joan Gibbs,
'The Politics of Disastrous Relief: A look at the Red Cross & FEMA"



Dr. Sam Anderson, (Black New Yorkers for Education Excellence)
“Post Katrina: The Plight of Historic Black Colleges in the Gulf States



Rev. Lucius Walker (IFCO/Pastors for Peace),
“ Cuba: International model for natural disaster evacuation & Relief
offer toUS."



Omowale Clay, (D12 Movement)
'The Gulf Crisis: Self Determination & Reparations"



Labor Activist Brenda Stokely,
“ Building a United Front: Katrina & African American National
Oppression"

Program ends at 9:00 PM SHARP


Sponsor: Harlem Tenants Council (HTC). Supporting Organization:
Harriet's Daughters. For additional information contact HTC at 212-234-5005 or
by E-mail: harlemtenants@aol.com or visit HTC website: www.harlemtenant