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OREAD Daily, October 17, 2005

THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA: "IN WHOSE IMAGE WILL NEW ORLEANS BE RECONSTITUTED"

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Lance Hill. Lance is an old friend and was one of the founders of the original Oread Daily back in 1970. Lance is truly one of the best organizers I have ever known. He is also the author of the book "Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement."

Lance is the Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University.

Lance is currently a resident of New Orleans and he has a story to tell about the aftermath of Katrina and what it means now.

Below is the e-mail, followed by an unpublished op/ed piece Lance wrote back in September. You will also find a bio of Lance published by the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University.


E-mail from Lance

Friends:
I am sorry about the long delay in response to all of your many queries, but we only now got an email connection so that we can communicate with rest of the world.

Eileen and I are fine. As you may know, we ignored the evacuation order and spent 33 days under martial law inside New Orleans, leaving only to get medical treatment and supplies to bring back inside the Parish. It was quite an experience. On Friday, September 2nd we filled our car with food and water and began runs into the Morial Convention Center, where more than 10,000 people were languishing outside in the heat with little food or water. Police, guardsmen, and the Red Cross refused to enter the convention center to help people because they claimed it was too dangerous. Their claims of danger were just an excuse to starve people out of the center. The refugees were kind, grateful, and protective of me (I was, though, chased and fired upon by state police on one of my return trips for supplies). On my fourth and final run I was stopped at gunpoint by city and state police and told not return because they were preparing to bring in food and water themselves, which they did. It was the single most emotionally disturbing day of my life. On the way to the center I drove past a bloated body on one of the city's main intersections: it remained there for ten days.

Eileen and I spent the rest of our 33 days inside taking care of people who had also refused to evacuate, mostly elderly people who would not abandon their pets to go to the shelters and who lived on the historically high and dry alluvial ridges. We also spent a great deal of time trying to communicate to the media what was happening
inside. Despite endless threats of "forcible extraction" from our house by a number of law enforcement agencies and guard units, we managed to avoid arrest and forced evacuation. The closest we came was on September 28 when the police kicked in our front door and illegally searched our apartment in response to my refusal to provide identification to a patrolling Oklahoma guard unit. The "police" turned out to be Tulane University security guards loaned out to the militarily to make arrests in the surrounding neighborhoods. No apology from Tulane and they did not even suspend the officer. But that's another story.

Tulane has sealed off the campus and locked us out of the Southern Institute office building for nearly seven weeks now, though our building took on only 18 inches of water on the main floor. So we have had to set up a satellite office and we are now up and running. We can only hope that our irreplaceable collection of interviews with Holocaust survivors and veterans of the civil rights movement has not been destroyed by the heat and mold.

Eileen and I left after 33 days to get some "R & R" and returned last Monday. The martial law and curfew orders are, for the most part, unenforced now and most of our neighbors are back and things are returning to normal. We are in good health, though Eileen has permanently lost her teaching position in Orleans Parish schools--along with virtually all the other 5,000 teachers. But we fared far better than most: only today Eileen learned that one of her co- workers lost her husband in the flood.

I have attached an op-ed piece I wrote the second week of the hurricane. It was never published, but I still agree with most of what it, though now I think there is little hope that New Orleans will ever reconstitute its black majority community. The locus for the struggle for racial justice is now, and will remain for years to
come, in the predominantly white cities to which New Orleanian blacks have been exiled.

More later

Lance Hill, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Southern Institute for Education and Research
Tulane University
M.R. Box 1692
31 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504)220-4609
www.SouthernInstitute.info


Unpublished op/ed piece from Lance

Lance Hill
September 16. 2005
New Orleans
Day 19 of Martial Law

"The niggers are killing each other over in Lafayette" said the pickup driver, referring to the black New Orleanians who had relocated to a shelter in Cajun country following Hurricane Katrina. The driver, a middle-aged white man employed in disaster clean business, was accompanied by the owner of several gas stations. I sat quietly observing from the back seat of a Texas National Guard humvee on my way to receive a tetanus shot at a military hospital. (I had refused to evacuate and, thankfully, the Texans had decided to defy city and state authorities who prohibited providing food, water, or medical assistance to "outlaws" such as myself). "Thank
God you guys are here," the driver shouted over din of his diesel engine. "Keep the blacks out," he yelled. "Don't let them back in. We're going make this a beautiful city."

New Orleans authorities will soon suspend martial law and permit the reentry of all New Orleanians to their city. This will result in one the most remarkable political transformation of any major city in United States' history. New Orleans will resurrect under a white political majority in a city where African Americans were 70% of the population only a month ago. This seismic shift is the direct result of katrina's destruction of tens of thousands of black homes that, notwithstanding massive federal aid and flood insurance guarantees, will never be rebuilt, or will be rebuilt at costs far beyond the reach of most blacks.

The question that will face New Orleanians in the coming weeks is "In whose image will New Orleans be reconstituted?" What will become of black New Orleans and its dynamic culture that gave the world Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Mardis Gras indians, brass bands, and uniquely inflected contemporary musical innovations in rap and hip hop music? What will become of the endearing culture of celebration that served as an antidote for the numbing boredom of repressed but and colorless Midwestern lives. The spirit and ethnic diversity of New Orleans is worth saving as much as the Italianate mansions along St. Charles Avenue. But as we rebuild this city there will be tremendous pressure to commercialize, package, and deliver the culture without the people who made it. New Orleans, the city of majestic homes and elegant muscular oaks will no doubt be reborn; but possibly without a soul. Such a spiritual death will result in New Orleans becoming the Orlando of the South. That's when I will voluntarily evacuate.

Since Hurricane Katrina came ashore on August 29, I have traveled by bicycle through hundreds of neighborhoods taking care of strangers (mostly pet lovers who would not leave their pets) talking to people from all walks of life. I do not pretend to know what the nation's perception of the events here have been. We "resisters", as the government has dubbed us (odd, I thought I was a "resident") have gone three weeks without newspapers, internet access, postal service, land-line phones, and receive almost all of our news through one officially designated radio/television station. So I do not know the issues in the national policy debate on the rescue and recovery efforts. But I do know what I have seen and heard on the streets, and it is not encouraging.

There is a growing and powerful "racial exclusion movement" among a significant section of the white New Orleanian community that sees Katrina as an opportunity to eliminate poverty and crime by eliminating black people. It is not a new movement, nor is it the sole province of parvenu gas station owners. Proposals of remove the
New Orleans black population enjoyed a measure of support as late as the 1950s. I now hear many members of the old moneyed "carnival royalty" families openly arguing that Katrina provides an opening to depose black majority rule in the same way that their confederate forbearers overthrew the bi-racial Reconstruction government in?

I draw a distinction between a disaster and a tragedy. Disasters are something nature inflicts upon humans. Tragedies are something humans inflict upon other humans in their botched efforts to remedy disasters. The rescue efforts were clearly a tragedy; now we are faced with a second tragedy in the recovery processes both material and moral.

The decisions that will set the course for recovery for decades to come are being made today­­with only one percent of the city's voters present. It is not a foregone conclusion that the issues of equity and fairness will make it to the table. The table has already been set, and who will be at it is anyone's guess. The New Orleans African American community finds itself fragmented and living in exile; not only the thousands of poor and unemployed African Americans in shelters, but also the thousands of educated black middle class professionals who comprised the city's political, intellectual, religious, and social justice activist leadership. When these people return things will no doubt heat up, given that the majority of black voters opposed Mayor Ray Nagin's election and his strongest critics, like the rest of the city's residents, have not been allowed back into the city.

There are already ominous signs that the recovery path may end up reproducing privilege inside New Orleans and poverty outside. Economically secure white New Orleanians have, for the most part, returned to secure their homes, yet no return provisions have been made for poor homeowners and renter. Particularly disturbing is the failure of corporate and institutional leadership in the city to set an example of equity. As thousands of unemployed black New Orleanians sit idle in relocation centers in Texas, many of New Orleans' leading businesses and institutions are rapidly cleaning up with the help of thousands of workers--largely Hispanics imported from Texas. The city is flooded with Latinos who will soon become the new preferred service class. This development does not bode well for the eventual return of the black working poor.

Despite the dearth of outside news, I did listen to President George Bush's speech on the radio when he laid out his recovery plan. His call to build 4,000 new homes for low-income people is a good start; but that will provide housing for less than six percent of the 350,000 blacks who lived in New Orleans before Katrina. What was missing from his speech was a commitment to a specific funding level and the guarantee of equality in outcomes, not simply treatment.

The degrading treatment of black New Orleanians during the rescue phase also raises questions about the recovery process and equity. To this day, the city and state governments refuse to provide water, food, or medical aid to anyone remaining in New Orleans, though virtually all of those people live in the thousands of homes that sit on historically high ground and have never flooded by way of Lake Ponchartrain. Many of these residents are wondering aloud if we should place our confidence in the same people to plan and direct a recovery process that results in a vibrantly diverse city?

The final task is that of moral recovery. My wife, Eileen San Juan and I originally stayed because we have lived through thirty years of hurricanes and floods and have always stayed to care for our homes and help our neighbors. It is the appalling indifference to the suffering of others that I have witnessed as a "resister" inside the city that convinces me that we urgently need a carefully planned and comprehensive program for "moral and ethical" recovery. My own experience was particularly disturbing.

On September 2nd I awoke to radio news that thousands of evacuees were continuing to languish in the sun at the Morial Convention Center because city officials had ordered police and guardsmen not to issue food, water, or medical support. The news account also reported that two corpses were propped by the front door of the convention center.

I frantically loaded our car with supplies, spay-painted "AID" on all the doors and windows and headed for the convention center. On the way I passed a dead bloated body at Magazine and Jackson. She was wearing white socks with large blue stars. The scene at the convention center was one of unspeakable and shameful suffering. Women begged me to take their babies who were dehydrating. I had to tell them that there were no hospitals: all medical personnel had been forcible evacuated, even on dry land. Contrary to official pronouncements that the convention center was too dangerous for police, let along unarmed relief workers, people at the center greeted me like an angel from the heavens. People orderly distributed my goods as others implored me to bring back baby formula, water, and antibiotics. A man approached my car as I tried to leave. His eyes were dark and hollow. "Please mister," he said in
daze. "Tell the world what's going on down here. Tell them that people are killing each other just for a drink of water."

Shaken, I raced back to my home to get more water and supplies. A mile from the center a white pick-up truck fell in behind me with two police officers. The unmarked truck had no siren or lights. I decided not to stop because I was sure they would tell me not to come back. Then suddenly, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" The state patrolman had fired three shots into the air from his handgun to force me to stop. I stopped, though furious that they had nothing better to do then chase relief workers. The policeman demanded to know what I was doing and why did I have "AID" painted on my car. I heatedly explained that I was taking food, water, and medical supplies to babies and elderly people who were dying in the sun at the convention center. Then I asked what were they doing heading away from the problem with an empty truck. They let me go.

The moral recovery in Katrina's wake needs to be approached with the same forethought and resources as the material recovery. I have directed an organization for thirteen years that has the simple mission to teach the moral imperative to speak out against the suffering and persecution of others. We have used the history of the Holocaust and the civil rights movement to teach young people the causes and consequences of racism and moral indifference. Now, we no longer have to reach back decades to find a telling case-study of human failure and redemption. Hurricanes bring out the best and worst of human behavior. It is heartening that so many communities have opened their schools to the 60,000 black New Orleanian students left homeless by this disaster, but plunging children into strange worlds without preparing and training them, their families, and their host schools for the culture shock is a recipe for a second disaster.

The recovery process is not written in stone­yet. The only guarantee for a recovery that does not exacerbate racism and compound inequality, and one that brings New Orleans back to life in both body and spirit, is a national mobilization of African Americans and all those lovers of "the city that care forgot" to relentlessly pressure the federal government for an inclusive and fair decision-making process.

Lance Hill, Ph.D.
Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University Author of "Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement" UNC press

Brief biography of Lance

Dr. Lance Hill is the Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University. Dr. Hill worked as a community activist and labor organizer for twenty years before embarking on an academic career. From 1989 to 1992, Dr. Hill served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism (LCARN), the grass roots organization that led the opposition to former Klansman David Duke's Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns. One of the coalition's founders, Hill directed the organization's extensive television, radio and direct mail campaigns. The New York Times and the New Orleans Times-Picayune credited LCARN with playing the leading role in Duke's ultimate political demise.

In 1993, Hill co-founded the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University. Over the past ten years the Institute's tolerance education program-the most comprehensive project of its kind in the South-- has provided training to more than 3,600 teachers from 785 schools in the Deep South. The program uses case studies of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement to teach the causes and consequences of prejudice. With a geographic scope of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle, the Institute prides itself on successful implementing programs in rural and isolated communities that have been traditional strongholds of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups.

Dr. Hill also directs the Southern Institute's cross-cultural communication training and research program which teaches advanced skills to improve communication and collaboration among ethnic groups in the United States.

Hill holds a PhD from Tulane University, where he has taught US History and Intercultural Communication. His scholarly research field is the history of race relations and the radical right. He is the author of The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and "National Socialist Race Doctrine in the Political Thought of David Duke," in The Emergence of David Duke by Doug Rose (University of North Carolina Press, 1994). He has served as a consultant on several PBS documentaries on the radical right and the civil rights movement and has written extensively on racial politics in the South.

Dr. Hill resides in New Orleans with his wife of thirty years, Eileen SanJuan.
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World Conscience Asleep?
Pathetic International Response to 5 Million Brown Pakistani Quake Victims!
by Moin Ansari

Monday, October 17, 2005 -- The internal Pakistani response to the quake has been heroic, superhuman, and "goose bumpy", stuff of which legends are made of. The fantastic spirit of volunteerism is a case study for the "Harvard Business Review". Within 15 minutes of the falling of the Margala towers, the police and hundreds of good Samaritans were there scraping at the rubble with their bare hands. Within 2 hours, the president and the Prime Minster were helping at the site. Hordes of volunteers are collecting supplies from every nook and corner of Pakistan. From dusk to dawn, the Pakistani air force flew 800 sorties, a world record. The mudslide-prone, destroyed roads to the most inaccessible areas have been rebuilt several times, and today there are mountains of relief supplies in the remotest of the remote areas in Kashmir, manned by thousands of troops and volunteers. Today more than 100,000 Pakistani troops are fanning out in the mountains of Azad Kashmir looking to hel
p Pakistanis.

The international response to the Pakistani quake has been atrocious, meager, dismal and disappointing. The Pakistani state machinery is too polite and too overwhelmed to say anything except "thank you". They are grateful for any scraps that are doled out. The fact remains that the world response to the Pakistani quake has been beyond pathetic. The Pakistani earthquake is a bigger catastrophe than the tsunami. The tsunami countries got over $10 billion Dollars. While many international agencies and government are "going through the motions", serious efforts have not been made to help Pakistan and Pakistanis. The reasons may be similar to the reasons why the black Katrina victims got little help and white Rita victims got a lot of aid. Racism and Islamphobic bias are at the root of this nonchalance, and of the lack of coverage by the media.

The Washington Post did not have a single story on the earthquake. The New York Times had a story on Muslim charities, and the fact that he "mainstream charities" are not getting donations from Americans for the Pakistani quake. The focus of the BBC story was not about the inadequate and feeble international response to the quake victims, but the fact that remote villages -- beyond Bagh in the Northern areas, which are not connected by roads -- have not been reached.

The US has 8000 helicopters. Pakistan needs about 200 helicopters and heavy moving equipment to assist the victims. 8 were released, and then an additional 4 were released by Secretary of State Rice after the President Musharraf literally begged her for more moving equipment. The NATO forces in Afghanistan refused to release any choppers. The Japanese teams were so late that they could not save a single life in the schools where 1500 children lay buried.

What makes it more hurtful is the fact that blatant Arab racism is at its worst today. Muslim countries have different scales for white American victims and different values for brown Pakistani lives. Kuwait and Qatar gave the 20 thousand Katrina victims $400 million each. For the 3 million "miskeen", "ajami" Pakistanis, $100 million was deemed enough. Egypt gave $50,000. The Palestinian Authority has not given anything.

The good news is that Pakistanis have come together like never before. From America to Australia, and within Pakistan volunteers are everywhere, sending materials and volunteers to the affected areas of Azad Kashmir. Pakistan, and Pakistanis, will remember the friends.

Before an official request was conveyed, Turkish teams and planes were already airborne. Pakistan well never forget the Turkish "Kardaysh" (brotherhood). The British teams in Islamabad got there early and actually saved some lives. Penury-stricken Afghanistan spared 4 helicopters, pretty much their entire fleet. Today Pakistan and Pakistanis are working hard to rebuild Pakistan. This is the new slogan.

The lack of international help will have consequences that will ripple through the entire world. When India exploded its nuclear device, Pakistan asked for a “nuclear umbrella� from all the superpowers. The Pakistanis were laughed out of Western capitals. So Pakistan made its own nuclear bombs. Pakistan paid cash for 75 F-16s. Neither the money nor the planes were ever delivered. Prime Minister Mrs. Benazir Bhutto’s appeals of “give us our money or our planes back� fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t Palestine, or Kashmir, or global imperialism. It was this act of perceived grand larceny that unleashed anti-Americanism in Pakistan that had international consequences. With Chinese help, Pakistan designed and created a FX-17 plane, and also bought and indigenously developed missile technology. The indigenously-built plane rivals many Western planes in many ways, and will get better. Today, Pakistan will surely survive this earthquake, but it is the memories of friends that will
remain with the next generation. The Chinook could have been a memory of hope. It only reminds Muslims of rockets being fired at homes. It isn’t the millions of dollars that create goodwill, it the public statements by the common people.

Pakistanis have elephant memories. If the international response remains as pathetic as it has been, Pakistan may opt for the 'Shanghai Five' realignment with China and Russia and dump the strategic relationship that President Musharraf has tried to develop with its 'fair-weather friends' in the West. Pakistanis see help coming from India, and Israel, and the Jewish organizations in the USA. This will be remembered.

The world knows that Pakistan cannot be ignored. There is very strong resentment growing in Pakistani minds. Pakistani foreign policy realignment is underway. If Pakistan moves to fundamentalism radically, this will have long term consequences for the world.

Moin Ansari
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Just some very bad things people around the world are going through, if your problems seem big just look out your window on your world, they will dwendle down to proper perspective in the time it takes to read. We all are some shade of brown, in my eyes.

Wonder

3 Comments:

Blogger Lyle said...

Keep This In Mind
Every one of these "disasters" that the OutHouse has Capitalized On has been used as a diversonary method of pushing through legislation and "executive orders" that have links right back to the P N A C crowd. After 9/11 they renamed Asscroft's Civil Surviellance Act into the Patriot Act. Two days later, Bunnypantz nationalized the National Guard and Reserve to "protect our borders". Now you look at the flurry of legislation, post-Katrina, that furthers the extremist agenda.

Fri Oct 21, 06:29:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Wonder said...

Like using FEAR of terrorist attacks, flu pandimics in news as these issued as talking points, while the pulp and squak boxes sings first chair. forgive the broken tags and sentences, html is not my bag of tea. Love provides.

Unprepared For Avian Flu

ThinkProgress.org with many links to news articles spreading the fear cloud to cover what they are writing in the sky on the hill.
THE OFF-SET MYTH: The House of Representatives is pursuing even deeper spending cuts in critical government programs=2E One right-wing group is pushing about $50 billion in cuts, supposedly as a way to "off-set" the costs of reconstruction on the Gulf Coast Actually, any spending cuts would only partially off-set tax cuts, and do nothing to off-set Katrina reconstruction(American Progress has a real plan to eliminate unnecessary spending in the wake of Katrina

KATRINA -- LONE FEMA OFFICIAL ON THE GROUND DURING KATRINA BLA=
STS FEDERAL RESPONSE:
Marty Bahamonde, "the lone FEMA employee to ride out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans," told Congress yesterday that federal officials were unprepared for the scope of the disaster and failed to respond to his desperate pleas for help Bahmonde, a 12-year veteran of the agency, contradicted former FEMA director Michael Brown's previous testimony=2E Brown told Congress in September, "I want this committee to know that FEMA pushed forward with everything that it had, every team, every asset that we had, in order to help what we saw as being a potentially catastrophic disaster" Backed by copies of email messages he sent to FEMA officials in DC, Bahamonde's testimony provided clear evidence of the inept federal response For example, on Aug 31, Bahamonde wrote to Brown's office: "I know you know, the situation is past critical Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water" An
aide to Mr Brown responded hours later that the director would need
a restaurant in Baton Rouge that night"It is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner."

CONSERVATION -- AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS STILL UNDER SIEGE: Yesterday, The Progress Report noted that the latest White House national parks policy draft has dropped the worst proposed revisions, like one that "would have required park managers to prove an activity would 'irreversibly' damage park resources in order to ban it."Unfortunately, as the New York Times points out this morning, " href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/21/opinion/21fri1.html?hp>the new draft would still undermine the national parks." The latest edition "would eliminate the requirement that only motorized equipment with the least impact should be used in national parks. It would lower air-quality standards and strip away language about preserving the parks' natural soundscape - language that currently makes it hard, for instance, to justify allowing snowmobiles into Yellowstone. It
would also refer park superintendents to other management documents that have been revised to weaken fundamental standards and protections for the parks."

PATIENTS' RIGHTS -- TARGET STORE REFUSES TO FILL EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PRESCRIPTION: Late last month, a 26-year-old Missouri woman was refused emergency contraception "when she handed her prescription to a pharmacist at a Target store in Fenton, MO." According to Planned parenthood, "the woman was told by the pharmacist, 'I won't fill it. It's my right not to fill it.' She was told that she could go to a local Walgreens instead." The pharmacist was simply acting on Target's policy, which ensures "a guest's prescription for emergency contraception is filled, whether at Target or at a different pharmacy." Unfortunately, going to another pharmacy often isn't a simple alternative, especially in cases of rape. Take action now -- tell Target to clarify its policy to ensure that ideologues can't prevent patients from filling their prescriptions.
 
And last but certainly not least, Congress Set to Pass Law Eliminating Liability For Vaccine Injuries
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Vaccine Information
Center (NVIC) is calling the "Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug
Development Act of 2005"(S. 1873), which passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced "a drug company stockholder's dream
and a consumer's worst nightmare." The proposed legislation will strip
Americans of the right to a trial by jury if harmed by an experimental or licensed drug or vaccine that they are forced by government to take whenever
federal health officials declare a public health emergency.
The legislation's architect, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, told the
full HELP Committee yesterday that the legislation "creates a true
partnership" between the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry and academia to walk the drug companies "through the Valley of Death" in bringing a new vaccine or drug to market. Burr said it will give the Department of
Health and Human Services "additional authority and resources to partner with
the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines." The Burr bill gives the Secretary of DHHS the sole authority to decide whether a manufacturer violated laws mandating drug safety and bans citizens from challenging his
decision in the civil court system.
The bill establishes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), as the single point of authority within the government for the advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines in response to
bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks such as the flu. BARDA will operate in secret, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, insuring that no evidence of injuries or deaths caused by drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" will become public.
Nicknamed "Bioshield Two," the legislation is being pushed rapidly through Congress without time for voters to make their voices heard by their elected
representatives. Co-sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH), the
legislation will eliminate both regulatory and legal safeguards applied to vaccines as well as take away the right of children and adults harmed by vaccines and drugs to present their case in front of a jury in a civil court
of law.
"It is a sad day for this nation when Congress is frightened and bullied into allowing one profit making industry to destroy the seventh Amendment to
the Constitution guaranteeing citizens their day in court in front of a jury of their peers," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of NVIC. "This proposed
legislation, like the power and money grab by federal health officials and industry in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Project Bioshield Act of
2004, is an unconstitutional attempt by some in Congress to give a taxpayer-funded handout to pharmaceutical companies for drugs and vaccines the government can force all citizens to use while absolving everyone connected
from any responsibility for injuries and deaths which occur. It means that, if an American is injured by an experimental flu or anthrax vaccine he or she is
mandated to take, that citizen will be banned from exercising the
Constitutional right to a jury trial even if it is revealed that the vaccine maker engaged in criminal fraud and negligence in the manufacture of the vaccine."
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is legally responsible for regulating the pharmaceutical industry and ensuring that drugs and vaccines
released to the public are safe and effective. Drug companies marketing painkillers, like Vioxx, and anti-depressants, which have resulted in the deaths and injuries of thousands of children and adults, are being held
accountable in civil court while the FDA has come under intense criticism for withholding information about the drugs' dangers from the public. Since 1986, vaccine makers have been protected from most liability in civil court through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in which Congress created a federal
vaccine injury compensation program (VICP) that offers vaccine victims an alternative to the court system. Even though the program has awarded nearly $2
billion to victims of mandated vaccines, two out of three plaintiffs are turned away.
"The drug companies and doctors got all the liability protection they needed in 1986 but they are greedy and want more," said Fisher. "And the federal health agencies want more power to force citizens to use vaccines
without having to worry about properly regulating them. If the Burr bill passes, all economic incentives to insure mandated vaccines are safe will be removed and the American people are facing a future where government can force
them to take poorly regulated experimental drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" or go to jail. The only recourse for citizens will be to strike down mandatory vaccination laws so vaccines will be subject to the law
of supply and demand in the marketplace. The health care consumer's cry will be: No liability? No mandates."

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) was founded by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982 and co-founders worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. For more information, go to http://www.nvic.org./



SOURCE National Vaccine Information Center
Web Site: http://www.nvic.org

Fri Oct 21, 12:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Wonder said...

For the brownzgrl that blogs in the TheRabbitHole with no links to comments or email.
Gentrifying Diversity
Everyone should read the article and see the 'agenda' full faced. And that FEAR, use it, productive FEAR is good, shy away from that fear and find your vocal voice, you will find friends.

Sat Oct 29, 04:41:00 AM EDT  

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