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Sep
2005

Please Help Working Families Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

An Activism Alert from the Cultural Workers Consort...

Like all of you, the visions of what's going on in the Gulf Coast region for me defy comprehension. Detailed reports from NPR and Pacifica on radio, as well as CNN and others on TV, cannot explain just how its possible that thousands and thousands of people are caught in the worst disaster our shores have known. When I first heard someone say "this is our tsunami" I did not realize how correct they were. Words cannot decscribe the level of tragedy we learn of daily from the safety of our television screens or radio speakers.

Perhaps the saddest part is that, as usual, the people who are among the poorest in our country are also those in the thick of this nightmare. Economic conditions that kept people dangling over the poverty line for generations have now erupted into a local "third world". These poor and working class folks, some elderly, some children----all in great need---- have been waiting for aid and our federal government has surely been slow to act. Finally, days after the fact, Bush is taking a helicopter tour of the south. He broke away from vacation for this. Advocates for social justice cannot wait on this detached figurehead of the very privileged. Happily, many organizations have lept at the opportunity to collect much-needed funds and the AFL-CIO, for all its warts, has immediately established a Union Fund that will help many. Donations from everyday people are the only way to fight a problem of such magnitude. The following message is one way to help

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE AFL-CIO E-ACTIVIST NETWORK AND LETS DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO NOW SO THAT OUR FALLEN SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH MAY HAVE SOME HOPE.

In Solidarity, John Pietaro



Dear Working Families e-Activist,

Please Help Working Families Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina has devastated working families in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Please help.
//www.unionvoice.org/ct/f7aV1q61jubU/

Click on the link below to make a tax-deductible contribute to the Union Community Fund's special Hurricane Relief Fund. Donations will be targeted to meet the most critical needs among working families.

(Click here)
//www.unionvoice.org/ct/f7aV1q61jubU/

No drinking water. No food. No electricity. No homes to return to. No workplaces to go back to. No schools for the children.

Most of us cannot imagine the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane left behind massive, unprecedented and enduring needs. Immediate needs for rescue, safe drinking water, shelter and food are staggering. The longer-term needs—help for working families whose livelihoods were washed away, for the injured and for survivors—are hard to imagine.

Those of us fortunate to be outside the hurricane's path must help—and we must help now. The AFL-CIO's Union Community Fund has established a special Hurricane Relief Fund that will target help where it's needed most by working families. We are working with the labor federations in affected states and with relief organizations to make sure your contributions help brother and sister union members whose lives have been turned upside down. Please click on the link below to make your tax-deductible contribution now:

https://secure.ga3.org/08/UCF_Katrina_Relief

Please give, and please give generously. We must match this human disaster with our compassion, and match our caring with contributions that will make a difference for traumatized working families now and during the long rebuilding process.

Caring about each other is what marks us as union members and working family activists. Let’s put our values to work right now.

https://secure.ga3.org/08/UFC_Katrina_Relief

Thank you for doing your part for working families during this national tragedy.

In solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO Sept. 1, 2005

P.S. Please forward this e-mail to your co-workers, friends and family.

The Union Community Fund—labor’s charity for working families and communities in distress—is nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the Union Community Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Tell your friends and co-workers about the special Hurricane Relief Fund of the Union Community Fund. Please urge them to contribute today.

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