Hurricane Katrina: Register as Host Family: Thousands of displaced
families are looking for a temporary home. To volunteer your home,
see Hurricane Katrina: Register as Host Family:
Islamic Circle of North America Feeding 25,000 hurricane victims
Thousands of Families displaced due to Hurricane Katrina
Currently, ICNA Relief in cooperation with local Islamic centers is
providing food and shelter to over 150 displaced families in nearby
areas. ICNA Relief has announced $250,000 for the relief efforts
related to Hurricane Katrina. ICNA Relief will be sending volunteers
into New Orleans once they are allowed to enter the affected areas.
Most of the Relief efforts are being coordinated with Islamic Center
of Baton Rouge.
Please Donate Generously towards this effort
Houston Astrodome Feeding (9/11/2005)
On September 11 the Houston Muslim community has been put in charge
of feeding 25,000 refugees at the Astrodome. 750 volunteers
(brothers and sisters) are needed for this task.
All the volunteers MUST go through mandatory training.
ICNA Houston Unit is participating in this noble effort. If you live
in greater Houston area, please call Br. Ilyas Chaudhry at 832-275-
0786 or 713-298-6811 to volunteer.
Feeding will be done in 6 hours shifts starting at 4:00 AM on
SIGN UP NOW TO ATTEND MANDATORY TRAINING IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Alhamdolillah, ICNA Houston unit was able to recruit 500+ Volunteers
on Friday. ICNA Sisters Wing is contributing 50+ volunteers.
9/2/2005 ALERT: IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA DISASTER
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Relief USA)
has now allocated $250,000 to help those made homeless by the
disaster ; Urges Public to Support Emergency Relief, Reconstruction
For info: ICNA Relief Katrina Victims Help Emergency Camp Office in
Baton Rouge, LA; Phone: 225-344-4847;
Contact Person(s): Br. Masqsood & Br. Ayub Badat; Katrina Relief
Coordination: Farrukh Raza 732-593-7017; raza_1997 @ yahoo.com
TO DONATE TOLL FREE: 1-866-354-0102
(Baton Rouge, LA; Sept 1, 2005) - With great destructive power,
Hurricane Katrina has caused widespread flooding along the Gulf
Coast, with martial law and dangerous conditions in New Orleans,
Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as many other cities and
towns. Many millions are homeless. According to Biloxi Mayor AJ
Holloway. "This is our Tsunami".
In coordination with other relief agencies, Islamic Circle of North
America is mobilizing its volunteers in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, &
Mississippi chapters to provide assistance to victims in News Orleans
and surrounding areas. Br. Irfan Khurshid, Acting Executive Director
of ICNA Relief USA, stated: "We are taking this very seriously. So
many are affected. We call on all Muslims to support our efforts as
they expand in the coming days. Recovery will take many months, if
"He is the One who created the heavens and the earth in six days -
and His domain was completely covered with water - this to test you,
to distinguish those among you who work righteousness (al Hud, 7)"
ICNA Relief Response As a member of New York Disaster Interfaith
services (NYDIS), as well as Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster, ICNA Relief USA staff has been consulting with the many of
the largest and most established disaster relief organizations as
they assess the emergency.
ICNA Relief board has now allocated $250,000 to the Katrina relief
efforts, and a relief center has been established in Baton Rouge with
internet ready computers for field effort coordination. FEMA and
other partners contacted.
Former Executive Director Brother Tariq will be joining the operation
on Saturday. We currently have over 40 families being accommodated in
Baton Rouge; we are obtaining a warehouse for emergency housing for
150 families; have obtained leases for 12 apartments so far for
resettlement; all meals are being provided. Further work is unfolding
on behalf of 50 families in Alexandria, LA and elsewhere; we are
coordinating volunteers, planning fundraising, mobile clinics etc,
for short and Long Term Action Plan below. Our website is
and fliers can be obtained at:
Request to community
We have been asked by Jeremiah Dameron of New York's
Office of Emergency Management: "Please help us spread the message to
local community groups, houses of worship and organizations that we
should not be collecting "stuff" for the victims. Doing so will
only create a second disaster. However, most organizations are in
need of monetary donations to help rebuild the local communities."
ICNA Relief urges Muslims to earmark donations for the victims of the
flood. Just as the community was generous to the victims of the
Tsunami, let us not forget these our fellow Americans in their time
of need. Please be generous. To donate, visit www.reliefonline.org or
call Br. Adem at ICNA Relief's New York Office: 718 658 7028
(iamourhaj @ aol.com)
With the help of Islamic Center Baton Rouge, ICNA Relief is providing
shelter, food and drinking water to many displaced families. We are
also very happy to hear that some families have been space to stay in
the masajid and with area families. However, in the coming days we
may need other volunteers. Our close colleague Ken Curtin of the
Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) has commended ICNA Relief USA for
our offer to provide volunteers, and on his advice we are collecting
names of volunteers with specific skills and tools in the region,
as well as doctors and counselors. If you wish to offer please
contact: Br. Farrukh Raza, ICNA Relief's National Coordinator for
Katrina Victims Relief Efforts: Farrukh Raza at raza_1997 @ yahoo.com.
"Racism" is the cause of the sluggish response to help
La Voz de Aztlan
Los Angeles, Alta California - September 2, 2005 - (ACN)
Katrina has exposed the ugly underbelly of the USA for the
world to see. The unimaginable suffering of the Black
population in New Orleans and elsewhere in the
"Apartheid South" due to the hurricane is primarily due to
the deeply ingrained racism that exists throughout America
but especially in the "Old South" against the former "slaves".
New Orleans is 70% Black and most earn less than one half
what Whites do. The foot dragging to send in food, water
and medicine to help the dying, mostly Blacks, trapped at
the Astrodome is due to the deep animosity, now hidden,
of Whites towards Blacks.
The examples of racism against New Orleans during their
hour of need are many. The first is the fact that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
and other White run federal agencies knew of the
impending catastrophe but chose to ignore it. There
were already numerous reports that New Orleans was in
imminent danger of a major catastrophe because the
levy system that holds back the sea needed upgrading.
Instead, federal funds designated to fix the dikes
were cut. "Who cares about those poor niggers and drag
queens in the Big Easy, let it sink into the sea! " is
what the Black mayors of New Orleans heard
consistently over the years. Another example is what is
being heard on radio in the Los Angeles area. Bill
Handel, and extremely hateful and obnoxious Jewish talk
jock, said of the Blacks breaking into food stores,
"The cops should just shoot those animals in the head".
The same was heard from the anti-Mexican bigot Doug
McIntyre on another LA based radio station.
There is no doubt that there could have been a more rapid
and efficient response if there would have been the "will" to
do so. No one cared, not Bush nor most other responsible
government agents until the embarrassing photographs of
the horrific situation were being transmitted across the world.
After much, of what only amounted to, "lip service" by
government officials, George Bush put on a show today
for the press giving the impression that he would fly to
New Orleans to "save the day". "The cavalry is here to save
New Orleans" he said. What a sham!
What happened to all the USA Chinook helicopters? What
happened to the Louisiana National Guard? What happened
to the US Army's ability to deploy emergency hospitals in a
matter of hours? Perhaps they are busy reconstructing Iraq.
What a shame! We wonder what Black soldiers in Iraq from
Louisiana and Mississippi think when viewing the pictures of
old Black women and Black children dead on the concrete
inside and in the parking lot of the Astrodome. They died of
hunger and thirst and because of the lack of essential
medications. Supplies that were denied to the Black refugees
simply because no one cared.
La Voz de Aztlan is concerned that the same thing will happen
to the large Mexican-American population in the southwest if a
similar catastrophe should occur here. If a major earthquake
or terrorist attack should befall Los Angeles, San Antonio,
San Diego or San Francisco, would the White run government
emergency agencies do to us what they did to the Blacks in
New Orleans? Would they choose to apply resources to save
the predominate White areas and leave us to die? The time to
plan and prepare is now!
Waiting for a Leader
New York Times
September 1, 2005
George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday,
especially given the level of national distress and the need for words
of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this
administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed.
He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day
celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and
blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He advised the public
that anybody who wanted to help should send cash, grinned, and
promised that everything would work out in the end.
We will, of course, endure, and the city of New Orleans must come
back. But looking at the pictures on television yesterday of a place
abandoned to the forces of flood, fire and looting, it was hard not to
wonder exactly how that is going to come to pass. Right now, hundreds
of thousands of American refugees need our national concern and care.
Thousands of people still need to be rescued from imminent peril.
Public health threats must be controlled in New Orleans and throughout
southern Mississippi. Drivers must be given confidence that gasoline
will be available, and profiteering must be brought under control at a
moment when television has been showing long lines at some pumps and
spot prices approaching $4 a gallon have been reported.
Sacrifices may be necessary to make sure that all these things happen
in an orderly, efficient way. But this administration has never been
one to counsel sacrifice. And nothing about the president's demeanor
yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness -
suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.
While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast's most immediate
needs, the nation will soon ask why New Orleans's levees remained so
inadequate. Publications from the local newspaper to National
Geographic have fulminated about the bad state of flood protection in
this beloved city, which is below sea level. Why were developers
permitted to destroy wetlands and barrier islands that could have held
back the hurricane's surge? Why was Congress, before it wandered off
to vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for correcting some of the
gaping holes in the area's flood protection?
It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush cheerily
announced, America "will be a stronger place" for enduring this
crisis. Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are
right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of
future hurricanes. But since this administration won't acknowledge
that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal.
Biloxi Sun Herald
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005
South Mississippi needs your help
The coastal communities of South Mississippi are desperately in need
of an unprecedented relief effort.
We understand that New Orleans also was devastated by Hurricane
Katrina, but surely this nation has the resources to rescue both that
metropolitan and ours.
Whatever plans that were in place to deal with such a natural disaster
have proven inadequate. Perhaps destruction on this scale could not
have been adequately prepared for.
But now that it has taken place, no effort should be spared to
mitigate the hurricane's impact.
The essentials -- ice, gasoline, medicine -- simply are not getting
here fast enough.
We are not calling on the nation and the state to make life more
comfortable in South Mississippi, we are calling on the nation and the
state to make life here possible.
We would bolster our argument with the number of Katrina casualties
confirmed thus far, but if there is such a confirmed number, no one is
releasing it to the public. This lack of faith in the publics' ability
to handle the truth is not sparing anyone's feelings, it is instead
fueling terrifying rumors.
While the flow of information is frustratingly difficult, our
reporters have yet to find evidence of a coordinated approach to
relieve pain and hunger or to secure property and maintain order.
People are hurting and people are being vandalized.
Yet where is the National Guard, why hasn't every able-bodied member
of the armed forces in South Mississippi been pressed into service?
On Wednesday reporters listening to horrific stories of death and
survival at the Biloxi Junior High School shelter looked north across
Irish Hill Road and saw Air Force personnel playing basketball and
Playing basketball and performing calisthenics!
When asked why these young men were not being used to help in the
recovery effort, our reporters were told that it would be pointless to
send military personnel down to the beach to pick up debris.
Litter is the least of our problems. We need the president to back up
his declaration of a disaster with a declaration of every man and
woman under his command will do whatever is necessary to deal with
We need the governor to provide whatever assistance is at his command.
We certainly need our own county and city officials to come together
and identify the most pressing needs of their constituents and then
allocate resources to meet those needs. We appreciate the stress that
theses elected and appointed officials have been under since the
weekend but they must do a better job restoring public confidence in
their ability to meet this challenge.
This editorial represents the view of the Sun-Herald editorial board:
President- Publisher Ricky R. Mathews, Vice President and Executive
Editor Stan Tiner, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Flora S.
Point, Opinion Page Editor Marie Harris, and Associate Editor Tony
From: larryp777 @ comcast.net
I received this from a very credible source. What the media and
politicians are not telling us...
Christie and I spoke with our son just a couple of hours ago. He is
in the LA National Guard and is in New Orleans. We were elated to
hear his voice, but distressed by the news he related.
He has been in the CBD since getting to NO. Wednesday night his
squad was holding in the NO Convention Center when they were attacked
by a large group carrying AK-47s. They had to fire fight their way
out and made it to the Superdome. He said they have been receiving
fire the entire time he has been in the CBD. This morning as they
made their way from the Superdome to Bourbon/Canal area, he spent 6
clips of ammo protecting himself.
Once reaching the area, they realized that the Riverwalk was ablaze.
He says that there are bodies everywhere and most have died from
gunfire, not the storm. Those of us who know this element of NO have
ignored it in the past and stayed away from the areas they frequent,
but now they are trying to kill our young men and women who are
making an effort to save those need help.
Please keep these young people in your thoughts and prayers! And
let's question politicians why they think that is necessary to keep
us in the dark about what is going on in NO. Their denials make me
want to puke! Our son said that although he was trained to do what he
is now doing, he would have never believed that he would be doing it
in LA. It is very perplexing for him and all those in his squad.
Thanks for listening.
Do NOT send "stuff". Donate money. We just got power back. I'm in
Baton Rouge. If you are not here, you are not getting a picture of
the true situation. The national news is not reporting the reality.
We are fine. Minimal damage to our house other than one hell of a
mess with trees down. We just found out that all of Pat's family in
Gulfport survived. Houses torn up. Can't get to them, but they're
damned tough country folk and will make it. We have friends coming
who lost everything who will be staying with us for an indeterminate
time. We're gonna leave the light on on for them. We expect the house
to be OVER-FULL by nightfall. Many wonderful things have happened.
People are stepping up to help.
OTOH, NO ONE who used to live in N.O. has a job or a home. Freezer
trucks are being brought in to stack the dead in.
An extra 100,000 people are now in Baton Rouge. It is expected to
double in size in a month. That is a problem. I was told by the
police yesterday that you should not move around town without a gun
to protect yourself. Some of the NO gangs have come here. They are
out of drugs and maniacal. Thankfully, the local police are taking a
HARD-LINE stand against this. There are some serious problems from
the low-lifes. Baton Rouge is ARMED and it is dangerous. Drug-crazed
lowlifes attacked a hospital to steal drugs. The situation is
No one who lived on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain has a job
right now. A few still have homes but the roads are impassable. The
FAA has made the whole area a no-fly zone so we can't even go
evacuate people we know can get to a GA airport. This makes 9-11 and
the Tsunami look like Romper Room.
The lowlife scum in N.O. are shooting at the rescue choppers and
shooting the good blacks. Rescue operations have been suspended as a
result. I see no way to stop the rioters without killing 'em. That
means an awful lot of good black citizens will die when they
otherwise could be rescued. I see no resolution. I suspect 50-100,000
deaths--maybe more if they keep shooting at the helicopters. I
suspect N.O. will not be rebuilt. Few are yet willing to admit it.
We are fine but my income has just gone to zero. It took 6 months to
recover from Andrew in 1992. This will be MUCH worse. The good news
is that we are all alive and well and my airplanes are undamaged...
if only we could use them to go help folks.
I'm really busy and probably will not be back on-line for a while.
Hey brothers and friends,
Just an update. The National Guard is in New Orleans, as are several
hundred SWAT teams including ours. I was there today at Touro
Hospital rescuing patients, nurses, and doctors. We got shot at from
the time we got off the GNO until the time we got across the bridge.
These pictures that the news is putting out are nothing. There
aren't words to describe the chaos over there.
We came in through Westwego and there were nothing but Wildlife and
Fisheries trucks at Bayou Signette. As we crossed the Harvey canal,
we saw what must have been hundreds of SWAT trucks and teams. The
mall on the westbank had police in the parking lot using it as a
staging area. When we returned the mall was on fire and a riot had
broken out in the parking lot.
We would have helped but we were escorting critical patients to
Alexandria. It's ten times worse than what the TV is showing. There
are several guys on the SWAT team with me that were in Iraq during
the initial invasion and all the mayhem that insued afterwards. They
said that what we saw in N.O. today was ten times worse than anything
they had ever seen in Iraq. It's scary to see all of this.
Just to let you know, the military is on the way BIG TIME.
I've been told that even the LAPD SWAT teams are on the way with their
helicopters. I hope that everyone is safe and look forward to seeing
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