A woman who volunteers for the organization I work for was explaining to me last week why she thinks it's so important that the organization focus its work solely on the eradication of nuclear weapons and not get distracted by other social justice and anti-war work. She was saying that she thinks a nuclear holocaust would be the absolute worst thing in the world and she doesn't want her children or grandchildren to have to see that happen. I had been trying to explain to her that many of the young people involved in Peace Action feel that it's impossible to not make connections between the issues and that it's impossible to focus solely on the issue of nuclear weapons and that she needs to be aware of the reasons why, even if she doesn't agree. In my mind, the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina that has been told in the news most recently on NBC in a report by Brian Williams and in the documentary by Spike Lee, is a prime example of how our national priorities are screwed up! It is clear from all of the news accounts that I have read that 1600 people died as a result of failed levees, not as a result of the hurricaine. And the money that could have been spent on actual "homeland security", the REAL safety and well-being of our own American people, is mostly going to protect the interests of a few, greedy, wealthy people. The interests of the military-industrial complex are not in the best interest of most Americans, let alone most people of the world. Of course a nuclear holocaust would be horrible and educating people about the reality of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is an essential part of the work, but to ignore the other very important work that needs to be done to rectify national priorities and educate people about the implications of the military-industrial complex and just plain try to help people in need who have been forsaken by own government is irresponsible, if you ask me.
Ok, I'll get off my soap box now. Here are some articles of interest I found in the news today:
Bush & Katrina: Return to the Scene of the Crime
Katrina Survivors: Simply Blown Away
Ex-FEMA Chief Blames Administration
Race relations still tense a year after Katrina