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22 April 2006

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Patricia

On the Covenant with Black America it seems that reparations could be formulated in compliance with the UN's Millennium Development Goals (the MDG's). Action on these goals were needed during the 3-5 days of criminal neglect by FEMA and other authorities after Katrina that caused over 1300 U.S. citizens to loose their lives in the riches country in the world.
Education and health care delivery in New Orleans was extremely poor before Katrina.
The MDGs:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme povery and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
http://www.undp.org/mdg/goalxgoal.shtml

And for the "citizen-exiles" or Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) there is Provision 22 under the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (United Nations) by Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, Under Secretary General, that protects voting rights in this case.
See all 30 provisions:

www.reliefweb.int/ocha_ol/pub/idp_gp/idp.htm

Principle 22

1. Internally displaced persons, whether or not they are living in camps, shall not be discriminated against as a result of their displacement in the enjoyment of the following rights:

(a) The rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, opinion and expression;

(b) The right to seek freely opportunities for employment and to participate in economic activities;

(c) The right to associate freely and participate equally in community affairs;

(d) The right to vote and to participate in governmental and public affairs, including the right to have access to the means necessary to exercise this right; and

(e) The right to communicate in a language they understand.

These additonal tools with can assist in a serious stratigic plan for the community when they are widely known.
"Can't go to work without tools!" Marian, thanks for your much needed blog!

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