From Nathan Newman at The House of Labor over at TPM Café, It’s Politics Now
With tens of billions now flowing from the government towards Bush’s business cronies for supposed reconstruction of the Gulf Coast– stripped of any requirement to pay people decent wages — progressives have to stop treating all this as humanitarian relief and recognize it’s now about political control of the money.
The Bush administration sure recognizes that.
And the only people who will have the moral power to fight the corporate looting of reconstruction money are going to be well-established organizations on the ground, able to mobilize poor families there as well.
Newman recommends that a good place to start is ACORN, nationally based in New Orleans, which is mobilizing poor families to demand fair treatment and decent wages in the aftermath.
Community Labor United. Donate through True Majority here.
Mississippi Workers Center. General political support here
Southern Empowerment Project. (links to a range of worthy local groups)