The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

New Orleans:
Without Basic Necessities

Jun 3, 2007

Pictures on the news lately showed erosion on one of New Orleans’ rebuilt levees. But that is nothing compared to basic services for working-class people. Those services have not even been rebuilt to be eroded!

What kind of government lets two years go by and still leaves 58,000 families with no place to go but a FEMA trailer?

What kind of government lets two years go by and has done nothing to restore education for Katrina’s victims? Nothing, except to divide the school system into two parts, the wealthy and the not wealthy. Test results released in early May showed that two-thirds of the not-wealthy high schoolers fail the standard math test.

Someone wrote to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “At some of the other schools in Orleans Parish, the students never received books or supplies that were needed. How could anyone expect for students to pass a test that they were not prepared for in the first place!

New Orleans suffers the same neglect as working people in every city, large and small. Other cities just haven’t had their hurricanes yet.