WASHINGTON - In an organizational meeting of the Millions More Movement (MMM) called by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Convener of the Millions More Movement and Rev. Willie F. Wilson, National Executive Director of the Millions More Movement, leaders of the Movement launched a protest effort against FEMA for its intent to evict from hotels and temporary living places across the country, 150,000 American citizens who were effected by the recent hurricanes, "It is unconscionable that people will be evicted into the streets during the cold of winter and during this special holiday season because of natural disasters," said Rev. Willie F. Wilson. "We, the people, must issue a cease and desist order to FEMA."
FEMA has a budget of more than $32 billion and half of that budget has not touched. That money should be allocated to take care of the hurricane victims and permanent housing for them until such time as they return to their homeland. MMM leaders are calling all people of good will to join their effort and write, call, fax and email their Congressional leaders and US President and demand an end to this inhuman treatment. The call to FEMA to cease and desist with throwing our people in the street is being issued.
Below are sample letters and contact information:
MMM FEMA ACTION
SAMPLE LETTER FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Washington, DC 20510
I was disappointed to learn that FEMA plans to evacuate more than 150,000 from hotels and other federally-supported housing by January 7, 2006. I am writing to urge you to take any and all action to reverse this ill-advised decision. As a member of the Millions More Movement, I am especially concerned about the number of displaced African Americans who are affected by this harsh and untimely action. The United States Senate has just adopted a resolution to display a statue of the civil rights icon, Mrs. Rosa Parks, in the capitol. Why would our government, then, evict people on the 50th anniversary of her historic action?
Something must be done. Please use your influence to urge Mr. R. David Paulison, FEMA’s acting director, to reverse this decision. While people desperately need permanent housing, untimely evictions will exacerbate, not reverse, the trauma hurricane victims have already suffered.
Thank you for your prompt action on this very critical matter.
Your name (and organization if you like).
PLEASE FAX LETTERS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS – THEY RECEIVE MAIL ON A DELAYED BASIS. EMAIL ALSO WORKS.
MMM FEMA ACTION
SAMPLE LETTER TO FEMA DIRECTOR
Mr. R. David Paulison
500 C Street, SW]
Washington, DC 20472
Dear Mr. Paulison,
I was outraged to learn of your announcement that more than 150,000 Americans who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina will be evicted by FEMA by January 7, 2006. Do you realize that December 1, 2005 is the 50th Anniversary of Mrs. Rosa Parks’ historic civil rights action in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a shameful irony that those who have celebrated her legacy will now be thrown into the streets because of the actions of a callous and inefficient government.
I am writing you as a member of the Millions More Movement. I am especially concerned about the number of African Americans who are part of those who will be evicted. I am writing to urge that you reconsider this position and postpone evictions until permanent housing can be found through HUD or other sources for those individuals who remain housed in hotels.
I appreciate your prompt action on this very urgent matter and look forward to a resolution that is most favorable for affected individuals.
The public is also encouraged to call MR. PAULISON at 202-566-1600.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
You can also email the White House at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Your member of Congress. Please access this information this way:
http://www.congress.org. There is a page that allows you to enter your zip code and will then give you contact information.
3. Your Senator can also be accessed through http://www.congress.org.