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Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, many people are asking a simple but important question: Why? Why did more than a thousand people lose their lives? Why are hundreds of thousands now homeless? Why are the majority of them poor people of color?
On this edition, part four of a series on Katrina issues , we hear from grassroots activist Damu Smith, about the structural problems which made a horrific natural disaster far worse: Systemic poverty… environmental racism… and a government which cannot or will not respond to the urgent needs of millions of Americans.
Damu Smith is a longtime peace activist. He’s worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the anti-war and environmental justice movements for more than three decades. Founder of Black Voices for Peace and the National Black Environmental Justice Network, Damu also hosts Spirit in Action on Pacifica station WPFW in Washington, DC. Damu is now fighting for his life – earlier this year, he was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.
This week’s host: Tena Rubio.
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National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) – Washington, DC