Tuesday, August 29, 2006


From: "Hillary Rodham Clinton"

Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 12:49:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Hillary Rodham Clinton"
To: slotdb@yahoo.com
Subject: Remembering Katrina

Dear Terry,

It's been one year since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, leaving unprecedented devastation in its wake. The nation watched with horror as floodwaters filled the streets of New Orleans. We saw residents breaking through to their roofs to get to safety and crowding into the Superdome just to survive.

And we wondered how we could leave so many people up on those rooftops, wading through toxic water, and waiting in their homes to die. How could we have failed them so completely?

I remember traveling to Texas with my husband soon after the storm to visit with many of those who were evacuated. As I listened to their stories, the pain in their eyes was unmistakable. These were our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans -- and our government failed them.

A year later, the results are still unacceptable. Contracts for rebuilding are going out to big corporations with ties to the administration while the people who live in the Gulf Coast are being shut out of opportunities. We saw people evicted from hotels and clamoring for housing while 10,000 trailers sat unused at an Arkansas airport. FEMA has already wasted $1.4 billion, with much of the money it spends still not getting to those who need it most.

Our government needs to step up and do a better job.

Katrina must be more than a tragedy -- it must be a call to justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." As we remember Katrina a year later, we must remind all Americans that justice matters, equality matters, the truth matters, and every single American life matters.

We need to build a better nation from the destruction left in Katrina's wake, one where we no longer leave our fellow citizens behind, not only when disaster strikes but from the everyday tragedies of poverty and injustice, from a lack of opportunity and the absence of hope.

We have much to do -- you and I -- to make sure those in power do what needs to be done. Let us make sure that there is hope, that there is a future out of the destruction. No one should ever be left out or left behind, so let us remember on this fateful anniversary and help build a better nation for every American.


Hillary Rodham Clinton

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