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(en) US, BTR agitatorindex - Report on Katrina Evacuees in Phoenix By Erika Williams

Date Sun, 23 Oct 2005 07:59:24 +0200

Katrina evacuees came to Phoenix a little over a week after the
hurricane hit. Once they arrived, the volunteer shifts at Phoenix
Memorial Coliseum were filled and remained that way for the next
couple of weeks. During that time, security was heightened because of
problems within the Coliseum (apparently a few of the
“volunteers” were trying to sell drugs to the evacuees).
Eventually, I got the call to volunteer. When I arrived at the Coliseum
I was directed to the volunteer office. The woman looked at my
driver’s license, checked off my name on a list, and handed me a
volunteer badge. After walking into the Coliseum I passed through a
metal detector and my purse was sent through security. A portion of
the Coliseum was used to set up services for evacuees. Anyone who
came in from the South was sent to the Department of Economic
Security table first (their residency had to be verified). They then had
access to Red Cross, The Salvation Army, FEMA, and a few other
smaller organizations

I found the Red Cross Volunteer Representative, and she informed me
that I was volunteering during the last couple of days that the
Coliseum would be open to evacuees, so I would not have much of a
chance to interact with people. I spent the day outside of the coliseum,
in one of the portables. I was able to post FFLIC flyers on a board that
contained information for the evacuees, but I was not able to interact
with people individually.

Towards the end of the day I asked a Red Cross representative where
evacuees had been moved. She explained to me that the city of
Phoenix was paying for hotel rooms for the majority of evacuees,
however, no one knew which of the hotels were housing them. I have
yet to find out where evacuees are living. I would like to post FFLIC
flyers when I do.
Erika Williams is a member of Bring the Ruckus.
* Bring The Rukus is an antiauthotitarian anticapitalist
direct action revolutionary initiative.

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