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PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS CALLS FOR US MILITARY TO ASSIST WITH EFFORTS TO RESTORE ELECTRICAL POWER IMMEDIATELY


PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION FOR  PROGRESS CALLS FOR US MILITARY TO ASSIST WITH EFFORTS TO RESTORE ELECTRICAL  POWER IMMEDIATELY

STATEMENT OF CONCERN WITH REGARDS TO THE POWER  OUTAGE

The People’s Organization For Progress, a grassroots organization  that advocates for racial, social, economic justice, and peace is calling for  the US military to assist with efforts to immediately restore electrical power  to hundreds of thousands of families in New Jersey, New York, and other areas  devastated by the recent hurricane.

“We appreciate the tremendous efforts  that have been made thus far by President Obama, Governor Christie, our first  responders, the utility companies and their workers, FEMA, and the National  Guard, which have restored power to many already,” stated Lawrence Hamm,  Chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress.

“However, we are  compelled by conscience to say something about those whose power has not yet  been restored,” Hamm said.

“There are tens of thousands, many are  children and senior citizens, in cities like Newark, Essex County and other  counties, in our suburbs, and on our coastal shores who have been without power  for days and who are being told they may have to wait even longer before their  power will be restored,” he said.

“Without power they are in the dark  without lights, they have no heat in near freezing temperatures, many cannot  cook food, and have no phone service.  They face these bleak connditions with  the possibility of another storm on the way,” he said.

“Given these dire  circumstances and the possibility of the development of a major crisis that  could lead to sickness and death the People’s Organization For Progress calls  upon President Obama to direct US military forces, the US Army Corps of  Engineers, and other military agencies to directly assist with efforts to  immediately restore power in Newark, Essex County, the rest of New Jersey, and  other area without power due to Hurricane Sandy.” he said.

“We have seen  our military forces repair, reconstruct, and build national and local power  systems in Iraq and Afghanistan. If they can do it there, they can do it here,”  he said.

Furthermore, given the historic advent of Sandy and its  devastating effects on the people of New Jersey in general, and the various  communities in particular, the People’s Organization for Progress is raising  other concerns about the impact that the lack of electrical power is having.   Our concerns are:

• what measures are being taken to support all  individuals who are home ridden and using medical equipment that requires  electrical power, not excluding those individuals that need to keep their  medicines refrigerated?

• what measures are being taken to provide all  individuals affected by the lack of electrical power with fresh water, heated  food, and heat to provide protection from the cold weather?

• what  measures are being taken to insure the safety of individuals who have to travel  through unlighted streets, and live in homes, and individual units or  multi-dwelling buildings?

• what measures are taken to assist the elderly  and others who live in dwellings that require the use of elevators to leave  their buildings to take care of their daily tasks?

• what measures are  being taken to insure that all registered voters can vote on election day in  facilities whose voting machines requires electrical power so as to not deny  their right to vote?

The People’s Organization for Progress encourages  that these matters be addressed as soon as possible by the appropriate companies  and agencies to insure that the suffering of those affected is  minimized.

People’s Organization for Progress
P. O. Box 22505
Newark, NJ  07101-2505
Phone: 973-801-0001
www.njpop.org

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