John Kerry to Deliver Supplies to New Orleans Area

Earlier, I posted the press release about the legislation that John Kerry sponsored on the Senate floor Friday that will help Small Businesses and others affected by Katrina by providing “some relief to them that’s immediate.

And now here comes news that John Kerry has chartered a plane to bring supplies to the New Orleans area on Sunday (correction – MONDAY) and beyond…

Kerry set to deliver supplies
By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | September 10, 2005

WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry has chartered a plane to deliver supplies to the New Orleans area tomorrow and is accepting donations in Boston to make deliveries in the coming weeks.

Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, has coordinated local and national corporate donations that will be part of tomorrow’s delivery to a supply distribution center in Baton Rouge, La.

”This feels so much like the days after September 11th, when friends and neighbors refused to just sit there in front of their television sets watching the disaster; they just had to get up and give something of themselves,” Kerry said. ”The outpouring from Massachusetts has been incredible.”

Tomorrow’s shipment includes water, food, medical supplies, infant-care items, and cleaning supplies. Donations came from a range of individuals and businesses, including Children’s Hospital, the Roche Bros. supermarket chain, New Balance, Stop & Shop groceries, the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Polar Beverage, Partners Healthcare, Basic Marketing Service, Hallmark Health, BJ’s Wholesale, and Coca-Cola.

NOTE: This is what a true leader looks like. Kerry’s out there getting the job done, as he always has, as he always will…

UPDATE: The Gadsden Times in AL, reports that “Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, also have donated about $250,000 to charities involved in the relief effort.”

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15 Responses to John Kerry to Deliver Supplies to New Orleans Area

  1. cs says:

    I’m glad Kerry is taking initiative in proposing legislation and moving supplies toward the areas to which those effected by this disaster have been removed. However, I’m concerned about the long-term welfare of the vast numbers of low-income and impoverished folk who have been displaced down there. For me, it’s imperative that real leaders speak the issue of homelessness that must be, for so many natives of New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, a primary concern.

    These people — and all Americans — need to be reassured that they have not been permanently dispersed from their home communities — that in Katrina’s wake they have not become involuntary victims of a 21st diaspora and that their lives will be better when they return home.

  2. sandrakae says:

    This is the kind of man that should be President.

  3. Todd says:

    Pam and Ron,

    Great catch on this and the details of Kerry’s legilsation. These are the things a true leader does during times of crisis.

  4. Grace says:


    ATTENTION CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. We know you know in your heart that what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have done with Iraq far exceeds the moral AND legal test for impeachment. So…. why won’t you stand up and say so? Why won’t you and your fellow Dems stand up and say what we all know to be true?

    You have a duty to the American people, yourself and humanity to GO TO THE MAT on this and to do it now. Shut down the governments business if that’s what you have to do to move this forward and pound it into the American mind. Use whatever guerilla parliamentary procedure is available to you. Say and do nothing else until the GOP agrees to investigate what any sane and just mind considers horrific crimes. No legislation, no issue, nothing you can personally gain or lose is more important OR POTENTIALLY MORE EFFECTIVE POLITICALLY than this. Certainly from a practical and moral standpoint nothing is more important than cutting this cancer from our government. Our safety, perhaps even our very survival depends on it.

    Mountains of evidence make clear these people have behaved in ways that make them war criminals and traitors. You must stop them before they take us to war again, before they sell out our national security again. It is your right and your duty to stop them. Only you and your fellow elected congressional Democrats can get this done. This is why the people elected you.

    Stand shoulder to shoulder, stand tall, get with your fellow elected Democrats down the hall and start saying what you believe. Say it loud, say it together and say it all the time and you will drag the media and the American mind along. Say they have committed impeachable offences, they are destroying our national security and our good name, and they must be held to account. I promise you, in the end, not only will you know you’ve done the right thing, but politically you’ll come out on top. The American people will come to know traitors and criminals in their midst if you show them often enough what they look like. And in the end they will be grateful.

    Senator Rockefeller, if you let Pat Roberts go back on his word to investigate the administrations use of intelligence history will never forgive you. History will hunt you down and punish you to the very same degree as those who have committed these despicable acts. Where are you? What could be more important than ensuring our leaders don’t twist intelligence to make fraudulent cases for war? As a member of the United States Senate you have the power to make sure this goes forward. You will have to put it on the line to be sure, but this is the right thing to do. Senator, we beg you, live up to your name. Stand tall in important ways.

    Congressman Rangel, that was a very nice press release regarding all the killing in Iraq and when will stop. Thank you for your words. Since you penned them 60 more young, impressionable (presumably disadvantaged) Americans have died in Iraq. Words are no longer enough. Our country needs action.

    Congressman Waxman, thank you for all your letters to the administration and the GOP leadership. You have shown you know right from wrong. But you have done little else. They are not listening. They don’t care. They have nothing but contempt not only for you, but for much of what America is supposed to be about. Your letters have proven to be entirely inadequate.

    And Congressman Conyers… along with Congressman Waxman you have said, written, and requested much from and about this administration. You have said a lot of words that needed to be said.

    But now it is clear we need different words now. We need words like IMPEACHEMENT and ARREST. Words like TREASON and HIGH CRIMES. We the American people need to hear words like SOLD OUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LOVED ONES in order to try and COVER UP THEIR FRAUDLENT CASE FOR WAR. And we need to hear it from you and all your fellow congressional Democrats EVERY DAY.

    These are simple concepts. And once you push these words and ideas into the American mind the game will be over. Congressional Republicans will then truly fear for their own jobs. And with good reason. YOU WILL COME OUT ON TOP POLITICALLY. In fact, you have the chance to crush the Republican Party. With this war and the way in which we were driven to it you have the great weight of the truth. That truth has the potential to crush the conservative movement.

    You all owe your constituents a course of action that is effective. At this point it is clear the intransigence of this administration and the GOP leadership knows no bounds. And thus it is clear that NOTHING you will do will have any effect at all, short of standing with your fellow Democrats and doing whatever possible to shut-it-all-down until open, good faith, adequately funded and staffed congressional investigations are underway and these ideas are front and center in our media culture. America deserves nothing less. America as we know it depends on your actions in the next weeks and months. You can do it. You must do it. God speed…

  5. Indie Liberal says:

    sandrakae Says:

    This is the kind of man that should be President.

    I agree. 🙂

  6. Grace

    We all want to see impeachment happen, but honestly, this about this…

    If the Democrats shut down the government in attempt to demand impeachment, how will the 10’s of thousands who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina get help?

    After all the federal government has done to them, is it fair that WE the Democrats turn their back on them too?

    If Democrats do this now, it will be wrongminded and people turn against the Democrats as well.

    Impeachment will take time. Right now 10’s of thousands of people need help, homes, jobs, medicine, treatment, counseling…

    I’m sorry, but personally I feel that is suggesting a very narrow-minded approach in the midst of this huge catastrophe.

    The people come first.

  7. cs Says:
    September 10th, 2005 at 2:13 am


    The legislation sponsored by Kerry yesterday addresses jobs and housing and the long-term welfare of those affected.

  8. sandrakae Says: September 10th, 2005 at 8:12 am
    “This is the kind of man that should be President.”

    Yes he should and very well could actually be… president.

  9. Indie Liberal says:

    Leave it to the ignorant people to turn it into a contest about who was first on the scene.

  10. Indie Liberal says:

    Oops! I mean “it” as the visits to NOLA for Katrina relief.

  11. Indie

    Right now what matters is people get help. That’s it. Thankfully some see that. 🙂

  12. Nick says:

    Ataboy John

    You have money and you (and your wife) sent a lot. You have power to change things (however limited by being a Senator in the Senate Minority) and you used it. You showed that every American regardless of power or money should help if they can.
    EJ Dionne was right: 2004 was not a case of liberal vs. conservative, but communitarianism (valuing the community) vs. unrestrained selfish libertarianism (a.k.a. the right to be a selfish bastard).

  13. kj says:

    Nick, check this out if you have time, re: libertarianism.
    Government and Floods
    A quarter-century of libertarianism is washed away in New Orleans

    Government begins with disaster — in fact, in response to floods. The earliest civilizations were riverbank cultures along the Nile, the Tigris, the Euphrates. And the first truly large-scale collective human endeavor was to build levees to prevent those rivers from overflowing their banks and destroying humankind’s first crops.

    Which means that if the kinds of economic libertarians who have dominated public policy in the United States for the past quarter-century had been around in ancient Egypt and ancient Iraq, we’d still be hunter-gatherers. Conversation would not stray far from “Pass that acorn.”

    Governments arise in the first instance to fend off catastrophe — either before or after the fact — which by definition is something that people cannot do by themselves, or in small groups, or as points of light, or even as armies of compassion. A genuine catastrophe cannot be dealt with by anything less than an entity capable of wielding authority and recognized as such. In a word, by a government.


  14. Nick says:


    An excellent article, Meyerson nails it. With the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, America has embarked on a quarter century of anti-government-and really anti-collective endeavor- crusade that has split this nation, paralyzed its politics, and brought selfishness to levels not seen since the Gilded Age of the late-19th century.
    That’s why Rove and his minions feared Kerry, Edwards, and other Democrats of their ilk-unlike the Clintons, these guys (and gals) really could cancel large swaths of the the Reagan Revolution. Sure we would keep our personal computers, VCRs/DVD’s and other technologies that came to full fruition in the 1980s, but the “Creed of Greed” that our leaders have promulgated in the last 25 years would be scrapped.

  15. kj says:

    Nick, I think I’ll go ahead and post the piece as a blog. It’s written so well and is clearly descriptive of the reason(s) for government’s responsibility.