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United Mine Workers of America donates $10,000 for Katrina relief

date: 
September 2, 2005

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) today sent a check for $5,000 to the American Red Cross and another $5,000 to a relief fund established by the AFL-CIO in support of efforts to rescue, feed and shelter victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"We believe that an injury to one is an injury to all," said International President Cecil E. Roberts, "whether it's in the workplace or in the world where we live. In the face of the unimaginable suffering and loss working families throughout the Gulf Coast are going through, none of us should stand on the sidelines."

Hundreds of thousands in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have been rendered homeless by the Category 4 storm that made landfall August 29, and millions more lack electricity, running water and other basic necessities. The UMWA donation will be used to provide essential supplies and services in the most severely affected areas.

"The destruction and chaos throughout the Gulf region have prompted many to refer to the region as a war zone," Roberts said. "And as in times of war, all of us are called upon to stand united with our fellow Americans. The federal government's response to this disaster has been shockingly slow and uncoordinated, adding to the misery in that region. We call on the federal government to step up efforts complementing the struggle by non-governmental organizations to get relief aid delivered as quickly as possible."

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