JACKSON, MS - The Reverend Jesse Jackson in Mississippi suggested that the federal government is encouraging "white-collar looting" by awarding no-bid contracts to favored companies for hurricane recovery. Jackson says those jobs should go to people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The civil rights leader commented as he visited
a disaster relief center in Jackson.
Jackson says he will meet Monday with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to push for a plan to assist tens of thousands of people scattered around the United States. He says while the disconnected and the needy are running from shelter to shelter, "the connected and the greedy are getting FEMA contracts." He says that's "completely unfair." Jackson says many reconstruction jobs involve cleaning up, moving tree limbs, hauling lumber and trucking, could be carried out by people displaced by the disaster.