Barbara Lee to host China earthquake gathering

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a community gathering in recognition of victims of the May 12th earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan Province from 4:30 to 6 p.m. this Monday, June 2, in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 388 9th St., Suite 290 in Oakland.

The latest on the quake, per CNN:

The official death toll from the quake rose to 68,109 on Wednesday, an increase of about 900, with about 19,850 missing. The total number of dead has been increasing daily.

The government estimates that 45 million people, mostly in Sichuan province, were affected by the earthquake and that 5 million were left homeless.

Lee intends to provide concerned Chinatown residents with an update on the earthquake’s impact and federal humanitarian efforts to provide relief to the disaster’s victims. Attendees also will get information on how they can support relief efforts as well as know-how from the American Red Cross on preparing for an earthquake or other natural disaster, including what essential supplies they should have on hand. The event is free and open to the public; for more information or to RSVP, call April Chan at (510) 763-0370.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Ken Young

    Besides the update info, I also want Rep. Lee to provide us the answers to the following questions.

    *Why the newer schools collapsed worse than the much older privately-owned structures in the same quake zone? Any kickbacks involved?
    A lot of mothers lost their only child in those “cake-made” schools!

    *Why most of PRC govt officials’ kids studying abroad without jobs drive the most expensive cars to school?
    Where the money came from?; &

    *Can PRC become a first-class nation if the common practices of taking kickbacks/bribery by govt officials go on as usual?

    We need the answers to prevent future loss on next disaster & reduce the number of grieving parents.

    None of our business? No, those victims are members of this globe too!!