National Center for Public Policy Research press release

For Release: January 18, 2010
David Almasi at (703) 568-4727 or

Individual Generosity in Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts Praised by Black Conservatives

People Stepping Up Before the Government Could Act Sets Example for the World

Washington, DC: As people honor the values and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., members of the Project 21 black leadership network are also taking this time to commend the American people for their quick and generous acts of charity after last week's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Deneen Borelli (Project 21 Fellow): "As we remember Dr. King, it is heartwarming to see how the American people have come together to help those in need. As they always do, average Americans of all races, classes and backgrounds opened their wallets and asked what they could do to help long before even the government could respond. Faith-based organizations n which have always been a great help n are picking up the slack where established relief groups and the government are already overwhelmed. Without a political goal in mind, the American people joined as one to offer hope. That is something to be proud of on this holiday."

Geoffrey Moore: "I want to commend the American people on their response to the earthquake in Haiti. As usual, Americans step up to the plate to help those most in need."

Darryn "Dutch" Martin: "The fact that the American government and its people are front and center in helping the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake n and have been from the start n is not surprising. No other sovereign nation is doing more to provide immediate humanitarian and financial assistance to needy countries and peoples with the same passion and on the same scale as the United States of America. At the same time, other jealous, America-hating nations either badmouth us as they sit on their hands or simply ride our coattails. Do we get the credit from the rest of the world that we so richly deserve for this never-ending helping hand? Of course not, and our efforts in Haiti will probably be no exception. But that's to be expected, and it will not deter American generosity."

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by The National Center for Public Policy Research (


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