CATHOLIC charities in Los Angeles have pledged to work with the victims of the city's race riots, which left as many as 50 people dead.
Mgr David Cousineau, director of the Los Angeles diocesan oraganisation Catholic Charities, announced a £750,000 plan to help meet the immediate and long-term physical and emotional need of the victims of the riots.
The plan includes food and transportation for the frail and elderly, financial help for those left jobless by the damage done to
the city during the violence, free transportation to shops and clinics, and community forums aimed at re-establishing the dignity of local areas.
Mgr Cousineau said words alone were insufficient to put the city on a road to a better future. "Let's take our collars off, let's take our veils off, let's take our titles off and say what we are going to do. We need deep and honest-to-God dialogue on the issues of pain in our community, and we have to ask where the pain is and what we can do about it," he said.