In demanding massive federal funds for the people, La Riva said, “The government has all the ability to marshal the resources for Louisiana. The problem is its priorities. Instead of the yearly $4 billion to Israel, that in turn uses the money to repress the Palestinians, bulldoze their homes, kill and imprison them, instead of the $1 trillion planned for new nuclear weapons, Washington should allocate many billions and much more to communities hurt by disaster, whether Native people in Arizona and New Mexico hit by the Gold King release of toxic chemicals into the Animas and San Juan rivers, the Hurricane Sandy devastation, and today, the Louisiana communities. The people who work and struggle to live should not have to face these disasters alone and without aid.”