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So... What *do* we do about Katrina - post ideas here

There are already organizations set up to help, but which should we back and what should people do if they want to *do* and not "donate?" Post ideas if you got'em. The Tucson FNB people have posted their intention to get food to New Orleans. See below.
Please help Food Not Bombs provide help for the victims of Katrina.  http://neworleans.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/4103.php

question - biodiesel vehicles 03.Sep.2005 09:36

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How many people in town have biodiesel or vegetable-oil-powered vehicles and may be up for a caravan?

give to the Anabaptists 03.Sep.2005 09:48

me

I for one am giving to the Anabaptist charities, like Mennonite Disaster Services ( http://www.mds.mennonite.net/). They are probably one of the more palatable choices available to non-believers and progressives -- since it's so hard to find domestic disaster relief services that are both strictly secular and don't have a lot of skeletons in their own closet (e.g., Red Cross, with its CEO who earns the better part of a million dollars a year, or the Whitehouse's current favorite, "Operation Blessing", presided over by none other than Pat "Assassination Squad" Roberts). The Anabaptist sects, like the Quakers and Mennonites, have traditionally hewn much closer to the real, social revolutionary spirit of Christ, helping others irrespective of race and class and politics.

Hopefully people will post other options here as well.

Mercy Corps seems to be an option 03.Sep.2005 11:22

p=roxy

another option 02.Sep.2005 01:54

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another option for those looking to donate money but don't want it to go to the red cross, is Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is Portland, OR based and is around the world doing humanitarian work. They did a ton of work for the tsunami relief and I have hear lots of good things about them. The only bad thing is I am not sure if they are prepared to help with immediate relief as much as the Red Cross is.
Here is the link to the site about the Hurricane relief  link to www.mercycorps.org

get folk in there to document what is going on !!!! *&%$# 03.Sep.2005 14:07

kim sky

okay ... the following is from whatreallyhappened.org and i think that his fears are correct ...

regarding a link to estimates of numbers DEAD:
200,000 - 300,000 dead?
 link to www.libertyforum.org
Posted Sep 3, 2005 01:19 PM PST
Category: CURRENT EVENTS

whatreallyhappened.com says, "If the scale of death is that great, it certainly explains why Bush would have the National Guard keep aid agencies out, why the Guard have been reported confiscating cameras and destroying them, and why aid from foreign countries was refused. Bush dares not allow anyone not totally under his control into the area with a camera. One photo of masses of dead bodies and next year's election will hand the Congress to the Democrats. Bush will immediately be impeached if for no other reason than to use that impeachment to win the White House for the Democrats in 2008. This is why the airports are working to ship the dead bodies out, rather than to transport the still living survivors. This is why there are only a few low-detail satellite images being allowed out of New Orleans."

who is nearby and able to take photos ??? can we help them, the truth in this is IMPORTANT !!!&^

Real Relief for Katrina Hurricane Victims: Plenty International 03.Sep.2005 14:14

p=roxy

Hippies Load up a School Bus and do it the old fashioned way--without government assistance

I know where you can send your money to make sure the people in Louisiana and Mississippi get assistance RIGHT AWAY. From its headquarters in southern Tennessee, Plenty International is sending relief supplies, food, water and medicines, to refugees from the hurricane Katrina battered Delta regions in Louisiana.

A volunteer from California has flown out to Nashville and purchased a full-size school bus which is being stocked with supplies for the first run which is headed to Alexandria, Louisiana.

Besides bringing in much needed supplies, the bus will be able to transport people from over-crowded temporary quarters to better and more permanent facilities such as the college dorms and homes that are being offered. We will continue to make these bus runs as long as we
can and they are needed.

We are especially targeting the people who inevitably are falling through the cracks of the larger scale relief efforts being mounted by such agencies as the National Guard, FEMA and Red Cross.

This is one of those disasters that has been predicted for many years, but now that it has come crashing down, it's difficult to comprehend the human devastation. All we can do is open our hearts and our wallets and reach out to the innocent victims and help them,first just to survive, and then to put their lives back together.

To donate, please go here:  http://www.plenty.org

Or send a check to Plenty, Box 394, Summertown, TN 38483

Email us with questions or ideas here:  plenty@plenty.org

All donations to Plenty are tax-deductible

Alan Graf homepage:  http://www.hippielawyer.com


 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/324099.shtml

a word to smaller aid organizations: give details! 03.Sep.2005 14:33

me

As someone shopping around to give money to smaller, independent organizations, I would like to see some details and progress reports about what you are working on. I know that people don't have a lot of time to sit in front of a computer right now. However, this kind of communication is very helpful from a practical point of view, so we can get resources to people who seem most likely to have their shit together and be in a good position to put those resources to most effective use. Here's a good example of the kind of info update that's helpful:  link to www.mds.mennonite.net

Remember, those of us not on the scene only have your progress reports to go in deciding how to and who to contribute resources to to ensure maximum effectiveness.

How to help: Black groups rally to aid victims 03.Sep.2005 17:58

kim sky

How to help: Black groups rally to aid victims
Sat, 3 Sep 2005 13:25:09 -0700Summary:
The African-American community is angry. And rightly so. The New Orleans Humane Society evacuated hundreds of animals from their shelters as Katrina bore down on the city. The city's poor, mostly black, human residents didn't fare so well. This extensive dispatch from hip-hop author Kevin Powell forwarded to me by GNN supporter Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) offers contacts to African-American groups who have sprung into action.

[Posted By anthony]
By Kevin Powell
Republished from Kevin Powell
What you can do
Monetary donations can be sent to these outlets, which we have confirmed are REALLY delivering services to folks in need:

BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund
PO Box 803209
Dallas, TX 75240
OR you can make an online donation by going to
www.blackamericaweb.com/relief

This fund has been set up by nationally syndicated radio personality TOM JOYNER

NAACP Disaster Relief Efforts

The NAACP is setting up command centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as part of its disaster relief efforts. NAACP units across the nation have begun collecting resources that will be placed on trucks and sent directly into the disaster areas. Also, the NAACP has established a disaster relief fund to accept monetary donations to aid in the relief effort.

Checks can be sent to the NAACP payable to NAACP Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Donations can also be made online at: www.naacp.org/disaster/contribute.php

Team Rescue One

Set up by native New Orleans rapper Master P and his wife Sonya Miller. Online here

You can mail or ship non-perishable items to these following locations, which we have confirmed are REALLY delivering services to folks in need:

Center for LIFE Outreach Center
121 Saint Landry Street
Lafayette, LA 70506
atten.: Minister Pamela Robinson
337-504-5374

Mohammad Mosque 65
2600 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
atten.: Minister Andrew Muhammad
225-923-1400
225-357-3079

Lewis Temple CME Church
272 Medgar Evers Street
Grambling, LA 71245
atten.: Rev. Dr. Ricky Helton
318-247-3793

St. Luke Community United Methodist Church
c/o Hurricane Katrina Victims
5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75223
atten.: Pastor Tom Waitschies
214-821-2970

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center
3815 Live Oak
Houston, Texas 77004
atten.: Deloyd Parker
713-521-0641

Alternative media outlets where you can get a more accurate and balanced presentation of the New Orleans catastrophe:

www.diversityinc.com
www.alternet.org
www.blackelectorate.com
www.npr.org
www.daveyd.com
www.slate.com
www.bet.com
www.allhiphop.com
www.democracynow.org
www.blackamericaweb.com

Five things you can do to help immediately:

1. Duplicate what we are doing elsewhere in New York City, in your city or town, on your college campus, at your church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious institution, via your fraternity or sorority, or via your local civic or social organization.

2. Cut and paste the information in this eblast about:

Items needed by survivors of the New Orleans catastrophe:

Monetary donations
Where you can ship non-perishable items
Alternative media outlets
Five things you can do to help immediately

And share this information, as a ONE SHEET, with folks near and far, via email, or as a hand out at your event, religious institution, and with your civic or social organization.

3. Voice your opinion to local and national media, and to elected officials, via letter, email, op ed article, or phonecall, regarding the coverage of the New Orleans catastrophe, as well as to the federal government's ongoing handling of the situation.

4. Ask the hotel you frequent, such as the Marriott or Holiday Inn, to give your hotel points to an individual or family in need of a stay for a night, a few nights, or longer, depending on how many points you have. Be sure to get confirmation that your points have been applied in that way. Encourage others to do the same. Also inquire if your airline Frequent Flyer mileage can be used for hotel stays as well.

Finally, either offer to pay for hotel rooms, or encourage others to do so, including your place of employment or worship or your organization.

5. Dare to care about other human beings, no matter their race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, geography, culture, clothing, hairstyle, or accent or language. Like September 11th, the New Orleans catastrophe is a harsh reminder that all life is precious, as is each day we have on this earth.

AND REMEMBER that our attention and response to the New Orleans catastrophe needs to happen in three stages... DISASTER, RECOVERY, and REBUILDING. We need you for all three stages.


ways to help 03.Sep.2005 18:35

K

Please help Food Not Bombs provide help for the victims of Katrina.
by Keith McHenry Saturday, Sep. 03, 2005 at 5:02 AM
 keith@foodnotbombs.net 1-800-884-1136 P.O. Box 744, Tucson, AZ 85702

We plan to send another busload of food to the effected area. We URGENTLY need your support!

Please help Food Not Bombs provide help for the victims of Katrina. We plan to send another busload of food to the effected area. We URGENTLY need your support! If you can help cook and serve food, have money you can donate or have the time to call groceries and warehouses for food please contact us at  http://www.foodnotbombs.net. You can make a financial donation on line or mail checks to Food Not Bombs, P.O. Box 744, Tucson, AZ 85702. Please call (1-800-884-1136 ) or email ( katrina@foodnotbombs.net ) us if you can join us on the bus or help with gas money. We intend to leave in the next few days. Our Food Not Bombs chapters in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi have been wiped out. Our groups in Houston, Austin, San Antonio Jackson, Pensacola, Memphis and other southern cities are feeding people fleeing the disaster. Food Not Bombs is ready to help the tens of thousands of people that have been made homeless by the storm.

Thanks, Keith McHenry - cofounder of Food Not Bombs.
 http://www.foodnotbombs.net/

www.foodnotbombs.net/
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Where to give: Grassroots/Low-income/POC-led relief
by relief at sparkplugfoundation dot org Saturday, Sep. 03, 2005 at 5:55 PM

Targeting donations for democratic rebuilding: relief efforts led by, and/or accountable to, low-income people, people of color and local people in NOLA and other affected areas.

 http://www.sparkplugfoundation.org/katrinarelief.html

This is a list-in-formation of smaller, locally-based groups -- upon whom the democratic rebuilding of New Orleans and other devastated areas will depend. Many are registered charities; some are more seat-of-the-pants efforts to just get food, water and medication into bodies by refugees who have organized convoys to go back home.

Donating only to big-box charities means that decisions about how to allocate relief and re-empower local residents stays in the hands of (mostly) well-meaning, but non-representative, organizations. Please consider supporting the work of the people who are most directly affected to rebuild themselves.

If you have info about groups to add to this list, please e-mail  relief@sparkplugfoundation.org. Thanks!

Help throw a BBQ - if we can find them... 03.Sep.2005 19:55

Jonathan kintumusic@yahoo.com

It's so crazy - Governor Kulongoski has accepted 1,000 refugees who are arriving this weekend at an undisclosed location in Portland. A picture of the building was broadcast on NWCN (channel 49?) and KGW.com but they "Red Cross" did not release the name of the location because of a concern for people wanting to help causing problems...???? as in getting in the way?
Anyways, if we can figure out where the location is, I'd like to help throw a bbq for them on Monday. At the very least, we should be able to invite them to a bbq that we're going to. Please help us find out where the refugees are so we can show them the Rose City Love. How can we show our compassion for this multitude of refugees?


Consider donating to the Humane Society 04.Sep.2005 02:27

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which is trying to help the animal victims: www.hsus.org

The American Red Cross tests on animals, they suck:

 http://www.pcrm.org/resch/charities/questionable.html
"More recently, the Red Cross performed some shockingly gruesome experiments on pigs and goats to test a new bandage technology. Extensive and severe liver injuries,7, 8 kidney injuries,9-10 and artery damage 11, 12 were inflicted on live pigs, and live goats were given shock-inducing ballistic injuries.13 There were at least 12 different experiments published in papers dating from 1995 to 2003, as well as eight unpublished experiments. All came to similar conclusions: The new bandage technology works better than the old one."

And Jonathan, if you're going to do a bbq, please make it one without more suffering and destruction of innocents (pigs, cows, chickens...). I understand this probably falls on deaf ears, but someone has to stand up for the ones with even less voice than the human victims.

The Longships Are Coming 23.Feb.2006 23:12

Drenchlands drenchlands@comcast.net Or better known as Mr Patch

New Orleans, the holy land
Of pilgrimage for the Christian Man
Center Of Slavery, run by white men so clean
Created in the year 1718

The Longships Are Coming!!
Global Warming
The Longships Are Coming
Magnetic Field Dissipation
The Longships Are Coming

Oh Lord, Hear Us Pray
Save us from the Hurricanes' rage
In despair, in the city's final gasp
On the day that will be their last

The Longships Are Coming!!
Magnetic Polarity Reversed
The Longships Are Coming!
Molten Core Shrinkage
The Longships Are Coming!!

Much bigger storms are on the way!!!


Dedicated to "Shaky Head" New Orleans Matt