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Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Hurricane Katrina Relief

Where to donate to organizations who are:

* Organizing at the grassroots level in New Orleans, Biloxi, Houston and other affected areas
* Providing immediate disaster relief to poor people and people of color
* Directed by, or accountable to, poor people and people of color
* Fostering the democratic inclusion of poor people and people of color in the rebuilding process
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<td width="717" align="left" bordercolor="#003399" scope="col"><p align="center" class="style7">Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led<br>Hurricane Katrina Relief</p>

<p align="center" class="style9">updated: Sat. Sept. 3, 2005, 6:04pm </p></td>
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<p class="style4">Where to donate to organizations who are:</p>
<li>Organizing at the grassroots level in New Orleans, Biloxi, Houston and other affected areas </li>

<li>Providing immediate disaster relief to poor people and people of color</li>
<li> Directed by, or accountable to, poor people and people of color </li>
<li>Fostering the democratic inclusion of poor people and people of color in the rebuilding process</li>
</ul> <p align="center">(For notes on why it's important to support local, grassroots relief efforts, read <a href="notesfromneworleans.html" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p></td>

<td align="left" scope="row"><p align="center" class="style6"><em>This list is gathered from organizations and community organizers around the country. The Sparkplug Foundation has not verified the information, nor can we provide any details about these groups; <span class="style5">please do <strong>not</strong> call us to inquire.</span></em><em><span class="style4"><br>
To add an organization</span>, </em><em> e-mail a description of the organization's work &amp; details about how to donate to <a href="mailto: relief@sparkplugfoundation.org"> relief@sparkplugfoundation.org</a> or call (877) 866-8285. Call only to add a listing, please!</em></p>

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<th width="131" valign="top" scope="col"><span class="style63"> WHAT THEY'RE DOING </span></th>
<th width="135" valign="top" scope="col"><span class="style59">NAME</span></th>

<th width="244" valign="top" scope="col"><span class="style63">BLURB</span></th>
<th width="248" valign="top" scope="col"><span class="style63">HOW TO HELP </span></th>
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<th width="131" align="left" valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Public services</span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><span class="style12">Charity Hospital </span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><p class="style15"><a href=" http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9159926/">Charity Hospital</a> is a public hospital serving low-income people. It was among the last to be evacuated, while private hospitals were able to pay for transport and care for their patients days earlier.</p>

<p class="style15">&quot;They are an enormous provider of services for people with HIV and AIDS. and have been providing services to the public who can;t afford private health care for decades. they are amazing and need help. not exactly a small local org - for that you might give to NO AIDS task force... &quot;</p></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><p class="style15">Donate online: <a href=" link to tinyurl.com
<p class="style15">(Full url:<br>

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<th width="131" valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Low-income communities organizing themselves </span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><span class="style12">Louisiana Welfare Rights Organization</span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;WRO is located in New Orleans, Louisiana and is one of the oldest still operating welfare rights/advocacy organizations. Among the services provided by WRO are job training and low income housing apartments that are both located in New Orleans.&lt;snip&gt;</p>

<p class="style15">Please help us help low-income families in New Orleans by sending a contribution to DAWG's WRO Fund. Donations are tax deductible.&quot;</p></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><span class="style15">WRO Fund<br>
c/o DAWG<br>
PO Box 20079<br>
Charleston, WV 25362
</span> <p class="style15">DAWG: (304) 347-9222<br>
<a href=" http://www.geocities.com/itsdadawg%20" target="_blank">www.geocities.com/itsdadawg</a></p>

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Direct action for relief</span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><span class="style12">Malcolm X Grassroots Movt. </span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is sponsoring a FOOD &amp; CLOTHING DRIVE! </span> <p class="style15">Our people in the South need our help. We cannot wait for or assume Red Cross will take care of our people.&lt;snip&gt; Several large Black Churches have opened their doors to displaced people. Here is a list of things NEEDED TODAY:</p>

<p class="style15">TOWELS, SHEETS AND LINENS, DIAPERS, WATER, TOOTH BRUSHES, TOOTH PASTE, SOAP, AIR MATTRESSES - We also need monetary donations to ship out these goods.</p>
<p class="style15">FREE 'EM ALL. <br>
Twenty six years of freedom! Hands Off Assata!&quot;</p></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><p class="style15">Bring all donated goods to:</p>
<p class="style15">The Malcolm X Grassroots Movt.<br>388 Atlantic Ave., 4th fl<br>Btwn Hoyt &amp; Bond St.<br>

(718) 254-8800</p>
<p class="style15">For folks inthe Bronx and uptown pls contact Nyoka at 917-609-4323. </p></td>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">National coordination of low-income-targeted relief? </span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><span class="style12">ACORN</span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">See ACORN/Katrina-Response info at <a href=" http://www.acorn.org" target="_blank">www.acorn.org</a></span></td>

<td width="248" valign="top"><p class="style15">Baton Rouge office: (225) 930-6385.</p>
<p class="style15">If you can't reach them, you can try the NY office: 718-246-7900.</p></td>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">POC-led relief</span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><p class="style12">BlackAmerica Web.com</p>

<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;This fund has been set up by nationally syndicated<br>
radio personality Tom Joyner.&quot;</span></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><span class="style15">BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund<br>
PO Box 803209/ Dallas, TX 75240<br>
OR you can make an online donation:<br>
<a href=" http://www.blackamericaweb.com/relief" target="_blank">www.blackamericaweb.com/relief</a></span></td>

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">POC-led relief/ direct assistance</span></th>
<td width="135" valign="top"><span class="style12">NAACP</span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;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.
<p class="style15">The NAACP, founded in 1909, is America&rsquo;s oldest civil rights organization.&quot;</p></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><p class="style15">Checks can be sent to the NAACP payable to:</p>

<p class="style15">NAACP Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund<br>
4805 Mt. Hope Drive<br>
Baltimore, MD 21215</p>
<p class="style15">Donations can also be made online at<br>
<a href=" http://www.naacp.org/disaster/contribute.php" target="_blank">naacp.org/disaster/contribute.php</a></p></td>

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Local/POC-led relief </span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Team Rescue One </span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;Set up by native New Orleans rapper Master P and his wife Sonya Miller&quot;</span></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><a href=" http://www.teamrescueone.com" target="_blank" class="style15">www.teamrescueone.com</a></td>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Local direct relief (food, clothing) to low-income/POC</span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Local religious &amp; community spaces </span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;You can mail or ship non perishable items to these following locations, which we have confirmed are REALLY delivering services to folks in need&hellip;.&quot;</p>
<p class="style15">(don't know who &quot;we&quot; refers to, sorry. -ed.)</p></td>

<td width="248" valign="top"><span class="style15">Center for LIFE Outreach Center<br>
121 Saint Landry Street<br>
Lafayette, LA 70506<br>
atten.: Minister Pamela Robinson<br>
</span> <p class="style15">Mohammad Mosque 65<br>

2600 Plank Road<br>
Baton Rouge, LA 70805<br>
atten.: Minister Andrew Muhammad<br>
<p class="style15">Lewis Temple CME Church<br>

272 Medgar Evers Street<br>
Grambling, LA 71245<br>
atten.: Rev. Dr. Ricky Helton<br>
<p class="style15">St. Luke Community United Methodist Church<br>
c/o Hurricane Katrina Victims<br>

5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway<br>
Dallas, TX 75223<br>
atten.: Pastor Tom Waitschies<br>
<p class="style15">S.H.A.P.E. Community Center<br>
3815 Live Oak<br>

Houston, Texas 77004<br>
atten.: Deloyd Parker<br>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Direct action: supply trip </span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Infoshop.org &amp; Mayday DC </span></td>

<td width="244" valign="top"><span class="style15">(9/1/05) &quot;Infoshop.org collective member, Jamie &quot;Bork&quot; Loughner, has decided to go to the Gulf Coast from Washington, DC with supplies for the people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Her trip will be sponsored by Infoshop News and Mayday DC. She is making travel arrangements at this point. Bork is talking about buying water filters at part of the supplies she is taking down. She will also be doing reporting on the situation for Indymedia and Infoshop News.&quot;</span></td>
<td width="248" valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;Is anybody from Asheville, NC reading this? Bork says that she heard about an activist caravan being organized there .We are also looking for people who can help along the way, providing an overnight place to crash, for example. We've already had one offer from somebody living in Alabama.</p>
<p class="style15">People can read more and help out by going to Infoshop News: <a href=" link to www.infoshop.org

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Anarchist &amp; anti-authoritarian relief actions</span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Infoshop.org</span></td>
<td width="244" valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;&lt;snip&gt; I'm creating a page on Infoshop.org on what anarchist and anti-authoritarians are doing for relief projects. &lt;snip&gt; </p>

<p class="style15">Chuck Munson<br>
<td width="248" valign="top"><span class="style15">The URL for that page will be: <a href=" http://www.infoshop.org/hurricanekatrina.html" target="_blank">www.infoshop.org/<br>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Preserving New Orleans culture during rebuilding </span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">NOAH: a new houston/nola musicians support project </span></td>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;Everyone knows that a huge part of New Orleans' culture is its music. But how can this be preserved so that it will be ready when the city rebuilds? &lt;snip&gt; The project is named: SHONOF (pronounced &ldquo;sho&rsquo;nuff&rdquo;: Safe Harbor for Our New Orleans Friends). </p>
<p class="style15">Primary goals are: <br>

1. To contact New Orleans musicians, wherever they are, and let them know there is a support group in Houston ready to help them, provide housing, get gigs, etc. <br>
2. To line up apartments, rooms, etc. for these people to live in until they can get on their feet. <br>
3. To organize an instrument clearing house whereby the musicians can get access to needed instruments in order to perform and make a living. <br>
4. To urge local venues--clubs, restaurants, hotels, etc.--to expand their use of live musicians. <br>
5. To organize and hold benefit concerts featuring the New Orleans musicians, supplemented by the best of Houston musicians, to raise money to help the musicians and the project. <br>
6. To share their current gigs with the New Orleans musicians, either by adding a player or two to their performing group or by relinquishing an entire gig.&quot;</p></td>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">Gigi Hill may be contacted on (713) 503-3518,  gigi@noahleans.org. Their new website is <a href=" http://www.noahleans.org" target="_blank">www.noahleans.org</a> </p>

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Direct assistance to people w/ HIV/AIDS</span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">AIDS Alliance </span></td>
<td valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;AIDS Alliance ... have set up a fund and have already started distributing funds to women and kids who went to title 4 clinics in the affected areas -- so that is a good way to immediately get funds out to PWAs of color. They are doing tons of one on one support work to help people get relocated and settled and into care, etc.&quot; </span></td>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">Donate online:</p>

<p class="style15"><a href=" https://secure.ga3.org/03/KatrinaEmergencyFund" target="_blank"> https://secure.ga3.org/03/<br>
KatrinaEmergencyFund </a></p>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Refugee-organized supply convoy</span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Get Your Act On! </span></td>

<td valign="top"><span class="style15">9/3/05 &quot;...(Jeffrey and Andrea) are currently in Waco, TX. &lt;snip&gt; almost NOTHING is getting in via 'official' channels (we have spoken to people still in the city). </span>
<p class="style15">Our house is still standing and should be relatively free of flood waters by now, so it will be used as a base for relief efforts as we are just 6 blocks from the lower 9th ward, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods. We will be purchasing a van or getting a large UHaul, filling it with supplies and driving it back to New Orleans.&quot;</p></td>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">Donate by PayPal or donate goods: </p>
<p class="style15"><a href=" link to www.getyouracton.com

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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style66">Direct action/ food convoy </span></th>
<td valign="top"><span class="style12">Food Not Bombs </span></td>
<td valign="top"><span class="style15">&quot;We plan to send another busload of food to the effected area. &lt;snip&gt;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.
</span> <p class="style15">Thanks, Keith McHenry - cofounder of Food Not Bombs. <br>
 http://www.foodnotbombs.net/ &quot; </p></td>

<td valign="top"><p class="style64"><span class="style15">&quot;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 <a href=" http://www.foodnotbombs.net">http://www.foodnotbombs.net</a>. </span></p>
<p class="style64"><span class="style15">You can make a financial donation on line or mail checks to Food Not Bombs, P.O. Box 744, Tucson, AZ 85702.</span></p>
<p class="style64"><span class="style15">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.&quot;</span></p></td>
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<th valign="top" scope="row"><span class="style11">Local grassroots relief &amp; rebuilding </span></th>

<td valign="top"><span class="style15"><strong>New Orleans Network/New Orleans League </strong></span></td>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">&quot;For those of us in exile from the region or are still there trying to survive, we hope this site can be used for:</p>
<ul class="style15">
<li>Finding people we love and meeting fellow citizens.</li>
<li>Assessing what our communities need wherever we may have landed.</li>
<li>Collecting our stories, pictures, and art.</li>

<li>Starting conversations about the issues connected to this disaster.</li>
<li> Organizing the exile communities of displaced people from the New Orleans region.</li>
<li>Finding ways to reconnect us all, whether we have access to computers or not.&quot;</li>
<td valign="top"><p class="style15">Donate online: <a href=" http://neworleansnetwork.org">http://neworleansnetwork.org</a></p>
<p class="style15">&quot;100% of the funds go to the New Orleans League to advocate for their city and neighbors.&quot;</p></td>


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