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Join the O2 Collective For a Relief Trip to New Orleans!

The Oxygen Collective is organizing a trip in our biodiesel bus for the first three weeks of December to bring supplies and volunteers to offer direct aid and relief work for people in the New Orleans area. We will be joining with an inspiring grassroots effort spearheaded by the Common Ground Collective ( http://www.commongroundrelief.org) in the Algiers Neighborhood, where one of the O2's founding members, Kerul Dyer, is working as their unofficial Director of Operations.
This is going to be an amazing journey at a historic moment and we need your help! Join us if you can, or help us raise funds, collect supplies and organize people to bring with us! The folks at Common Ground are engaged in many amazingly inspirational projects, but they are stretched thin and are desperately in need of people on the ground to help them.

The Common Ground Collective operates a health clinic that serves thousands, an fm radio station bringing news and information to the Greater New Orleans Area and two supply distribution centers, including the only relief center located in the heavily damaged 9th Ward District. They also serve as the central hub of the grassroots, anti racist community organizing effort occurring in Southern Louisiana. They play a crucial advocacy role for the empowerment of poorer residents facing a deeply entrenched racist system that is in many cases marginalizing and neglecting people rather than helping them return to their homes.

Our plan is to leave Southern Oregon on Dec. 3rd, overnighting in the SF Bay, Tucson and Austin to pick up people and supplies, arriving in New Orleans by the 6th or 7th. We will spend approximately a week and a half plugging into projects through Common Ground, likely doing clean up work in areas of the 9th Ward and distributing food and supplies around the region. We will return by the same route, completing the journey by Dec. 22nd at the latest.

Please contact  oso@o2collective.org or  laurel@o2collective.org for more info or to pass along useful contacts, make a donation or volunteer to come along.

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