Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Heading back/more ways to help

Wow, I am tired. We've worked nine days straight here in Louisiana and there's so much more to do and tell. Had some amazing conversations at the house of the Tomeny family, who put me and my producer Teshima up. There are no hotel rooms so pretty much all of the reporters are bunked up in private homes. At one point, there were six adults and two kids in the three bedroom house where i was staying. A lot, right? Well, what about the people I've heard about who have more than twenty relatives staying in their homes? The magnitude of the displacement of people is amazing. This should be a story for years to come. More than a "story," which implies observing, the resettlement of the citizens affected by Katrina should be a national opportunity to consistently engage on issues of race and poverty, to realize we have the power to help individual families and help shape policy that helps all American families, to flex our power and remake our nation.

==============more ways to help ===========================

From: "Sharda Sekaran" Add to Address Book
To: "'Sharda Sekaran'"
Subject: Support for Hurricane Survivors


Here is a short list of organizations helping victims of Hurricane
Katrina that I recommend supporting. Many of these have worked in the affected
communities for years and have excellent reputations. I visited the St.
Thomas Health Clinic (New Orleans) and SHAPE Community Center (Houston)
in the past and witnessed their incredible community work firsthand.

Please show them as much support as possible. ~Sharda~

The Southern Empowerment Project ----

The Southern Empowerment Project's website provides links to support
thecommunity-based institutions that have been severely hit by Hurricane

Mississippi Workers Center ---- www.msworkerscenter.org

Please send contributions by check or money order to:
Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights
213 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701

The Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights is a worker advocacy
organization that provides organizing support, legal representation and
training for low-wage, non-union workers in the state of Mississippi.

The 21st Century Foundation ---- www.21.cf.org

The Twenty-First Century

271 West 125th Street, Suite 303

New York, NY 10027-4424

The Twenty-First Century Foundation is a national public foundation
created to promote strategic philanthropy by the African American/Black
community. The Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund of the Twenty-First Century
Foundation will partner with organizations in the region to ensure that resources
get to the people who need them most, and achieve the justice goals at the
heart of this initiative.

BlackAmericaWeb ---- http://www.blackamericaweb.com/relief/

BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund
PO Box 803209
Dallas, TX 75380 - 3209

This fund has been set up by nationally syndicated radio personality

Southern Empowerment Project

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) are
organizing relief efforts in their area because, as they report, "the
racial divide between relief workers and evacuees is stark." They are asking
for volunteers (especially African Americans to help folk feel more at
home) to come down to help them walk through the shelters, find people, help
folks apply for FEMA assistance, figure out what needs they have, match folks
up with other members willing to take people in.

You can also help by sending a check to the "FFLIC Hurricane Relief
Fund" to: 920 Platt Street, Sulphur, LA 70663.

St. Thomas Health Clinic

A critical, community-based health justice institution in New Orleans
that was devastated by the hurricane. St. Thomas Health Clinic works in the
most impoverished wards in the city. They did not have enough resources to
purchase insurance and need our help to rebuild.

Please send checks payable to St. Thomas Health Services (their online
capacity is down) to:

The Praxis Project (www.thepraxisproject.org)
1750 Columbia Road, NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Please make sure that checks are payable to St. Thomas Health Services.
Donations are tax deductible.

NAACP Disaster Relief Efforts ----
NAACP Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

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
sent directly into the disaster areas. Also, the NAACP has established
disaster relief fund to accept monetary donations to aid in the relief

**** You can mail or ship non perishable items to these following
which we have confirmed are REALLY delivering services to folks in

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

Mohammad Mosque 65
2600 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
atten.: Minister Andrew Muhammad

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

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

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


At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think you missed a major one!

press release and contact info below--

donate at website http://www.qecr.org

Displaced New Orleans Community Demands Action, Accountability and
Initiates A Peoples Hurricane Fund

Not until the fifth day of the federal governments inept and inadequate emergency response to the New Orleans disaster did George Bush even acknowledge it was unacceptable. Unacceptable doesnt begin to describe the depth of the neglect, racism and classism shown to the people of New Orleans. The governments actions and inactions were criminal. New Orleans, a city whose population is almost 70% percent black, 40% illiterate, and many are poor, was left day after day to drown, to starve and to die of disease and thirst.

The people of New Orleans will not go quietly into the night, scattering across this country to become homeless in countless other cities while federal relief funds are funneled into rebuilding casinos, hotels, chemical plants and the wealthy white districts of New Orleans like the French Quarter and the Garden District. We will not stand idly by while this disaster is used as an opportunity to replace our homes with newly built mansions and condos in a gentrified New Orleans.

Community Labor United (CLU), a coalition of the progressive organizations throughout New Orleans, has brought community members together for eight years to discuss socio-economic issues. We have been communicating with people from The Quality Education as a Civil Right Campaign, the Algebra Project, the Young Peoples Project and the Louisiana Research Institute for Community Empowerment. We are preparing a press release and framing document that will be out as a draft later today for comments.

Here is what we are calling for:

* We are calling for all New Orleanians remaining in the city to be evacuated immediately.
* We are calling for information about where every evacuee was taken. We are calling for black and progressive leadership to come together to meet in Baton Rouge to initiate the formation of a Community Oversight Committee of evacuees from all the sites. This committee will demand to oversee FEMA, the Red Cross and other organizations collecting resources on behalf of our people.
* We are calling for volunteers to enter the shelters where our people are and to assist parents with housing, food, water, health care and access to aid.
* We are calling for teachers and educators to carve out some time to come to evacuation sites and teach our children.
* We are calling for city schools and universities near evacuation sites to open their doors for our children to go to school.
* We are calling for health care workers and mental health workers to come to evacuation sites to volunteer.
* We are calling for lawyers to investigate the wrongful death of those who died, to protect the land of the displaced, to investigate whether the levies broke due to natural and other related matters.
* We are calling for evacuees from our community to actively participate in the rebuilding of New Orleans.
* We are calling for the addresses of all the relevant list serves and press contacts to send our information.

We are in the process of setting up a central command post in Jackson, MS, where we will have phone lines, fax, email and a web page to centralize information. We will need volunteers to staff this office.

We have set up a Peoples Hurricane Fund that will be directed and administered by New Orleanian evacuees. The Young Peoples Project, a 501(c)3 organization formed by graduates of the Algebra Project, has agreed to accept donations on behalf of this fund. Donations can be mailed to:

The Peoples Hurricane Fund
Vanguard Public Foundation
383 Rhode Island St., Ste 301
San Francisco, CA 94103

or visit www.qecr.org.

If you have comments of how to proceed or need more information, please email them to Curtis Muhammad ( muhammadcurtis@bellsouth.net) and Becky Belcore (bbelcore@hotmail.com).

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much for posting this. i have been looking for places to make a donation to.

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I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

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