Thursday, September 29, 2005

It's Official

I have been waiting for what feels like forever to post this: la fea is having a baby! and no I am not the father.

More on Filiberto Ojeda Rios

WBAI will be having programming today and tomorrow regarding the murder of Ojeda Rios and its aftermath.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Read a Banned Book This Week

Did you know that this week is Banned Books Week?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Mama Gathering 2006

You are invited to attend Mama Gathering 2006!
Cleveland, Ohio June 30th - July 2nd 2006

MamaGathering is an alternative multi-cultural mothering conference for women who care about their children and seek to make the best parenting choices for their families. MamaGathering is an independent, volunteer-produced, sponsor and donation-supported grassroots effort to strengthen the radical mothering community. Children and male partners welcome, expected, and included, however this is a mama-focused event. Some workshops will be women-only. This is a womanist, feminist, single mother, teenage mother, poor mother, and queer mother friendly event. Not any of those? You are welcome with an open mind and heart.

Advance registration is necessary and extrememly helpful in our planning. Sign up for the email list at for updates.

I am specifically putting out a call for Latina mamis in the Ohio area to help organize this event on the ground.

Fans and enemies can come to a bilingual workshop I will be facilitating.

Monday, September 26, 2005

General Response

I have a bunch of personal things that I want to post about but I will save them for later, when I have more time.

For those who want me to write more about sex, please consider donating frequent flyer miles so that I can get some. :P

On the more serious tip, it was my bad for not writing about el Grito de Lares on Friday. I will admit that. I will also admit that there are numerous problems within the independence movement in Puerto Rico, including lack of focus pero what I will not do is get involved in debates of whether it is more virtuous to struggle on the mainland or on the island of Puerto Rico. I also will not point fingers about who is more Rican or who spoke out first about what and when and how. I think that sort of divide and conquer politic serves only the colonizer. Different people have different levels of commitment. In the end however, yes, the battle will have to be fought on the island.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

In anticipation of comments and questions

I am fully expecting to have comments and questions regarding my acceptance and use of words like assassination and murder with regards to what went down in Puerto Rico on Friday. I will clarify in advance and be clear about my politics and beliefs.
While I was born in the United States, had I been born in Puerto Rico, where my family is from, I still would have been born in the United States. This is because since 1898, when Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States, it has been a colony of the United States. Associated Free State is ,as far as I am concerned, a euphemism used to confuse and miseducate. Puerto Rico is a country that has never been able to fully develop itself because of the interference of other nations. People can point to as many plebicitos as they want, the fact remains that according to United Nations Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States and needs to be decolonized. I say it needs to be liberated. I may write, speak and occasionally protest for the freedom of my patria, people like Filiberto lived and now died for it.

Que viva Puerto Rico libre!

Protest Tommorow Regarding Murder of Rican Hero

Demonstration Monday September 26!
Demonstration begins at 5:00 PM at 26 Federal Plaza NYC

On the 137th anniversary of the cry for independence of Puerto Rico " El Grito De Lares", Filiberto Ojeda, Puerto Rican Patriot was assassinated by the FBI in Hormigueros Puerto Rico. He had been living clandestinely for the last 15 years. A fitting tribute for the Puerto Rican National Hero is in the works and details will be Forthcoming shortly.

The Demonstration on 26 federal plaza is called this coming Monday to denounce the U.S. Government assassination “while in custody” carried out as a message against the freedom loving people of Puerto Rico who respond with the Message “Patria o Muerte” “Motherland or Death”!

Link to News Story on Rican Nationalist Killing

Puerto Rican Nationalist Assasinated

I originally was going to write about some of my own personal Puerto Rican history which I uncovered yesterday but felt this was more urgent.

Copied from an email sent to me by a teacher and hero Vicente "Panama" Alba

Filiberto Ojeda Rios served as the strongest and boldest symbol and active leader of our revolutionary and nationalist movement in Puerto Rico. He had been living underground since 1990 and active in the revolutionary movement since at least the early 60s. Having taken up the torch of the armed struggle after El Maestro Pedro Albizu Campos, Comandante Filiberto also received an offer directly from El Che to take up arms for the continental revolution that was to begin in Bolivia. Our Comandante instead, as did Albizu, decided to focus his energies on his beloved Patria, Puerto Rico, recognizing the need for the liberation of our homeland.

Friday was a sacred day for believers in Puerto Rico's independence; El Grito de Lares is a national and historic day for Puerto Rico, a day in which we remember the heroic rebellion of our ancestors in 1868 against colonial rule and in defense of freedom and independence. It is from which our National Anthem was born, from which our original Flag originated, from which emerged the Father of our Country (Ramon Emeterio Betances).

To have the FBI come to Puerto Rico behind the backs of ALL Puerto Ricans and murder our Comandante Filiberto, is not only a slap in the face of our entire country, but a challenge and a provocation to our movement of national liberation. It is a declaration of war and it is a dare. It is an effort to humiliate all Puerto Ricans on a day where we are to feel proud to showcase our own political, cultural, and social history. It is an effort to put us down, to communicate to us all that we are worth nothing, that we will never have control over our destinies, and that we must submit to their foreign and imperialist and murderous authority.

Filiberto Ojeda Rios dedicated his life and sacrificed his life to our freedom, to the freedom of the Puerto Rican Nation and he did this in exactly the way he wanted - fighting, struggling actively in resistance to the colonialist power and its armed forces. Filiberto embodied in his last moments what he hoped Puerto Rico herself will embody - DIGNITY and RESISTANCE and STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION FROM FOREIGN DOMINATION.

His shed blood is the call to action for our people - to recognize the Untied States for what it is: a dominating force, an invading army, a murderous tyrannical foreign government intent on doing its will on our land against the will and against the rights of a historical Puerto Rico.

His shed blood is also a call to action for our movement. We cannot sit idly by and allow our leaders to be murdered in the darkness of night. Our Nation will not allow this act to go unpunished.




Saturday, September 24, 2005

See It's Not Just Me

The entire media structure is focusing on how Katrina affected various communities.

I expect all my anon posters to write letters to all the media outlets mentioned in the AP article. It's only fair.

Apologies to all about not posting in two days. Work has been killing me as well as personal obligations to friends and familia.

To readers and amigos/as I have in the gulf and Texas area, please stay safe, I am thinking of you all y tengo una vela 'prendida.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Chicas Across the Blogging World Against Roberts

I know the argument is that "us liberals" would be against anyone Bush puts forward, and maybe so. However as a woman who has fully taken advantage of her right to choose and as a Latina who values her civil and human rights, the idea of a Supreme Court Justice Roberts gives me chills (and not in a good way). I was more than proud to sign onto this statement via Culture Kitchen. It is about more than abortion, it is about equal access to what the Constitution promises. I urge people to write their senators, especially New Yorkers like me who have Charles E. Schumer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Hey while you're virtually visiting the Senate, you might as well drop em all a line no?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Daily Candy Not So Yummy

I joined the Daily Candy email list years ago, when I was working on Wall Street for a big investment bank. Being hip and on top of trends was an important part of fitting in and fitting in was a big part of the game. Eventually I got tired of the bullshit but I stayed on the Daily Candy email list because they had well cute things and I will shamelessly admit to being a little bit of a style slut. But today's candy in my inbox left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It seems that Daily Candy, along with retailers like Abercrombie and Urban Outfitters , seems to think that "retro" racism and sexism is cool. Today they featured a company named Vintage Vantage which sells tees with designsof a trio of lady joggers and the slogan "Women, you can't beat 'em!"” to a man in an Indian headdress saying, "“I have reservations."

Nothing is as funny as violence against women and genocide.Can't you hear me lol'ing?

Daily Candy waxes nostalgic in today's email
Gone are the days when it was fine to unabashedly insult someone'’s nationality, appearance, or vocation in the sweep of a pseudo-religious joke.

I cancelled my Daily Candy email subscription clearly stating why. If you are a Daily Candy subscriber I ask you to do the same and even if you're not, you may want to send them an email.

Monday, September 19, 2005

New Orleans: A City in the Third World Within

Call it two worlds, two separate realities, call it the fantasy of an angry Rican (I know some readers will dismiss it anyway). For many years though some activists (myself included) have been calling the life of people of color in the U.S. a life in a third world within this first world. This AlterNet article, specifically citing the case of New Orleans, does too.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

When I went to the Pampilla de Coquimbo in 1996 , health and safety booklets were being handed out. This is the cover.

Felicidades Chile!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Fiestas Patrias Guilt

Tomorrow , September 18th, is Chilean independence Day.Ya en Santiago the fondas have begun and the chicha is flowing. The last time I celebrated was in 1996 when I was in Chile. I was staying in la Serena at the time. And celebrated at la pampilla de Coquimbo. I remember I was still uncomfortable in Chile and a bit overwhelmed by everything. I remember though that the discos had Cueca contests. I will try and look for pictures and ticket stubs during the day.

I am not Chilena but my daughter is, and there is a part of me that feels guilty that I do not know how to expose her to that part of herself. Sure I can cook Chilean food and play Chilean music and sit with books and pictures. These are things that always have done. What is missing however is the sense of community. The idea of her having a connection to the Chilean community is even more complicated because her roots are in indigenous Chile, with the Mapuche.

A few weeks ago la MapucheRican's father sent me an email (that is how communicate now) telling me that he and his father, Don Aliro, had planted an Araucaria
for la MapucheRican. This made me cry. That tree will be there for many many years , rooting itself and growing. I wonder when I will be able to take my daughter to see her tree, her roots.

Friday, September 16, 2005

So I guess I should say something

About it being Hispanic Heritage Month. Woo hoo!!!

Of course every day around me is a Latino party.

It's also Dia de la Independencia de Mexico ( I know some of you gringos and others were thinking it was Cinco de Mayo).

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Protesting Not Being Able to Get To Your Suburban Home

Yesterday evening an ex of mine rang me. He was pissy.
"If anyone would know about people who protest, it would be you. So tell me what the fuck is Falun Gong and the hell are there all these chinks blocking the midtown tunnel?" (Do you see why he's an ex? Also I saw zero news coverage on any protests happening).

I got into a very brief explanation about Falun Gong based on my limited knowledge and experiences with them on New York City streets. I also explained to him that they were probably protesting China's abuses against their organization because of the United Nations Summit happening (for a person who works at a newspaper, he knows little about what is happening in the world around him). He then began to whine about how ineffective it was as a tactic for organizations to persecute working people trying to get home. He actually used the word persecuted. Needless to say the conversation, if you could call it that was short.

Rallies, protests, and marches are held not only to educate masses but the purpose is to disrupt, to disturb people, and interrupt daily routines to bring attention to a cause or event. It is not supposed to be convenient. That is the point. In the United States, too many people are so used to routine, things being regimented and served up to us in convenient , non-offensive packaging. When confronted with otherness there are two choices. One is to fight the otherness and defend a narrow way of life. The other is to, if even just for a moment, take yourself outside your box of life and consider other people's experiences.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Moving Objects

I have readers who comment that I focus on race/ethnicity too much and that THAT is MY problem, that race/ethnicity don't really matter anymore, that we are all human beings, and all sorts of other rainbow coalition, kumbaya hand holding unity trips. If ever there was a fleeting moment when I fell into that, last night's Parents' Association (PA)board meeting at my daughter's school sure as hell gave me (and should give others) a reality check.

A number of years ago, because the registration numbers were so low at our local public school, a decision was made to rezone the school to include three blocks in nearby Corona, Queens (full disclosure: I spent quite a few years of my childhood and teens in Corona and still have ties there). This meant that about 60 students began to be bussed in. Back then, Rego Park had very few people of color, including Latinos. I remember when my family was the only family of color. I remember being told we were nice "for being Puerto Rican". This was a big deal.

Now Rego Park is a different neighborhood. There are many Latinos as well as other races and ethnicities (Still there are not many African Americans,a handful of West Africans, and some Haitians). The local school has grown academically and in terms of population, so much so that this year the school is pretty close to capacity. Neighborhood kids are being turned away from non-mandatory kindergarten (this actually happened to me a few years back, part of the reason why I homeschooled for Kinder). If the school keeps growing the physical building will need to grow as well if we don't want over crowded classrooms.

So at the meeting last night , a parent asked, "What about those kids that are bused in. Can't we get them out?"

The PA president explained that well yeah but because of the way the school had been zoned, those kids pertained to the school, so the only way to get rid of those kids was to change the zone. The PA president acknowledged that this was a loaded issue that the Principal wasn't anxious to touch because of the racial implications. The board wanted to write a letter to the local Community Education Council to see about the school being rezoned.

Then, as if on cue, all the meeting attendees, turned to look at me, not only the only Latina at the meeting, but the only person of color at the meeting (I had , conveniently for them, chosen a seat at one end of the conference table). One attendee, an elected board member asked me, prefacing that I should inform her if what she was suggesting was "crass", if it wouldn't be better if I, being a spic and all (of course she didn't say spic- she wouldn't be THAT crass) and with a "Spanish" last name, signed the letter.

The blood rushed up into my face but I breathed in and said responded that yes it was a crass question but one that I was ready for since the beginning of the discussion (Spiderman has Spidey Senses, I have Spic Senses)and that there was no way I would sign my name on the letter.

As if it weren't bad enough that Latino children from predominantly Latino 'hoods had originally been used to boost up rosters therefore boosting budgets, now the same school that brought those students here wants to get rid of them, just move them around instead of dealing with the fundamental issue of the need to create more classrooms and build more school and fix the schools that aren't working. Add to that trying to use a Latina parent who has been active in the school to soothe white guilt and buffer themselves from being called racists.

I want small classes. I want my daughter to have access to her local school. I , as a Latina parent, have the same goals and wishes for my child as other parents have for their children but not at the expense of other children and not using other children as disposable materials.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New York City Gente: It's Primary Day

If you can vote, please do. If you can't vote , make sure you speak to all your friends who can and urge them to. I voted bright and early when I dropped off my daughter, la MapucheRican, at school. Don't automatically assume that because I'm Puerto Rican, that I voted for the Puerto Rican.

And what would a primary election day post be here at Mamita Mala's online casita without a little racial politics? Look who is being called a minority.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Letting New Orleans Drown

The problem with the argument against rebuilding New Orleans, as expressed in this Slate article, lies in what is not discussed but implied.

If one were to follow the logic of the article, the places where the poor live should be leveled. Diosa forbid that "the earthquake" hit Los Angeles, would there be calls to let the city be, because of the huge income disparities that exist there (made even more glaringly obvious by the presence of the glamorous film industry)?

What about rebuilding the city thinking about the poor? What about letting the poor have a say in not only how the city is rebuilt but also in how it would be run? No where is a real solution offered. Instead the article reads like an endorsement of just shifting the poor around without getting to the reasons why people are poor in the first place. The poor in New Orleans were not poor because they lived in New Orleans. As if giving people jobs in fast food joints is all it takes to solve poverty. That's some magic wand!

New Orleans should be rebuilt but so should other poor cities and 'hoods. Buildings aren't the only things however that should get new foundations, society as a whole needs to check how it created and perpetuated poverty through systems that no natural disaster will wash away. Sexism and racism to name just two contributing factors of poverty ,need the forces of the people to be destroyed.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

One Date : Remembering Multiple Tragedies

I would be remiss if I didn't post a little something about the significance of this date.

My mother left early and will probably stay out all day. She is avoiding the television and radio memorials. I'm sure wherever she is, she took the bus. I am sure she is not in or near a tall building. On this date , four years ago, she escaped the World Trade Center, where she worked. She watched fiery plans crash into buildings, bodies falling from those buildings, and she ran as those buildings collapsed.

I too will avoid the television and radio. I have cried too much already this week watching the aftermath of katrina and the aftermath of human indifference. On this date four years ago I was stuck in a subway car, quickly filling with smoke. For hours afterwards I wandered the streets of Manhattan in a state of shock and grief, unsure if my mother was alive. I'll probably avoid the subway today too.

9 years ago, on this date, I didn't avoid the streets, as I was told to. Instead I joined students from the Universidad de Chile on the streets of Santiago remembering what happened on 9-11-73 and recognizing the legacy it left and who was behind it.

On 9-11, in different years, different buildings were on fire in different countries.
Both however remain linked by the same politics.

Mama Meetings

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hang out with some cool ass mamas and their cool as all hell kids. One mama I hadn't seen in years. The last time we chilled her daughter, now in pre-k , was scooting on her behind in my living room. She now has a baby boy (from whom I caught a serious case of baby fever/lust). The other mama, who is homeschooling her kindergartener, I last saw at an anti-war rally a year ago (or was it the Sisterfire event?). These are mamas who know intimate details of my life and I know intimate details of their lives. We all met on the internet through radical alternative parent sites. We all worked together on creating safe internet and physical spaces for mamas of color. Even though I don't actually see these women on the regular everyday, it feels almost like I do. So when we finally are able to pull ourselves from our bubble mama lives it's comfortable.

When I first had my daughter, I was the only young single mami activist in my crew. This meant carrying my baby daughter to rallies for as long as I could, and when she grew into toddlerhood having wonderful companeras take turns watching her at political education classes and during rallies but motherhood still felt isolating.
As la MapucheRican got older, it got harder and I pulled more and more away from hands on hardcore activism as I had to work full time and raise my daughter as a single mama full time.

I ran into these mamas during that period and found that they were like me, kick as political mamitas who were raising amazing kick ass political kids. The feeling was akin to the feeling I experienced when I was 17 and was first introduced to social justice/puerto rican history and activism. It felt like I had finally found home.

When I was ranting about fucked up racism in my daughter's school these are the women who nod their head and say uh-huh because they know what I am talking about or when I am feeling frustrated and angry and alone by the lack of support I feel as a writing single mami, they have my back and vice versa.

Creating and supporting community is essential for our survival.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Targeted Help in Katrina's Aftermath

I know I will probably be called out and be accused of implying that only women struggling against domestic violence need help but here I go anyway:

Four of our domestic violence shelters and two nonresidential programs are completely closed at the time and two or three may be completely destroyed. We have battered women and children who are trying to relocate to safety. Also we have received reports that women are being battered by their partners in the emergency shelters and they need our assistance,” stated Merni Carter, Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She goes on to say, “Sadly domestic violence and child victimization are social problems that do not stop during this natural disaster and with cessation of all direct services in the gulf coast region, a huge metropolitan area of over 1 million people, there is the increased need for relocation and basic monetary assistance is essential for these battered hurricane evacuees.

Friday, September 09, 2005

I Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself

So why bother. Since anon. commentators want to decide who is and who ain't a feminist, Ms. Cherry puts things (and people) in their place in the context of Katrina.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The highlight of my daughter's 8th birthday?

Her singing and dancing to Shakira's la Tortura for the whole family.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

8 Years and about three hours ago

A MapucheRican came into the world. This morning my daughter woke up to hugs and kisses and birthday wishes ( I swear I didn't mean for that to rhyme). She told me that 8 felt different.

Today we are off to lunch in Manhattan with my mother and a neighbor friend of la MapucheRican.

Happy Birthday Nenita!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Jazz Funeral/Wedding Dreams

Fabulosa Mujer made me remember a dream I had last night. I was in a chapel in New Orleans and I was filming for a documentary . A couple was getting married and they were walking down the aisle to a live jazz band.

Katrina's Victims: Not Just Black and White

Watching and reading the coverage of the aftermath of Katrina, it's easy to think that there are only two colors of people affected, black and white. This certainly isn't surprising considering that in the U.S. in general race is discussed in terms of black and white only.

Latinos have been displaced by Katrina

as has a significant Vietnamese population.

Monday, September 05, 2005

I believe in god but...

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Another Way for NYC People to Help Those Affected by Katrina

Direct Action to Aid Victims of Hurricane Katrina Now!
Pastors for Peace Organizes Aid Caravan for Louisiana and Mississippi

If you can organize a collection drop off point call: John Waller (718) 810-8426
For donations and other information: IFCO/Pastors voicemail (212) 926-5757
Or email:

Pastors for Peace has moved quickly to mobilize a Gulf Coast caravan.
We are collecting tons of bottled water, powdered milk, diapers, food
and personal hygiene items for southern Louisiana and Mississippi. The
aid will be delivered to local community and church groups who are
feeding and caring for their neighbors.

We cannot simply stand by and not act in the face of this monstrous
disaster. The incompetence and callousness of government officials is
unspeakable. We are moved to direct action because the racism and
inaction of those who should be caring for ALL the people victimized
by Hurricane Katrina have not done so.

The aid is being collected at drop off centers in ten states in the
Northeast and Midwest and South. What we need now are volunteers to
organize drop off points in those areas. The caravan convoy, made up
of busses, box trucks and other vehicles will take a limited number of
volunteers in order to maximize space for humanitarian aid.

Urgently needed financial donations for those who want to contribute
funds and to offset the fuel costs of this caravan, can be sent to
IFCO/Pastors for Peace. 402 W. 145th St. New York, NY 10031. Those
wishing to make credit card donations can call IFCO Pastors
communications director Lucia Bruno at (347) 423-4330.

Speaking with supporters this week, Rev. Lucius Walker, executive
Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace said "Despite the urgent campaign
to free the seized computers bound for disabled Cuban children we must
respond to the needs of families hurt by Hurricane Katrina right now".

For more than two decades, Pastors for Peace has delivered
humanitarian aid to families in Chiapas, Honduras, Nicaragua, El
Salvador and Cuba. These Friendshipment Caravans have focused on
aiding victims of US foreign policy. Today, we extend this work to the
domestic frontier. Families on the Gulf coast have been victimized
twice over -- by Hurricane Katrina and again by the callous disregard
of a system that was responsible for protecting them and did not.

We must do our part to demonstrate the love and concern that exists in
communities throughout the US for our brothers and sisters torn apart
by this tragedy.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

I am packing boxes

To send to NOLA friends. While I have decided to lay off the television news coverage, friends of mine who call or have called New Orleans home continue to find the most relevant articles and perspectives.

By the way The People's Institute rock. One of their peeps gave me and some friends a tour of the real NOLA so all donations, no matter how small would be appreciated. They are people who have done and will do good work for the people of New Orleans.

p.s.: I'm off to the Alejandro Fernandez, Chayanne, Marc Anthony concert tonight at Jones Beach!! I sure could use the eye and ear candy.

Friday, September 02, 2005

NYC peeps Step Up

285 West Broadway, at Canal Street
downtown Manhattan in New York City
21 and over with ID, and please RSVP to

Admission is FREE but you MUST bring one or more of
the following items
for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. These items will
be loaded onto a big truck in front of CANAL ROOM and
driven directly to Claiborne County Health Center in
Port Gibson, Mississippi, run by Dr. Demitri Marshall.
It is one of the closest rescue and help centers in
the New Orleans area and in a position to really get
these items to people in need. PLEASE make sure
clothing and shoes and sneakers are new OR clean and
in good condition.

Clothing for children and adults
Adult shoes and sneakers
Adult socks
Children's shoes and sneakers
Children socks
Bottles of water
Baby wipes
Baby food
Baby aspirin
Toilet paper
Sanitary napkins
Portable radios with batteries
Plastic forks, knives, and spoons
Cotton balls
Cotton swabs
Hydrogen peroxide BUT NOT rubbing alcohol, because
that is flammable
Band aids
Shaving cream
Male AND female razors
Air mattresses
Pillows and pillow cases
Gift cards for gas
Garbage bags
Cleaning supplies
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Books for children, including coloring books
Books for adults

If you are placing donated items in a bag PLEASE
For example, Children'’s shoes or Adult shoes, or
Children'’s clothes or Adult clothes.

We will NOT be taking monetary donations. See
information below on where you can send financial

CANAL ROOM ownership is generously donating the space
but there will be a CASH BAR ALL NIGHT.

Guest deejays, musical performers, and corporate
sponsors to be announced shortly

Monetary donations can be sent to these outlets, which
we have confirmed are REALLY delivering services to
folks in need…….. Relief Fund
PO Box 803209
Dallas, TX 75240
OR you can make an online donation by going to
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

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
FYI, the NAACP, founded in 1909, is America’s oldest
civil rights organization
Set up by native New Orleans rapper Master P and his
wife Sonya Miller

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

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

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

PLEASE VISIT all these websites.

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
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 on going 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
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My friend from Nola sent this:

From today's

Blanco demands apology

9:15 p.m.

An angry Gov. Kathleen Blanco demanded that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., apologize for his statement that it might not make sense to rebuild New Orleans. It was "“unthinkable," Blanco said, that Hastert would "kick us when we're down. I demand an immediate apology."

At a press conference Thursday night, she said that 300 soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard arrived in New Orleans fresh from Iraq and are under orders to restore order from the "“hoodlums."

She said of the soldiers: "“They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot to kill And. . . and I expect they will."

U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, said that 1,500 people had gathered on the Chalmette ferry landing awaiting evacuation, possibly by ferry, to Algiers. Making a plea for those refugees to receive food and water now, Melancon estimated that about 100 are dead, possibly from dehydration.

Officials also noted that an additional 80 police officers are now on the streets of New Orleans from elsewhere around the country, bringing some stability to the Superdome.

A doctor in University Hospital telephoned a Baton Rouge TV station, hoping to call attention to the desperate plight at his hospital. The hospital was running low on food and water, and had no power, the doctor said. "“We have 160 patients in the hospital and they are actively dying,"” he said.

Then she wrote:

rage. thats a stage of grief, isn't it? Please folks, call Hastert (202-225-2976 or 630-406-1114) and tell him HE isn't worth fucking saving, that he can take that proposed bulldozer and shove it privilegedte priveleged, gas guzzling ass. I mean, don't let it stop you from doing something meaningful, but if you need to blow off some steam, I'm sure some choice admonishments would make a pretty stack of paper inAnds office. and really, this is the tiniest of issues, but it shows the real issues beneath the surface, the ones no one is really talking about.

Wrapping My Mind Around Katrina

The only thing my daughter remembers from when we went to New Orleans a few years ago is the huge bug she saw one night when we walked from the French Quarter to the inn I was staying in. Now she will remember New Orleans from the news images.

I remember more, so much more that it is painful. I cannot even wrap my mind around what it must be like for my friend and her family. They have lost everything. New Orleans was where she as a Latina rooted herself. Rooting yourself as a Latina anywhere in the United States isn't easy, and now her roots are drowned.

I remember seeing her husband play in a jazz club in the French Quarter. I remember drinking and dancing and eating. Ay my friend took us to have pupusas that were slammin! I remember walking to the botanicas. I remember the cemeteries. I have to look for my NOLA pics and post them.

That is the New Orleans I want to remember. I want to remember laughing and crying and talking politics with strong women in the most humid heat I can remember experiencing.

Here is another article about how money that could have possibly eased the damage done by Katrina instead was sent to Iraq.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Coloring Katrina

Did you know that white people find food while people of color loot for it? Well if you look carefully at some of the online coverage of the aftermath of Katrina you would know that.

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