Friday, September 02, 2005

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.

2 Comments:

Blogger Octavio Rojas said...

Animo, Mamita...

9/02/2005 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger starchild said...

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005
at CANAL ROOM
285 West Broadway, at Canal Street
downtown Manhattan in New York City
7PM-11PM
21 and over with ID, and please RSVP to
cher_harrison@yahoo.com

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
Diapers
Baby wipes
Baby food
Baby aspirin
Aspirin
Vitamins
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
Blankets
Air mattresses
Sheets
Pillows and pillow cases
Gift cards for gas
Wal mart gift cards
Garbage bags
Cleaning supplies
Soap
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Flashlights
Batteries
Candles
Books for children, including coloring books
Books for adults
Magazines

If you are placing donated items in a bag PLEASE
LABEL.
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
contributions.

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……..

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
FYI, the NAACP, founded in 1909, is America’s oldest
civil rights organization

www.teamrescueone.com
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
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

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
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 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
stages…DISASTER, RECOVERY, and REBUILDING. We need you
for all three stages.

Media inquiries for BENEFIT for New Orleans….

APRIL SILVER, Akila Worksongs
718-756-8501 or pr.media@akilaworksongs.com

9/02/2005 04:25:00 PM  

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