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|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
Too many things still go unresolved and why?
I was stranded in my Back Bay Biloxi apartment during the storm because I had fallen asleep watching the news the night before. The only thing that woke me the next morning (August 29th) was the sound of a transformer blowing up. It was too late, well here it is almost two years later and my new husband and I do not have a place to live. I was told that we would be able to have first dibs on an apartment where I was living, but weeks ago, we were informed that we make too much money to live there now. I had emailed and written letters and gotten on radio talk to try and get some answers only to have everything fall on deaf ears. Still get no answers! I absolutely do not understand why the citizens of the gulf coast are not considered. I am so sick of the state foulness called politics. There is no affordable housing that will accommodate those of us that cannot afford to pay high rental payments. Mississippi has never been easy to be a citizen of but now it's worst. Why can't we get help? A consistent amount of it?
I want a home! Current Mood: pissed off
|Monday, August 28th, 2006|
Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later
It's been one year since the disaster hit the gulf coast. Now BET.com investigates Hurricane Katrina. We take a look at the nation's response and what progress has been made to restore the area. See it here
|Wednesday, June 28th, 2006|
Two Actions for NOLA Public Housing
Two upcoming actions in New Orleans, sponsored by Survivors Village, (www.survivorsvillage.com) will challenge the federal government and city of New Orleans to uphold the United Nations "Guiding Principles of Internally Displaced People."
Although many public housing units in New Orleans faced only minor damages in Hurricane Katrina, HUD seeks to demolish 5000 public apartments.
After severe looting of the apartments, HUD spent several thousand dollars to fence the units off with barbed wire and metal doors and windows, in an effort to stop residents from returning and begin putting their lives bacck together.
Saturday, July 1 5:00 PM
Iberville Development, corner of Basin and Bienville
Rally and March.
Peaceful march through the French Quarter to disrupt "business-as-usual" and highlight the continued abuses going on a few miles from where tourists are usually located.
Demands: Basic Human Right to safe housing. (UDHR Articles 3, 17, 22, 25)
Right of Return
Preservation of public housing
Tuesday, July 4 3:00 PM
Major Protest to reopen Public Housing
3800 block St. Bernard Ave.
Bring a sleeping bag if you plan to stay at the village
|Saturday, November 19th, 2005|
|Wednesday, November 16th, 2005|
I'm on a team of University of New Orleans students whom have organized and prepared this site
for the historical preservation of New Orleans and surrounding communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.
Please, take the time to contribute your stories, images, or other media files here
"History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days." -Winston Churchill Current Mood: excited
|Monday, November 7th, 2005|
BIG Show this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mardi Gras Rocks!
For Hurricane Katrina and Rita
From 4 pm to 1 am
Tickets are $4 in advance and 5 at the door
Disciples of groove
Dave Smith Project
Real cool yeah
Come on costume!
Prizes and fun!
Beads will be sold at the door!
Contact me for more info!!
|Friday, October 14th, 2005|
Zine #2. is ready: FEMA cancels free water to people with no plumbing: racism, classism, sexism
Hello community members and all everywhere..,
I would like to share with you a zine called "The Open Source Classism, Racism, and Sexism Project: Hurricane Katrina, The Blogosphere And Corporate Media... "White People Find, Black People Loot." Zine #2 (second edition with updates from all over the world) of this new not-for profit zine (independent magazine) printable from online is now ready. This issue talks about many, many issues including the following issues: Censorship, FEMA Deliberately Sabotaging Hurricane Relief Efforts; African People's Solidarity Committee Statement on Hurricane Katrina; Campus Activism Administration's Agreement Regarding Classism and Racism; Building Progressive Infrastructure: Taking Friendster and MySpace Down - Building a Noncommercial Non-Sexist, Non-Racist Alternative – by Aaron Kreider, founder of Campus Activism, with responses by many, many livejournal users over the last four days..............
It is only 20 pages long. Please print them out and place them in your home, activist group, local co-ops, local coffee shops, collectives, libraries and other places. In this first issue I included 18 pages, so that you can create your own page 20 (add your agreements, disagreements with this publication, add a flyer for your activist project, your activist group, your distro, your band, etc.,) and then publish this publication as a 20 page booklet on the front and back of 5 sheets of 11" x 17" (or 279 x 432 mm) paper.
What is most revolutionary about this zine, is that it lets everyone in this community, place the issues that matter most to them on page 20 and circualte it along with other news that is not getting enough media attention. That is the Open Source nature of this project.
There are a lot of privileged (progressive and conservative) people who would like to censor, ignore and sweep it all under the rug, including all the increasing ongoing injustices regarding Hurricane Katrina, but with your help we can make certain that the issue is not censored until those suffering most receive justice! For those unaware, FEMA has recently turned away charities who want to deliver water to women and children in New Orleans with no pumbling.
Submissions are currently being accepted for issue #3. The submission process is on the zine. Thank you!
solidarity and love for all
On either of these websites http://www.opensource.dsame.com or http://www.campusactivism.org/displayresource-487.htm you will find two issues: #1 and issue #2 of this zine in both pdf format and document format. Special thanks to everyone who who spoke up in solidarity and kindness, your supportive and positive comments are appreciated! The longer that Hurricane victims suffer, the more that privileged people on and off the internet want to ignore those who are suffering (and they will come up with every excuse to do it). Thank you :o)
|Thursday, October 6th, 2005|
ShelterFinder Needs Volunteers
Apologies in advance for the crossposting...Shelterfinder.org
needs active contributors to take on a variety of tasks.
1. Data gathering - Shelter data needs updating, verification to keep the shelter data current. Data gatherers use search engines and other links to compile/update the data, but novel ideas on how to improve our data gathering would be great
2. Shelter Coordinators - We need people who can serve as liasons with shelters and relief organizations to establish direct communication so that we can share data and work cooperatively.
3. We need help with public relations and outreach to improve our visibility and communication
4. We need more technical people, especially php/msql coders to help Anand, who has supported and maintained most of the code to date,
5. There are a variety of other possibilities and untapped development options for those interested in contributing
Please look around the site and join one or both mailing lists indicated in the Shelterfinder Wiki Pages, http://www.katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/ShelterFinder
. Drop a line to introduce yourself, get a login to edit the dbase if thats one of the tasks you are planning to contribute to, and share your ideas/feedback about the project
Looking forward to your contribution!
|Monday, September 26th, 2005|
New Orleans Lives
I've just started an forum in support of New Orleans which covers various New Orleans items including books music relating to New Orleans.
It also has general sections for books, movies, tv series and general chat. It's a very new forum and I'm looking for people to help me find more info about New Orleans and also pictures. Please join New Orleans Lives here.
|Thursday, September 22nd, 2005|
|Monday, September 12th, 2005|
Leave a Comment
Want to help out Katrina victims but don't have any money?
For every comment I get on this post:http://www.livejournal.com/users/sylviasushi27/85093.html
I will donate a shirt, pair of pants, shorts, skirt, etc. in your name
DIRECTLY to hurricane victims in Mississippi.
If you don't have any money or any way to donate, then this is your chance :)
And after you comment, tell others so that they can do the same ;]
|Sunday, September 11th, 2005|
Please check out my community katrinahelpinfo
for information on how you can help victims of Hurricane Katrina!
I have been planning a Katrina Relief concert for about a week now and the community has been great. They have offered to donate everything I've needed until now. Now I need a venue. I have been told that the Cotati Plaza in Cotati, CA would be a great location but I have to ask the city council for permission. I need your help!
Wednesday I will be going in front of the City Council. I could really use some community support. Please support the concert and Katrina Survivors by sending a short email to the Cotati City Council. In case you don't know, I am just one person, planning this. I don't have any savings or extra money so I can't afford the permits and insurance. I'm hoping the city will consider sponsoring the event so I don't have to try to come up with the funds. I need people to put the screws to them.
If you would please call, email or show up at the meeting, I would be so greatful!
If you could please, in your emails or phone calls say something like:
I would love to see this fundraiser at the plaza
I would attend
People in NOLA, Mississippi, etc really need our help
I would be disappointed if it didn't happen
Great for surrounding businesses
Do your part to help Katrina survivors
Wave the fees
Help with insurance costs
The council, the mayor and vice mayor's email addresses are:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please CC or BCC me if you remember.
Wednesday, September 14th,
City Council Chambers,
201 W. Sierra Ave.,
Their phone number is:
Phone: (707) 792-4600
Their web address is:http://www.ci.cotati.ca.us/info.cfm
Please tell your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
|Saturday, September 10th, 2005|
|Friday, September 9th, 2005|
Sorry for just dropping this in here, but: Sister Cities
New Orleans has ten sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI): Juan-les-Pins (France), Maracaibo (Venezuela), Matsue (Japan), Merida (Mexico), Innsbruck (Austria), Pointe Noire (Congo), San Miguel de Tucuman (Argentina), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Caracas (Venezuela), and Holdfast Bay (Australia).
San Francisco can be the first American city to adopt New Orleans. Others will follow. So San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, wherever you live, call your local news channel(s) and tell everyone, YOU WANT YOUR CITY TO ADOPT NEW ORLEANS.
Doing this will generate a solid response from the media. If one
station receives two
calls with an idea they like, (and one that they know people will respond to over a long period of time) they're pretty likely to do it. But if 50
stations receive 500
calls from cities all over demanding to adopt New Orleans, and other places in the region, we could generate a large, well organized PLAN FOR RELIEF.
The more cities to 'officially adopt' other cities, the sooner we can 'Match Up' or 'Connect' each town or city in Gulf Region with one somewhere else, thus making organizing and relief easier. For example, once a comprehensive list is made of the affected towns and cities (including stats on the damage done, their populations and needs), the sooner these areas can be 'assigned' to be aided by another comparably sized (or not, it doesn't matter I guess) town/city. I am working to get SAN FRANCISCO to adopt New Orleans. Cities like New York and Chicago or whatever should join, and then other places like Biloxi would be matched up with 'somewhere' and so on.
The Red Cross in one city could coordinate with the Red Cross in its Sister City and so on. Walmart with Walmart, church group with church group. This will unite groups that are currently working seperately but toward a common goal.
As publicity for the idea generates, people can go to [internet sites] to track the progress being made. These sites could host a place where media, musicians, non-profits, churches, businesses, and private citizens can list what it is they have to donate, and for how long. (ex. "Hi, I'm sistawife
and I am a DJ. I have a website I can offer as a meeting place for people interested in this idea, http://sistawife.com/
and I can offer 100% of my time to this effort. There, it's that easy. )
So, call your local news. Do it today. I promise you, this idea CAN & WILL work... (sort of like the idea behind PAY IT FORWARD)
As we speak, I am contacting musician friends who are lending their support. Can anyone offer venue information in different cities to potentially generate a concert tour? Does anyone have a recording studio they can donate for a couple of hours? Do you make t-shirts and want to help spread the word? Please, if you have something to offer, a blanket, an encouraging story, ANYTHING AT ALL, visit my website and let me know. Call your local news and ask them to help your town 'adopt' a SISTER CITY IN THE GULF COAST REGION. But don't do nothing. This is our chance to show the world how we can set our differences aside in order to lend a hand. Thanks in advance...
|Wednesday, September 7th, 2005|
Threadless Hurricane Relief Effort...
This is not entirely related, but it is a good way for those with less money to donate to the hurricane relief. Threadless.com is an ongoing t-shirt design contest where people contribute designs and vote on the designs of others (the most popular are made into t-shirts and are sold through the website).
Well, the wonderful people behind Threadless have designed a special t-shirt
specifically for Katrina. It sends the message out there and costs $10. The big deal behind this is that for every $10 t-shirt sold, Threadless will donate $20 to the relief fund! Double what you've paid for the shirt!
The link above takes you straight to the shirt. It comes in girly sizes as well as male ones. Spread the word, people!
By the way, I am NOT trying to spam communities with this. I think the chance for people to double their donation to the fund and getting something for it as well is just a great opportunity for those with less money to donate, but who want to help. If this breaks community rules, please feel free to delete this post. I don't want to rock the boat.
Need Shelter Info ASAP!!
Does anyone know of any other evacuee shelter in the Baton Rouge area (within a ~30 mile radius) besides the ones I have listed below?
Faith Baptist Church
FG Clark Activity Center @ Southern
Greenwell Baptist Church
Plains Presp. Church
Woodlawn Baptist Church
Bethany World Prayer
Erwinville Comm. Center
Port Allen Comm. Center
Port Allen HS
I am working w/ the Dept. of Social Services and we are trying to make sure we have all of the shelters that are out there in our database. We have about 10,000 evacuees we are needing to place tommorow and shelter space is tight in Louisiana, not to mention the Baton Rouge area.
x-posted all over..