Friday, September 02, 2005

Brother, can you spare some time...?

As we plan the revolution to take back America one blog at a time, there are still things we can do today to ease the suffering of our fellow Americans in the Gulf region.

Action #1
This Sunday at 12 noon Brother Rob Thurman and this bitch will be volunteering at the Deer Creek Shopping center (between Big Bend and Laclede Station Rd.) A Habitat for Humanity St. Louis volunteer is organizing a health kit and flood bucket drive. They need help putting the essential items together into the kit.

If you would like to participate, this volunteer effort will be taking place Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4 from 9am-9pm. They are organizing 2-hour shifts.

Again, the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks will be there from 12N-1pm then we are off to the Greek Festival at 2pm.

Simply contact Dale Chambers at c. 314-724-1905 to get set up!

Action #2
Freddie’s on Manchester has organized a series of fundraisers for the Red Cross. A bitch was told that they are taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays. So, join the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks at Freddie’s 4112 Manchester Ave. Wednesday September 7th anytime after 6:30pm for vodka crans or diet cokes (Brother Rob) and some fundraising with the gays. Go on with your bad selves Freddie’s!

Revolution requires action and words…

6 comments:

BarefootCajun said...

We are fine here. My brother is settling in to both his job and to living here with us. My friend and her daughter are trying to make school and living arrangements. They may stay here with us as well.

At this point we don't need anything but there are so many others who do. Just knowing that you guys are working to get help to those truly in need brings tears to my eyes.

Thank you, ABB. Thank you, Brother Rob. Thanks to all of you.

Hammer said...

I would like to make a statement about the American Red Cross. As an ex-employee, I would like to say that the Red Cross is a business. You donate blood, they sell it for a 400$/unit profit. The reason they go to 'disasters' it to sell their product...your blood. The Red Cross also gets the benefit of having people donate MORE blood in disasters to up their profits. THEY ALSO get support from the government for going to disasters. So, they make money money money (not to mention your MONETARY donations).

It's much like Walmart. Walmart donates 1.5million. They get the tax break then, they get 'the people' to buy more products to donate. They WIN.

I'm not trying to tell you what to do in this situation, but realize, disaster means money for these "Corporations."

I think donating TIME, EFFORT, STRENGTH and EMOTIONAL SUPPORT to the affected people is a better way to go.

Peace and solidarity!

Che

Aethlos said...

Can't a sistuh get a bottled water in a Red State?

PissedOffPencil said...

I hope you don't mind me linking to you. This is important stuff, even for us living halfway around the globe.

cee said...

Your readers might enjoy this editorial from the staff at the largest New Orleans paper, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, which is continuing to publish online at www.nola.com:

OUR OPINIONS: An open letter to the President
Dear Mr. President:

We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we’re going to make it right."

Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.

Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It’s accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718.

How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks.

Despite the city’s multiple points of entry, our nation’s bureaucrats spent days after last week’s hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city’s stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies.

Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection [the main bridge that crosses the Mississippi River near the French Quarter and the Central Business District]. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city.

Television reporters were doing live reports from downtown New Orleans streets. Harry Connick Jr. brought in some aid Thursday, and his efforts were the focus of a "Today" show story Friday morning.

Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Those who should have been deploying troops were singing a sad song about how our city was impossible to reach.

We’re angry, Mr. President, and we’ll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That’s to the government’s shame.

Mayor Ray Nagin did the right thing Sunday when he allowed those with no other alternative to seek shelter from the storm inside the Louisiana Superdome. We still don’t know what the death toll is, but one thing is certain: Had the Superdome not been opened, the city’s death toll would have been higher. The toll may even have been exponentially higher.

It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren’t they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn’t suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials?

State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn’t have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially.

In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We’ve provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they’ve gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day."

Lies don’t get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President.

Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You’re doing a heck of a job."

That’s unbelievable.

There were thousands of people at the Convention Center because the riverfront is high ground. The fact that so many people had reached there on foot is proof that rescue vehicles could have gotten there, too.

We, who are from New Orleans, are no less American than those who live on the Great Plains or along the Atlantic Seaboard. We’re no less important than those from the Pacific Northwest or Appalachia. Our people deserved to be rescued.

No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced. Especially not one as preposterous as the claim that New Orleans couldn’t be reached.

Mr. President, we sincerely hope you fulfill your promise to make our beloved communities work right once again.

When you do, we will be the first to applaud.

. said...

Hope it goes well on Sunday, great thing you're doing.

Ted