Thursday, September 01, 2005

Columbus stands up to help those in need

Here are a couple of the responses I got from yesterday's plea to help those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

From DJ Krate Digga of Soundchampz...

I'm definitely down with doin my part....its kinda funny because I work til 3 a.m. so when I get home I usually put in about 30-45mins of World News Now or CBS Night News.....whatever national news that's on....I can swear 2 seeing the same......SAME.... footage of blacks and latinos lootin 4 timbs, nikes, and xxxxxl white tees atleast 4 times.....which I don't condone (to a certain degree) but none of the networks really addressed the seriousness and NECESSITY of "looting" those insured mega retailers (Walgreens, Winn Dixie etc...) These folks were failed by their local and state governments obligation 2 serve them as citizens. I can't fathom why there was no significant and secondary plan 2 evacuate citizens who couldn't financially or physically relocate. There seems 2 not have been a plan 2 deal with broken levies, leeways, and spillways......with all the money the city alone makes during Mardi Gras....local fiscal investment seems 2 be greatly lacking....there should have been city transit buses assigned to all the city housing projects, nursing homes, hospices, etc... to get all those residents moved to motels, hotels, govt buildings, anywhere........

Do u have any contact info 4 specialized companies/organization that will deal mainly with the poorer residents of N.O. Like Urban Leagues, NAACPs, any minority housing agencies.....while there were all types of victims...the focus seems 2 be put improperly on "us" in the media....so I want 2 focus properly on "us" as much as I can.

Afrika Alsup says...

I just read a news article that said it could take years to rebuild the areas devastated by the hurricane.

From Terreecce M. Clarke...

What do you think of the press coverage? I think it has been much less than it would have been if it had been NY or LA. I know people wise, it's not as big, but New Orleans is a major city and 80% is underwater. There are 15,000 people in the Superdome, there have been reported robberies/rapes there and yet it's not on anywhere for an extended amount of time except for The Weather Channel.

Is the difference that many of New Orleans are poor and black? There aren't any major celebrity hubs? Channel 10 had the nerve to talk about "million dollar homes wiped out" and "beach front property destroyed." I don't know about you but I'm alot more worried about those in the $10,000 dollar houses, they were probably still in them when it hit and after. I'm pretty sure the million dollar home owners have insurance, a place to stay, and got all their valuables out before the hurricane hit. The people that moved them were probably the ones in the $10,000 homes - what's your take?

In8 Inner-prizes will also be hosting three events this weekend geared toward raising money for the Red Cross to support efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Alonzo Edmundo of In8 says...

In an effort to raise funds for those victims, IN8 inner-prizes and TheUrbanStarr.com have joined forces to host a two day fundraiser this Saturday and Sunday. A portion of the proceeds from The Saturday Rotation at the Standard Lounge and Sunday’s Mahogany’s Soul at Brownstone will go directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Information regarding disaster relief efforts will be available on site for both events.

Dante Lee of Diversity City Media suggests that you make a donation to some of the black businesses and organizations in the Gulf area so that they can rebuild...

In addition to donating to charities and volunteering time and energy, African-Americans are encouraged in the near future to donate to some of the Black-owned businesses/organizations that have been affected. Here are just a few:

BLACK BUSINESSES

Black Collegian Magazine
140 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
www.imdiversity.com

Juneteenth.com
6751 Dorchester Street
New Orleans, LA 70126

BLACK COLLEGES

Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122
www.dillard.edu

Xavier University
3812 Pine Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
www.xula.edu

Southern University at New Orleans
6400 Press Drive
New Orleans, LA 70126
www.suno.edu

BLACK NEWSPAPERS

Louisiana Weekly
P.O. Box 8628
New Orleans, LA 70182
www.louisianaweekly.com

The New Orleans Tribune
2317 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
www.neworleanstribune.com

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Backstreet Cultural Museum
1116 St. Claude Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
www.backstreetculturalmuseum.com

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.
1205 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
www.nojhf.org

Black Arts National Diaspora
4008 Odin Street
New Orleans, LA 70126

Urban League of Greater New Orleans
2322 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

5 Comments:

At 12:30 PM, Blogger DM said...

There are several compelling articles about the race, history and economic issues concerning Hurricane Katrina on www.slate.com.

 
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At 4:47 PM, Anonymous belladawn said...

i am glad everyone is doing so much 2 help..here @ national city we also are doing our part. remember all the people we're seeing on tv are OUR brothers & sisters, & they r in the THIRD WORLD RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA! we need 2 take the responsiblity of helping those people n need, because @ the end of the day all we got is us!

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger P Tosh said...

I would just like to say that I think that it is very odd for the people staying at the "RITZ" hotel in the heart of this mess could be evacuated, LAST NIGHT, escorted by a military patrol consisting of 18 buses, to another nice dry HOTEL. On CNN a lady named Phyllis from Baltimore, (Im guessings she is white, she sounded like it) was in New Orleans celebrating her anniversary when everything happened. At the same time the Ritz hotel was holding a doctors conference about communicable diseases -how ironic- and the hurricane went down and they were all trapped like the rest of New Orleans admidst the filthy water and the "lawlessness." She said that FEMA granted them 8 buses to come in the "warzone" to there hotel to pick them up but when they got there sometime around midnite there were 18 buses with military police or some type of enforcers with search lights and guns to pick them up and escort them to a nice hotel, where they stayed for FREE and now she is back at home in Baltimore. The irony is that LAST NIGHT there were thousands of people in the same "warzoned" neighborhood(?) at the convention center that heard nothing from no one until help came TODAY. And the people at the convention center are in no way getting the treatment that this woman discribed that they received at all. What is going on? This is sounding kind of fishy to me. This leads me to believe if it is not evident already that this situation has been handled the way that it has been because of the race of the people suffering. Please let me know what you think.

 
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