GEORGE BUSH DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE. – Kanye West
i try to rarely post more than once in a day but I am just fired up right now. we had to stop our meeting and listen to the mayor of new orleans break it down, then watch kanye nervous and angry as hell on the hurricane relief live telethon last night, keepin it so real they didn’t broadcast it in the west. you can see both right now at www.indyvoter.org.
there is no order in this situation at any level and the goal is to get stuff down there ASAP. we are finding out places to send stuff daily. today i have:
i am trying to influence the sponsors of tomorrow’s party at habana to skip FEMA and Red Cross and give to community orgs we know of there, cause n.o. league needs resources, n.o. blackout is looking for dough, mxgm is lookin for dough and clothing donations (see below).
my concern for funding is the rebuilding effort, and my girl shana is makin schemes from houston where she’s evacuated to. she’s pulling together a network of progressive new orleans based orgs to advocate for righteous resource provision to survivors. your money will help these activists reclaim their city. check: www.neworleansnetwork.org, and donate.
i could write y’all about other things but really, if you a person of color in this country, or a young person, or a person with a heart and a brain, what else is there to write about? my boy marc just wrote me that new orleans is the first battleground of the new american revolution. kanye said it too – they sent folks down there to shoot us. folks are hungry and asking us to lift them up, to LIFT them UP and save their lives and do not leave them under water, leave them to die, leave them to fight like animals over the quickly diminishing resources or a spot on a bus to who the hell knows where! and the response is to leave them with only two options: Steal or Die, OR Steal AND Die. Only a Zero Heart could conceive of Zero Tolerance in these circumstances. But, that’s the real meaning of ballot or the bullet, y’all, if you don’t get people who care for you into power, these mofos will shoot you for trying to survive!
still still still – there’s beautiful humanity arising through the gov’t sponsored ashes – my girl kate sent me this notice that on craig’s list folks are offering up rooms in their homes and offering to help people get to them. my girl karyn dropped everything to put together a website for progressive orgs in new orleans to get resources directly (www.neworleansnetwork.org). my girl emily took off in her car yesterday for louisiana to do anything she can to help the relief effort – she may just end up picking up people trying to leave the city and driving them somewhere. my girl elizabeth is helping folks get the media and messaging right so that our brothers and sisters aren’t cast as criminals.
so i ask you – what is your skill? what is your capacity? go through your closet for all that shit you haven’t worn and doesn’t fit and you just didn’t need in the first place – here’s why you bought it. it IS A GIFT you didn’t know you were holding. see the bottom of this post for where to send stuff…
these thoughts keep going through my head like i am glad bush won right now so that the full out extent of the nature of this country can be exposed with the right characters in place. i think about folks in attics in water up to their necks losing energy. i think about children gaining an understanding of their place in the world because no one will come to help them. then i cry and i think of the people i love and the spaces we hold sacred and call home and i think of the folks all over the world who are falling victim to the extreme natural disasters invited by our ignant anti-environmental policies and then left to die by our racist government and i just want to fall down, run, scream, punch something, cry, take up arms.
i am going between power and prayer. if you have any doubts about why people on the margins of power in this country have to reposition themselves in the MIDDLE of the struggle and take over the DECISION MAKING positions in this country, THIS IS WHY! America is not ready to deal with the repercussions of its neglect. Our people are dying right now because we let people who don’t love us, who don’t care about us, we let them run our lives. Fuck that.
but anyways, i wasn’t trying to go off, like i said i am just heated right now. you want to DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW?
– go to www.neworleansnetwork.org or http://www.sparkplugfoundation.org/katrinarelief.html and donate
– if you have a spare room or an extra couch, go on craig’s list new orleans and offer it up, at least as a temporary spot
– go through your closet, your bathroom, and your kitchen and gather your non-perishables and towels and unopened soap and extra clothes and shoes etc. if you’re in ny look below for where to take it. if you not in ny check http://www.sparkplugfoundation.org/katrinarelief.html –
got clothes, sheets, towels, etc?:
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is sponsoring a FOOD & CLOTHING DRIVE!
Our people in the South need our help. We cannot wait for or assume Red Cross will take care of our people. There are thousands of refugees from New Orleans in HOUSTON, TX. Several Black large Black Churches have opened their doors to displaced people.
Here is a list of things NEEDED TODAY:
¸ SHEETS AND LINENS
¸ TOOTH BRUSHES
¸ TOOTH PASTE
¸ AIR MATTRESSES
-WE ALSO NEED MONETARY DONATIONS TO SHIP OUT THESE GOODS
BRING ALL DONATED GOODS TO:
THE MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
388 ATLANTIC AVENUE, 4TH FL. BETWEEN HOYT AND BOND
ST. (718) 254-8800
(Bring to Habana Outpost Sunday Night and I will get to MXGM)
FOR FOLKS IN THE BRONX AND UPTOWN PLS CONTACT NYOKA AT
917-609-4323. I WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS UP HERE.