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September 16, 2005

Grassroots Katrina Aid

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I mentioned this on the radio show today and said I’d post the links. So here ya go.

Emergence Broadcasting System will be heading down to New Orleans with satelite phones and wireless computer devices to set up mobile communications centers for the folks still in the area. This will allow the hurricane survivors to call family and friends, get access to information, and check out all of the various generous aid offers made online (like CraigsList and HurricaneHousing and such).

Southern Partners Fund is raising money for local, grassroots aid, with an eye towards the long-term and community renewal.

Activists from May Day DC packed up a van with donated and purchased supplies, drove down to New Orleans, and started directly handing them out to people. They also set up their “Mayday Mutual Aid Medical Station”, a tent where emergency medics are providing free medical care to the survivors.

Bay Area Radical Health Collective sent a team of medics down to New Orleans, and report that they are treating 50 people a day.

Food Not Bombs is setting up kitchens to serve free food to the community in Baton Rouge, Algiers (across the river from New Orleans), Covington, and Houston.

A group of guerrilla media types have set up a pirate radio station at 94.5FM and community media center for folks to share their stories and get information about what’s going on. I don’t have any info for you to donate to them, however.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, of course. More information on these direct aid efforts:

Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Hurricane Katrina Relief
Hurricane Katrina Mutual Aid Relief

If you have any other links or information to aid projects, please post them in the comments section.

Also, a friend of mine in Houston is asking if there are any aid groups out there that will help evacuees with rent money till the red tape clears. Anyone have any ideas?

Posted by Jake on September 16, 2005 12:05 am

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