Friday, August 18, 2006

Helping Katrina Victims through Habitat for Humanity

If you haven't donated yet at Alicia's site, you can click here to help reach the goal. Don't forget that Alicia is giving away Greg Palast's book to the highest donation. I joined the team, and contributed, and set up a donation page.

Since Bush's government has effectively ignored the needs of Katrina victims, we have to stand up and be counted. Click the link, and be as generous as you can.

UPDATE: Hat tip to Enigma4Ever for pointing out this chilling documentary footage on the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans:

22 comments:

glenda said...

Great way to give. I've got a whole apartment full of Katrina survivors here in Austin that we keep up with. We've managed to supply them wih truckloads of donated household goods.

karena said...

Great Job, Diva. We can help and in so many ways, we in America survive in spite of our government. I guess Bush realized that we are a compassionate nation, so he could just eschew that part of his job description and his wanton spending of our tax dollars and we would pick up his slack.

He seems like the kinda guy that would pick the restaurant, order the most expensive wine and appetizers for the entire table, order an entre that is meant for two, and disappear in the john when the bill comes. I'm tired of having to pay his part of the tab for killing and none of my tax dollars going to helping.

DivaJood said...

Glenda, when Katrina hit last year, I donated to the Red Cross, and also Habitat - so when Alicia did this, it seemed so easy to join the team - and we all have readers who don't read everybody - it just grows.

Karena, I think you are absolutely right - he'd definately be a "dine and dash" kind of guy. The tab he's left us with (Katrina, the war) is outrageous.

Yoga Korunta said...

Happy to help, Diva Jood. Besides, Blue Gal said so!

Lola Heatherton said...

Oh, was that the thing where all that wind blew around, and made people go visit Texas?

Sigrid Jardin said...

I love your self description - "walk a fine line between being reserved and a bit of a tornado". Based on the posts you've been putting up lately the tornado warnings should be blasting! You go, Diva, give 'em hell! I couldn't agree with you more on all your commentaries.

Sue Woo said...

Y'sll!
Go to my othr blog!
http:// susiegoesonatrip.blogspot.com

What I did. Brings tears to my eyes daily.

DivaJood said...

Yoga, Glenda, Karena, and Sigrid, my link wasn't working right before, so you can all try again, please!

Lola, yes, that would be the thing.

And, Sigrid, thank you, I have been a bit pissed off lately.

Sue Woo, what you did is nothing short of heroic. I wish I had the qualifications to have done something more concrete - but helping to fund Habitat to rebuild is something.

betmo said...

now diva- in all fairness- the government has put many of the good katrina folks in fema camps and denied them their first amendment rights- and who knows what else. what more could they possible need?

enigma4ever said...

Thanks so much for inviting me over- this is a great blog and I love that you are doing this to help...what a good thing...and I know that people have forgotten...Humanity is still out there...thank heavens...good for you...

DivaJood said...

Betmo, that's right - thanks for clearing that up for me! Whew. And I thought the government was going soft or something.

Enigma, I sent an email today to some friends and in about ten minutes raised $120. Not bad, you know? I love your blog, I've put you on my list.

pekka said...

I almost hate to ask but being a non resident of the U.S., I have no idea if the reconstruction is planned to be done at the exact location? What I have heard is that the dykes are totally inadquet preventing the next similar catastrophe and makes me to conclude that the worst effected areas maybe should not be build for human habitation again?

DivaJood said...

pekka, that's an interesting question. The flooding has left the land spongy and soft. The levees are inadequate. But it's New Orleans, and there is something about New Orleans. The people will rebuild, and there will be future hurricanes, and future flooding. What has been unbearable is our government's complete mishandling of the disaster at home, and the insane focus on Iraq.

Frederick said...

I heard Spike Lee is coming out with a powerful documentary about the whole thing...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9687336/

DivaJood said...

Hi Fred - yes, Karena said it's going to be on HBO starting this weekend, I think. But the Hooterville for Habitat team has raise $370 so far.

robin andrea said...

The way the news covers New Orleans you'd think everything is just fine there-- meaning, they don't cover it at all. Of course, like clockwork all the fresh-faced journalists will show up for the anniversary, do their best emmy-award winning stand-ups in front of the disaster, and then disappear. I do hope that revisiting New Orleans on this approaching anniversary will at the very least provide one more reason to heap scorn and contempt on our President. Another on-going tragedy to lay at his feet.

karena said...

Glenda,
We live in Austin and worked with an extended family to provide furnishings for a donated duplex. Is this the same family? I've lost touch with them. Anyway, I hopped over to your site and left you my email so we could write. A sister blogger!!!

Donnie McDaniel said...

If you want to find out more about New Orleans and Louisiana in general, you can find links to other La. bloggers on my sight. We have the Rising Tide Conference starting this Friday.

Rory Shock said...

my first visit to jouryneys and i see that you are spreading good spirit and good works ... hat off to you ...

DivaJood said...

Robin Andrea, of course the Main Stream Media doesn't cover it any longer - there's nothing "sexy" about rebuilding. And besides, we've got to worry about the breast milk bombers.

Karena, Glenda, are you neighbors? Wow.

Donnie McDaniel, thanks for the heads up!

Rory, I might find a good fart joke to put up!

Alicia said...

Wow, DJ! Great going! So far, you are in the lead. Just checked the page, and we're almost there! Thank you so much!

DivaJood said...

Alicia, my friends are coming through - I sent emails out, and one gal back in Chicago just knocked my socks off. The emails help a lot.