24 blackbirds (bakedinapie) wrote,
24 blackbirds
bakedinapie

progressive hurricane relief

in case you haven't heard of this already, thought folks might be interested...

> Please consider giving to the "PEOPLE'S HURRICANE FUND."
> This fund will be directed and administered by New
> Orleanian evacuees themselves. It is being organized by
> established progressive community groups that will respect the
> people affected by the disaster. They will address immediate
> survival needs while also helping the community to build strength
> for the longer term struggles for social justice that are ahead.
>
> The fund has been established by Community Labor United
> (CLU), a coalition of the progressive organizations
> throughout New Orleans. CLU has been working in the
> community for the past eight years. This group will ensure
> that donations are used effectively, and that people
> impacted by the disaster play a strong role in rebuilding
> their lives and their communities.
>
> For more information: www.qecr.org
>
> Tax-Exempt donations can be made out to:
>
> The People's Hurricane Fund
> c/o Vanguard Public Foundation
> 383 Rhode Island St, Ste 301
> San Francisco CA 94103

also, here is a list from jobs with justice of progressive groups organizing 'to ensure that the voices of the Gulf Coast's working people are heard':
* *

GROUPS ORGANIZING TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES:

- ACORN: This national network of community organizations was
headquartered in New Orleans, and the hurricaine displaced both
their offices and thousands of their members. They need funds to
open a temporary headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA and to locate
and unite their members to face the challenges at hand,
including arranging for mortgage forbearance, temporary housing,
and demanding that the evacuees get the help that they need.
Donate to the ACORN Hurricane Recovery Fund:
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/v1aHw3E1Eqbk/ACORN

- Community Labor United: A New Orleans coalition of labor and
progressive community organizations, has put out a call to
activists and organizations across the country to work on a
"people's campaign" of community redevelopment. Organizing
efforts will take place across hundreds of temporary shelters.
Donate to the CLU's People's Hurricane Fund:
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/vpaHw3E1Eqbl/CLU2

- Union Community Fund: The Union Community Fund and the AFL-CIO
are working with the labor federations in affected states and
with relief organizations to target donations where working
families need them most. They are setting up Worker Centers in
Houston, TX, Pearl, MS, and Mobile, AL, making computers and
phones available to help working people get information and post
messages letting family and friends know they are safe. Unions
are sending off caravans loaded with relief supplies and getting
crucial information to emergency responders about what they must
do to stay safe while delivering aid. Donate to the Katrina
Relief Fund: http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/5daHw3E1Eqbp/UCF2

- Many unions have set up relief funds for their members. Check
out your union's web site to see if they have set up a Katrina
fund, or check out the AFL-CIO's website at
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/vdaHw3E1Eqb9/AFL-CIO to see what
several unions are doing to help. The AFL-CIO also is recruiting
1,000 volunteers to work at relief centers. If you are able to
endure difficult conditions and are willing to volunteer, please
e-mail hurricanevolunteers@aflcio.org.

* *

see also this from the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, who are working on 'a targeted “Hurricane Katrina LGBT Relief Fund,” to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the critical support they need to regain stability in their lives.'

and here is jwj's appeal for an email action to the federal government:
* *

Most of us cannot imagine the devastation that Hurricane Katrina
has brought to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The
hurricane left behind massive, unprecedented, and enduring
needs. The immediate needs for rescue, safe drinking water,
shelter and food are staggering. The longer-term needs - help
for working families whose homes and jobs were washed away, for
the injured and for survivors - are hard to imagine.

Take action now at: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/katrinajustice/ikseub4h763btk?>


The government's actions and inaction to protect the working
people of the Gulf coast is a disgrace. In New Orleans, where
one third of the population lives below the poverty line, 70% is
African-American, 40% are illiterate, and less than half own
cars, the lack of preparation for a disaster that has been
predicted for years is unfathomable. In rural areas across the
Gulf Coast where many of the farmworkers speak only Spanish,
word of the hurricaine came too late for many to evacuate and
now that the storm is over, no Spanish-language materials are
available to help them find the food, water, and shelter they
need.

Today, in a move that will further hurt the working families
affected by the hurricane, President Bush issued an executive
order that will allow employers using federal disaster
assistance money to pay poverty wages to workers in the areas
affected by Hurricane Katrina. The executive order suspends the
requirements of the Davis-Bacon law, a federal law which
requires that federal contractors to pay workers wages that are
at least equal to the prevailing wages in the area where the
work is conducted, such as highway construction and other
federally-funded construction projects.

The working people of the Gulf Coast will not go quietly into
the night, scattering across the country to become homeless in
countless other cities while federal relief funds are funneled
into rebuilding casinos, hotels, and only the wealthy sections
of their cities. Those of us fortunate enough to live outside of
the hurricaine's path must do what we can to help. We are asking
you to do two things to help the working people hurt most by the
hurricaine:

1) Send a message to Congress and the President demanding that
the federal government act now to fully fund the health care,
housing, nutrition, employment and education needs of the
victims of Hurricane Katrina. Demand a bipartisan investigation
into the failure of the government's response to this disaster.
Demand that President Bush rescind his executive order that will
further hurt the people devastated by Katrina's path.


2) Please give generously to support the organizations who are
on the ground fighting to ensure that the voices of the Gulf
Coast's working people are heard.

* *


this paragraph was news to me:
"Today, in a move that will further hurt the working families
affected by the hurricane, President Bush issued an executive
order that will allow employers using federal disaster
assistance money to pay poverty wages to workers in the areas
affected by Hurricane Katrina. The executive order suspends the
requirements of the Davis-Bacon law, a federal law which
requires that federal contractors to pay workers wages that are
at least equal to the prevailing wages in the area where the
work is conducted, such as highway construction and other
federally-funded construction projects."

x-posted to anarcho-folk
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