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p.j. sent me this graphic that shows a number of things that happen in 1 minute. She found it at a website that gives insurance quotes, oddly enough, but in general the sources don't appear to me to be ones that would be prone to industry-friendly bias:
NOTE: Readers are making some really interesting points about the representations here in the comments, so check 'em out.
To learn more about SCESA visit our website at www.sisterslead.org
The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual is saddened by the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti, in particular the women and children. We know that during times of natural disaster the safety of women and children are often jeopardized.
We have been in contact with our Sister organizations that work specifically on behalf of women and children in Haiti and know that they desperately need your assistance. We have also received calls from individuals that want to help in some way.
Below is a list of options to provide assistance. Please note that although there will be many calls to donate to large well-known organizations that offer aide in times of crisis; SCESA believes that it is especially important to support organizations that work specifically in their community. Further, the most effective use of money might be in organizations with a more focused mission and smaller overhead.
Therefore, in the spirit of helping to ensure the safety of women and children in Haiti, whether you give time, money, food, clothing or other resources, we ask you to donate to Haitian Women's organizations.
Here are a few Haitian organizations from the community that are doing great work directly with Haiti:
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women are organizing an immediate delivery of first aid relief. MUDHA is traveling to the Dominican/Haitian border, looking at how to reach affected areas.
To make a financial tax-deductible donation to Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women, so that they may take supplies to Haiti, please mail donations to:
418 West 145th Street
New York NY 10031
You can find out more at www.pastorsforpeace.org or by calling IFCO at 212.926.5757.
2. Dwa Fanm
Dwa Fanm means "Women's Rights" in Haitian Creole. Dwa Fanm is committed to empowering every woman and girl with the freedom to define and control their own lives. Through advocacy and grassroots programs, Dwa Fanm works to end all forms of violence, discrimination and injustice in the U.S. and in Haiti.
PLEASE VISIT www.dwafanm.org for more on what you can do.
The Haiti Relief Task Force composed of over 15 local and national organizations has been revived to bring desperate relief to millions of our brothers and sisters who are suffering at this time. Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc./Haitian Women of Miami said: "It is heartwrenching to see so many men, women, and little babies lying on the streets with broken limbs, screaming and yet, no help is coming. These are God's children, they need our support now. It is a matter of life or death!"
Open your hearts. Sign to volunteer. Send a donation today to:
Haiti Relief Fund
c/o Eustache Fleurant
Bank of America
9499 N.E. 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33138.
On line donation can be made to FANM, Inc.: www.fanm.org for information please call Fania Innocent at (305)756-8050. Checks made to "Haiti Relief Fund" can also be sent to FANM, Inc. at 181 N.E. 82 Street, Miami, Florida 33138.
Its goal is to help strengthen civil society as a necessary foundation of democracy and development. The fund channels financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Lambi fund of Haiti is not a first responder, but a second responder. Lambi Fund will be there to help Haiti rebuild long after the relief service providers leave.
To donate to Lambi Fund of Haiti go to http://www.lambifund.org or contact:
Lambi Fund of Haiti
PO Box 18955
Washington DC 20036
***For more organizations and listing of how you can help, please visit http://www.akilaworksongs.com/helphaiti
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)
PO Box 625
Canton, CT 06019
Once upon a time visionary lovebirds Alexis and Julia were apart for 12 whole days :(, counting the seconds until they could be in the same place and envision revolutionary brilliance together again... Alexis decided to make the countdown liveable and poetic by writing daily love poems to Julia. This year for valentine's day Lex has decided to publish her infinite love in the form of tiny handmade booklets which can be yours for a sweet donation of 14 delicious dollars or more between now and valentines day!
1) Click DONATE.
2) Enter an Amount. And note "12 Days" with the coverstyle that you prefer
3) Click Continue.
(or login to your paypal account).
4) Follow instructions to finish your transaction. You're Done!
Top 12 reasons that you REALLY want to get a copy of 12 days before they're all gone:
12. For the sweet gift basket you are assembling for your sweetie(s).
11.Because you love poetry.
10. Because you are going to create your own long-distance love countdown and you want a model.
9. Because they are just so beautiful!
8. Because you are going to cross out Lex and Julia's names and pretend you wrote this for your honey-to-be for a valentine's day guarantee.
7. Because you support queer black love period.
6. Because you know that the MobileHomeComing is all about you and the world you want to live in.
5. Because you are a romantic, and this will distract you from the sappy Hallmark channel Valentine's Day specials.
4. Because you are a fellow do it yourself revolutionary!
3. Because you believe that our ancestors return to us in the form of love.
2. Because you are nosy to see what kind of sweet nothings and everythings Lex be telling Julia to keep that smile so big and bright.
1. Because you are the BEST!
Local Decatur merchants and restaurants will raise for money for the earthquake victims in Haiti on Monday, Feb. 1. The following businesses have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to the American Red Cross. Participating businesses include:
For an updated listed, check The Decatur Minute blog.
BGLHer Tiffany alerted me to this story. The pictures are too graphic to post on this blog, but if you click the link to the original story you will see them. It has been discovered that the young man, Jordan Miles, was totally innocent and wasn't carrying any weapons or guns. Unfortunately he's had to shave his head because officers tore a handful of locks out.
Excerpt of article by Pittsburgh Tribune Review…
"The mother of a high school senior who performed for first lady Michelle Obama while she was in Pittsburgh in September says her son did not deserve to be "brutally attacked" by police officers outside his home earlier this month.
"Jordan is an excellent kid. He's very quiet and takes school seriously," said his mother, Terez Miles, 38. "He knows nothing about drugs, drug dealing or anything like that. He didn't deserve this."
Jordan Miles, 18, a senior at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, Downtown, alleges that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during an arrest outside his house on Tioga Street in Homewood about 11 p.m. on Jan. 12. …
Miles suffered a swollen face, hair ripped from his scalp and a twig jabbed through his gum during the incident, his mother said. Miles has not returned to CAPA, where he is an honors student and plays the viola, his mother said.
Miles played his instrument for the first lady and the spouses of the delegates of the Group of 20 economic summit when they visited CAPA."
Click HERE for the full story.
So do you think the locks contributed to the racial profiling?
Hundreds of thousands of people are living and sleeping on the ground in Port au Prince. Many have no homes, their homes destroyed by the earthquake. I am sleeping on the ground as well – surrounded by nurses, doctors and humanitarian workers who sleep on the ground every night. The buildings that are not on the ground have big cracks in them and fallen sections so no one should be sleeping inside.
There are sheet cities everywhere. Not tent cities. Sheet cities.
Old people and babies and everyone else under sheets held up by ropes hooked onto branches pounded into the ground.
With the rainy season approaching, one of the emergency needs of Haitians is to get tents. I have seen hundreds of little red topped Coleman pup tents among the sheet shelters. There are tents in every space, from soccer fields and parks to actually in the streets. There is a field with dozens of majestic beige tents from Qatar marked Islamic Relief. But real tents are outnumbered by sheet shelters by a ratio of 100 to 1.
Rescues continue but the real emergency remains food, water, health care and shelter for millions.
Though helicopters thunder through the skies, actual relief of food and water and shelter remains mimimal to non-existent in most neighborhoods.
Haitians are helping Haitians. Young men have organized into teams to guard communities of homeless families. Women care for their own children as well as others now orphaned. Tens of thousands are missing and presumed dead.
The scenes of destruction boggle the mind. The scenes of homeless families, overwhelmingly little children, crush the heart.
But hope remains. Haitians say and pray that God must have a plan. Maybe Haiti will be rebuilt in a way that allows all Haitians to participate and have a chance at a dignified life with a home, a school, and a job.
One young Haitian man said, "One good sign is the solidarity of the world. Muslim doctors, Jewish doctors, Christian doctors all come to help us. We see children in Gaza collecting toys for Haitian children. It looks very bad right now, but this is a big opportunity for the world and Haiti to change and do good together."