I got an email today from a LiveJournaler in New Orleans that prompted me to make an important decision as to how I plan on using my journal for the foreseeable future.
I want to ask those of you in New Orleans, please, give me your stories to share with others. Your firsthand perspective. Your frustrations. Your thoughts on what is important and helpful to you, and what is not. Your news of grassroots efforts to rebuild New Orleans, its citizen's lives, and its communities.
In a very real sense, I am encouraging New Orleanians to be co-contributors to this site, and to use whatever visibility I might have in order to ideally draw more attention to your issues. I reserve my right as editor, but I will do my best to make sure your stories get heard.
Most importantly, I'm not asking for you to contribute news and stories on some sort of arbitrary anniversary that will be forgotten until next year, but rather, I welcome contributions from the people of New Orleans for as long as you think it might help make a difference in rebuilding your lives, your communities, and your city, and for as long as there's a problem or a solution we can draw people's attention to. We need this as long as there's something all of us out here can do to help. We need this until New Orleans is whole again.
To contribute articles, news, information, and personal stories that you have written from New Orleans to my journal, just send me an email or leave me a comment in any of my posts, indicating your desire that I share what you're submitting with others. I, in turn, will do the best that I can to use whatever limited notoriety I might have to draw attention to it, not just today, not just tomorrow, but until New Orleans is whole again. I encourage others to do the same, or to simply copy anything I post from people in New Orleans to your journal. You have my permission to do so, with absolutely no attribution required.
So, New Orleans, what's your story? How are things going, what would you like to tell us, and how can we help you today?