Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
insomnia

What can you do to keep the spotlight on New Orleans?

One New Orleanean, soupystew, suggested the following, which I am reposting in full:

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**Visit www.katrinaaction.org to find information, connect with local organizations and learn about actions that affect housing, health, jobs, and other related issues.

**Organize friends, family, and colleagues to watch Spike Lee's HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. It will be shown on HBO cable starting on August 29th. (Or rent it at Netflix.) Afterwards, talk about ways you can take practical actions. Visit www.katrinaaction.org for discussion questions.

**Help ensure that news media tell the real story of Katrina and its aftermath and continue to offer balanced reporting on the issue. Call your local news and radio talk shows, and write letters to the editor. (For pointers, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting has an online kit with contact information for media outlets and sample letters.) 

**Got five minutes a week? Join the Katrina Information Network. KIN members commit to five minutes a week to send emails to their network and to policymakers to keep these issues on the public agenda.

On the creative front, the most innovative project I've seen coming out of the catastrophe is the New Orleans Kid Camera Project. Created to address the psychological and emotional impact of Hurricane Katrina on children returning home to New Orleans, the project fosters photography, creative writing and mixed media as means for children to explore their environment and express themselves, their stories and feelings. Check out the latest gallery of the kids' work here and then click here to support future efforts.

There are innumerable Katrina memorial events over the next few days--in the Gulf region and nationwide. The Human Rights Network has a good list as does United for Peace. The Sun Herald is the place to look for anniversary events in South Mississippi and check WAFB TV's site for a close-to-comprehensive list for New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Finally, if you want to donate money to help the tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors still homeless and in great need, see the American Institute of Philanthropy's guide to find the best ways to help the victims, and check out the Network for Good's suggestions on Katrina giving. Habitat for Humanity is also a good recipient. It's been on the ground for virtually the last twelve months helping to rebuild the homes of those way down on the government's priority lists. Giving to Habitat will get your money to the right place.

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Good ideas, and some great links. 

Another thing all of you can do is to share this kind of information with others on your journals, not just now, but in the weeks and months to come.  

UPDATE: 
I was also sent these links from everyinchofme , who wanted to tell her hurricane story and share a few links: 

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A Year Ago...

Aug 28th--No Clue
Aug 28th--No Where to Go But Up
Aug 28th--Lights Out
Aug 29th--And then There was Silence
Aug 29th--From Parchment and Paper
Sept 1st--We Don't Die...

"Life" after...

Sept 17th--My Work Day
Sept 17th--Policies and Procedures

Now...

Six Things to *Not* say to a Katrina Survivor

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