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International Aid. Re: Katrina by George on 6 September 2005 3:20am
Just a small point here, FEMA does not operate on donations. It is a federal agency funded through Congress. Donations to the Red Cross or, someone similar, would be more appropriate.

Stranded in Phoenix? Jeez, how did that happen?

Trixi, I understand everything you are saying about poverty. There are people all around us who live in a completely different "world". I teach in a school where many of the kids have never been to the movies or a restaurant of any kind, and they're almost 15 years old. The families here are unbelievablity isolated. The time for debating "why" is not now.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by MissTrixiB on 6 September 2005 4:33am
I just want to clarify here..... I did not want anyone here to think that I felt they lacked compassion. I'm just trying to say that that was one of our strenghts and that we could use that strenght to help others.
LA riots were NOTHING in comparison to this (I hope I didn't come off as trying to trivialize anything that is happening now with any comparison). We had the National Guard in LA within 48 hrs, which really irks me when I think of how long it took to get them into N.O. These guys came into LA in full gear and walked the street as such with weapons at the ready. They restored peace almost immediately and should be commended for everything they do. But I get a bit bugged when I hear the powers that be say "we feared for their safety" as an excuse for how long it took to get the Guard into N.O. Ack! Politics!!!!

I also want to be clear that a lot of my disgust is what I've been hearing outside this forum. I believe that I failed to read all details here before I 'went off', and did not mean to 'attack' anyone here either, really. Please forgive me.

What I do for a living is not important. Middle class average job that pays the bill. I don't do anything that 'makes a difference' and am just extremely grateful rightt now for what I have. I don't do anything very noble for a living, I just work.

I thought FEMA was taking donations as well, so I stand corrected there too.

I've been to the deep South on many occasions, but currently have friends on the Gulf Coast that are stressed but O.K. N.O has always been on of my favorite cities, so I guess that's another reason why I find this so heartbreaking. The people that live(d) there are amazing!

As for the person stranded in Pheonix, I actually spoke with a women on Friday who's brother ended up in New York....got there with less than $100 in his pocket and the clothes on his back. He was in a city where he knew not a single soul and had strangers come to his aid every step of the way so that he could reach his family.

Like many other places in the States, we have 3000 refugees arriving in our city this week. They are being put in an military facility for as long as they need to until they can find more permanent homes. There are many people donating needed supplies, but more will be needed for months to come. Some of what they are asking for now are winter clothes (mine is a northern city that can have rather brutal winters). Just trying to spread the word.
Sorry again if I insulted anyone here.....
International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 6 September 2005 7:13am
A old friend of mine contacted me today. She is now working for the Red Cross. It is getting late, but I will pass on details tomorrow.
Getting Involved. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 6 September 2005 7:20am
OK I lied. Here it is. My friends name is Pat.

And I'm okay...

Thanks Mike - I'm glad we're back in touch. I found
the Palin chat about Katrina and just read the latest
post to see what it's like. What I would like to do
offer concerned persons ways to get involved in their
local communities. In the post I saw something about
someone getting stranded in Phoenix.

If you are still living Tucson, you probably have
heard all about Phoenix being an evacuee destination
has details about how Phoenicians can help. (Although
I'm sure the poster isn't in Phoenix, he was just
chatting about it.)

I'd like to get messages out like that, for example,
to help people plug in locally, wherever they are. I
can find helpful information like that quickly, but I
don't have the time to read posts and respond to each
relevant post.

Hope that clarifies my initial email. If you'd like to
be my "PalinChatMaster" (i.e. let me know about
chatters wanting to volunteer in their local
community, but doesn't know how/where to begin; I
research opportunities; I email you the information;
you post it). Perhaps the postings are more focused
towards conversation and not wanting to help in some
concrete way. That's fine - let me know if you think
the PalinChat is a place to post information and help
people get involved, or it's not appropriate. We may
not know until we try.

If you have been thinking about wanting to get
involved with the evacuees in AZ, but don't know how
to plug in, that's something we can talk about live.
It's up to you.

Read on for an example of something I'm doing...
Here's what I've arranged since emailing you:
I've spoken on the telephone this evening with a woman
who will handle Ryze communications. She's in NYC and
has a her own list of individuals from across the
country who want to do something, but don't know how
or what. She takes the time to determine their skills
and work out on action plan. I offered myself as a
resource, because of my access to information about
evacuee needs. Our plan, as of now, is to start having
a telephone appointment once a week starting next week
so she can use me as an information resource. She will
also post info on her Ryze network.

Y'all can take it from here.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by MissTrixiB on 6 September 2005 7:43am
That's brilliant, thank you. I'm sure many here would appreciate whatever information your friend has to offer.
Thank you, and thank her for her hard work and kind soul.

Time and U.S. News. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 7 September 2005 7:20am
They came today. Not pretty reading. I am adding more to my blog. (In my copius spare time).

Red Cross Info. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 7 September 2005 7:22am
Thanks Trix for the kind words. I passed it on to Pat. She may just have me disseminate stuff here.
Red Cross Info. Added to. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 7 September 2005 7:25am
My better half is a writer. Her latest book is an epub and she is donating half the royalties to the Red Cross. So I am passing the following on in that spirit.
You can do with this as you like.

I know some of you will get this note more than once and I do apologize for that.
My latest book EZ Lovin' is now available for download at:

EZ is the prequel to last years Eppie Finalist Pandora's Justice!
50% of all royalties received from EZ Lovin' will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricaine Relief fund.
In conjunction with the publication of EZ Lovin I have finally
built a website. Check it out

For the month of September-through October 9th, anyone who signs her guest book automatically gets entered to win a goodie basket of things specifically designed for readers.--
Elaine Charton
EZ Loviní-Sept.05 Pretense has a way of sneaking up on you and turning into reality

International Aid. Re: Katrina by perfectbitch on 7 September 2005 1:15pm
canaveralgumby. My email details are on vitals. Please could you mail me so that I can send something that I've written for you. Linz. xxx
General Honore for President. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 12 September 2005 12:38am
There was an article in todays Arizona Star about Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, the man who is spearheading the campaign to secure New Orleans. As we in the United States are so sorely lacking in leadership at the moment, I am sending a letter to the Star (if they print it), he ought to run for President in 2008. A tough talking SOB who gets the job done...
I know our tradition of not liking military heroes as President. Something tells me we can use all the help we can get.

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