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Thursday, October 6th, 2005
4:29 pm
[mrscake]
ShelterFinder Needs Volunteers
Apologies in advance for the crossposting...

Shelterfinder.org needs active contributors to take on a variety of tasks.

1. Data gathering - Shelter data needs updating, verification to keep the shelter data current. Data gatherers use search engines and other links to compile/update the data, but novel ideas on how to improve our data gathering would be great

2. Shelter Coordinators - We need people who can serve as liasons with shelters and relief organizations to establish direct communication so that we can share data and work cooperatively.

3. We need help with public relations and outreach to improve our visibility and communication

4. We need more technical people, especially php/msql coders to help Anand, who has supported and maintained most of the code to date,

5. There are a variety of other possibilities and untapped development options for those interested in contributing

Please look around the site and join one or both mailing lists indicated in the Shelterfinder Wiki Pages, http://www.katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/ShelterFinder . Drop a line to introduce yourself, get a login to edit the dbase if thats one of the tasks you are planning to contribute to, and share your ideas/feedback about the project

Looking forward to your contribution!
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
8:51 pm
[star_envy]
Please check out my community katrinahelpinfo for information on how you can help victims of Hurricane Katrina!
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
4:53 am
[twilighter]

I'm looking for an old online friend of mine.  I fell out of touch with him for a couple of years, always meant to give him a call and now have no idea if he's ok.  I don't even know if he stayed in the New Orleans area since I spoke to him last.  Here's text from a post on my LJ, describing him a bit...

So, do any of my TMBG friends remember a chatter named Pwankle? Artsy guy? Cute in a Lyle Lovett meets Parker Stevenson way? One of his websites was www.geocities.com/royalamericangarbage (now defunct). Resident of New Orleans circa 2003?

It's been that long since I spoke to him, so I don't even know if he stayed in New Orleans all this time. I always meant to give him a yell again, but have never gotten around to it and now the crescent city is all f****d. So, I'm concerned. As far as I know, his real life name is Theo (for Theodore) Hildebrandt. His folks, if I recall correctly, were in Pennsylvania.

Anyone been in contact with him before or after Katrina? Anyone know anyone who might have been? Any info would be appreciated. It's not like we were best buds, but he was one of a few people who were there for me during a *Bad Time.* Thanks for reading. 

Some more about this nice guy:  While racking my brain, I remembered he was attending ITT Technical Institute (in St. Rose I guess) when I last spoke to him.  His parents in Pennsylvania were Mennonites.  I don't know their names.  He worked in a junk shop back then.  I remember he had fixed up a miniature piano, and someone else had bought it, much to his chagrin.  He and this group of other artists had done shadow puppet shows behind performing rock bands at some club.  I think he would be 28 or 29 today.  He and his housemates had a cat named Gary.  

Sorry if I sound like a crazy lady on a frivolous pursuit after all this time.  If anyone was involved in the art scene there or went to ITT or knows anything or can ask around, I hope you will. 

Thank You.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
4:26 pm
[majortroll99]
I wonder if all the 10,000 ppl who died at new orleans or going to heaven or hell? I bet a lot of them are going to hell coz Jesus said the path to heaven is narrow while most will end up in the burning pitfires of hell. What an irony! to drown in a fucking cold hurricane and then thrown into the fires of hell..

So are u a christian? Do u share my same beliefs?
Monday, September 5th, 2005
12:25 am
[confused_korny]
I don't know if this will help....
I have nationwide long distance on my cell phone and quite a bit of rollover minutes. Those people that need to contact loved ones and let them know that you are ok and don't have access to a phone (for instance those listed in the shelter's in the previous post) leave me a comment. I'll do my best to contact your loved one and tell them that you are ok.
Please leave:
1. Your name
2. the name of the person I am contacting
3. the message you wish to give them
4. your location

I'll do all that I can. My thoughts are with everyone.
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
7:02 pm
[musictherapy]
spread it
From benson3

the following people are located in Beaumont TX at a shelter off of interstate 10 called Ford Park. There are lots more people, but that is what I have for now, I am a volunteer.

Evetta Lovet Speights
Eyango Copelin
Derrick Clark
Kathleen Vergara
Cynthia Brown
Thelma Nettles
Gwendolyn Wilson
Loretta Johnson
Aaron Holmes
Denis Williams
Olajawon Williams
Judy Baptiste
Shannae Guilmore
"Tina" Aja Smallwood Clark
Exavier Williams
Georgiana Duplessis
David Ramey
Christina Porter
Schdawn Copelin
Keith Coupel
Wendy Coupel
Acquanetta Spears
Willie Coleman
Mercedes Talley Coleman
Jane Walker
Eddie D. Williams
Mary Gilbert
Wayne Williams
Debra Gilmore
Tresia Gilmore
Orinetta Cheatteau
Kimberly Miller
Audrey Collins
2:13 pm
[italianchick589]
Hi I'm new here. I am joining as many of these communtities as possible to educate myself and help out.
I also want to spread the word about what some people around LJ, including myself, are doing.
Please check this out.

x-posted everywhere.

I have decided to give $1 to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund for each comment I recieve here.
This began here, and I thought it was an amazing idea.
I can only donate so much, so once I can't donate anymore I will close this post. I haven't really thought up a total yet.
If you want, please do this in your own livejournal. Help the people in need please. Also, you can join some of the following communities to help out as well.

cat5_katrina
hpkatrinarelief
hurricankatrina
katrina_info
katrina_relief
katrina_relief1
katrinahelp
katrinahelpinfo
katrinarelief
save_nola

So please comment, tell your friends, spread the word. Also comment on these other donation posts..
yourshrubbery
squirrelgirl22
errantpenny
celesalk
1:33 am
[princybelle]
Community for Hurricane Katrina Relief (Helping Victims!)
Guys I am glad I came to this community. It touches me to see so many communities out there dedicating their all to this terrible disaster. I pray for everyone, especially those in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

A new community has also been set up, a little different from this one, this site is the help RAISE money to many MANY charities offering help in the awakening of Katrina. (If advertising sites is not allowed, I apologize in advance)

As I said the community is new, but this is the link and below is the description and what you'll find in the userinfo page. Please join, and PASS the WORD to ANYONE and EVERYONE who wants to help those that nees us most right now. I appreciate it so much and I hope we can make a huge difference to those affected.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/katrina_relief1/

This community was created for fans who want to contribute to a good cause, and fans who just want that story/vid/icon they've always dreamed of. The idea was taken from many other friends and communities I belong to, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our country needs all the donations they can possibly get. Listed below are some places to donate too, if you have some you'd like added please let me know via e-mail.

The procedure is simple: Fan #1 posts a challenge, such as "Please write me Heathers fic." Fan #2 replies with, "I'll write you a fic if you give X amount of money to X organisation." Fan #1 agrees. Obviously, you can do it the other way around too and offer to write/make videos, graphics etc. even if no challenge has been posted yet, your work can be posted for display and people may take/buy them if they chose to do so.

Remember that both parties are equally important! An offer or request without takers is a sad thing. Read through the posts and see if you can find anything to your liking!

I will not interfere with the amount of money you decide on, but it is absolutely prohibited to send money to individuals. All money must go to the charity organisations. If you have created a material item that cannot be shared online, you may request enough money to pay for the postal charges, but no more. Anyone caught trying to benefit financially from this community will be banned.

Please keep a civil tone in your posts and respect other people's fannish and political preferences. (No, we haven't had any trouble with flaming yet, but better safe than sorry.)

If you want to make a non-fannish request, such as "draw me a unicorn", you are of course welcome to do so.

Fic and art posted in this community may be shared with others only if the creator and the person they were made for both agree to this. If you're unsure, always ask.

If you see any unsuitable behaviour in this community, contact me at spoiledprincess7@sbcglobal.net and I'll deal with it. If you have any suggestions on ways the community could be improved, please do the same.


Again, the link is

http://www.livejournal.com/community/katrina_relief1/

Please make a difference and help.

Thank you & God Bless,
Renee
12:00 am
[necroarwen]
Alive
Alive:

Erin E. Anderson - necroarwen
Matthew D. Crossland
Shaylin Fauconne De Calogone
Clair Fauconne De Calogone
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
7:28 pm
[sydneyalexis]
Techies--New Orleans needs you.
If you are a tech in networking/wireless communications by trade, New Orleans desperately needs your help to set up a comm. grid to coordinate law enforcement officials, missing persons, and aid workers.

More info here

Please pass it on to anyone you can think of that can help.
6:36 pm
[hardheadhabit]
read. weep. then DO SOMETHING. this needs to be heavily forwarded
sorry. i don't believe in cut-tags for this one...
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Notes From Inside New Orleans by Jordan Flaherty Friday, September 2, 2005
I just left New Orleans a couple hours ago. I traveled from the apartment I was staying in by boat to a helicopter to a refugee camp. If anyone wants to examine the attitude of federal and state officials towards the victims of hurricane Katrina, I advise you to visit one of the refugee camps.
In the refugee camp I just left, on the I-10 freeway near Causeway, thousands of people (at least 90% black and poor) stood and squatted in mud and trash behind metal barricades, under an unforgiving sun, with heavily armed soldiers standing guard over them. When a bus would come through, it would stop at a random spot, state police would open a gap in one of the barricades, and people would rush for the bus, with no information given about where the bus was going.
Once inside (we were told) evacuees would be told where the bus was taking them - Baton Rouge, Houston, Arkansas, Dallas, or other locations. I was told that if you boarded a bus bound for Arkansas (for example), even people with family and a place to stay in Baton Rouge would not be allowed to get out of the bus as it passed through Baton Rouge. You had no choice but to go to the shelter in Arkansas. If you had people willing to come to New Orleans to pick you up, they could not come within 17 miles of the camp.
I traveled throughout the camp and spoke to Red Cross workers, Salvation Army workers, National Guard, and state police, and although they were friendly, no one could give me any details on when buses would arrive, how many, where they would go to, or any other information. I spoke to the several teams of journalists nearby, and asked if any of them had been able to get any information from any federal or state officials on any of these questions, and all of them, from Australian tv to local Fox affiliates complained of an unorganized, non-communicative, mess. One cameraman told me “as someone who’s been here in this camp for two days, the only information I can give you is this: get out by nightfall. You don’t want to be here at night.”
There was also no visible attempt by any of those running the camp to set up any sort of transparent and consistent system, for instance a line to get on buses, a way to register contact information or find family members, special needs services for children and infirm, phone services, treatment for possible disease exposure, nor even a single trash can.
To understand the dimensions of this tragedy, its important to look at New Orleans itself.
For those who have not lived in New Orleans, you have missed a incredible, glorious, vital, city. A place with a culture and energy unlike anywhere else in the world. A 70% African-American city where resistance to white supremacy has supported a generous, subversive and unique culture of vivid beauty. From jazz, blues and hiphop, to secondlines, Mardi Gras Indians, Parades, Beads, Jazz Funerals, and red beans and rice on Monday nights, New Orleans is a place of art and music and dance and sexuality and liberation unlike anywhere else in the world.
It is a city of kindness and hospitality, where walking down the block can take two hours because you stop and talk to someone on every porch, and where a community pulls together when someone is in need. It is a city of extended families and social networks filling the gaps left by city, state and federal governments that have abdicated their responsibility for the public welfare. It is a city where someone you walk past on the street not only asks how you are, they wait for an answer.
It is also a city of exploitation and segregation and fear. The city of New Orleans has a population of just over 500,000 and was expecting 300 murders this year, most of them centered on just a few, overwhelmingly black, neighborhoods. Police have been quoted as saying that they don’t need to search out the perpetrators, because usually a few days after a shooting, the attacker is shot in revenge.
There is an atmosphere of intense hostility and distrust between much of Black New Orleans and the N.O. Police Department. In recent months, officers have been accused of everything from drug running to corruption to theft. In separate incidents, two New Orleans police officers were recently charged with rape (while in uniform), and there have been several high profile police killings of
unarmed youth, including the murder of Jenard Thomas, which has inspired ongoing weekly protests for several months.
The city has a 40% illiteracy rate, and over 50% of black ninth graders will not graduate in four years. Louisiana spends on average $4,724 per child’s education and ranks 48th in the country for lowest teacher salaries. The equivalent of more than two classrooms of young people drop out of Louisiana schools every day and about 50,000 students are absent from school on any given day.
Far too many young black men from New Orleans end up enslaved in Angola Prison, a former slave plantation where inmates still do manual farm labor, and over 90% of inmates eventually die in the prison. It is a city where industry has left, and most remaining jobs are are low-paying, transient, insecure jobs in the service economy.
Race has always been the undercurrent of Louisiana politics. This disaster is one that was constructed out of racism, neglect and incompetence. Hurricane Katrina was the inevitable spark igniting the gasoline of cruelty and corruption. From the neighborhoods left most at risk, to the treatment of the refugees to the the media portrayal of the victims, this disaster is shaped by race.
Louisiana politics is famously corrupt, but with the tragedies of this week our political leaders have defined a new level of incompetence. As hurricane Katrina approached, our Governor urged us to “Pray the hurricane down” to a level two. Trapped in a building two days after the hurricane, we tuned our battery-operated radio into local radio and tv stations, hoping for vital news, and were told that our governor had called for a day of prayer. As rumors and panic began to rule, they was no source of solid dependable information. Tuesday night, politicians and reporters said the water level would rise another 12 feet - instead it stabilized. Rumors spread like wildfire, and the politicians and media only made it worse.
While the rich escaped New Orleans, those with nowhere to go and no way to get there were left behind. Adding salt to the wound, the local and national media have spent the last week demonizing those left behind. As someone that loves New Orleans and the people in it, this is the part of this tragedy that hurts me the most, and it hurts me deeply.
No sane person should classify someone who takes food from indefinitely closed stores in a desperate, starving city as a “looter,” but that's just what the media did over and over again. Sheriffs and politicians talked of having troops protect stores instead of perform rescue operations.
Images of New Orleans’ hurricane-ravaged population were transformed into black, out-of-control, criminals. As if taking a stereo from a store that will clearly be insured against loss is a greater crime than the governmental neglect and incompetence that did billions of dollars of damage and destroyed a city. This media focus is a tactic, just as the eighties focus on “welfare queens” and “super-predators” obscured the simultaneous and much larger crimes of the Savings and Loan scams and mass layoffs, the hyper-exploited people of New Orleans are being used as a scapegoat to cover up much larger crimes.
City, state and national politicians are the real criminals here. Since at least the mid-1800s, its been widely known the danger faced by flooding to New Orleans. The flood of 1927, which, like this week’s events, was more about politics and racism than any kind of natural disaster, illustrated exactly the danger faced. Yet government officials have consistently refused to spend the money to protect this poor, overwhelmingly black, city. While FEMA and others warned of the urgent impending danger to New Orleans and put forward proposals for funding to reinforce and protect the city, the Bush administration, in every year since 2001, has cut or refused to fund New Orleans flood control, and ignored scientists warnings of increased hurricanes as a result of global warming. And, as the dangers rose with the floodlines, the lack of coordinated response dramatized vividly the callous disregard of our elected leaders.
The aftermath from the 1927 flood helped shape the elections of both a US President and a Governor, and ushered in the southern populist politics of Huey Long.
In the coming months, billions of dollars will likely flood into New Orleans. This money can either be spent to usher in a “New Deal” for the city, with public investment, creation of stable union jobs, new schools, cultural programs and housing restoration, or the city can be “rebuilt and revitalized” to a shell of its former self, with newer hotels, more casinos, and with chain stores and theme parks replacing the former neighborhoods, cultural centers and corner jazz clubs.
Long before Katrina, New Orleans was hit by a hurricane of poverty, racism, disinvestment, deindustrialization and corruption. Simply the damage from this pre-Katrina hurricane will take billions to repair.
Now that the money is flowing in, and the world’s eyes are focused on Katrina, its vital that progressive-minded people take this opportunity to fight for a rebuilding with justice. New Orleans is a special place, and we need to fight for its rebirth.
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Jordan Flaherty is a union organizer and an editor of Left Turn Magazine
(www.leftturn.org). He is not planning on moving out of New Orleans.
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Below are some small, grassroots and New Orleans-based resources, organizations and
institutions that will need your support in the coming months.
Social Justice:
www.jjpl.org
www.iftheycanlearn.org
www.nolaps.org
www.thepeoplesinstitute.org/
www.criticalresistance.org/index.php?name=crno_home
Cultural Resources:
www.backstreetculturalmuseum.com
www.ashecac.org/
http://198.66.50.128/gallery/
www.nolahumanrights.org
http://www.freewebs.com/ironrail/
http://www.girlgangproductions.com/
Current Info and Resources:
http://neworleans.craigslist.org/about/help/katrina_cl.html

Current Mood: pissed off
12:53 pm
[star_envy]
I have started a new community katrinahelpinfo. I have never promoted a community before--I'm sorry if this isn't allowed. I just want to help spread the word, that's all.
10:25 am
[polkatrout]
Katrina Links
Katrina Links

I have creasted a community with some helpful links at the following:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/katrina_links/

Thanks!
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
10:45 pm
[shutupdangit]
Looking for Michael McGinty of Gulfport, MS. Last contacted Sunday night, goes to Gulfport High School. Said he could ride out the storm because his family built the house to withstand it... Is 8 inches of wood enough?

Current Mood: worried
9:17 pm
[thenewyear]
Trying to find Shelia Lusins, Eriks Lucins, and Agnesee Lusins. Last contact from Gulfport, Miss. Any help or information is greatly appreciated, and my thoughts go out to you all searching for your loved ones.

Any info on Gulfport is greatly appreciated as well.
9:48 pm
[sleepyaardvark]
New hurricane relief community
katrinarelief is a new community hoping to aid in the grassroots efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The goal of this community is to connect people that want to help out, but aren't sure what to do. The group will be a source for information about the various organizations that are currently engaged in relief efforts, as well as a forum for the sharing of ideas about how private citizens can get involved. If you are a part of any local efforts to get aid down to the affected areas, please join this community.

It is important that we all band together to help the people of the Gulf Coast area to being to rebuild their lives. It may take years, but each small step helps. Please keep the victims of this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.

If you have any questions, feel free to email the maintainers at: gulfcoastaid@gmail.com.

Feel free to pass this on to anyone that may be interested.

Crossposted across Livejournal for a good cause.
7:44 pm
[d0minique]
katrina missing persons resources
http://www.katrinafinder.us/
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/list/index.html
http://www.hurricanekatrinasurvivors.com/main/
http://www.redcross.org/services/intl/0,1082,0_447_,00.html
http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do
http://kenburtonne.web116.discountasp.net/Katrina/Status.aspx
http://neworleans.craigslist.org/about/help/katrina_cl.html
http://www.wwltv.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=15
http://www.nopundit.com/bb/
http://katrina.streetlampsoftware.com/
http://katrinacheckin.org/
http://katrinahelp.info/
http://www.gulfstormsurvivors.com/
http://pleasenotifyme.org/nok/restricted/home.htm
http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/program/sarRequestDetail.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0560050277.1125616180@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccdaddfiijeiidcfjgcfgfdffhdghj.0
http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml
http://www.nokr.org/nok/restricted/home.htm
http://www.nola.com/forums/searching/
http://www.tsasw.org/qso/healthandwelfare.asp
http://www.nowpublic.com/node/17228
https://disasterhelp.gov/portal/jhtml/index.jhtml
http://katrinafamiliesandfriends.com/PHPbb2/index.php
http://216.25.101.57/katrina/status.aspx
http://survivedkatrina.proboards54.com/index.cgi
http://katrinaslost.com/connect/
http://www.katrina-messages.org/
8:05 pm
[freakychicken]
Does anyone know the status of Covington, LA? I have a very good friend who lived there and haven't been able to find out if she will have a place to go back to or not. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
6:43 pm
[photosinensis]
Known OK list
Okay, just so you don't have to go looking for your friends, I'm putting together an index of OK people.

airame
yowyowsarton
bigrob
taskinillusion
captainobvious

And, of course, everybody on this thread, which includes the following:

lostgirlslair
mrtwsdwhsprs
october_eve
yokuso
tsaiah
criticalbob

We're still looking for many, many people, so please, head over to the missing persons thread and see if you find anyone listed there you've heard from.
3:35 pm
[nmgirl98]
Link for those searching for loved ones/community information
http://www.wwltv.com/ Has done amazing work on keeping their message boards up and running.

My thoughts and prayers to all of you
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