The blog world needs to keep this tragedy alive and in front of as many people as possible, as it is evident that we can't leave this to the main stream folks.
It's so bad that the residents of one New Orleans neighborhood have taken out an ad in Roll Call begging the Congress to pay attention to them. The add is borne of desperation says residents.
It reminds lawmakers that there is still a tragedy underway.
"Since the breakdown of the New Orleans flood protection system on August 29, 2005, we have lived like refugees in our own country," the advertisement says. "The residents of Lakeview and countless other displaced New Orleans communities are sending you this holiday wish in one voice - 'We want to go home.' "On another front the courts are starting to respond to the disaster.
Calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency "numbingly insensitive" and "unduly callous," a federal judge ruled yesterday that the agency must pay the hotel bills of hurricane evacuees until Feb. 7, handing a reprieve to thousands who faced a Thursday deadline to check out or begin picking up the tab themselves.
The ruling, by Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the Eastern District of Louisiana, covers 42,000 evacuee families still living in 4,000 hotels in 47 states and the District of Columbia. FEMA had previously said it would stop paying for their rooms on Dec. 15 or Jan. 7, depending on their proximity to the disaster zone.
Barack Obama's accusations of Social Darwinism look pretty accurate. Eh!
It has been suggested that maybe the rest of us might consider redirecting some of our Christmas giving toward some of the relief organizations listed below. Maybe Aunt Lucy really doesn't need that George Foreman grill as much as someone devasted by Katrina needs a little help?
These links were brazenly stolen directly from the New York Times.
Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or www.redcross.org
Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund: bushclintonkatrinafund.org
Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund: mississippirecovery.com
Site offering a service for the New Orleans homeless, free of charge.
Black America Web Relief Fund: blackamericaweb.comSupport to families who are assisting those displaced by the hurricane.
Baton Rouge Area Foundation(BRAF): 877.387.6126 or braf.org
PART-15.ORG Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts: part-15.org
Effort to reestablish communications services in the region. Donate expertise or money
Save the Children: savethechildren.org
United Way: unitedway.org or 1-800-272-4630
Episcopal Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or www.er-d.org or P.O. Box 12043, Newark, N.J.,07101
United Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or gbgm-umc.org/umcor/emergency/hurricanes/2005
Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or www.salvationarmyusa.org
Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
FEMA Charity tips: www.fema.gov/rrr/help2.shtm
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: www.nvoad.org
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: www.la-spca.org
Emergency Animal Rescue Service: uan.org/ears/
More Pet Resources: petfinder.com
Operation Blessing: 1-800-436-6348 or www.ob.org
America's Second Harvest: 1-800-344-8070 or www.secondharvest.org
Adventist Community Services: 1-800-381-7171 or www.adventist.communityservices.org
Christian Disaster Response: 1-941-956-5183 or 1-941-551-9554 or www.cdresponse.org/cdrhome.html
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: 1-800-848-5818 or www.crwrc.org
Church World Service: 1-800-297-1516 or www.churchworldservice.org
Convoy of Hope: 1-417-823-8998 or www.convoyofhope.org
Lutheran Disaster Response: 1-800-638-3522 or www.elca.org/disaster
Mennonite Disaster Service: 1-717-859-2210 or www.mds.mennonite.net
Nazarene Disaster Response: 1-888-256-5886 or www.nazarenedisasterresponse.org
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: 1-800-872-3283 or www.pcusa.org/pda
United Jewish Communities: www.ujc.org or 877-277-2477
Southern Baptist Convention - Disaster Relief: 1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440 or www.namb.net
Information on Missing People:
Various Websites are hosting message boards and other information for people searching for the missing. Here are a few:
Family News Network of the International Committee of the Red Cross
The National Next of Kin Registry
NOLA.com (The Times-Picayune)
Katrina People Finder
Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-FEMA; www.fema.gov
City of New Orleans: www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx
Louisiana Governor's Office: www.gov.state.la.us/
Mississippi Insurance Department assistance line for displaced state residents: 1-866-856-1982
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov