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January 6th, 2009

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crunchywater:
I don't know how many people reading this are in the Portland Oregon area.
But i am looking for any jobs or living situation ideas.
I've been going from place to place for almost a week now...
and really need some help if possible.

I can no longer withstand living at my mothers and i am
trying my hardest to get out of that place.

I just need a way to get started.

I'm being as hopeful as i can

any ideas would be a huge blessing at this point.
Thank you so much

<3 ///
 

December 14th, 2006

A gentle breeze blows within me. Would you like to take action? Here: "Stop Violence Against Women" @ 11:43 am

love2helpothers:
Current Music: "Time for a cool change"

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I feel a peace wind blowing inside my heart.  A gentle wind of peace.  

I think sometimes when you want something very badly, you have to step
 away and let destiny take care of it.

Nothing can be forced and be expected to last.  As a person of color, 
I see that there is so much racism in the USA these days.  So much racism within Maine.

As a person who is definitly not rich, I really see there is a great deal of classism too.  

And yet I also realize (its my personal opinion) that the sexism that women face everyday is so much worse.

In my heart there is a wind blowing, a gentle wind of solidarity... to do all I can to help those who are suffering.

I always hear people say that they have trouble sleeping.  Yet, I sleep very well.  My heart is at peace because I know that as I work to help people, it is the right thing to do.

I look at the USA and I see how the victims of Hurricane Katrina were left to suffer, and I know 
that I must work to help in some way.

And so I keep trying to do whatever I can.

And I feel that gentle wind blowing.  And it is wonderful.

Love for the people,

-love2helpothers

p.s.

Below is an article about the women of Juarez that I feel I must publish:

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Public Statement

AI Index: AMR 41/012/2006 (Public)
News Service No: 044
20 February 2006


Mexico: Killings and abductions of women in Ciudad Juarez and the City of Chihuahua -
 the struggle for justice goes on
Amnesty International welcomes the publication of the concluding report of the Federal Special Prosecutor’s Office investigating the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez and the naming of a new Special Prosecutor, Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, to lead the new national 
Special Prosecutor’s Office for violent crimes against women.

The organization particularly welcomes the official recognition in this fourth report that there was systemic failure to prevent and punish many of the crimes against women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua state, during many years.

However, the organization has several concerns regarding the methodology and conclusions of Special Prosecutor’s Office, which is part of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR). In particular, despite continuing high rates of violence against women and impunity in Ciudad Juárez, the PGR appears to downplay the scale of the crimes committed against women and suggests that a “perception different from reality” has been created about the crimes by those seeking to highlight the crimes and impunity.

The basis for these conclusions is reportedly the technical legal (técnico-jurídico) review of the evidence contained in case files of the investigations undertaken by the local Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office since 1993. However, this review has not largely involved full fresh investigations, with the re-interviewing of witnesses or gathering other new evidence.

Nevertheless, as a result of this review, 177 state officials were found to have been possibly responsible for negligence or omission in the original investigations. However, none of these officials has been brought to justice by the state authorities as the statute of limitations has been applied in their favour.

The PGR conclusions also appear to ignore the recommendations of international and national organizations, such as the government’s own Special Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women in Ciudad Juárez, to ensure that the crimes are analysed from a gender perspective, in order to determine the role the victim’s gender played in the motive and commission of the crime.

The PGR appears to have concluded that only those crimes involving sexual violence – approximately 20% of the 379 murders documented - amount to gender violence. Domestic violence appears not to be considered gender-based violence and also appears to be necessarily excluded from the category of sexual violence. Other murders are classified as resulting from social violence, a concept which appears to necessarily exclude, without explanation, the gender of the victim as a factor in the murder. Another element not given proper consideration is the role played by the climate of violence against women and impunity which may have facilitated the commission of crimes.

While Amnesty International welcomes the work of the PGR to review and systematize the case information, it has failed to transparently establish a gender sensitive methodology or facilitate access to case files in order that its work is open to impartial evaluation. As a result, the PGR review appears to have failed to overcome some of the deficiencies of the original investigations.

The report also argues that Mexico’s federal structure of government limits the PGR’s legal capacity to directly investigate cases or hold state authorities to account. However, even in the 24 cases where the PGR assumed direct jurisdiction, the report makes no mention of advances in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, while Amnesty International recognises the restrictions of the national legal framework, these should not be used as an excuse to avoid responsibility as the Mexican State as a whole is responsible for enforcing its international human rights obligations.

Above all, the situation is Ciudad Juárez remains serious with at least 28 murders of women reported last year and continuing high levels of impunity, particularly for past cases. The PGR has not reviewed the cases that occurred in Chihuahua City nor has there been a systematic judicial re-examination of the cases of those accused or convicted of murders who allege they were tortured into signing false confessions. In this final report the PGR does not refer in substance to these allegations of torture or ill-treatment, highlighting Mexico’s longstanding failure to hold those responsible for such crimes accountable.

Amnesty International has always maintained that the pattern of violence against women and impunity in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City was of complex nature involving many different forms of crimes and perpetrators, with widespread institutional failings to prevent and punish those really responsible. The families of the victims have struggled tirelessly for justice and it’s through their efforts that national and international attention was finally drawn to the situation.

Background
In 2003 Amnesty International issued a report, Intolerable Killings: 10 years of abductions and murders of women in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua highlighting the pattern of killings and abductions of women in Ciudad Juárez and the City of Chihuahua. The report concluded that 370 women had been murdered in a variety of contexts, possibly a third of which indicted the sexual violence. Many of the half the cases have still not resulted in the perpetrators being brought justice and doubt remains about the soundness of judicial procedures given allegations of torture. The long running campaign for justice by families of the victims has been crucial to the limited progress so far achieved. 

The above article was found here:
 http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/mexico/document.do?id=engamr410122006

More related info here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1171962

 
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Would you like to take action?

 

Here is How to take action:

Stop Violence Against Women


Demand Justice for the Women and Girls of Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, México

Write A Letter to the Editor


The early May passage by the United States House and Senate of Concurrent Resolutions on Juarez and Chihuahua was a great victory. Our next step is to publicize this victory and to highlight the need for Mexican authorities to take action. One way to do this is by submitting letters to the editor to make sure to get the word out about this important action by the U.S. Congress. (As this was a Concurrent Resolution, the President does not need to sign.)

Below are talking points that you might use in drafting a letter to the editor of your local paper to highlight the recent passage of the Congressional Resolutions on Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua. If your letter is published, consider faxing a copy of it to your elected officials to thank them, and also consider faxing one to the Mexican Embassy or Consulate near you to urge them to follow through on investigations and prosecutions for the murders and to protect the women and girls of Juarez and Chihuahua.

Talking points for a letter to the editor:

  • Violence against women, whether it occurs in this country or elsewhere in the world, is unacceptable.

  • I am writing to applaud the U.S. Congress. It has shown leadership this
    month by passing a unique resolution to help stop an epidemic of murders
    and kidnappings of women and girls in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, on
    the border of New Mexico and Texas. This resolution encourages authorities
    in Mexico to bring perpetrators to justice.

  • Amnesty International reports that more than 400 young women and girls
    have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua since 1993; at least
    137 of those women suffered some form of sexual torture before being killed (www.amnestyusa.org/juarez).

  • Congress has now unanimously called on the Secretary of State and
    the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to take specific steps to ensure that
    addressing these horrendous murders becomes a part of the U.S.-Mexico
    bilateral agenda. This legislation reflects the broad sentiment of the US
    Congress and the US people that these brutal attacks against women
    are unacceptable.

  • In many of the murder and disappearance cases in Juarez and Chihuahua, the investigations were either mishandled or not carried out at all. While the appointment of a Special Federal Prosecutor for Ciudad Juarez was an important first step, this alone has had very little impact.

  • The United States Government, by passing its resolution, has called on the Mexican Government to work harder to solve the crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to oppose violence against women. I desire theMexican Government to bring justice and accountability to those who have attacked women in
    Mexico.

  • Name, City, State

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Together, A Better World Is Within Reach!

 
Rescue Community
http://www.RescueCommunity.org or

in Spanish
http://www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org

Printable schedules of our upcoming meetings and Nationwide caravan trips
and schedule are below in thre different formats for you.

#1. Printable pdf format.
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.pdf

#2. Printable document format
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.doc

#3. Printable webpage format
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.mht

A Better World Is Within Reach - Peace Network - Countlesss Resoures for
Activists
http://www.aworldofpeace.org

Imagine Seven
http://www.ImagineSeven.org

Below is the Community blog for the Rescue Community. We welcome people
worldwide to join, create a blog and post or simply post comments.
http://community.livejournal.com/2rescueand2help 

 You can see the Music Video Documentary which members of the Rescue Community
helped to organize along with volunteers of the 2006 A World Beyond Capitalism
Conference, in either of three versions (10 minute version, 15 minute version or
full 1 hour and 55 minute version) by clicking on the A WOrld Beyond Capitalism
website page below:

http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/awbcdocumentaries.html 

Rescue Community
http://www.RescueCommunity.org or

in Spanish
http://www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org

Printable schedules of our upcoming meetings and Nationwide caravan trips
and schedule are below in thre different formats for you.

A Better World Is Within Reach - Peace Network - Countlesss Resoures for
Activists
http://www.aworldofpeace.org

Imagine Seven
http://www.ImagineSeven.org

Below is the Community blog for the Rescue Community. We welcome people
worldwide to join, create a blog and post or simply post comments.
http://community.livejournal.com/2rescueand2help
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August 9th, 2006

Calling all college students! @ 01:25 pm

save_usa:
Did you know that 89 million Americans volunteer?

Better yet, did you know that 46% of 18-24 year olds volunteer 3 or 4 hours a week?

It's true! This shows a dedication to volunteerism and political action beyond what students are generally known for.

This age group is the incoming generation of voters, policy makers and future leaders of America, and absolutely vital to the continuing success of volunteer service in their communities.

S.A.V.E. (Support American Volunteer Efforts) currently has a bill before Congress that if passed would grant up to $2,000 in a tax rebate to people who volunteer for nonprofit organizations.

The only way to pass this bill is to let Congress know that Americans support it!

Go to the S.A.V.E. website and vote for the S.A.V.E. bill! You could win a case of Annie's Macaroni and Cheese and also help make the S.A.V.E. bill a reality.

 

August 2nd, 2006

Win a case of Annies Mac and Cheese! @ 01:31 pm

save_usa:
Win a case of Annie’s Mac and Cheese


The person or organization that sends the most voters to S.A.V.E. each week wins a free case of Annies Macaroni and Cheese!


Andrew Martin, founding chairman and former president and CEO of Annies Macaroni and Cheese, is the author of the S.A.V.E. bill. This is his way of thanking you for supporting S.A.V.E!


Send your family and friends to vote at the S.A.V.E. website now!








 

July 21st, 2006

Rescue Community Updates @ 01:59 pm

love2helpothers:
Current Mood: giggly giggly

Dear friends,

Remember, for the most current updates on Rescue Community events please
check vict our website at http://www.RescueCommunity.org and click on
"calendar events" "homepage" or "Updates/Blogs."

In an effort to reach out to more marginalized people who often do not use
the internet, we will be using this email list less, and doing more
face-to-face networking, paper flyer posting, and worldwide, multicultural
outreach. We tested this method for our June 22nd meeting (which was not
announed n this email list) and discovered that we had our most racially
diverse meeting ever and also had a diversity of people from all ages,
from toddler to senior citizens! We greatly welcome people from all
backgrounds! We also have a phone list which we use to call people
worldwide to remind them of meetings. To be added to that phone list send
an email to:

outreach "atsymbol" rescuecommunity.org


UPDATES

Rescue Community Bulletin Board:

We are currently accepting donations of land (of 2 acres or more) and
houses or farms which are located within 2 hours of Portland, Maine. We
are also accepting donations of land (of 2 acres or more) and houses or
farms which are located within 2 hours of a city anywhere within the
continental 48 states in the USA. We intend to have Rescue Community
members move onto the land by October 1st, 2006! Your support is
appreciated!


Latest Updates:

Sweat and tears, dreams and untold hours of work and creativity have
finally created something we can share with you: Three more brand new music
video documentaries! One is titled, "Share Your Dreams of Community. Part
2 of 10 in the series: Creating Social Justice Communities."

Another is titled: "Ten Benefits of Joining The Rescue Community (or...
Ten Benefits of Creating A Diversa-Village)! Part 3 of 10 in the series:
Creating Social Justice Communities."

And the third is titled: "Expectations of A Better World.  Part 4 of 10 in the series:
Creating Social Justice Communities."

All three videos are on our own website. You can see them if you click on
"music video documentaries."

More Good News! Channel 4 and Channel 2 are also showing these at many
times throughout June, July, August 2006 and more!. Thank you to everyone
at Channel 2, Channel 4 and everyone in the Rescue Community!

Channel 2 is showing our movies in July at the following times:

"Share Your Dreams of Community. Part 2 of 10 in the series: Creating
Social Justice Communities." - Mondays in July- 2:30pm, 6pm, and 1:30am

"Ten Benefits of Joining The Rescue Community (or... Ten Benefits of
Creating A Diversa-Village)! Part 3 of 10 in the series: Creating Social
Justice Communities." Fridays in July- 2pm, 7pm and 1am.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 12:30pm

Rescue Community Music Video Documentary – A film crew will film our music
video documentary! Many musicians are going to try to make it to this
event including:

Rachel Griffin also said she play her wonderful piano at this event! The
Portland Phoenix newspaper has reviwed her music as better than Norah
Jones! ( http://rachelgriffin.com ). Rachel is really in touch with her
music too. She sings a great song about peace. She said that she would
love to perform on July 22nd in our music video documentary!

Rescue Community Member Jim will bring his guitar and play some fabulous
music!

Paul Bishop Brown, an activist musician, on the Cat and Mouse Record
Label's 2006 Artist Compilation: http://www.catandmouserecords.com

Local Radical Activist Musician Josh will play his electric guitar and may
bring his band!

Another Activist musician named Josh as well will bring his guitar and
play hois populare freestyle folk music!

And all the way from Ireland, Colin Ryan said he will play some of his
incredible social justice music as well! His musci tells of the war in
ireeland, the unjust response by politicians who profit from black gold in
Iraq, love and much more!

This music video documentary will share thoughts on past, present and
future Emergency Rescue and Relief plans and the importance of volunteers
in Natural Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, blizzards and floods.

Location: Studio in 516 Congress Street, the Community Television network
(CTN). The studio is the room that you come to after entering CTN and
walking down the hallway. CTN is located in between CVS and MECA art
college. We greatly invite people living in the area to participate in the
discussion throughout this workshop. We will videotape all caravan
workshops, presentations and local musician performances. Independent,
non-corporate musicians in the area are invited to perform!

Bring food and place it in the meeeting room for snacks for everyone!
Thanks!

See our online music video documentaries for examples.
See our contact page for our telephone number. - go to
http://www.RescueCommunity.org or
http://www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org


UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Time and Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2006, 6pm

Location: Meeting room in 516 Congress Street, the Community Television network (CTN). The meeting room is the first room that you come to when entering CTN. CTN is located in between CVS and MECA art college.

The public is welcome at this meeting and there will be  fresh fruit and also delicious vegan refreshments for everyone.

At this meeting we will answer questions for any new people who simply are curious, want to be Rescue Community members, as well as discuss more in detail our plans to have a building and 2 acres of land by October 1st, 2006. We will also discuss nationwide fundraising efforts as this is a nationwide emergency rescue and relief community which will include a Caravan trip to 
the A World Beyond Capitalism Conference in Portland, Oregon (Go to the link on our website at www.RescueCommunity.org and click on 'Rescue Community Caravan').

At this meeting we will welcome any new people who simply are curious,
want to be Rescue Community members, as well as discuss more in detail our
plans to have a building and 2 acres of land by October 1st, 2006. We will
also discuss nationwide fundraising efforts as this is a nationwide
emergency rescue and relief community which will include a Caravan trip to
Portland, Oregon (Go to the link on our website and click on 'Rescue
Community Caravan').




Thursday, July 27th, 2006-

The Rescue Community will leave for four days
on the Caravan trip to the National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy
Conference in Washington DC. It is a well known fact that people of color
and minorities have been ruthlessly oppressed in Maine and the racism in
Maine is increasing by leaps and bounds and making international headlines
while many people in Maine ignore it.

An example of the recent increasing racism is below:

"The journalists' arrival in Maine was preceded by an inflammatory act of
malicious mischief that briefly made international headlines. On July 3,
Brent Matthews allegedly tossed a frozen pig's head inside a Lewiston
mosque where about 40 men had gathered for evening prayers. Matthews, 33,
a former Lewiston city employee, allegedly told police at the time of his
apprehension that the incident was supposed to be "a big joke."
Below is an excerpt from the full story link here:

http://www.civilrights.org/issues/hate/details.cfm?id=45018

"Brent Matthews, 33, of Lewiston, came to the police department on
Tuesday, told a detective he had thrown the head and was charged with
desecration of a church, a misdemeanor. The charge is considered a
hate-bias crime, so Matthews' case will be referred to the Attorney
General's office for further investigation, Lt. Don Mailhot said."

Matthews is currently out on Bail.

For more information on this excerpt and story see:

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=137145

or

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/9477424/detail.html


We will travel to work in solidarity with immigrants nationwide while they
stuggle through current legislation that seeks to legalize
institutionalized oppression forever. Many of you have other Summer plans
but please put them aside for four days and please join us on this
historic journey to the immigrant solidarity conference! You can make a
difference! All are welcome to join us! "The food that overflows our
market shelves and fills our tables is harvested by men, women, and
children who often cannot satisfy their own hunger" - Cesar Chavez. More
information here: For more info:(207) 871-5300 or www.RescueCommunity.org
or
www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org or
visit the conference website: www.immigrantsolidarity.org

Love for the people,
-Rescue Community

Thank you everyone!
Together, A Better World Is Within Reach!

"When others are running out, we are the one running in."

Rescue Community
http://www.RescueCommunity.org or

in Spanish
http://www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org

Printable schedules of our upcoming meetings and Nationwide caravan trips
and schedule are below in thre different formats for you.

#1. Printable pdf format.
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.pdf

#2. Printable document format
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.doc

#3. Printable webpage format
http://www.dsame.com/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.mht

A Better World Is Within Reach - Peace Network - Countlesss Resoures for
Activists
http://www.aworldofpeace.org

Imagine Seven
http://www.ImagineSeven.org

Below is the Community blog for the Rescue Community. We welcome people
worldwide to join, create a blog and post or simply post comments.
http://community.livejournal.com/2rescueand2help

 

July 12th, 2006

S.A.V.E @ 02:10 pm

save_usa:
S.A.V.E (Support American Volunteer Efforts) is a nonprofit organization campaigning to pass bill HR4387, which is currently under review in the Ways & Means Committee of Congress.

If the bill were to be passed it would offer up to $2,000 per year in a tax rebate to every volunteer.

Volunteers are two a half times more likely to donate back to non-profits where they volunteer, and their communities. Rather than giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of society this would help to put money back where it is sorely needed.

SAVE is a grass-roots organization. Our office has a staff of three full time employees and several volunteers. We're in the midst of a nation wide press release, selling the idea of SAVE to the media, non-profit and volunteer agencies around the country.

The only way to pass this bill is to let congress know that Americans support it.

Please check out our website: SAVE - Support American Volunteer Efforts


 

July 2nd, 2006

Wonderul, Musical Evenings... and conversations of creating a better world @ 08:50 pm

love2helpothers:

Dear friends,

Well, I have heard so much wonderful musisc at accoustic coffee, that it is almost selfish to keep it to myself.  I already told you in another of my journal entry's about the music by another independent musicians I heard there (her names was Elana Arian (you can hear her music here: http://elanaarian.com/listen.html -the song 'This Time' is one of her greatest..but that music player on her website is kinda' confusing, I recommend 'right-cliking on the song then clicking 'play').

Well, the last two nights were great too.  On Friday night, Rachel Griffin, ( http://rachelgriffin.com  ) was there playing her heart out.  Her mother, her boyfriend and even her boyfriend's mom were in the front seat.  It was a real family event.  Rachel is really in touch with her music too.  Amazing. Wow.  She sung a great song about peace.  She said that she would love to perform on July 22nd at our next music video documentary!  Sweet!  I told Mandy (who went to the Rainbow Gathering) about it and she said, "Oh, I know her!  She is a friend of my friend Amy!"  :)


Small world.  or small town. 

On Saturday night, Paul Bishop Brown, an activist musician was playing there.  It was incredible.  He said that he is looking forward to playing in our next music video documentary on July 22nd!  Awesome!  He had an incredibly amazing song about how people should unite to work for a better world, and another song about saying "NO!" to 'Manifest Destiny' which treats the land 'like a commodity.'  Incredibly wonderful.

Paul has such great activist music, too.  Accoustic coffee was set up, warm and cozy, like someone's living room too... more so than ever before.  No, you've heard that before I know from other coffee house folks.  But there was a circular couch in the front, and over to the side and Paul brought all his lamps from his house and told everyone (full house) the names of each, the sentimental value behind each, and there was even a light show!  Nice!




 





Those aren't lights of the light show we saw, just some Northern Lights... sorta like the one I saw in Alaska so long ago.  But they were still just as special as the other nights.  Mmmmmm.  Happy memories.

I also talked to Patricia today, who mentioned having land for the Rescue Community to use to possibly help with an Arts and Music vision she has.  She said she will definitely be at our July 15th meeting which will be a wonderful outdoor picnic by the lake.  Thats beautiful.  



So many of our members are into Arts and music.  I really hafta' get more back into music.  My sould soars like never b'for with good music. 

Thank you all for listening,

Love for the people,
-love2helpothers

Rescue Community 
http://www.RescueCommunity.org or http://www.LaComunidadDeRescate.org 

Printable schedules of our upcoming meetings and Nationwide caravan trips and schedule are below in thre different formats for you. 

#1. Printable pdf format. 
http://aworldofpeace.org/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.pdf 

#2. Printable document format 
http://aworldofpeace.org/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.doc 

#3. Printable webpage format 
http://aworldofpeace.org/rescuecommunity/RescueCommunitySchedule.mht 

 A Better World Is Within Reach - Peace Network 
http://www.aworldofpeace.org

Imagine Seven 
http://www.ImagineSeven.org 

Below is the Community blog for the Rescue Community. We welcome people worldwide to join, create a blog and post or simply post comments. 
http://community.livejournal.com/2rescueand2help
 

July 25th, 2006

Working towards Diversity... @ 09:30 pm

love2helpothers:
 

   

Dear friends,

Our meeting on June 22nd was very nice.  We had pizza, music, snacks, juice and good friends.  Two new folks showed up which was nice.  As a person of color, I also thought it was nice that we had such an ethnically diverse group in that african-americans, asian-amerians and more attended this meeting.  We always welcome all races, social classes and ethnicities (though it is very hard to do in Maine because of the lack of racial diversity).




It is strange that some of our members can only stay for a little bit since we are all involved in so many projects elsewhere.  I'm looking forward to the picnic beneath the blue sky on July 15th, 2006.  We also talked about finding land by october 1st.

Love ya all!  :)

-love2helpothers
 

June 23rd, 2006

INCITE! STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA @ 03:47 pm

love2helpothers:
Current Mood: confused confused

INCITE! STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA:

found here: http://www.incite-national.org/issues/katrina.html


INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is stunned by the catastrophe and tragic loss in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans and in many other communities along the Gulf, people are experiencing unimaginable devastating conditions. We are especially alarmed for the people who have the fewest resources, who were unable to evacuate New Orleans because of poverty, who were – and in some cases still are - trapped without food, water, and medical attention. Because of racism and classism, these people are also overwhelming folks of color, and because of sexism, they are overwhelmingly women of color - low income and poor women, single mothers, pregnant women, women with disabilities, older women and women who are caregivers to family and community members who were unable to leave the city. Women living at the intersections of systems of oppressions are paying the price for militarism, the abandonment of their communities, and ongoing racial and gender disparities in employment, income, and access to resources and supports.

As you know, the Historic Treme Community in New Orleans recently hosted INCITE!'s Color of Violence III conference this past March. Treme is the first free community established by Black people in the U.S. and is currently home to hundreds of Black women and their families, many of whom are poor. We are deeply hurting for the families and communities that graciously hosted us and who are now facing profoundly tragic circumstances.

We have heard word from most of the sistas who are part of the New Orleans INCITE! chapter, many of whom were able to evacuate. We also received word that one of the COV 3 volunteers had a mother and sister trapped on the 8th floor of New Orleans City Hall at some point - we sincerely hope that they have reached relative safety at this time. An early letter from Shana Griffin, member of the New Orleans INCITE! chapter and the national INCITE! steering committee, is below. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and we want to provide them with as much support and as many resources as we can so that they can mourn this horrible loss, re-connect with those that are missing, and, eventually, rebuild the rich and vital communities that have been devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are also with INCITE! chapters, members, COV III participants and supporters in other areas affected by the hurricane in the Gulf States.

Many of you have thoughtfully written and asked how you can help. At this time, we are asking for donations from our supporters so that we can send money to our New Orleans chapter members who will use it to help people who need it most. We have not given up on our sisters and brothers in New Orleans and other places that have been hit. We are dedicated to pooling our resources and using those resources to continue to organize plans for survival, safety, and justice in New Orleans.

Please organize fundraisers in your hometowns and communities and send your donations to the following address:

INCITE!
P.O. Box 226
Redmond, WA 98073

Please put INCITE! New Orleans in the memo line.

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That said, we’d like to take this opportunity to express our deep outrage at the federal government’s shamefully slow and pathetic response to this disaster. It is clear that the lack of rapid and effective response is based on a racist assessment of the value of the 150,000 mostly Black and poor people - a disproportionate number of whom are women - left behind in New Orleans. Further, INCITE! lays the blame of this disaster squarely at the feet of the U.S. government and particularly with George W. Bush for the following reasons:

1. GLOBAL WARMING
The Bush Administration’s willful denial of the existence of global warming has kept this country from taking seriously global warming’s dangerous consequences, one of which is an increase in the severity of hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina, for example, began as a relatively small hurricane off south Florida, but it was intensified to a level five hurricane – the highest level a hurricane can reach – because of the unusually blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico caused in large part by global warming. (Ross Gelbspan, The Boston Globe, 8/30/05) However, the Bush Administration, leveraged by the coal and oil industries, relegated global warming to a myth rather than the emergency environmental crisis that it is. Because the impact of Hurricane Katrina had an exceedingly disproportionate impact of devastation on people of color, Bush’s failure at addressing global warming is a catastrophic example of environmental racism.



[Photo found here: http://arizona.indymedia.org/uploads/katrina_deaths_via_global_warming.jpg ]

2. WAR ON IRAQ & TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY

Bush’s illegal, imperialist, and racist war on and occupation of Iraq - ironically, to enable consumption of more oil, aggravating global warming - as well as tax cuts to wealthy Americans, directly pulled resources away from levee construction and emergency management in New Orleans, as well as from programs and entitlements which could have provided much needed support to poor people and communities in New Orleans. In 2003, as hurricane activity in the area increased and the levees continued to subside, federal funding was specifically redirected away from addressing these problems because of spending pressures of the war on Iraq. In early 2004, as the cost of the war on Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004 article in New Orleans CityBusiness. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of the war on Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars. (Will Bunch, Editor & Publisher, 8/30/05) The lack of resources to prepare for a disaster like Hurricane Katrina is a tragic example of how imperialism not only devastates communities of color abroad, but also communities of color here at home. This criminal neglect on the part of the government could have been prevented with adequate funding.



3. STATE-SPONSORED VIOLENCE
It is unconscionable that, while thousands of people are suffering from horrible and deadly circumstances, the media continues to harp on the so-called “looting” in New Orleans. The constant media coverage of so-called “criminal behavior” instead of the outrageous and criminal lack of response from the federal government is racist and disgraceful.

Though we are also very distressed about reports of violence- including sexual and physical violence against women and children - in the area caused largely by widespread chaos and desperation, we condemn the current mass militarization of the area. There have been numerous accounts of vicious police brutality experienced by men and women who have survived untold horrors only to be subjected to abuse by the law enforcement officials sent to "save" them. Thousands of soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Army are currently in New Orleans to enforce evacuation orders and bring about “law and order.” In response to violence in the area, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco shockingly remarked, “I have one message for these hoodlums. These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so if necessary." Besides the fact that it is against the law for federal troops to engage in domestic law enforcement, a militarized response is another piece of a racist pattern of de-humanizing poor people of color. Instead of seeing poor Black people driven desperate by the appallingly weak and unacceptably slow response of the federal government, the media and the government frame these primary victims as criminals or blame them for bringing the circumstances on themselves by "disobeying" mandatory evacuation orders when they had no means to comply.

We demand that there be no further criminalization of survivors of the hurricane as rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts go forward. We are particularly concerned about the creation of temporary accommodations - expected to serve as "home" to evacuees for up to six months which are akin to detention facilities, surrounded by barbed wire, in isolated parts of Utah, Oklahoma and other areas, from which inhabitants will be prohibited from leaving without a "pass" and in which they will be housed in gender segregated housing and prohibited from preparing their own meals. The prison-like conditions of such facilities have been justified by the soldiers guarding them as follows "do you know what kind of people we have coming here?"

We are also concerned about the adequate provision of medication, supplies, and child care to women with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, as well as mothers and elderly women. We are calling for support for survivor-led, women of color driven formations within evacuation facilities and for their demands. We are also calling for support of women's individual and collective efforts to ensure their safety from physical and sexual violence within evacuation facilities while submitting that the existence of such violence is no justification for violent repression of evacuee communities.

We call for support and safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survivors of the hurricane, and for respect for the integrity of their families and of their needs in evacuation facilities. We are also deeply concerned for immigrant, and particularly undocumented women, who fear seeking assistance for fear of adverse immigration consequences and deportation. We call for efforts to connect incarcerated women, men, and children with their families, many of whom do not know the location of those dear to them, and for authorities to ensure conditions of confinement that meet international human rights standards. We are asking for charges against those who took food, water, and supplies in an effort to survive be immediately dropped. Finally, we are calling for support of domestic violence survivors who were displaced from shelters, support systems, and places of safety by the storm and may be at greater risk of violence from their abusers under current circumstances.



We demand an organized, rapid, and just response to save the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. We demand a comprehensive plan that is respectful of the value of the people who have been abandoned and responsive to their actual needs for survival and safety. We want immediate action operating from a vision of justice and hope.

We have pulled together a number of analyses of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, information about critical organizing and mobilization of poor people and people of color, letters from sistas from INCITE!, and other ways to help. Please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or resources. Our e-mail is incite_national@yahoo.com and our phone number is 484.932.3166.

In Solidarity,
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence


FOR A LIST OF COLLECTED ANALYSES AND WAYS TO HELP, PLEASE GO TO INCITE'S E-MAIL NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE:

http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/incite/2005-09/msg00000.html
http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/incite/2005-09/msg00001.html

CLICK HERE FOR INCITE! NEW ORLEANS CALL TO ACTION!


 

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
PO Box 23902, Oakland, CA 94623
484-932-3166
incite_national@yahoo.com
www.incite-national.org

 

June 18th, 2006

re-discovering my inner peace and tranquility @ 07:37 pm

love2helpothers:
Current Mood: peaceful peaceful
Current Music: "Snow Come Down" by Lori Carson

Peter&apos;s Pond

"Peter's Pond"

Corner Gardens

"Corner Gardens"

Corner Gardens An extensive garden of decorative plants, shrubs and trees set  between flagstone paths.  



Dear friends,

Hello.  I have been re-discovering my inner peace and tranquility.  I am going to the Rainbow Gathering within the next two weeks.  I have gone every year for the last three years.  About 10,000 folks go there.  Dancing and festivals and yoga and people being happy and nice to each other.  Its all free of charge.

There are so many people who want me to be involved in so many wonderful things and activist groups all over the planet.  I have been dedicating myself to working in the Rescue Community so that I can devote myself to rescuing people who are victims in atrocities like Hurricane Katrina.  Sometimes I get distracted, but when I put priorities bck in order, I realize that the victims of hurricanes, floods and natural disasters have been placed as the secondary priority for far too long by so many people around the world.  Over 1,000 people  died very slowly by being drowned to death by slowly rising rainwater over the course of several days here in the USA, one of the world's richest nations, while everyone sat around saying that it is someone else's job to rescue those people.  No more.  No more.  When I come back from the Rainbow Gathering I will once again devote myself to rescuing people. 

"I don't want to cause you any pain... I'd give you the world" - Lori Carson lyrics from her song "Snow Comes Down" which I'm listening to right now for the very first time.

I love you all,

-love2helpothers










 

Rainbow Garden A variety of plants are arranged by color pallete.

 

 

 

Tranquility Garden Relax with plants from the southern part of the Rockies

 

 

 

 


Tranquility Garden

"Tranquility Garden"

 

These are all Steamboat Springs Parks.  The Rainbow Gathering will happen near there this year.  :)  

 

2 Rescue and 2 Help www.RescueCommunity.org