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Links to help Katrina victims

I don't want to make some big political statement about Katrina. We all know (or should know) that the government failed the Delta. Again. From the city gov't to the feds. When I was there in June, there were still cars in trees. There were still houses upside down and four blocks away from their original foundations. Not much has changed. People can't come back without schools for their kids nor without hospitals operating.

So without getting off on a rant and getting upset, I'm just going to put some links out here if anyone is still thinking of contributing in any small way. It all helps. Operation Kindness is a NO-KILL shelter here in the DFW area that took in hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs from NoLa all the way to Gulfport. Some pups and cats are still in the shelter, waiting for adoption. That's over 10 months. (A few of the dogs were found locked in sheds, almost 2 months after the storm hit.) If you don't have the ability to adopt, they can take financial donations to help support medical treatment and living expenses for these animals. It's a great organization.

Without schools, New Orleans can't function. Only 20 schools remained standing of the original 120. Only three elementary schools are open for residents who have stuck around and are trying to rebuild New Orleans. They can use donations for school supplies, clean-up (there is toxic mold in some schools that needs to be eradicated), and teacher support. Warren Easton high school is a historical charter school in the center of NoLa, predominately black, and the only school in NoLa that received an excellence rating. (They also have a top-notch Special Education program.) They can use help, too. We all should know by now that Louisiana had some of the lowest rated schools in the US. The schools were woefully underfunded and supported. Any contribution that can go directly to the students is a boon.

A lot of people were worried about donation money being squandered. I remember last year hearing people complain about the Red Cross, etc. Here's a list of grassroots volunteer organizations, how to donate, and where your money is going. It includes direct assistance to people with HIV/AIDS, mold abatement, the Acadania Outreach Shelter (a great organization for abused women and children among other things), and direct rebuilding of homes and small businesses. That link will pretty much cover all small organizations seeking donations, and have all been checked for fraud.

I swear, if I see Bush smiling and saying it's a job accomplished today, I'll scream. I'm grateful to all of the faith based organizations that did FEMA's work for them. It's no excuse, Bush. 2 more years, people, and he's gone.

[ETA] OFF TOPIC, BUT OH MY GOD!! Warren Jeffs - polygamist leader the Big Love "Rulon" is modeled after - has been taken into custody!! I'll be watching this story like a HAWK.

America's Most Wanted calls him what he is: child rapist and updates on the arrest. The list that he had wigs, cell phones, and tens of thousands in cash in the car.
Another polygamist on the lam, and I knew her sister.
The last raid on polygamist in Short Creek (the old name for Colorado City/Hilldale where Warren Jeffs ruled) is detailed here, and images are here. It failed because the public saw pictures of sad wives and crying children. They were are released and now we have a man like Jeffs running the show.
Full details of the charges against him in Arizona and Utah. He was smart and covered his tracks with his affairs in Texas.
A list of news links all concerning polygamy, the FLDS, and other enclaves such as in B.C. Updated daily. Man, there are some good topics here.
An FLDS website for the new Eldorado, TX enclave, with a picture of the new temple built there. This is where Jeffs has been rumored to be hiding out. Blog links are interesting, and here's the local paper in Texas that has kept an eagle's eye on the ranch.

These are not good people trying to follow the teachings of Jesus, people. More as I find it.

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southernbangel
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
I saw the news about Jeffs this morning and thought about you.

Thanks for the links. I've been donating monthly to various groups, but these are some new ones. Thanks!
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Man, is that amazing news or what? Mr. S and I were talking on Sunday about the likelihood of another Waco incident at the new enclave he was building in Eldorado, TX. I love that he was busted on a routine traffic violation. Talk about a jackpot...

*smooch* I tried to find ones that were reputable...
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entrenous88
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this post, all the information, and the timely reminder.
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
(I want to go to the shelter and take all the kitties and pups.)

*non-germy smooches*
<3
poshcat
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, I can't believe they caught him! Every time I read about him, I thought of you. He was a slippery little weasel, wasn't he? Now we'll see what happens to him -- and to his followers. It's always the traffic stops, isn't it??!

Although I'd make an exception for polygamy if I could be YOUR wife. ::gives you lovey dovey eyes::
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Well. you know I'm ALL FOR polyandry. Just not the male-dominated one. Heh.

I'm trying to get a bunch of links from LasVegas and SLC gathered. They're getting news faster than even CNN. WOOT! What a bastard.
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cheesygirl
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for listing the Katrina links. I grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi and have family all along the coast who were affected by Katrina. Although I guess "affected" is a weak term to describe your life being turned topsy-turvy in a day. My parents lost their home of nearly 50 years and the neighborhood I've known all my life was almost completely obliterated--this was 100 miles east of New Orleans, and there was catastrophic destruction even further east than that, and of course even worse destruction in between. I've seen family and neighbors struggle with the aftermath of Katrina over the past year and things are improving for some, but there is still a helluva lot that needs to be done.

Bless everyone who continues to do the recovery work that others *cough*BushAdministration*cough* have failed to do.
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah - saying you were "affected" by Katrina is a lot like saying that people in Europe "got a little sick" from the Bubonic plague. :)

I'm so sorry about your neighborhood. But more importantly, I'm just sick as hell about our current administration's lack of spending/involvement in the rebuilding of the gulf coast. Of course, a lot of the issues stem back to the Civil War and the punishment of the Delta region that led to a weakened infrastructure.

I can't imagine how bad it would be there if it weren't for the goodness of strangers, you know? The gov't should be ashamed.
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petzipellepingo
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Huh, I thought the charming Roman Grant was modeled after Ervil LeBaron and his lovely family.
And that's a great Katrina list.
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Well, they all share similar personality traits. The LeBaron family was coo-koo, to be sure. They didn't hold power over the community for long, though. Just murdered Allred, which led to the Jeffs family taking over. The LeBarons scattered to Mexico, and have camps along the New Mexico border. A woman that attended my college was Ervil's daughter. If you can get your hands on "In My Father's House" by Dorothy Solomon Allred, it's a chilling account of how her father was murdered by Ervil's kids.

Ervil is an absolute nutcase. Rulon on Big Love was most definitely modeled after Jeffs. They even put in the usurping of power from the Allreds as Bill's father.

Man, they're all sickos.
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julia_here
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Need to write my NO born brother by choice today, that I do.

Like southernbangel my first thought when I heard about Jeffs was "Stoney's going to have something to say about that." Let us hope it's the beginning of change.

Julia, brain not exactly working as it's 50F and windy and I don't want to turn on the heat
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Man, I'll be plugged in to CNN and MSNBC at 1 pm CST when the Feds have their live telecast. The Mormon Church newspaper is being surprisingly quiet about this. The rival SLC paper, however, is not.
midnightsjane
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
I just heard on the CBC news that they'd caught Warren Jeffs at a roadblock. I'm amazed that they got him without a huge firefight. I saw a thing on CNN awhile ago that predicted that he would be holed up in his fort, and wouldn't be taken alive. Glad that was not the case.
There is a community here in BC called Bountiful; it was one of the groups that had followed Jeffs, but is now run by some nutter whose name I can't remember..Winston something or other. A reporter for the Vancouver Sun has been doing an expose of the community. I shudder for all the children exposed to these evil men.

My heart goes out to all those who continue to struggle to rebuild their lives after Katrina.
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, no no, it wasn't a roadblock, but a routine traffic stop because they didn't have license plates!! Can you imagine that state trooper's reaction when he realized who he had?? They found cash, wigs, and passports with them, too.

Yeah, Bountiful was set up by the Allreds, I believe, and was used in the 70s-90s as a "re-education camp" for wayward girls. Read: girls who decided they didn't want to live that life. There's a sister city in Mexico the LeBarons ran.

THEY ARE CRAZY PEOPLE. Gah. This is a great day for the FBI, I tell you.
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stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Busy busy busy!
*calls children Mahonri Moriancumer and Zestralee inside to tend the other nine children*
*makes "Wet-Back Delight" cassarole, because I think it sounds like good Mexican food*
*is completely ignorant*
*loves the Lord, but mostly my sister-wives*

And personally, I'm getting a little tired of holding to the rod. The iron rod. Because without Viagra, it's not as good a handhold as it once was.

(I sent an offical letter to the church telling them to take my name and the kids' names off their records. They keep coming by!!!)
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stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is a good way to spend my sick day: watching CNN. *coughs at Nancy Grace* (I just posted more, if you can stomach it. Did you see how many of the plygs have been relocating to Mesquite? That way they're closer to Harmon's in St. George.)

And I'd believe it about the non-improvement. Watching the newsbroadcasts with the Pres and others congratulating themselves on a job well done is just pissing me off more than I can say.

I forgot about Americorps! That's a great organization. Good for your friend.
cordelianne
Aug. 29th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting these links about Katrina. You rock for doing this!

*hugs*
stoney321
Aug. 29th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
YOU rock for getting involved and caring!!

*hugs back!*
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