Just wanted to give readers who might have some disposable income a tip: INCITE (Women of Color Against Violence) is working to help low-income women, seniors, and families in New Orleans evacuate, and could really use your help. Domestic Violence Shelters are one of the refuges that INCITE! will be helping, as well as those served by their public health clinics that may have medical conditions that require special assistance.
“On the eve of the 3 year anniversary of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ….our sisters from INCITE! projects in New Orleans (including the local chapter, the Women’s Health and Justice Initiative, and the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic) are bracing for the potential landfall of Hurricane Gustav, which is currently projected to hit the Louisiana coast on Monday or Tuesday at a category 4 or 5. Voluntary evacuation of New Orleans has already begun, and mandatory evacuation could be declared as early as today….
Your assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families evacuate safely if need be, stay safe for the duration of the evacuation, and return to the city as soon as possible so as not to fall prey to the pushout that has kept so many folks from being able to return to New Orleans since Katrina.”
Also, are there any Skepchicks/allies in New Orleans or the surrounding areas? Please give them a call/shout out! I’m sure someone is willing to put them up for a day or two while the storm passes.
Michigan is a bit far to offer shelter, but we do have a couch here at the Bug House….