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from shana sassoon of the league of pissed off voters:

Dear League family,

I'm in exile in Houston writing to you with a broken heart. It's been three overwhelming weeks, watching my city come apart at the seams. Three weeks of being outraged at the abandonment by our government. And three weeks of being rescued by the generosity of individuals and communities.

Thank you for your outpouring of support for the New Orleans League. To date, we have raised more than $9,000 that is paying organizers, helping displaced families, and building a grassroots response.

We've been re-building our network from New Orleans, and helping people get involved in a political response to this experience. We have been finding each other and strategizing. And we've created a new website to help us talk to each other and organize:…

www.NewOrleansNetwork.org

As the waters recede, there are new challenges we need to work together on:
* When and how do we get back into our homes without being harassed by police and military?
* How can we organize as displaced people?
* How can we fight the land grab? How can we make sure that ALL People in New Orleans are given the right to return and rebuild?
* How can we make sure that "invisible" communities (immigrants not getting FEMA or Red Cross aid; people arrested and held without process whose families can't find them) get the resources they need?
* What happens to people with nowhere to go as shelters begin closing?
*How can young people, poor people, communities of color have a say in what is done to us --or in our name?

NewOrleansNetwork.org will be a crucial part of keeping our communities connected, informed, resourced, and involved in re-building our lives and our city better FOR EVERYONE.

I am asking everyone to do three things to help us:

IF YOU ARE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS REGION:
Take 5 minutes, RIGHT NOW, to go to
http://www.NewOrleansNetwork.org and

1. Log In: create a user name and password for yourself.

2. Go to the Evacuee Communities forum for the city or state where you are, and post your name and info. Post any events, meetings, or contacts people should know about. If you are not from the region, enter any organizing you know about.

3. Go to the NOLA neighborhoods forum for your neighborhood and post any information, questions, or stories you have about your neighborhood.

IF YOU ARE NOT FROM NEW ORLEANS:

1. Forward this email to everyone you know and get them to log in, enter their info, articles, stories in their evacuee community forum and neighborhood forum.

2. Help any New Orleans folks near you who don’t have access to a computer get logged into this site and to other online resources.

PLEASE DONATE
To support our efforts…

https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/indyvoter/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=80

For New Orleans with love,

Shana Sassoon
New Orleans League

hell yeah

Date: 2005-09-18 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fieldflower.livejournal.com
i've been wondering about a lot of those same things.

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