03 September 2005

World Music for Katrina Relief

Musicians are jumping into the Katrina relief effort - I'm hearing of plans (no details yet) of a benefit show featuring jazz musicians here in Olympia. Others are organizing across the country, with efforts including:
  • DeltaAid: Hurricane Relief Concert - Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center in Carrboro, North Carolina, featuring, among others, Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate.
  • Putumayo World Music is donating all proceeds through the end of the year from its critically acclaimed albums New Orleans and Mississippi Blues to relief efforts.
  • Music for Relief: On Saturday, September 10th, multiple live concerts will air on MTV, VH1, and CMT to raise donations and awareness for the Hurricane Katrina disaster. For details, see musicforrelief.org.
  • Not as musical but right at the grass roots is MoveOn.org's hurricanehousing.org which matches up refugees with people willing to provide them free housing. Something I'd certainly do if I wasn't thousands of miles away...
  • Finally, if like me you've got pets as members of your family, you might consider an additional donation to the Humane Society of the United States disaster relief fund. Their Disaster Animal Response Teams are now in Louisiana and Mississippi coordinating a multi-state animal rescue and recovery effort.
If you're making a cash donation, be sure to verify the group is legitimate. Here in Washington State you can do so by calling the Secretary of State's toll free Charities Information Hotline at 1-800-332-4483. The Secretary of State's Web site as www.secstate.wa.gov/charities offers an online lookup of charities registrations, tips, and statutes governing charitable solicitations.

2 comments:

YourLovelyHead said...

Hello there. I just read your comment on my blog regarding my list of beautiful people; a comment which I resent immensly. While initially I find it necessary to point out the fact that your comment was poorly thought out(Gia Carangi is Latino, not white, and your comment is therefore defunct), I still feel that it is important to knock it back as though it were valid.

If you knew me (which you clearly do not, you would know that I am the first person to challenge any form of racial discrimination. I am of Irish heritage, and the prejudice against the Irish equals that of 'non-white' people. As such, it would be completely contradictory for me to entertain any discriminatory attitudes.

If you knew me, you would know about my mother, who worked as an educational advisor to the Minority Rights Group in London in the 1980s, and is now the head of "English as an Additional Language" and "British Minority Ethnics" at my school; a woman who suffered incredibly as a child as a result of her race, and who raised me to see the beauty in everyone.

On top of this, if you knew me, you would know the people I am attracted to that I actually know, from a wide range of races, who, while perhaps not as attractive as those I listed, were still pretty damn hot!

dj earball said...

Thanks for your comment, but actually, you've got a little more thinking to do. I now know more about all the wonderful appreciation of diversity that you described in the lives of yourself and your mother. But the fact is I DON'T know you, so I was commenting on your list, not your background or that of your mother. And your list is pale, my friend, whether it includes a Latina or not. Pale, pale, pale, and certainly quite unrepresentative of the great glowing ball of beauty on which we all live. You sound like you apprecitate this fact in theory, so you should appreciate my criticism of your list.

Andy by the way, if you want readers to take other factors into consideration, don't assume they know you - put it in your post. You're publishing on the Web, not a neighborhood 'zine!

Cheers