Be thankful - and helpful - this Thanksgiving.
To those of you who have power, food, shelter, and heat this holiday, you are still better off than thousands of Sandy survivors in New York and New Jersey. For the over 3,000 still without power and tens of thousands displaced - some permanently - it’s getting more difficult as the weather gets colder.
So please, consider giving to some of these organizations this holiday season:
The Ali Forney Center - This non-profit provides housing for homeless LGBT youth in NYC, and its headquarters were decimated by the hurricane.
The Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence - This shelter for victims of domestic abuse had to throw out massive amounts of food thanks to power outages. They are looking for money and grocery store gift cards to help them restock.
Rockabus - One of the worst hit areas of the storm, entire neighborhoods in Rockaway Beach have been completely wiped out. Many residents are still living in the streets as rescue crews and building inspectors continue to assess the damage. Rockabus has put together a list of organizations that need donations of money and time. I would recommend against donating to the Salvation Army as their practices are openly homophobic, and there are plenty of LGBT folks impacted by this storm.
Feeding America - This is one of the nation’s largest food banks, and a charity that uses 97% of its revenue on program expenses as opposed to administrative expenses. They’re on the front lines against food insecurity, and they’re more necessary than ever with so many people displaced this holiday.
K.I.D.S. - Diapers, food supplies, clothes, you name it - if a toddler through teen needs it, K.I.D.S. provides it. This charity has a 10 to 1 matching system that multiplies every dollar you give by ten, and they’re working hard to provide displaced families with the supplies they need to survive in the wake of Sandy.
There are plenty of ways to give back this Thanksgiving. The best method is to give locally, because local shelters know the needs of their community, and are more likely to help residents in need regardless of immigration status - another important thing to consider with this storm.
It’s easy to ignore all of the damage that remains in NY and NJ. I was in Baltimore when the storm hit and my power came back on after a few days. There are people whose power is still out, more than three weeks later. There are people whose homes are gone - they can’t go back to them because there is simply nothing to go back to. The media has by and large lost interest in this story, and it’s easy to forget how bad things still are. So please, take some time out of your day to remember. Donate what you can, volunteer if you can, spread the word.
Okay so here I can blogggg and say what the fuck I want in however many words and letters I want. I can link my facebook.youtube.twitter. all that shit. One place. BOOM.
I keep posting stuff about anonymous and the right to the free flow of information and wikileaks and all this stuff that most of my facebook friends are too stupid to give a shit about. No offense guys.
But seriously, some people need to open their eyes. Yes, fashion and celebrities and gossip…all really fun shit. All shit that I love (well, minus celebrities for the most part) but really there are more important things that you could invest your time with. Most of the people I know have no fucking clue what’s even going on in the world around them and they believe everything that the news tells them is happening. Sorry you naive little angels, but there is so much shit in this world that would make your stomach turn that you would know about if only you looked a little beyond your iphone. Knowledge is power.
Anyway, I’ll be posting the shit that I find important or cool. Or funny or whatever….Just know that a lot of it is stuff that will make you think…and hopefully make you do something with your life that can possibly make a difference in the world.
Get involved with something exciting!
SoundCloud user, Dave McKeown, is planning to compose a new piece of music, using nothing but samples of the SoundCloud community saying the words “Sound” and “Cloud”, no instruments, no drum machines, just your voices.
He did something similar with water sounds a few months ago:
He’s been collecting samples via his dropbox for the last week, and will continue to do so till the end of next week, at which point, he’ll start to stitch together all the voices to produce something new, and unique to the SoundCloud community.
The quality of your recording doesn’t matter, or the format, Dave’s only request is that you enable downloads when you send him your sample. Have a listen to Dave’s explanation above, get your REC button ready, and help Dave out!