FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2012
The Common Ground Collective that Created the Common Ground Health Clinic reaches out to Occupy for help supplying aid to New Orleans in aftermath of Isaac
The Common Ground Collective was instrumental in providing aid to Katrina victims in 2005. The Collective founded the Common Ground Health Clinic. Malik Rahim reached out to Occupy Wall Street and Occupy activists for help in providing for the needs of those displaced by Isaac, but more importantly the more than 10,000 New Orleans residents who have been displace more than 7 years since Katrina.
Occupy Activists have begun to create the “Occupy Isaac Response Distribution Network” to provide needed aid to those in New Orleans. This growing hub will collect aid from nationwide fundraising and distribute the aid to the Common Ground Clinic, Occupy NOLA, Occupy Baton Rouge, and Food Not Bombs groups heading to New Orleans to feed the needy.
Although President Obama has authorized a preemptive declaration of emergency, Community Organizations do not expect to see any money till late next week. The brunt of dealing with the displaced, hungry and sick will fall to these Community Organizations whose funding has been cut in the current bipartisan attacks on the social safety net. Activists affiliated with the Common Ground Collective, Occupy, and Food Not Bombs have stepped up to fill the gap as an example of what collective action can accomplish.
This afternoon at 3 pm EST Occupy will begin a fundraising campaign for the benefit of the Common Ground Health Clinic. Donations can be made online.
Donors will be asked to help in one of two ways. Send medical supplies and staple food supplies via the USPS to Occupy Hub Locations in Jackson, MS; Tuscaloosa, AL; Mobile, AL, Houston, TX and Birmingham, AL. Drivers are being recruited in these cities to transport supplies into the Clinic and feeding tents being set up by Occupy NOLA and Food Not Bombs. The opportunity to make a financial donation will also be available.
Money will only be used for the following purposes:
1. Gassing Vehicles to bring supplies to NOLA
2. Feeding & Caffeinating drivers
3. Buying Ice to keep medicine and Insulin cool
4. Potable Water
5. Staple Foods &
6. Items specifically requested by the Common Ground Clinic.
Any additional funds will be donated to the Common Ground Clinic and a report of all expenditures will be available to donors with-in thirty days of the closing of fundraising.
Those wishing to volunteer, help or become involved with the effort can join the mailing list or register for a conference call this evening at 7pm.
Those who wish to make a financial donation can do so with WePay.
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