Thank you everyone for being patient with the break in your normal fluffy programming on this LJ.
There is still a lot of information coming in about Katrina and the aftermath, so much so that I can't keep up with it all. My outrage hasn't dimmed, trust me. If anything, as more reports are coming in, I'm even more pissed about the criminal incompetence that's been put on display.
But it's nice to see that people across the religious, political, and ideological divide are outraged with me.
However, the news blogs here on LJ and elsewhere are going a much, much better job of keeping up with the unfolding issues on the ground and tracking who's changing their story, and, most importantly, who in the federal government is playing CYA. Here's hoping that the press is finally pissed off enough to not let anyone get away with CYA. I'm not hopeful, though.
In the meantime, I'm looking for some good long-term funds to donate to, i.e., funds that'll buy things like school supplies, clothing, relocation assistance, job search assistance, scholarships, debt relief, long-term medical assistance, low-interest loans, etc. In short, some good funds that'll be working with an eye to helping Katrina survivors, regardless of the state, with their long-term needs. God knows there are a lot of them.
We're all so foucsed on "immediate needs," i.e. the Red Cross, that I know that I've lost sight of the fact that residents of the Gulf States will be grappling with this for years and may well never recover. God knows, upon looking at NOLA, Biloxi, and Gulfport, I find it very, very hard to believe that anything resembling a complete recovery is possible.
Which, unh, is the point of this post. Seed money for long-term recovery is extremely critical for the survivors.
If anyone has any suggestions, post a reply to this post. I'll keeping linking to this post so we can get a list going. Hopefully, in a week or so, I'll have a list of long-term funds to put in a main post, along with links and instructions to donate.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
On a Fluffy Note: After thinking hard about it, I decided to stick with my original idea for The Acme Heartbreak Repair Kit. I think it's a matter of just tweaking a few ideas and a few parts. At any rate, story is coming. Thanks for your patience again.