Features from New Orleans
* denotes most recent updates
A Report from New Orleans
By Members of the Pagan Cluster / Photos by Arizona Indy Media
Join the Pagan Cluster in New Orleans, as Reclaiming activists take part in efforts to rebuild the devastated city and region.
RQ's coverage includes articles from cluster members who are sending updates from New Orleans, incuding Starhawk, who has written extensively of her work there,
We also feature photos from Arizona Indy Media and Starhawk, showing the grassroots efforts underway.
RQ Welcomes Your Reports
If you or folks you know are in New Orleans and have accounts or photos, please email RQ!
Here is the Pagan Cluster Call to Action for Hurricane Katrina relief. Below the Call are ways that you can help from home.
Pagan Cluster Call to Action
Hurricane Relief Mobilization
The Green Earth Cluster is planning to create a presence in the hurricane affected areas for at least the month of October, around which we can reach out to support the relief and rebuilding work of the local individuals and communities in the affected areas.
What will we be doing? Many of the details will remain fluid as we respond to opportunities and shifting needs. We might be nailing tarps to roofs, we might be chipping wood, we might be listening to people, we might be offering healing at a community medical center, we might be building water filtration systems, we might be helping to organize, we might be sifting through trash and building compost piles. In all things we will be grounding.
What spirit do we hope people will bring with them? We have the intention of listening and being open to the needs and desires of those who have survived this disaster and to be willing to adapt our response to what we learn. Come with a spirit of willingness to do whatever is needed.
What kind of support can I expect? It is our intention to create a space to support each other as we reach out to others. There are at least two buses and an RV coming. Accommodations will be very rough and might include tent camping or sleeping on floor space; and will require a fair degree of self sufficiency and self responsibility for your own health and groundedness.
How might I get there? You can drive there - better yet find others from your area willing to go and drive together. Borrow or rent a truck or van and collect needed supplies from your local community to bring down. You could also fly in and out of the New Orleans airport.
What time frame do I need to come for? Our expectation is that people will come and go as their schedule and other considerations allow. We will attempt to coordinate those able to offer transportation to and from the mobilization with those that need it, however we ask that you consider your transportation and scheduling needs and do your best to have a plan to meet those needs before arriving.
What should I do if I want to come?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, the time you will be coming, how you will be getting there, any particular skills or material support you will be bringing with you and any needs that you want the PC community to be aware of.
How You Can Help
Donations are urgently needed for all aspects of the rebuilding effort. You can donate directly to Reclaiming folks working in New Orleans via PayPal by clicking this link:
Donate to the Pagan Cluster's New Orleans work.
If you want to support a local New Orleans grassroots group with whom Reclaiming is working, you can donate to Common Ground at their website: www.commongroundrelief.org
For more information
There is also useful and updated information at the following web-sites:
Photos by Arizona Indy Media, arizona.indymedia.org and Starhawk. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without contacting them. Thanks!