Previously unpublished, released February 2016
TRUTH-FORCE ('SATYAGRAHA') AND THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH
The root meaning of 'Satyagraha', according to Mahatma Gandhi, was the force of truth or the soul-force that underlay the philosophy and practice of non-violent resistance. This force could move mountains and set men free.
Today, the challenges of life ask us to more firmly hold onto the force of truth within us so that we may stand aligned with the peoples of the world who are suffering, and with the earth itself that is in great need.
We're getting people into homes. There is no reason why 'we", I mean America, can't get it all done."
A LONG WAY HOME - FIVE STORIES IN THE MIDST OF HUNDREDS OF ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN KATRINA-TORN NEW ORLEANS
PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIO FROM GENARO MOLINA OF THE LA TIMES:
Charles TaylorIn the Lower Ninth Ward, 81-year-old Charles Taylor has taken matters into his own hands and is rebuilding his home. After going through chemotherapy and radiation for stomach cancer in Mississippi, he felt well enough to make his way back to New Orleans to fix up his home. Narrated gallery
Joyce Boudousquie and Tommy Bilich Though some of the elderly are forced to go it alone, others have banded together. Joyce Boudousquie, 73, and Tommy Bilich, 75, struck up a friendship that Katrina could not tear apart. “Some neighbor of mine who is very close to me introduced me to Tommy and we became friends,” Joyce said. Narrated gallery
Joyce Simms Woods Joyce Simms Wood, 77, is surrounded by the few possessions that Hurricane Katrina did not steal from her. She’s been living in a FEMA trailer with dogs Ricky and Spreckles as her only companions, along with a TV that’s never turned off. “Everybody wants to go home, but I’m not home,” she said. Narrated gallery
Andrew Frick An ailing Andrew Frick, 84, bides his time in a FEMA trailer park while waiting for construction on his home in St. Bernard Parish to wrap up. Memories of his beloved wife, who passed away last year after 46 years of marriage, have sustained him through the rough patches. Narrated gallery
Juliette and John Allen Juliette Allen, 64, visits the area where her house once stood in the Lower Ninth, now a wide patch of dirt. She and husband John, 74, plan to return. Although they live in a small, roach-infested home in the Lower Garden District, Juliette counts her blessings to be in New Orleans. Narrated gallery
Each of the following ads seek much needed help and are not asking for a lot of commitment. A 'burst' of help is needed...
Desperately Seeking Donations
We are a community advocacy non-profit 501(c)3 agency assisting individuals with disabilities. We desperately need donations (cars...running, household items, or other things of value) to help fund our community-based program.
Your donations will help individuals with disabilities find and develop income producing ventures to enhance their lives.
Tax donation forms available.
Call Christopher or Sue at (504)366-8801.
...so I'm just a regular guy who heard a very sad thing on the radio. A soldier stationed in Baghdad said, "This is not America's war, this in only a soldiers war on TV some place far far away."
He's right. What sacrifices have I made...not many. Regardless of whether you agree or don't agree (and I don't, vehemently), the fact is those guys and gals are doing it and dying for it under the flag of our United States.
So this holiday season, my organization, Grass Matts, is going to find homes in New Orleans of active duty military personnel and go cut their grass, trim a hedge, or paint a mail box.
Whatever chore they may need for half a day or so. If anyone is interested in joining me to say thank you with deeds and not just words, please send me an email or give me a call.
Matt - 845-416-0218, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply to: email@example.com
"KAMP KATRINA" NEEDS HELP:CAN YOU CREATE A BLOG FOR THEM?
From MS. Pearl:
I don't have a staff - I can send pictures. We need a blog desparetly.
Help is slow we aren't a non-profit and we aren't asking for money.
Lots happening - the Bio Tour came and did Thanksgiving with us.
If I had a printer, I would print this out and post it on area bulletin boards. Will you post it on your blog?
or call: 504 948 0166
FROM YOUR PLANETARY SISTER:
Helping, I have found is not always about doing the big, grand things, often helping can be at it's most meaningful when we are helping another planetary brother and sister in meaningful ways for them.
This could be something you can do, if you want to help, by setting the blog for Kamp Katrina and showing them how to upload future articles and pictures. Once it has been started and organized, MS Pearl could take it from there. Or, she could find someone else who would be willing to help in the next phase.
Here's the thing I have found out about "helping" - it can feel like a small thing to you, whilst at the same time, feel like a very big thing to the recipient. PEACE.
Volunteers needed Jan 1 - Mar 31 for any length of time firstname.lastname@example.org
OnSite Relief Inc. will be in New Orleans from Jan 1 - Mar 31 to work on various projects.
Projects will include sheet rocking homes, lawn mowing, helping with construction on a community center...etc.
No experience is nessecary but we are looking for a few experienced plumbers and electricians. We also have need for an office volunteer to greet volunteers, answer phones and respond to emails.
We can also provide info on housing and transportation.
Please visit http://www.onsiterelief.com/ for more info or email email@example.com or call 1-800-370-2420
Looking for a way to thank the thousands of volunteers from all over the world who have come to New Orleans to offer their support?
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help renovate Camp Hope, our volunteer housing in Saint Bernard.
Help us make Camp Hope a comfortable, affordable, place to house our volunteers who have travelled from afar to help rebuild our city!
For more information please contact Melissa Manuselis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a challenging blog to read... it is a difficult blog to write.
The challenges and difficulties are even greater for those living the reality I that I document and photograph.
After I have finished with a day of volunteering and photographing, I have the opportunity to walk away from the worst of the suffering. Not so for the families, the children, and the elderly, living in the toxic FEMA trailers, the abandoned houses, violence prone and devastated neighborhoods. Their suffering is ongoing and profound. I have never met stronger people of faith.
In our modern society I have noticed that many people spend an awful lot of time avoiding suffering and pain. That's what makes this blog so challenging to read and to "be with". I am sure there will be those who come to this site and wonder "why doesn't she post more positive things?" I am photographing and writing about the reality that I am witnessing and I understand that after a long day at work or trying to get through your own lives, how you would want to push the painful photo's and experiences I write about, away.
Here's the thing, if there weren't so many instances and experiences of suffering in New Orleans, I would have nothing to document or photograph. Yet there are far too many. And so, I write, I photograph, I pray, I cry, and I feel my profound helplessness as I witness the suffering and the hardships endured by local New Orleanians daily - many seeking to overcome (and overcoming) incredible difficulties and sufferation, whilst others succumb to fates of hopelessness, poverty, crime, and illiteracy.
This blog is my contribution to the beautiful people of New Orleans. When I have finished my work in New Orleans, I plan donate all the photo’s I have taken to an archive, as many of the photo‘s are anthropological in nature.
Everything on this site is meant to be shared, to inspire, and to help educate the millions in this country and elsewhere on this planet who believe that 2 years after Katrina and the levee breaks, that "everything must be okay now".
2 years after Katrina and the levee breaks, for thousands of New Orleanians, everything “is not okay“.
Volunteers are still needed. Especially people who can help rebuild. Even more so, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and spiritual counselors who are willing to come down and volunteer.
Your help is still needed. Your financial donations are needed. Your love is needed. Your prayers and blessings are needed.
Spread the word. Feel free to use anything on this website. All I ask is that you credit what you use to this web-site so that people will be able to read more about what I have witnessed occurring to thousands still suffering in New Orleans.
In Peace. Your Planetary Sister
"This moment in history is our generation’s lunch-counter moment - Iraq is our Vietnam and New Orleans is our Birmingham. Our generation could be the generation to defeat racism, poverty and war, but only if we come together as people of conscience."
An Open Letter to America: Now Is The Time For Us To Stand Up and Stand Together
-- Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
"Do you ever see the rainbow in the sky? Do the colors fight amongst themselves? Then why should mankind fight amongst themselves trough their different colors? The whole world is a garden and all the people in it are his flowers and we all beautify this garden with all our different colors. As the rainbow is in the heavens so are we, as rainbow people in his earth. Jah made all colors so all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful he made them all. Each little flower that opens, and each little bird that sings he made their glowing colors and he made their tiny wings. So remember: What does it profit a man to gain the whole word and lose his soul."
The 'sacred human' emanating light from their body and love from their heart for the purpose of blessing and uplifting mankind. It is what human beings are in the process of becoming.