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Announcement :: Politics
Mutual Aid and Solidarity needed from New Orleans
06 Nov 2005
The Common Ground collective is asking people to visit the New Orleans evacuees in their area and let them know that efforts are being made to rebuild their community.
The Common Ground collective is asking people to visit the New Orleans evacuees in their area and let them know that efforts are being made to rebuild their community.
Common Ground Collective is a community-run organization offering solidarity and mutual aid to the citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Common Ground collective began days after Katrina hit, establishing a community center in Algiers that offers free water, food, cleaning supplies, internet access, house repairs, legal support, housing advocacy, and a free medical clinic. We also run a community radio station and a mobile free clinic.
Efforts have begun to take shape in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. We see that there was great inequality before the storm in the 9th ward. We believe this inequality continued during the storm, and we see that this inequality is continuing now, after the storm. Though the 9th ward has been abandoned by the city, there are many people from all over the country joining with residents to clean and rebuild the community and keep it in the hands of those who live there.
For a month now, Common Ground has been placing information sheets on every door of the 9th Ward and working with residents who are committed to staying. A distribution center has been established, free medical and legal clinics have taken place, and crews have been picking up trash and helping clean homes.
It is our belief that the ninth ward community will have more of a chance of surviving if the residents return home, organize, help each other and know that aid and relief are available for the long- term. We need your help to let residents know that all of this is happening in their community. This can be done by printing out the flyer below and distributing it to 9th ward evacuees in your area.
For more information visit http://www.commongroundrelief.org or contact common ground 9th ward coordinator, Brandon Darby.
Common Ground 331 Atlantic Ave, New Orleans (504) 368-6897

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