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Announcement :: Human Rights
Saturday // Radical Relief Reportback from the Gulf Coast
27 Jan 2006
-please repost with glee-

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Radical Relief Reportback from the Gulf Coast
Saturday, January 28 at 5pm

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave
Boston’s South End

Hurricane Relief workers who traveled to the Gulf Coast with the Frida bus in the late fall will recount their experiences through pictures and stories.

Hurricane Autonomous Workers Collective

The present goal of the Hurricane Autonomous Workers Collective is to raise awareness of the terrible conditions which still exist for hundreds of miles along the Gulf Coast which have been ignored by mainstream media, to help others who wish to volunteer or offer their resources to hurricane survivors connect with the grassroots organizations that have filled in the gaps left by FEMA and the Red Cross, and to support communities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in their efforts to rebuild their neighborhoods and stand up for economic justice. Hundreds of miles of coastline are still devastated by the hurricanes, and many are still homeless and hungry, waiting for FEMA trailers and insurance checks that have never come. The media has misrepresented the effects of the hurricanes, often promoting racial stereotypes and ignoring the conditions of poor neighborhoods strewn with debris, and houses that still stand unrepaired and ignored four months after the hurricane. There are many active grassroots collectives in the region who are filling in where traditional relief organizations have fallen short, who are working directly with communities, and who are willing to house and feed volunteers. The HAWC will facilitate connections between volunteers and other grassroots organizations in the area in order to ensure hurricane stricken communities get the support that they need.

The HAWC is planning a Hurricane Relief Caravan, destined to leave Portland for the Gulf Coast at the end of January. We are seeking volunteers willing to continue with the hurricane relief effort, doing home repair, clean up, tree removal and supply distribution. The hurricane zone needs volunteers willing to do general labor, as well as mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, nurses, CNA'S and others with medical training, and anyone who has skills, knowledge, or a willing set of hands to lend to the relief effort. We are also looking for donations and supplies for mold remediation and construction tools and materials, as well as non-perishable food items, medical supplies and fuel. The Gulf Coast relief effort is also in great need of transport vehicles, so volunteers and supporters who bring their own vehicles, or know of used trucks and vans for sale or for donation would be extremely helpful.


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ABOUT LPC
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+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
Web: http://www.lucyparsons.org/

+++ Directions

By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By car, from Storrow Drive:Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email Pete at petestid (at) yahoo.com

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important aspects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) yahoo.com. Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.


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