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News :: Environment
New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
15 May 2006
Major flooding is occuring in working-class communities around New England. This is a call for grassroots emergency response, rebuilding and relief work! Get in touch and come help!
-please forward widely-

Hello Friends,
Evan Greer here from Andover, MA. I've been a medic / organizer in the Boston community for a while, but have been away, for those of you who don't know me. You may or may not be hearing about it on the news, but there is currently major flooding going on in many towns to the north of Boston in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. There are dams that may burst overnight, sewage plants have been flooded and hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic sewage are flowing into the Merrimack River Watershed; residential areas are losing power and drinkable water.

THIS IS A CALL FOR HELP AND SOLIDARITY!!
If you want to help, please call me ASAP: 978-852-6457, or write: evan (at) riotfolk.org

I just got back from working with the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, doing grassroots relief work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Having seen the damage that flooding can do, and the racist and classist response that officials took there, I feel strongly that it is our responsibility as activists and allies in Boston to take action NOW and get involved in the emergency-response, rebuilding, and relief efforts. I have a pick-up truck, a canoe, and a safe place to stay in Andover (my parents are offering to open their home to activists and volunteers.) I am looking for ANYONE who wants to come and help out as soon as this evening (Monday) and over the next several days / weeks. Whether or not you have medical or emergency response skills, there will be plenty of clean-up, distribution, coordination and general aid work to do. I am contacting various community groups in the hardest hit areas: Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, Peabody, etc., and attempting to determine where they most need help and exactly what they need. I will try to act as a link between those groups and the activist community in Boston, to help people who want to plug in with groups looking for volunteers. Please call me: 978-852-6457. I don't want to be the only link, as well, so others who want to make this a more collective relief endeavor are more than welcome to come and get involved in the coordination efforts.

I spent most of today driving around surveying the scene. Most rivers and streams are over their banks, many roads are closed into and out of the hardest hit areas. Residential areas are under significant amounts of water, and hit hardest, of course, are communities of color, which in this area are generally built along polluted rivers, in low-lying areas where rain is collecting the most. Over the next several days, we can expect that wealthier white neighborhoods and corporate areas will receive the most attention and resources, and it is our responsibility as allies to go to and help in the areas that need it most.

Again, if you want to help, please get in touch: 978-852-6457, evan (at) riotfolk.org

In solidarity and struggle,
Evan Greer

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Re: New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
16 May 2006
This is a good idea, our neighbors need help and we can give it- solidarity only works if it's in time. Let's do what we can, and build strong links with communities where we might not have an invitation otherwise.

What are you proposing specifically, for people who might be wondering?
Re: New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
20 May 2006
We don't need your help. Get a job and pay some taxes. That will be help enough.
Re: New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
20 May 2006
We don't need your help. Get a job and pay some taxes. That will be help enough.
Re: New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
20 May 2006
We don't need your help. Get a job and pay some taxes. That will be help enough.
Re: New England Flooding: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AND RELIEF!!!
21 May 2006
This is NOT charity -- it's solidarity. Just "getting a job and paying taxes" only contributes to the very system that screws everyone over and cares only about the rich.