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Hurricane Relief this Thursday at the Mesa Poetry Slam
« on: August 30, 2005, 01:27:38 PM »
On Thursday, September 1st, the Mesa Poetry Slam will be holding a slam for Hurricane Katrina.  The proceeds we normally collect for the winning poet (house money, sign-up, and pass the hat) will all be donated to the American Red Cross.  Generally, that comes to about 50-100 dollars, I'm hoping we can raised at least double that for the ARC.  

Sign-up begins at 8:00PM!

Go to www.essenzacoffeehouse.com for more information!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2005, 04:45:41 PM »
thanks klute.
has anyone heard from anyone down there?
someone dear to me is in baton rouge and they emailed me the night before it made landfall and told me not to worry-and then i saw the morning papers and promptly began to worry.
i know getting through is tough right now-i've tried.
but if there is anyone who has any idea about who is in what shape i'd sleep a lil easier.
thanks
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and for this human body that i know i've earned"
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2005, 04:22:43 PM »
Got this off the website a few minutes ago. Will cross post to Members and SlamMasters Forums too.

PSI - Poetry Slam Incorporated

Sender's Name: Brian Du Fresne
Sender's Email: cactusdapoet@yahoo.com
Message: could you please post this message. Due to the recent evacuation of New Orleans the city of Shreveport has thousands of Hurricane refugee\'s staying in \"shelters\" aka the gym of a local college. My request is this if any poets are travelling near Shreveport and would like to entertain some people who could really use it. Please have them contact me if any are interested at (318)572-4300 or at cactusdapoet@yahoo.com

I can\'t promise anything more than maybe a couple of beers but all help would be gratefully accepted.

thanks

Brian \'Cactus\' Du Fresne

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2005, 12:12:40 PM »
Will crosspost the following:

From Asia of New Orleans team 2005

Thank you SO much for thinking about us.  N.O. is an extremely close knit poetry community...we are struggling to locate each other.  Many of us have, yet there are still a few unaccounted for.  I am in Houston, TX, and there are about another 8 poets here.  We are also spread out in San Antonio, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, smaller parts of northern Louisiana, and other cities.
 
We are ok, but it is just surreal to know that the clothes on our backs and the poetry in our hearts are all we have left.  It will be a long time before we feel a semblance of normalcy, even when we've begun to start new lives.  It is remembering your neighborhood, your favorite restaurant, your poetry venues, faces...nothing can replace that.  Those of us that are now safe fight between trying to stay focused enough to search for resources and work towards some kind of recovery, and realizing that there are many of us that are still not yet safe.
 
Tragedy changes what is important in your life.  It seems like a century ago that I sat at the National finals in Albuquerque (probably misspelled!) with my team...I remember wishing that we had been strong enough to win.  Now I just wish I had the badge that said "Poet".
 
I will pass your message on, and again, thank you.
 
Trinette "Asia" Rainey
New Orleans Poet

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2005, 07:55:21 PM »
hot off the poetry_slam list-serv.  cross posting in SM and members forum.

If you have any of this stuff and are near Denton, please give Lindsay a call and let her borrow it.

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Hey everyone Lindsay Stone here

I am signing up to be on the Blue Tarp Crew to help out with the relief efforts.  I'm not sure where they will send me yet, but I was told that we will be leaving out sometime this next week.  I was told that I would have to be ready to leave within 24 hours of being notified.  I will be where ever they send me anywhere from 4 weeks to 10 weeks.

I have to have my own supplies to go down, and you can guess I have really non of it actually.  This is were I need your help below is a list of items I need, if anyone can help please let me know.  I do not have internet access at the house so the best way to contact me is by phone.
My number is
940.349.0060

Things needed:
Claw Hammer
Nail Pouch
Utility Knife with plenty of extra blades
Hard Hat (must be WHITE ONLY)
Workboots (size 12)
Long Pants (size 44 I think)
2 man Tent
Sleeping bag
Lots and Lots of Toilet Paper
Lots and Lots of Bottled Water
Plenty of food (canned food and stuff I will not have to cook)
also enough money to last for atleast two weeks

I have nothing holding me back from going to help and would be thankful if anyone could help.
A friend of mine might also be going as well and she might need some of the same stuff
Please call me at
940.349.0060
thanks,
Lindsay Stone


UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Lindsay, and she said I could post her paypal account if people want to send money to help:

openmouthrecords@yahoo.com

Just log on to paypal and select the 'send money' option.  Then type her email address and the amount and voila!

Later kids
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Another option to help directly, bypassing Bush's red tape:
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2005, 03:47:15 AM »
Date:  Wed, 07 Sep 2005 03:26:21 -0400 [03:26:21 EDT]
From:  "maillist@michaelmoore.com" <maillist@michaelmoore.com>
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Subject:  Here's How You Can Make an Immediate Difference in Louisiana ...a message from Michael Moore

Friends,

There is much to be said and done about the manmade annihilation of New Orleans, caused NOT by a hurricane but by the very specific decisions made by the Bush administration in the past four and a half years. Do not listen to anyone who says we can discuss all this later. No, we can't. Our country is in an immediate state of vulnerability. More hurricanes, wars, and other disasters are on the way, and a lazy bunch of self-satisfied lunatics are still running the show.

So, in the next few days, I will write to you about what must be done about Bush and Co.

But today I want you to join with me in bypassing the colossally inept and incompetent Bush administration and get help DIRECTLY to the people of the New Orleans area -- right now.

A lot of you have written me to ask what you can do. Many don't know who to trust. Many want to do more than write a check. You are right to think that writing checks to relief agencies will not get water and aid to people in the next 48 hours. Checks will be needed later and can be written later.

I have a way, though, for each and every one of us to do something today that can affect people's lives TODAY.

For the past few days I've been working with a group that, I guarantee you, will get direct aid to the people who need it most.

Cindy Sheehan, the brave woman who dared to challenge Mr. Bush at his summer home, has now sent her Camp Casey from in front of Bush's ranch to the outskirts of New Orleans. The Veterans for Peace have taken all the equipment and staff of volunteers and set up camp in Covington, Louisiana, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. They are accepting materials and personally distributing them to those in need.

This is where we come in. We need to ship supplies to them immediately. Today they need the following:
> Paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, baby wipes, baby
> formula, Pedialyte, baby items in general, powder, lotion, handy wipes,
> sterile gloves, electrolytes, LARGE cans of veggies, school supplies, and
> anything else to lift people's spirits.

You can ship these items by following the instructions on VFPRoadTrips.org. Or you can deliver them there in person. The roads to Covington are open. Here's how to get there ( http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&un=m&cl=EN&ct=NA&rsres=1&1a=&1c=&1s=&1z=&2a=1115+West+28th+Avenue&2c=Covington&2s=LA&2z= ). You can drop them off or you can stay and participate (if you stay, you'll be camping so bring your own tent and gear and mosquito spray).

If you can't ship these items or go there in person, then go to VFPRoadTrips.org ( http://www.vfproadtrips.org/#donation ) and make an immediate donation through PayPal. Camp Casey-Covington will have immediate access to this cash and can buy the items themselves from stores that are open in Louisiana (all donations to Veterans for Peace, are tax deductible).

Each day I will post up-to-the minute information as to what is needed and the progress Camp Casey is making. Please visit MichaelMoore.com often and do what you can to help.

Many other groups are also doing good work. MoveOn.org has set up a system for people to offer rooms in their homes to the survivors ( http://www.hurricanehousing.org/ ).

There is no time to waste. People are suffering and dying. Each of us can do something. There is no other alternative.

Thank you in advance for your help. Tomorrow, we will take care of the other work we need to do about the ideologically hamstrung incompetents in charge.

Yours,
Michael Moore
Mike@MichaelMoore.com
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2005, 08:37:48 AM »
Poetry Slam, Inc. has been persuaded by some of its members to participate in a little hurricane relief for some of our own needy individuals. The following poets are all currently active members of PSI and have been displaced by Katrina:
Chuck Perkins
Asali DeVan
Leonce Hall
Sunni Patterson
Hilton GF Soldier Young
Trinette Asia Rainey

We are encouraging individual poets, certified and registered Poetry Slams and anyone interested to donate cash to PSI to help these poets get back on their feet.

I do not think a donation to PSI for the assistance of PSI members is tax deductible. Disaster releif is not in our organizational mission and PSI members are not a "general" population. I will continue trying to get an answer to that question from the IRS, but any contribution you make to this fund should be considered to be a straight up gift. If you want to give to an organization and get a tax break on your donation, we recommend the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org but of course there are others. Please be careful of scam "charities" though.

If you are a SlamMaster with a positive amount in your GrantBack account, you could divert some or all of that money to this fund if you wish. Just send me an e-mail that tells me to do that. steve@poetryslam.com

Anyone can donate through paypal. Go to the PaPal site and click on Send money. Then send it to steve@poetryslam.com with a note that says it is for The New Orleans poets.

Anyone can donate with Visa, Mastercard or Discover (sorry, we don't take American Express). The easiest way to do that, with the new rules in place, is by FAX. Send a photocopy of your credit card with a note that says the amount you wish to donate and your signature on it. FAX is completely secure and there is no way to intercept that information. The FAX number at PSI is 810-231-8129.

(Please don't call me this week with credit card numbers as I am on the road and won't be back until September 15. FAX really is our best option.)

And, of course, we will take your checks and money orders through the mail. In fact, credit cards have a service fee and so does PayPal. More of your money will get to New Orleans if you send check or money order or donate from your GrantBack.

Send checks and money orders (with a note that it is for the New Orleans Poets Relief Fund) to

Poetry Slam, Inc.
Steve Marsh
11462 East Lane
Whitmore Lake  MI  48189

I fear that we will not be able to raise very much but I hope that all of you will prove that fear to be wrong.

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2005, 10:40:01 AM »
Thanks Steve.  I'll mention this next week at the Slam - see if we can't rustle up some more dough.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2005, 01:28:51 PM »
Sept. 22nd is the next mic I operate & we're already organizing it as a fundraiser,so I'd like to include these poets as beneficiaries~~the donation probably won't be huge, but it will be from a good home.
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