Saturday, April 12, 2008

POST KATRINA NEW ORLEANS VOLUNTEERS: http://www.myspace.com/bigrossman


This is an e-mail I received from Ross a myspace postkatrina2007.com friend:


I WANTED TO WRITE TO YOU AND TELL YOU THAT MY TIME IN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA AND ST.BERNARD PARISH VOLUNTEERING AND HELPING TO REBUILD IS OVER.

IN MY TIME THERE I CAME DOWN WITH WHAT WAS LATER CLASSIFIED AS "THE KATRINA COUGH". SEVERE SINUS CONGESTION LED TO PNEUMONIA WHICH THEN LED TO HOSPITAL TIME.I WAS WARNED BY MY DOCTOR,BECAUSE OF THE FRAGILE NATURE OF MY PHYSICAL HEALTH, NOT TO RETURN THERE.


AND ITS KILLING ME!

THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE DONE, AND I'M NOT THERE TO DO IT.

DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY IT HURTS ME THAT I'M NOT BACK IN THE LOWER NINTH WARD DOING WHAT I SO PASSIONATELY WANTED TO DO. BUT INSTEAD OF BEING THERE IN THE FLESH TO DO WHAT I CAN,I'M ON THE NET,WRITING BLOGS, AGGRAVATING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, GATHERING PEOPLE, RAISING AWARENESS OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

HOPEFULLY ALL MY WORK WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. BECAUSE I LOVE NEW ORLEANS!

ITS MY ADOPTED CITY. SOME OF MY FAVORITE AND BEST MEMORIES ARE OF NEW ORLEANS AND LOUISIANA. ITS A BEAUTIFUL STATE AND CITY THAT IS SO VIBRANT WITH CULTURE AND HISTORY. AND IT SADDENS ME THAT THIS COUNTRY,YOUR COUNTRY, OUR COUNTRY IS LETTING IT SINK INTO THE MISSISSIPPI AND THE GULF OF MEXICO. WE ARE FAMILY, MAYBE NOT BIOLOGICALLY, BUT WE LIVE ON THE GULF COAST, AND WE'RE AMERICANS. THAT MAKES US MORE KIN THAN YOU KNOW.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CAUSE AND FURTHER IT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I'M AN E-MAIL AWAY FROM YOU.

TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS...

"TREASON DOTH NEVER PROSPERS.........."

ROSS
CREOLA, Alabama
United States

http://www.myspace.com/bigrossman

POSTS & PHOTO'S ON THE WAY...: APRIL 12, 2008 - NEW ORLEANS




Sorry dear readers you have not had many new posts to contemplate...

Since recovering from pneumonia and exhaustion, I went back into the streets and shared in some really traumatizing events with the people going through them. I also had the blessing to go out with Elodie a photographer from France and Daniel from Germany.


Besides the photo's (about 2500) I shot when I was out with them in the city, (mine are mostly archival - including documentation of (what I perceive as the) UNFAIRNESS of Road Home monies distribution. I have witnessed how neighborhoods who were not even flooded have been busy repairing and upgrading their homes; and how Audubon Park already full of healthy trees are getting more trees whilst whole sections of the city have none!!!

April 2008 7th Ward New Orleans

And I have photographed neighborhoods that suffered not only the psychological traumas associated with being left in flood waters up to 6 days waiting with out food, water, and in many cases privacy or covering in the hot sun in too many cases - how these very communities continue to suffer from the same version of "Compassionate Conservatism" Post Katrina coming up 3 years after the post-Katrina levee failures. OUTRAGEOUS.


Here's my intention: I want to get up as many photo's and postings as I can before the 3rd anniversary of the failure of the levee's and the flooding, in August. For those seeking info because they care, for the displaced New Orleanians whose hearts are never far from their beloved city, for volunteers, for grant writers, for academics, for students - especially the children, so that they have one of many sources of the experiences and stories of the people of New Orleans of African decent - albeit from a woman of the white nation. Internally I give thanks for the Light that feeds my body, my heart, and my mind to do this, as I am competing against the likes of brand New Orlean$ and, politicians, people with much influence and $$$, and the tourism bureau - which are marketing another New Orleans reality that has very little to do with the reality of those trying to rebuild their lives. Those behind and aligned with brand New Orlean$ have the money and power to change the demographics of this Chocolate city one neighborhood at a time into "their likeness and image". Think Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Orlando, The Big Apple - tourism destinations - but this one is the festival tourism destination. Think gridlock, gridlock, gridlock, union free jobs in a service industry and the local colleges become Ivy League standard - populating neighborhoods and creating more streets like Broadway near Tulane. Communities full of students, many of whom are so rude, who were not taught how to live with others adults in an adult manner.

How ironic as thousands to come "indulge in the pleasures of New Orleans," so many live in crippling poverty and undue social & economic hardship. MOST ESPECIALLY POST KATRINA! I thought the storm had ripped the cover of silence off of what had been happening - yet it seems there is still not enough oversight.

Many of the people who have much to say are working, living in FEMA trailers and rebuilding. Many of the hundreds of people I have met and spoke with don't have the time or energy to document what is going on around and to them and those they know - they are living it. I am blessed to be invited into their lives and share with permission, what is happening with you my readers.


That's my agenda. That's what my photo's reflect and many of my postings will reflect. I did not create this agenda - I found it through my camera lens. I also found the people of the heart - the New Orleanians of African heritage, who have struggled through tribulations and sufferings that you and I, the sons and daughters of white privilege - social, economic, educational, civil rights privilege(s) - could never imagine, nor endure. I have watched, encountered and have been blessed to meet, since February 2, 2007, during the post-Katrina levee failure recovery process, people in various stages of profound SUFFERING, HARDSHIP, and TRIBULATION. These New Orleanians have shown me what faithfulness, patience, stalwartness, trust, righteous anger, what it is like to be hurt, betrayed and ignored, AND what dignity and integrity looks like in the face of, injustice, unfairness, classism and racism. What a friend of mine calls this government - BABYLON - an often unjust, arrogant, and at times, just plain racist and greedy group of peoples who claim to come in the name of the Light and in truth. Yet when oversight is instituted and one watches their agendas's and who they really are is seen in the proverbial "fruits of their deeds". I have seen in New Orleans post-Katrina that the people of Babylon really come in the name of the almighty dollar, personal enrichment, personal power, and the darkness that lurks within their hearts and unconsciousness's' - cleverly disguised as compassionate conservatism...

Now I know why President elect George W. Bush said when asked who his favorite philosopher was, President elect George Bush named "Jesus". "By the fruits of his deeds a man shall be known," Christian scripture teaches. President elect George W. Bush could not have been more clear and honest with everyone who heard his words. He has reminded us, and told this nation and the world repeatedly how he loves Jesus. His deeds show that he believes Jesus's teachings to be "philosophies". Something to be admired not practiced.

I have watched and experienced far too often in the streets of New Orleans those who have privilege, who indulge themselves, whilst they criticize* and ignore the plights of their brethren who have not been given a fair share of the so called "American Dream". I have watched these self absorbent, self indulgent,(this includes the indulgences of associated family as well) and selfish behaviors which I watch as a witness, unfold in the midst of incredible poverty...

And I am saddened to report that the majority of the people who enjoy many "privileges" in the city of New Orleans are Caucasian, lower to middle to upper class, whilst the majority race in numbers - which makes New Orleans the beautiful Chocolate city that it is, suffers the most hardship, the worst schools if they are even open, and live in ASTOUNDING and GRINDING poverty. I am noticing that a few relief agencies are just reaching some communities!

*How do I know this?" Cause I am a kind, tall, blonde by Clairol, Caucasian woman, with a big smile who is frequently mistaken as "safe" to speak racist remarks to.... Oooops. For them.

SO here is the Planetary scoop on postings and photo's...

I have been taking EFW (expectation free week). I am only writing this today because I "want" to. Otherwise, I have been resting, hanging out with planetary brethren and sistern, and my animal brethren and sistern; and planting plants to be given away as gifts the next time I go out into the streets of the city.

My intention is to begin writing and posting for the next 3 weeks starting one day next week - I am waiting for the assistance of the Light as this is intense work. I have been editing and sorting into files, the thousands of photo's I have taken just in the last 4 months! It is a lot of work and it is draining as too many of the images are profound in their silent suffering. There are more images of hope this spring then there were last spring - but outrageous suffering continues and my heart takes it all in through my eyes...

In LOVE,
your planetary sister...

Jah Guide.
Blessings to you and those you love.
Blessings to all who suffer.

CHECK IT:SINSOFTHESTATE



Sins of the State: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina




www.sinsofthestate.info


"A richly illustrated and stirring account of the government's failures unto the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Containing a wealth of more than 150 photographs detailing this distinctly American tragedy. Sins of the State is a 113 page photo-documentary on the city of New Orleans six months after the breach of the levees and the city's ensuing destruction. This narrative of the Crescent City under siege is a candid and troubling look at the government's repeated and ongoing failures in this matter and what it means to the rest of the nation."




links not working??? try this one: http://www.myspace.com/coyotephoto


Friday, April 11, 2008

FOR OUR DARFURI BROTHERS & SISTERS: A PASSOVER MANDATE TO BEFRIEND OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THEIR TIME OF TRIBULATION


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To share with my planetary brothers and sisters:

Received from:
Ruth Messinger, ruthmessinger@ajws.org

As we prepare to celebrate Passover we remember our mandate to "befriend the stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

For me, the Jewish experience of oppression and genocide means that we have a particular responsibility to stand in defense of all victims of persecution and affliction.

It also means that we must respond to the countless "strangers" around the world who so urgently need our help - especially the people of Darfur.

As the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan enters its sixth year and reaches levels of violence not seen since the beginning of the conflict, the people of Darfur need to know that they are not alone.

Please respond to the "strangers" in Darfur by making a gift to AJWS in honor of Passover. Once you've made your gift we'll send you a link to a special certificate: the perfect companion or alternative to an afikomen gift, and an excellent way to pass on the tradition of "befriending the stranger" to those who'll be sharing your Seder.

As you taste the bitter herbs this Passover, I hope you will remember the people of Darfur who have yet to find their own freedom. For the sake of the people of Darfur, I turn to you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a sweet and meaningful holiday.

Sincerely,

Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger
President, AJWS

P.S. You may want to use this special Passover reading at your Seder. Click here to download it now.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

peacesispossibleinneworleans.com - TUESDAY NIGHT VIGIL


peacesispossibleinneworleans.com

vigil 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Tuesdays
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Liberty Street
70117


directions to vigil



This Tuesday, we are honoring Travain Coates, 26, who we lost last July. Travain was a father of two who was starting to turn his life around. He had found a job, he started to play with his kids, he was going to propose to his girlfriend and then on his birthday, a friend, high off of drugs, took Travain's life.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

ONE WORLD MEDITATIONS IMPORTANT time change UPDATE -- www.oneworldmeditations.org




ONE WORLD MEDITATIONS IMPORTANT UPDATE:
www.oneworldmeditations.org

Dear Ones,

For those of you who have been taking part in One World Meditations, we are instituting a schedule change that will take effect on Wednesday, April 9th, and Thursday, April 10th, that will bring into alignment U.S.A. time zones for Daylight Savings Time and Eastern Standard Time with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on a year-round basis. This is not the case at present.

During Eastern Standard Time, when the clocks are turned back in the Fall, the difference between New York and London time is five hours and between San Francisco and London time, 8 hours. When the clocks are moved forward in the Spring, the difference in time between New York and London is four hours and between San Francisco and London, seven hours.

Since we would like everyone, no matter where they are located, to be meditating at the same time, we have decided to KEEP GREENWICH MEAN TIME (GMT) CONSTANT ALL YEAR, and to vary the U.S. times for One World Meditations.

Here is the new schedule.

Please note the change on Thursdays for U.S. participants beginning April 10th.

______________________


WORLDWIDE - Wednesdays: 9:00PM (EDT, 6:00PM (PDT),
01:00 (GMT) 2PM Thurs. (NZ)
in the FALL this will change to
8:00PM (EST), 5:00PM (PST), 01:00 (GMT)

if you can't make WEDNESDAY... a worldwide supplemental meditation...

WORLDWIDE -
Thursdays: 3:00PM (EDT), 12Noon (PDT)
19:00 (GMT) 8AM. Fri. (NZ)

in the FALL this will change to
2:00PM (EST), 11AM (PST), 19:00 (GMT)

______________________



We hope that this change will not create a great inconvenience for you at this time. In the long run, it will enable us to be more effective in the combined effort, worldwide, that we are engaged in together.

In order to receive ongoing updates about One World Meditations including a reminder of the schedule change in the Fall, please join our mailing list. This will also help us unify the community of participants that are taking part in this effort, worldwide.

Blessings. Julie Redstone

* * *

45 Overlook Drive, Amherst, MA 01002, USA



"YOUR JUST TOO ANGRY" - a planetary insight

It's true.

That is why I hide in my sanctuary for a few days after being in the streets doing my volunteering work and photographing...

I have all this pain, anger, frustration, humiliation, shame, rage, and other energies, that are emotional and psychological energies which build up in my body and my mind.

These emotions are from taking in the images that I photograph which come in through my eyes and go right into my heart. These emotional & psychological energies are from talking with those who need to tell a stranger who cares deeply, things that they sometimes can't share with those close to them. These emotions come from my own emotional immaturity in reaction to what I see, hear, and witness. These emotional & psychological energies come from the place within me that see's economic and social injustices and still acts as if it is the first time I am seeing it... each time that I do...

That's no excuse for my not containing my anger and those energies that are processing through me...

Yes, I am just too angry.

I am working on it, that why I should have stayed in the house and yet... Jah Guide.

mea culpa.


(...the opportunity to speak with Louis Gervais the owner, operator of NOPP came to me today when I was taking a day off... and my neighbor innocently in her seeking beauty and harmony around her, and worrying about property values in the neighborhood said something about the car in the yard of my neighbor. I explained that car was all the person that put things in it in storage had until they are done serving their time. But I did it with too much emotion - anger. I apologized to her later for my delivery, my emotional intensity, not for the content. And I have to give this for a man who is in security Louis Gervais - he stayed as visible as he could in the conversation without ever removing his sunglasses. I would "reason" with him again, eye to eye. I just vented on him about my feelings concerning - private security - the security industry - BlackWater - Guantanamo - contractors in Iraq - who determines who is an enemy combatant - presidential signing statements and how as a country as long as the security industry is privatized and growing such as BlackWater - 1 contractor per soldier ratio at this time in Iraq, we are as a country, "f----d". And I rarely use that word. Only in the most serious of situations...

"We are in a serious time..." -reggae lyric

{private security}
"...the second oldest profession..."
--Louis Gervais NOPP

"I believe President Bush elect, named Jesus as his favorite philosopher
because he thought Jesus' teachings were just philosophies."
your planetary sister


Oh Jah here me when I cry
Revelation time is here...

my knees are on the floor as I pray some more...

I know HE will here me when I cry...

while I go down on my knees to pray for man to change his wicked ways

I pray...

I know HE will hear me when I cry...

--pREZIDENT bROWN
to JAH ONLY








SACRED INDEBTEDNESS: NEW ORLEANS POST KATRINA: SUNDAY APRIL 6TH 2008


To the HOMELESS, the 9TH WARD UPPER & LOWER, MID CITY, the BLACK PEARL, LAKEVIEW, HOLLYGROVE, ALGIERS, 7TH WARD, KERLEC & FRENCHMAN STREET, the QUARTER, ESPLANADE
& THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS...

NEW ORLEANS
I CAME AND TOOK
NOTHING
FROM YOU

EVEN STILL...
YOU GAVE ME
SO MUCH.

I AM
INDEBTED
TO
YOU.

bless. prosper. guidance. perseverance.courage. strength.


psalm 91: 20-31
REDEMPTION


7th WARD NEW ORLEANS 4-04-2008


IN MY SANCTUARY I PRAISE JAH EVERYDAY - BUSHMAN: SIGNS









for my planetary brothers & sisters
in the name of my
BELOVED.