Thursday, September 01, 2005

Survivors on the Move

Guest blog entry by Monisha Sujan posted at 11:11 p.m.

Survivors on the Move
Monisha Sujan is a New Orleans resident, Tulane grad student and active member of New Orleans Democracy for America. She recently helped organize the Beaucoup Blues Louisiana organzing convention.

Click here to read the whole entry, which ends with...

The situation seems slightly overwhelming at this point regarding long-term planning. So, currently, my priorities are (1) making sure my family is okay, (2) making sure all my friends are okay and (3) doing something to make sure New Orleans and its people survive and hopefully thrive sometime in the future.

Monisha has also been searching for the following people:

Chris Daigle
Gabe Bordenave
Jacques Morial
Joyce and Dave
Mary Rigby
Melody Lee
Nancy and Ben Rosow

If you know the whereabouts of anyone above, please let us know and we can pass the message along.


  1. All who are searching for loved ones are First!

    Let's do what we can to assist them now and later too.


    This just in from a personal friend of my son
    (which son just finished serving for two years in Americorps)!

    Jason is a member of Americorps, St. Louis'
    Emergency Response Team (ERT).

    These young people go into the worst sorts of disasters,
    from hurricanes to forest fires and do whatever is asked of them!

    So, if you're wondering how to make a real difference,
    read this message and see if you can donate a little something.
    Thank you so much!!

    Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 19:31:52 -0500


    I am writing this email to all I know to ask that you help those affected by this disaster in anyway with a financial donation.

    I know many of you are watching the tragedy on t.v. As some of you know I worked for 5 weeks in Mobile, AL after Hurricane Ivan, and again this year in FL after Hurricane Dennis After only a few seconds of seeing the news, I can tell you that this is a tragedy much much greater than hurricane Ivan, and these people are suffering in a much more desperate way. Honestly, I still dread going there, and seeing this all in person....but I will persevere.

    I will most likely be leaving this weekend to aid in either LA, MS, or AL at the State Emergency Operations Center. Some of you may wonder why we have not went yet...the truth is, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not allowing it, and neither is our Corporation (Corporation for National Service). In a letter, they said that it is not only too dangerous for any workers or volunteers to go to these areas, but there are no resources for food and no housing. Hopefully the military and FEMA can work quickly to make those accommodations.

    Currently, however, we are working feverishly to ensure we have everything we need. We have packed cases of Meals Ready to Eat, and sent many more cases with our Forest Service Partners who are sending them to those in need. We have 4 generators for our own operation, and once we are able to have a place to sleep, we will be 100% self sufficient, so that we will not be an added burden to these states.

    I assure you that myself, and the rest of the team, will do all we can to help. I can guarantee our hours will be long, our emotions high, and our hopes challenging.

    I thank you all for your support of me the past year, and I wish none of you ever have to experience such a tragedy.

    If you would like to read more about the program or what we will be doing, our website offers some information:
    (or click!)

    Jason Vander Weele

  3. Hello, listener.

    cheryl, I'm not sure there is a way to allow "other" but not anonymous. Under the settings for comments, the choices are
    -only registered users
    -only members of this blog

  4. Long live the Shadow Blog/DFA!

    Thanks for the post by Jason.

  5. Hi Renee! ♥
    How's your mother-heart tonight?

    Hi sleepless! ♥ Thanks so much!!

  6. Is it safe for Bush-Loathers to post here? I don't loathe him so much that I can't see clearly. I promise!

  7. Anyone watch Nightline? Ted Koppel totally slammed Michael Brown about why after 5 days they have not done anything. He did not let up.

    Why the hell couldn't they have within 24 hours military cargo planes dropping off tons of water and food? I have seen those planes on our air museum here and they hold tons.

    I am so, so angry about what I think is the government intentionally letting these people die.

  8. Renee, I don't know the answer to that blogger question but you might try emailing them and seeing if you can do just other and not anonymous.


    A CAN'T DO GOVERNMENT- Paul Krugman

    "Before 9/11 the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing America: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans. "The New Orleans hurricane scenario," The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, "may be the deadliest of all." It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening.

    So why were New Orleans and the nation so unprepared? After 9/11, hard questions were deferred in the name of national unity, then buried under a thick coat of whitewash. This time, we need accountability................


  10. Reminder: Seashells birthday today

  11. Jack Cafferty - CNN

    You can see the video on

    "I’ve got to tell you something, we got 500-600 letters before the show even went on the air. No one -- no one -- says the federal government
    is doing a good job in handling one of the most atrocious and embarrassing and far-reaching and calamitous things that has come along in this country in my lifetime. I’m 62, I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earthquake in San Francisco. I remember a lot of things.

    I have never, ever, seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans.

    Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can’t sandwiches be dropped to those people who are in that Superdome down there? I mean, what is going -- this is Thursday. This storm happened five days ago. It’s a disgrace, and don’t think the world isn’t watching.

    This is the government the taxpayers are paying for, and it’s fallen right flat on its face, as far as I can see, in the way it’s handled this thing.”

  12. oops, that was me, sorry

  13. I have a sick feeling in my stomach, and I hope that I'm just in conspiracy mode, but connect these dots with me: there was no prepositioning of supplies for what they had to know as of last Saturday was going to be a catastrophe; they have ordered the entire city of New Orleans to be evacuated immediately; Bush has said that no troops or resources would be diverted for New Orleans; Denny Hastert openly talked about not rebuilding New Orleans; fires are now burning in New Orleans and there is no fire department to put them out. They are going to let New Orleans burn to the ground and then condemn the city, and I think this was their plan of action from before the hurricane hit, once they figured out how bad the damage could be and what it would cost to rebuild.

    Like I said, hopefully I'm just in tin-foil hat mode, but that's sure how it's looking to me.

  14. Oscar,

    Thanks for the toons. What better way to crush the middle class than $3 increase in the price of gasoline? You can bet there won't be any calls for a windfall profit tax.

  15. Phil*from*Iowa. wrote on September 2, 2005 08:31 AM:


    stop sending WATER by U S Postal Service to

    Water for Nurses P.O. Box 20065 LSU 70803 given earlier

    the Red Cross water arrived in the night last night

    nurses going without water was just too much for me to bear and I wasn't thinking clearly(too much of a bad dream playing out live)

    of course the Red Cross would come through eventually

    FEMA failed

    the volunteer chain is set up to distribute nonperisables to refugees on campus if you still want to send something but the water need of the nurses was met in the early hours this morning

    Louisiana is a state FULL of heroes and the Doctors and nurses who gave their little water to patients sure qualify

    Mississippi and Alabama of course have them too