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Hurricane Rafts

Spring 2006
Poppa Neutrino has joined forces with Common Ground Relief in New Orleans, starting a project to build rafts in preparation for this year's hurricane season. The rafts will be moored in the various portions of the city where levee breaks occurred last year with Katrina, to be available for shelter and rescue in the event of a similar disaster.
After completing the first raft and instructing others in how to continue, Poppa left New Orleans with a small crew and headed up the Mississippi to start the Common Ground Navy.

MORE ABOUT COMMON GROUND RELIEF:
Here are some quotes from the Common Ground website, with links for further information:
"Common Ground's mission is to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area. Common Ground is a community-initiated volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support. The work gives hope to communities by working with them, providing for their immediate needs and emphasizes people working together to rebuild their lives in sustainable ways." www.commongroundrelief.org/
A little background: "Common Ground started with 3 volunteers and $50 dollars. We have grown to over 40 fulltime organizers and hundreds of volunteers including health care workers, community organizers, skilled laborers, techies, legal and housing rights advocates, gardeners and more. In addition to the programs below we have built alliances with other relief and community organizations, developed a network of over 700 volunteers, secured over 150 bikes for area residents and volunteers, and produced a new promotional video called 'Solidarity Not Charity.'
Common Ground is in it for the long haul and we hope that you will join in efforts to ensure that historically neglected communities are able to come back together for a more just and sustainable future." www.commongroundrelief.org/node/33

Would you like to volunteer?
Check these 2 pages for further information:
www.commongroundrelief.org/node/144
www.commongroundrelief.org/node/22

 

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