APRIL 2007 • Issue 4
Last summer in New Orleans, former public housing residents built a tent city called Survivors’ Village to protest being locked out of their homes as 86 percent of pre-Katrina public housing units, mostly undamaged, remained fenced off. In early April, Survivor’s Village will re-launch with cottages instead of tents, along with a legal clinic, first aid station, and chapel. Visit their “How to Help” page to download flyers, email legislators, donate, and sign up for action alerts.
Encourage your Senator (www.senate.gov) to co-sponsor and support the federal Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007, which would re-open 3,000 New Orleans public housing apartments by August 1, 2007 and maintain pre-Katrina levels of federal housing assistance. This bill, approved by the House of Representatives on March 21, is a direct result of grassroots organizing by local activists. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass it and get it to President Bush.
Donate money or volunteer your healthcare, education, counseling or administrative skills by emailing the New Orleans Women’s Health and Justice Initiative (WHJI), which is opening a clinic at 1406 Esplanade Avenue this spring to offer quality, affordable healthcare and counseling services to low-income and uninsured women of color, regardless of immigration status. The clinic aims to fill gaps left by Charity Hospital and other closed facilities. WHJI also plans to expand its community organizing for healthcare and social justice. To receive a tax deduction, please make checks out to Women With a Vision, with “New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic” in the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 51325 New Orleans, LA 70151.
Check out this Letter from the People of New Orleans to our Friends and Allies, by New Orleans-based activists, published in Left Turn magazine’s April/May 2007 issue.
Check out CHAMP’s comic book version of Mindy Fullilove’s Root Shock.
Global Strategies for HIV Prevention supplies the post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits to HEAL Africa in Goma, DRC. Specify that your check go toward PEP kits and mail it to Global Strategies at 104 Dominican Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) provides HIV treatment, primary care, trauma counseling, income generation activities, and family planning services to thousands of women who were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and works in solidarity with grassroots Rwandan women’s associations to advocate for improved treatment access. Mail donations to WE-ACTx, 3345 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Call (415) 648-1728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.