|After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld|
I of course remember it all the time. But the memories are distant now, faded. I am fortunate in that respect. For many on the Gulf coast, the storm is an everyday reality - an event from which their lives have never returned to normal.
Sometimes I think, "but by the grace of God...", and yet, not being a religious person, it doesn't feel right. And so it becomes, "but by the grace of the universe." Doesn't have the same poetic ring though. By any name, I know how fortunate I have been, and that for everything I lost - and there was plenty - I could have lost so much more.
|Water line at Brocato's|
So let today be a day to be thankful, to be wary, to mourn our own losses but also to know that those around us lost more than we could imagine. And then to do something about it.
The following organizations work to improve and restore our city every day, and they need your support. Donate your money, donate your time, do whatever you can to make your community better. Today. Every day.
|Photo of lighthouse, 2008|
Common Ground Relief
Latino Farmers Cooperative
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Juvenile Justice Project
|Painting of lighthouse, 2009|
Dogs of the 9th Ward
Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Resurrection after Exoneration
Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition
Families Helping Families
Voice of the Ex Offender (VOTE)
Hollygrove Market and Farm
Second Harvest Food Bank
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center