Help Haiti

I don’t have any personal knowledge specific to Haiti, but I do know this: These kinds of things are MUCH more urgent and extreme than they seem through the media filter. As hyperbolic as some of the coverage has been, I think it’s safe to assume that it isn’t capturing the scale and precariousness of what is going on.

If you didn’t hear Jason Beaubien’s on-air moment and the reaction to it on NPR, check out this story.

Partially because this blog started in response to the Katrina-Rita thing in the Gulf, I feel moved to use it to join the chorus of voices asking for help in Haiti.

We need to take these moments to not only reflect upon how fragile the systems that ensure our own physical security are, but to recognize that as people who CAN help, we MUST help.

I’m struck by the stymying of certain relief efforts by the destruction of critical infrastructure. All the high-tech aircraft in the world can’t help when the airports been destroyed. But at our end, far from the scene, technology actually helps us help. It makes sharing our own resources easier and (hopefully) more transparent.

There are tons of things you can do but the no-brainer, why-haven’t-you-already-done-it thing, if you have a cell phone in the US is to text “Haiti” to 90999. This donates $10 to the Red Cross, and as far as I can tell, this is on the up and up.

There are other ways to help. I won’t go on and on.

I’ve been appreciating the coverage on the Huffington Post.

The situation seems to be critical, dangerous and if not helped, headed towards something from Kormak McCarthy.

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2 Responses to “Help Haiti”

  1. Reuben Mitchell says:

    Did my thing. Gave $10 to UNICEF.

    By the way, this is the beginning of me harassing you on your blog!

    r!

  2. gingin holder says:

    Love your astute observations. Discovered your blog while researching Rita, etc. Keep it up. tThere are patterns here and your blog has recorded them from Haiti back to aftermath of Katrina and Rita. The Shock Doctrine, The Wrecking Crew and yes Cormac McCarthy,have been telling us it’s here. When are we going to realize this was on purpose, not a literary fiction, philosophy or conversational social theory.

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