Hurricane Gustav approaches, and INCITE needs your support

INCITE! needs your support in their efforts to help low-income women of color with evacuation efforts as Hurricane Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

Your assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families evacuate safely if need be, stay safe for the duration of the evacuation, and return to the city as soon as possible so as not to fall prey to the pushout that has kept so many folks from being able to return to New Orleans since Katrina. Local organizers are using whatever resources and funds at their disposal to help women and their families evacuate, bond people being held in Orleans Parish Prison out, and support those who make the choice to stay in whatever way they can.

This money will go directly to supporting the hundreds of low income women of color that are the constituency of the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic.
Once again, the particular vulnerability of low-income women of color and single female-headed households (including folks with disabilities, seniors, undocumented immigrant women, and incarcerated women) has been erased in the face of disaster and overlooked in the days leading up to the storm. With few resources, facing challenges and concerns for their families of their own, INCITE! New Orleans and WHJI have stepped in to fill the gap. Please send all your support, solidarity, sisterhood and strength their way, and join us in hoping for the safety and well-being of the people who are already suffering from Gustav in Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti, and willing the storm to subside or veer off safely before it strikes the Gulf Coast.

TO HELP: Click here to make a donation online (be sure to put “New Orleans” in the “Purpose” line). [Updated link.]
Or you can write a check directly to WHJI and send it to:
PO Box 51325
New Orleans, LA 70151

Join the Conversation

  • KristinSue

    The second link doesn’t work. The first one does however. I made a donation. I wish I could do more.

  • bettieclem

    As a NOLA resident preparing to evacuate, I highly advise AGAINST sending a check through the mail. If the storm is as bad as it is predicted to be (aka, worse than Katrina), mail service will be down for quite some time. Donate online, please!

  • Mystery Dyke Squadron (Bombing Division)

    “This money will go directly to supporting the hundreds of low income women of color that are the constituency of the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic.”
    What is this bigotry?
    Surely a poor person is a poor person, irrespective of genital status and skin colour?

  • Ann

    Yes, Mystery Dyke, a poor person is a poor person regardless of gender or skin color. Absolutely. But the reason I chose to highlight INCITE’s action alert specifically is that I trust the mainstream media and other bloggers are talking nonstop about general evacuation efforts. As INCITE points out, low-income women of color have been overlooked in run-up to Gustav. They’re trying to prevent that from happening as the storm hits. I’d rather use this blog to highlight a group of women who are not getting attention from the mainstream media.
    I don’t think highlighting the specific work of INCITE is the same thing as saying “don’t worry about white people and men.” I totally understand if you would prefer to donate to other worthy relief efforts with a more general focus, like the Red Cross. (Also, here’s a link to help with post-Gustav relief in the Caribbean.)

  • Mystery Dyke Squadron (Bombing Division)

    Well you lot were certainly a lot more reasonable about my objections than Feministe were…
    I just fear that making specific groups for specific races might emphasise the divide rather than minimise it. As far as I can tell the Bush policy to New Orleans was not actually racist as such, simply disregarded the poor. There were a lot of poor black people in New Orleans, and so…
    It doesn’t excuse it. Not at all. But callousness and bigotry are not the same thing.