Helping Haiti with Awareness and Action! (updated 1-19-10) The Red Badge of Courage
CNN on How Your Money Gets to Haiti
The real face of Haiti has nothing to do with US. Here is a site that contains real-time requests for information about people in Haiti. Oh my… Please reach out, give money, get the badge and share it. The previous site has been merged with Google Crisis Response App.
You can left-click on the image to download it to your drive and make your own badge. Or email me and I will be happy to do one for you.
In the spirit of supporting those across the globe in Haiti, recovering from the disastrous earthquake, I have put a red “haiti” ribbon on my Twitter pic. I will be adding it to my Facebook and other profiles shortly. If you are interested, the PSD-EPS file is available for free download here. Let me know if you have any trouble putting your pic together. There are PNG files at the bottom of the post. Or email me and I will do it for you.
While I was chatting with a colleague today regarding the Iran Green and other similar campaigns the idea resonated with me to simply “put it out there.”
I derive no benefit from this effort. What I am doing, hopefully, is creating a bond of awareness and hope with those suffering from this terrible loss. In criticizing the Iran Green movement initially, I was doubting the power of the taskless gesture. Why not send $10 rather than putting a green ribbon or green peace sign on your icon?
Here’s a bit more of the source photo for the red cross. It’s a man’s shirt who is holding an injured Haitian.
What I learned while discussing the process with colleagues and on the comments on my Iran post, was that we all want to be part of a tribe. As we join “tribes” we associate our hearts with those of others. We join our voices into good rather than evil, or merely promotion.
Yesterday my wife called and asked if I had already given money to the relief efforts. I am glad that she did some due dilligence, because there are some ‘help’ efforts that may not be as well intentioned as others.
While I cannot do the research for you, yesterday on NPR I was encouraged by Bill Clinton talking about his efforts to provide relief in Haiti. His organization is http://clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake. What I liked was he was being quite direct with the type of support the Haitians need. It’s CASH.
In the coming months they will need clothes and water and staples. But today the only relief that is going to impact the situation is the fluidity of gold. Let the people doing the work decide to buy water, medical supplies, food or tents. I am pretty sure your church cannot air lift the hard goods over to those in need. CNN How to Help is page that lists a bunch of vetted services working on Haitian relief efforts.
Do what you can, show your support how ever you feel. Most of all, let the impact of this moment hit you where it hurts. We are all in this together.
- On badges and affinities: Oh My IRAN! Another Meaning for GREEN ACTIVISM #iranelection #iran
- CNN: How Your Money Gets to Haiti
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- CNN: How Technology Helps
- ZDNET: Haiti earthquake themed blackhat SEO campaigns serving scareware
- GAWKER: Says Wyclef’s charity might not be the way to go for donations
- Fastcompany on Google Maps and Haiti’s Rescue Efforts: Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Google Earth, Online-Map Makers, Texts “Absolutely Crucial”
Photoshop template for the help haiti ribbon: (PSD)
The Red Badge of Courage shattered American preconceptions about what a war novel could be. In the decades before Crane’s novel, most fiction about the Civil War was heavily idealistic, portraying the conflict as a great clash of opposed ideals. Whereas previous writers had taken a large, epic view, Crane focused on the individual psychology of a single soldier, Private Henry Fleming, during his first experiences of battle. In this narrowed scope, Crane represents Henry’s mind as a maze of illusions, vanity, and romantic naïveté, challenged by the hard lessons of war. Crane does not depict a world of moral absolutes, but rather a universe utterly indifferent to human existence. — sparknotes
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