Well, after what turned out to be a few days’ rest, instead of a week, I am heading back out on the truth trail. Camp Casey III in Covington, La, is really hopping. Members of our Camp Casey group took 10,000 pounds of supplies to Covington which is a poor African-American town in La.
The Vets for Peace bus is also doubling as the communication’s center since it has satellite internet and a satellite phone. Members of Code Pink from Austin and Houston collected clothes, baby formula and diapers and delivered them to Camp Casey III. The situation is dire, but we are glad that we can provide some of our fellow Americans with the basic comforts of home that our government is not supplying to them. We are putting our money, time, and energy into helping the people of Louisiana. Because of the misplaced priorities of the administration, they have become the collateral damage of this occupation of Iraq.
I was stunned at the level of corruption, incompetence and callousness that was exhibited by this administration towards the disaster of Katrina. How many more innocent people are we going to let their greed and indifference take down with them?
The first stop for me as I join the Bring Them Home Now Tour (www.bringthemhomenowtour.org) is Chicago. During the tour, we are going to ask members of congress the following questions: 1) What Noble Cause are our children fighting for, dying for, and killing for in Iraq? 2) What are our elected officials doing to end the occupation of Iraq? 3) How many more innocent Iraqis and Americans are we willing to sacrifice?
Should be an interesting trip. I’ll keep you posted.
Here's how to help:
Right now we can use your dollars, trained volunteers & specific donations (This list will change!):
(We Do NOT need clothes at this time)
Baby Supplies - Baby Food Formula, diapers #4, #5, Wipes, Pedialyte
Food bank & delivery volunteers with trucks, vans or cars
Self contained kitchens with generators, utensils, workers
Office & media equipment
At this time we do not need additional medical professionals - PLEASE CONTACT THE RED CROSS
Our Mobile Media Center is on the bus with wireless Internet via Satellite. We are using our computer to communicate needs and direct displaced people to services and document damage in the poorest effected areas.
We need the following to be truly effective:
Apple iMac G5 Computers 20" Monitor
500 Gigabyte Firewire Hard Drives
Canon XL2Digital Video Camera
Digital Projector (3000 lumens)
Apple iPods with recording
Monthly Satellite Access and Website Hosting Fee
Donations for our multi media equipment will support the displaced people volunteers, Red Cross, staff, press as we halp everyone keep in touch through via email, web, blogs, and teleconferencing.
Volunteer Kitchen, Food Bank and Distribution Center
Pine View Middle School
1115 West 28th Avenue Covington, LA. 70434
LINK> GOOGLE MAP
UPS & FEDEX (U.S. Postal Service Not Yet Deliverable)
Veterans For Peace Chapter 116 C/O
645 Kimbro Drive, Baton Rouge, LA. 70808
Online Donations Via PayPal
Veterans For Peace Chapter 116
28500 Sherwood Rd
Willits CA 95490