Since August 11th, southeastern Louisiana has experienced historic flooding that has led to profound damage to property and life. Per usual, the poor and people of color bear the brunt of this burden with minimal capital to help them get back on their feet.
Black Lives Matter Cambridge again affirms that all Black lives do matter, and we seek out justice and the welfare of Black people affected by environmental injustice and by the systemic factors that create extreme and unequal vulnerability in times of natural disaster. Although community organizers spearheading local chapters do not often have the resources to solve this kind of crisis on our own, we have nevertheless heard the call for us to act and are committed to alleviating the suffering of our family in Louisiana with what we do have.
As such, the local chapters of BLM in the Northeast Region are organizing a massive emergency drive for the victims of the flooding. From August 23rd to September 23rd, we ask folks in Cambridge and the metro Boston area to contribute their time, money, energy, and other resources in solidarity with the people of Louisiana. Urgent needs include: school supplies; baby supplies; clothing; household items; toiletries; art supplies; gas cards; (gently used) cell phones and cell phone re-load cards, along with money and Visa, Whole Food, Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Race-Trac, Circle K and Exxon gift cards.
Please bring any supplies, funds, and energy to the Democracy Center (45 Mt. Auburn Cambridge). Help us lend a helping hand to southeastern Louisiana and live into our mission of uplift and justice for all Black people.
SUPPORT: We accept PayPal and Cash for monetary donations. Please write a note that your contribution is for Baton Rouge: BLMCPayPal@gmail.com.
Please contact Mari at BLMCCambridge@gmail.com with any questions.