New Orleans Still Needs Help
Jon Dowd, 26.01.2010 01:38
Sakura Kone' inspired hundreds to come help New Orleans 4 years ago, and needs our help again.
Please donate your laptop to this worthy cause.
Sakura Kone' came to Ashland four years ago and spoke to a large gathering at SOU. Because of that I was inspired to refurbish over 70 computers for donation to a relief agency later that year.
Now New Orleans needs our help again. Kone' is instrumental in building community place. One of their needs is to outfit their computer lab.
You can donate your computer directly to them or you and ship it to me and I'll refurbish is (removing all your data) and send it to them in your stead.
computer technology lab
"Save Wesley United/New Orleans" is a national campaign effort to raise awareness and obtain resources (financial, building materials, volunteer skilled, unskilled, & professional builders) to restore the Historic Wesley United Methodist Church, the second oldest African American Church in New Orleans and the 8th oldest in the United State. The 171 year old church could be condemned and demolished, due to damages resulting from hurricane Katrina.
In the early 1840's, Wesley United Methodist Church was voluntarily built by slaves in exchange for the right to worship there. The site was utilized extensively by the anti slavery movement and first lady Mary Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation from its pulpit in 1865.
In the ensuing years, it hosted many organizing efforts that battled Jim Crow discrimination laws, segregation, lynchings and racism in general. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a primary location and base facilitating the civil rights movement.
Church Wesley United is an important part of U.S. history and should be preserved as a historical beacon and inspiration for future generations.
If successful in the efforts to save the building, the intentions are to transform it into a site to serve the needs of New Orleans' central city area communities, offering skills and professional training in all aspects of the building trades, a culinary academy and a job placement office; as well as workshops/classes in the arts & sciences (music, dance, theater/stage productions, martial arts, an audio recording studio, computer technology labs, and instructions in the digital arts providing marketable skills in all areas of the Motion Pictures industry).
Wesley is located in New Orleans' highest crime and gang occupied area. The conversion of the facility into a multi purpose community and cultural center would offer desperately needed space to the youth & impoverished communities of our city. Wesley United could continue its legacy as a mecca of inspiration, accomplishments and pride.
For additional information, please see the attached brochure, a five minutes
promotional dvd & the local daily newspaper story below, as well as our
website at: www.SaveWesleyUnited.org
YouTube 5 minutes promotional clip on "Restore Wesley United"
New Orleans Times Picayune Daily Story About the Campaign To Save Wesley United
Sakura Kone' Speaks Out on The Struggles to Rebuild New Orleans
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A Worthy Cause
26.01.2010 - 09:41
I remember your posts from NO and your reports on the destruction they faced. If anyone has been watching the news coming out of Haiti and feeling like they wish they could do something, maybe they will be inspired to direct their help to this instead. Or even in addition to!