Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Other ways to help Katrina victims

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today extended its profound sympathy and support to the people affected by Hurricane Katrina and expressed growing concern over the fate of many communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other areas along the Gulf Coast.

“It is of particular concern to us that so little is known about what is happening in communities such as the large Honduran population in New Orleans and the agricultural and industrial workers in Mississippi. The Honduran Embassy estimates that there are 150,000 Hondurans in Louisiana – by far the largest Latino population in the state – yet only 350 have reported their whereabouts to the consulate there. NCLR will continue working with the Honduran Embassy and with the Mexican consulates in the area which are assisting farmworkers to help provide support and assistance in any way we can to these communities,” said Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO.

Murguia stated that NCLR is "especially proud that many of NCLR’s affiliates are assisting relief efforts, including our affiliates in Houston such as AAMA and Tejano Center which are providing shelter to many young people who are among the 25,000 who have taken refuge in the city, and Latino Memphis which is taking the lead in helping Spanish-speaking refugees in their area. We urge all other NCLR affiliates and any others who wish to help to contact the individuals and organizations below."

Here are org's you can contact to assist those including the spanish speaking gente impacted by la mala Katrina:

Honduran Consulate1528 K St., N.W., 2nd FloorWashington, DC 20008
Send checks or money orders (made payable to Embassy of Honduras) to:
Embassy of Honduras3007 Tilden Street, N.W., Suite 4-MWashington, DC 20008
For more information, call 1-800-261-4070

For more information:
Mexican Consulate2600 Apple Valley RoadAtlanta, GA 30319(404) 625-1706 (24 hours)http://www.consulmexatlanta.org/
Mexican Consulate4506 Caroline StreetHouston, TX(713) 778-6112www.sre.gob.mx/houston

Donation Line (Spanish): 1-800-257-7575Spanish-language website: http://www.cruzrojaamericana.org/
Bilingual Volunteers:
The American Red Cross will be seeking bilingual volunteers within the next 48 hours to help man call-in centers. Please check NCLR’s website, http://www.nclr.org/, for updates.

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)6001 Gulf Freeway, B-1Houston, TX 77023(713) 926-4756
In addition to monetary donations, AAMA is seeking donations of food, especially snack items.
Tejano Center for Community Concerns (TCCC)2950 BroadwayHouston, TX 77017(713) 644-2340

Latino Memphis will be hosting a fundraiser tomorrow, September 3, at the Latino Memphis Fiesta at AutoZone Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information:
Latino Memphis4045 American Way Blvd.Memphis, TN 38118(901) 366-5882

The National Urban League is partnering with the American Red Cross and Black Entertainment Television (BET) on a telethon to help victims of Hurricane Katrina which will be broadcast live on BET, Friday, September 9 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. EST. For more information, see the National Urban League’s website, http://www.nul.org/.


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