Hey y'all -- it's your host, Andrea, with some flood-related news, updates and giving links.
The Texas coast is facing the worst floods ever recorded; Hurricane Harvey has devastated many communities. Here's a link list of how to help people working on the ground with your $$. Will update this post as I find more resources.
BUT FIRST, for blue-staters, coastal liberals and other potentially mouthy assholes who are prone to lack basic empathy when it gives them a chance to pretend to be politically superior: Keep any iteration of "Texas had it coming" or "What did they expect" or "Texas lawmakers are assholes therefore Texans should die in massive floods"
This is NOT THE TIME to smirk and snark about average Texans losing their homes, families and pets. Trust me -- Texans know their elected officials are assholes. That's why Texans are suing to stop gerrymandering and racist voter ID laws. That's why Texans work to register their friends, family and neighbors to vote. That's why unlikely left-leaning candidates are still running against incumbent Republicans in local elections. Houston in particular is an amazingly diverse, politically active, refugee- and immigrant-full sprawling beacon of a city where folks are working together to resist and rebuke harmful right-wing policies and douchebag officials.
Here's what doesn't save lives: Snarky tweets and Facebook posts about refusing aid to people in need. Don't talk shit. Get your wallet out.
- Via United We Dream, resources en español, including details about residency status and ID-related queries
~*~*~ GENERAL RELIEF ~*~*~
~*~*~ SENIORS + PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SPECIFIC RELIEF TO OTHER MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES ~*~*
- Safety Pin Box's list of black women affected by Harvey w/PayPals and other links, please donate directly!
~*~*~ SHELTER ~*~*~
~*~*~* ANIMAL RELIEF ~*~*~
~*~*~*~ STUDENTS ~*~*~
~*~*~ VOLUNTEER OR DONATION NEEDS ~*~*~
- SPREAD THE WORD: If you are making donations of clothing, etc. please SORT AND LABEL YOUR DONATIONS. By size and type!
~*~*~ MEDICAL NEEDS ~*~*~
~*~*~* FOOD ~*~*~
- Target Hunger - local neighborhood food bank in Houston
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
San Antonio Food Bank