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Here’s what you can do to help New Orleans.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

August 28th, 2010

American FlagI was as distressed as any American when tragedy struck New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And let’s not even mention the double whammy they faced in the BP oil spill disaster. And, on the fifth anniversary of this manmade disaster, as a country we’re still stuck in the middle of the rebuilding of one of our greatest cities. I know it’s been a hard few years for many Americans, there seem to be disasters every time you turn around, and many of you are short of cash. But, if there’s any small donation you can make, now would be a good time. Even if you’ve already given, this city that’s given us all so much still needs your help.

Many of you know I’m a music fan, and I suppose that’s the filter through which I view New Orleans, so that’s where I make my personal donations. Whether it’s jazz, blues, or popular music, NOLA has been one of the critical seeds of all American musical culture.

Tipitina’s Foundation has made it their mission to build the city back up through the cultural heritage that helped create the city to begin with. They’re helping musicians return to the city (yes, there’s still a substantial population yearning to return) and recreate a semblance of a working life there.

Please donate now. $5 or $5000, or anything in between. It doesn’t matter. Please try and stand up for ourselves. If not you, who else?

Lift Nashville. They need your help.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

May 16th, 2010


Throughout this decade, the tragedies seem to keep hitting some of America’s special cities. The latest, of course, is Nashville.

Some FOF’s are trying to help, but until they solidify their plans (hard to do when their city is literally drowning) here’s something you can do now. Like we suggested at the start of Hurricane Katrina, if you don’t have a regular charity you know about, try and buy a relief poster or two. The ones posted came to my attention at one of my favorite art poster sites, OMG Posters!, but there are plenty of others (just Google “Nashville relief posters”). The profits go to various city based organizations and you can be sure of the designers’ passions for helping.

Do what you can, this great American town needs your help.

Shattered lives, a shattered region, a shattered country.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

August 29th, 2009

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One of my earliest posts about Hurricane Katrina shuddered at the probability that we’d be still devastated on 2010 anniversary of the tragedy, and it’s still looking that way. We can’t forget what we allowed to happen to our countrymen. Please donate whatever you can to continue to help them. I know it’s a tough time for everyone, and donations are the last things on our minds. But, it’s the sign of a great people when we can help ourselves and our brethren.

I’ve searched for projects to help that can reflect my own focus. First, it was artists in The Hurricane Poster ProjectThe Tipitina’s Foundation continues to help the musicians that are at the heart of so much of America culture that has spread throughout the globe. And no matter you’re political persuasion you can find donation points that will satisfy your beliefs (just search Hurricane Katrina relief donations, 2009).

Please, do what you can. It doesn’t have to be much. Our fellow citizens deserve our attention and caring.

Don’t let the news fool you.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

September 2nd, 2008

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It’s great news that New Orleans didn’t have a Katrina rerun. But the Gulf Coast’s still hurting bad, will be for a long time. Try not to slack off, and donate if you can.

New Orleans 100.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

August 30th, 2008

 

The New Orleans 100

Since August 2005, I’ve put up nine posts about the problems our country’s faced since the horrors that nature and man have reaped. Unfortunately, I assume there will be many more. As many on the ground have observed, it’s going to be at least a decade before we begin to repair at least the surface damage.

I’ve suggest, and you’ve followed up on, a number of ways to help the devasted area, whether it’s a straight donation or buying records or posters who funnel your payments to help centers. And you should continue to do do: CNN’s set up a special page that can help you figure out the best place for you to participate.

There’s really a dilemma. Things are terrible, and things are improving. The New Orleans 100 was set up by All Day Buffet to highlight the good works that are making New Orleans and the area better, with links to lots of the organizaitons you can help. Take a look, maybe something will strike your fancy.

Americans deserve better than we’ve done for them so far. Please help.

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You could help American culture.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

August 5th, 2007

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If you love modern American popular music, you probably know it wouldn’t exist as we know it without New Orleans.

I’ve written quite a bit since 2005 about the tragedy that befell the United States while Hurricane Katrina hit and our government bungled the chance to save a great American region.

And I posted once about the graphic art that’s been created to help donate funds to help the rebuidling, but I’ve only glanced upon the personal part of me that resonates with New Orleans, and that’s the musical culture.

Briefly: Tipitina’s was set up by some music fans to provide a place for piano legend Professor Longhair to perform in his later years. Bad business met good intentions and the place almost went under until a good samartian resurrected the joint in the mid-90s. Katrina almost put it down for the count with the rest of the area but our samaritan instead set up Tipitina’s Foundation to help the city’s most important asset, it’s musicians. You can read more in detail about the foundation’s work here.

The point? Please donate to Tipitina’s Foundation. The tragedy is not over by a long shot –it won’t be for most of our lifetimes– and any help you can give will help. If you love music, this should be an easy check to write.

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Katrina.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

August 29th, 2006

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In a post last year it was remarked that Katrina’s devastation would be visiting us for years -decades- to come. On this first anniversary it’s all too evident that it’s true. Sure the Latin Quarter is a little bit back but the rest of New Orleans, and much of the Mississippi Coast is still in ruins.

I know we’re in cartoons and we like to block out a lot of the world. But please, donate something to help. Cartoons are a very American art form and this tragedy is one that Americans need to pay attention to, and to pay for in any way they can.

Give some money, buy some art or some music. Please try and do whatever you can.

Buy posters.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

January 7th, 2006

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As some of you know, I love posters, and if you’ve read this blog regularly, you might also know I’ve been extremely concerned about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the complete devastation and abandonment of one of America’s richest regions.

So this site had to catch my eye sooner or later. Several of the country’s graphic designer have created amazing hurricane relief posters, with the entire revenues going to victims of the tragedy.

So buy some posters. You like design or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. You can enjoy them and contribute at the same time. Thank you for your attention.
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Happy Thanksgiving America.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

November 24th, 2005

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(This post is a ‘message.’ For those who think it’s inappropriate in this space, feel free to just move on.)

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, it feels like the most universal one. Over the last few days I’ve spoken to immigrated Russians, Bulgarians, Dutch, and they all revel in this most American day.

And it’s why, on a day we remain most hopeful, I’d like to remind us all that our brethren in the Gulf Coast area are still suffering beyond comprehension. I know this year we’ve got bad news fatigue what with tsunamis, multiple storm damages, earthquakes, all with untold human disaster, and everyone’s asking for your money while things are (always) hard at home.

But that’s exactly why I’m asking you to pause a minute, and consider, once again, that there are still hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes have been taken away (yes, that hundreds of thousands). Please think about making (another) donation.

Cartoons are only funny when everyone’s got a life.

Direct Relief Red Cross Hurricane Fund

Save the Children The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Relief Fund

Americares Operation USA Hurricane Katrina Relief
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From Brian Wilson’s message board.

Fred Seibert’s Blog

September 22nd, 2005

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Eric, a Beach Boys fan, sent this post over from Brian Wilson’s message board:

“I want to personally thank Iowa Jim for his post the other night challenging me to call him. Out of his post came a cool idea that my wife and I want to run by you. Jim challenged me to call him up, because he did not believe that it was me posting. He told me if I did he would make a donation to a charity for me. I didn’t think I needed to prove anything other than at times I like to talk with you guys. Anyway, Melinda and I were discussing his post that night at dinner and we came up with a great idea. So here’s the cool part. As most of you know Jerry Boyd has been collecting donations for the Hurricane victims who have been left homeless and in shelters. He told us at this point he has collected around $4,000. and many of you have send items too. He is grateful, but we want to make a bigger difference. Here’s my challenge, for anyone who sends Jerry a donation of $100.00 or more, I will call you personally and answer a question that you may have, or just say hello or whatever. Also, my wife and I will match the donation. I know that this may not work for all of you, but anything that you can afford will help and I will match it. You can contact Jerry Boyd at djsurfclown@bellsouth.net and he can tell you how to go from there. I hope we call all have some fun with this and raise lots of money. L&M Brian P.S. Melinda is typing this for me and says hi! We will keep this challenge going until Oct. 1 and I am available to call you between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Pacific time.”

Thanks Brian (and Eric).