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  •  I'm Not........ (none)
    Saying the Red Cross Doesn't Function, but Observe Just How!!

    Like I said Look from the Top on Down, Not at the Dedicated 'Free' Volunteers!!

    I give a few bucks to them, but the 90% or whatever only a Fool would believe that figure!

    Plus Many Years of Experiance with 'Dedicated' NGO's and 'Over Exective Staffed' Organizations, guess who's Contributions Actually Get To Those In Need, FAST!!!!!!

    •  could the grassroots have provided (none)
      9.8 million hot meals and more than 7.5 million snacks to Katrina survivors the last two weeks 1/2 weeks?

      Did the grassroots send 129,000 workers, and train an additional 74,000 people in this short a time frame?  

      For a disaster of this magnitude, only a top-down organization will reach the masses in the immediate aftermath.  This is exactly why FEMA is supposed to assume the lead over local and state governments in a catastrophic disaster.  Am I saying the Red Cross is perfect?  Of course not.  Are there things they're doing poorly?  I imagine there are plenty.  As Barbara's diary makes clear, the elderly and handicapped are not getting nearly enough assistance.

      Can the grassroots fill the gaps that a "mass care" focused giant can't?  Of course...there are countless ways that smaller groups can play a role, and be more effective.

      There's absolutely nothing wrong with raising questions about any group's performace, particulary one that brings in as much money as the Red Cross.  Thing is that I've seen a bajillion questions raised, but very few fact-based assertions.  Do the people at the top of Red Cross make too much money?  I don't know...show me your facts.  Are their audited financial documents fraudulent?  Tell me the basis of your claim, and I'm more than willing to consider it.  

      No offense, but as a member of a fact based community I need more than you just saying I'm a "fool" if I believe the numbers on their financial statements.

      •  All you are posting... (none)
        May or May not be the True Case!!

        I'm not there but doing what I can from here.

        But 'All' the Reports we are getting are saying that in Far Too Many Places FEMA Hasn't or Did Arrive and gave Empty Promises, Same with the Red Cross and I Might Add the National Guard! Most of these area's are Poor, not only Black but White and Hispanic!

        Apparently the Red Cross people who did show up in Covington did so without Communications Equipment nor Generators thus having to use what 4 Vets in an Old Bus Had, Communications Via Satellite Internet and Generator for their Power Source as well, than using Computers, Generators etc. that were Donated to the 4 Vets in an Old Bus!

        I 'Hope' you Do Very Well with your Heartfelt efforts, for it is the Volunteers that Make an Organization like the Red Cross Function despite the Leadership which went Political awhile back!! The Volunteers, as you might already know, Are A-Political!!

        Your Help Will Be Greatly Appreciated!!
        Take Care!!

        •  Communications Equipment...a sore subject (none)
          In my old chapter, one of the duties before going out on a fire call was to go through the box of ancient walkie-talkies and try to find at least 2 that worked. They were as big and heavy as bricks, but bricks get better reception.

          As for generators, we'd have contracts with, say, Acme Equipment to supply a generator when needed for the town of Boro. Problem was, Acme had also promised the one generator to Northboro, Southboro, Eastboro, and Westboro, which generally had the same disaster conditions as Boro.

          RC has very little of its own equipment; storage would be a problem, and the public doesn't like its money spent on useless stuff like that, as was made plain with the ill-advised Liberty Fund. I wish some communications company would donate spiffy systems to all the chapters, because that's the only way we'll get any.

          Red Cross maintains an open-door policy; anyone is welcome to look at its books. I'd suggest waiting until the skeleton staff they maintain isn't working 24-7 so as not to further impede aid.

          •  Not exactly (none)
            "RC has very little of its own equipment; storage would be a problem, and the public doesn't like its money spent on useless stuff like that, as was made plain with the ill-advised Liberty Fund."

            Donors objected to the Liberty Fund because they weren't told that is where their money was going -- all the ads were to donate to help the victims of 9/11, not 'future disasters.'

      •  I want the Red Cross to set up 200 phone lines (none)
        in Louisiana and start to take phone calls from people who CAN'T EVACUATE to Ft. Lauderdale or Houston.

        Not doing so seems wrong to me, in the same way that having no means of communication for X number of days after Katrina hit is wrong.

        Surely people in charge of communications within the Red Cross and FEMA could see this very problem coming.  If not, then fire the lot of them.

      •  no the grassroots could not have supplied that (none)
        That is why we have the President, we have the Cabinet, we have the Department of Homeland Security, we have FEMA,(and by extension we have the Red Cross which was incorporated by our federal government).

        They work for us. When we need help they are paid to help us. We, the people. Its in their employment contract.

        It is time to fire these incompentents. What the hell is our Congress waiting for? If they don't fire them then we can replace our Congress at their next performance review with people who will. Personally, I can't wait.

        What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.-Ralph Waldo Emerson I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson

        by coconutjones on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 06:09:31 PM PDT

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        •  btw (none)
          Could Rove please make a flow chart to streamline this shit? I thought he was supposed to be smart.

          What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.-Ralph Waldo Emerson I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson

          by coconutjones on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 06:14:20 PM PDT

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    •  and by the way (none)
      the efforts by your group are outstanding.  Didn't mean to sound dismissive in any way at all...

      When I finish my first assignment with the RC (just found out I'm headed to Montgomery, AL), if I do find the efforts wasteful I'll look for another way to volunteer.

    •  I'm pleased to see your group is active (none)
      in the catastrophe.  Could you post a URL where we could see how much of our donations get to the people that need them?  so we could compare that to the red cross and other organizations?  Like many others, I'm just looking for the most direct way for my funds to get to people in need.

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