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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “Katrina”

"I will give $30/£20 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in the USA but only if 30 other people will do the same."

— Solana, in New York

Deadline to sign up by: 6th September 2005
7 people signed up, 23 more were needed

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Have you been watching videos of the destruction from hurricane Katrina today? People at relief centers are spilling out into the streets with no food or water. Violence and gunshots have slowed down rescue operations, and people are fighting each other to get on busses and trucks out of state.

So, the United States may be one of the richest countries in the world. But we all know that doesn't mean it's government takes care of all the people who live there. Help the hungry, wet, and homeless this weekend. And I will too. (If it makes you feel bad go ahead and make a second donation to the tsunami victims too.)

If the pledge is met, it means a modest $900 will go to bring resources to people. According to the Salvation Army that should be enough to give 36 people (9 families) everything they need for at least two days - plus cleaning equipment for their houses. Not bad a bad deal for your $30 dollar investment.

Give now, give generously. If it happened to you, you'd want someone to do the same.

American Red Cross
Salvation Army

Video footage of the destruction:

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  • Yes, the United States are one of the richest countries in the world.
    Yes, for the first 5 months of 2005 they owe the United Nations 3327 $US millions and, yes, as the US continues not to pay UN contributions in full, the US is now responsible for approximately half of the UN debt.
    Yes, they spend more than 281 billion dollars per year on defence/military.

    Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to all those who've been hit by the hurrican, but I for one would rather give $30 to feed the hungry in Niger or maybe to care for Iraqi orphans than donate $30 to the richest nation on earth whose president cannot even be bothered to break off his holiday early to visit the affected regions or accept help from neighbouring countries like Canada...
    Luther Blisset, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Sure, you could hope the US would "learn a lesson" watching its poor suffer the aftermath of a dreadful disaster, but I don't think there's any point exaggerating how controversial it is to send food, soap and water to people who really need it. Regardless of what country they live in.

    Sad to see the list of signees isn't longer yet. I got several responses from people who had already donated elsewhere.

    Hugs all round,
    Solana, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I wouldn't be too upset - PledgeBank works better for pledges which need to build a collective action, and which are publicised extensively elsewhere. The first of those isn't a problem in this case, as lots of people are giving anyway to hurricane relief. And there are already plenty of sites being directly publicised for donations, so not much reason for anyone to publicise it via PledgeBank.

    Now, I'm sure there are some other good pledges that could be made, to help with reconstruction after the hurricane... Quickly brainstorming: Starting a new business together, creating a new town, moving back into part of NO, building better web tools for finding missing people, organising refuge in a large building in your home town. I'm sure you can think of more.
  • I made a donation as soon as I signed up to the pledge, but it was the pledge which actually prompted me to do so - so it did a little good. As for the suggestion made by some that America can well afford to look after its own, I'm no fan of the American right or current American foreign policy, but saw no reason why that should stop me offering some small crumb of help to those affected. People in need are people in need, wherever they live and whatever government the live under.
    David, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Solana, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Chris
  • Sabina, in New York City
  • Todd Gitlin
  • David (Liverpool, UK)
  • Pat Corwin
  • Dan
  • 1 person who did not want to give their name

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