We All Weather These Storms

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“There is Magic in helping others that creates a ripple effect. Each act of service creating ever wider circles of acts of service and compassion. One small act each day is all it takes to change our world.” – Peter Dybing

 

We all weather these storms. 

Right now, Peter Dybing is helping to move trees from roads so rescue vehicles can get resources to trapped people. Right now, the people of Occupy Sandy are organizing volunteers, blankets, food, water, and other resources and bicycling them into impassable neighborhoods, walking water and flashlights up flight after flight of stairs to elderly people, and families with small children. Right now, Jacqueline Carly and others are loading trucks in Boston to drive supplies to New York. People are without light, food, shelter, water, and heat, and homes. The cold is here, and a new storm is on its way. They are not alone.

We all weather these storms. 

Right now, hundreds of thousands in Haiti are once again homeless, the fragile infrastructure once again destroyed. 70% of their crops are destroyed, leaving more than one million at risk of starvation. There are homeless in Washington DC who had no place to go as the storms battered the streets. Homes have been destroyed and people displaced in Staten Island, Red Hook, the Lower East Side, Rockaway, Coney Island…We’ve seen the photos. Heard the reports. Followed the stories.

We all weather these storms.

Occupy Sandy – in the midst of mobilizing toward action so efficiently that the Red Cross is sending them volunteers – is talking a lot about “mutual aid.” Mutual Aid isn’t about politics. It isn’t about class, although class differences are thrown into stark relief during disasters. Mutual Aid is about all of us living together, on this gorgeous planet, with an increasing population and climate that is changing rapidly before our eyes. Mutual Aid is a recognition that we are not alone, and we must help one another. Plutocrats, anarchists, libertarians, socialists, the extremely poor, the obscenely rich, we all share this planet. It is time to wake up. It is time to acknowledge that interdependence must give rise to generosity. Pretending we are islands of isolation doesn’t function too well when the islands are battered by storms of this magnitude.

We all weather these storms. 

We weather them together, or we perish, in body or in soul. The easiest way for those of us with resources who live far from the Eastern Seaboard to acknowledge our links to those suffering, and those stepping up to help, is to send money. The morning after the storm hit, before we knew the extent of the damage, and where the hardest hit areas were, I called Peter Dybing, who at the time was being deployed to DC (he is now helping in NYC). He hooked me up with David Salisbury, who told me Miriam’s Kitchen was helping with blankets, food, and hypothermia kits. I started up a quick, ad hoc campaign. We’ve raised close to $1500 so far, and I’m calling that a victory of love. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed.

I’m writing today to announce that Solar Cross Temple is starting a new campaign to send funds to Occupy Sandy to help them continue the amazing work they have begun, which is only beginning, as those affected by Hurricane Sandy move into winter with a broken infrastructure. We are still looking for a good group working on the ground in Haiti to donate funds to, wanting to make sure that the bulk of the money goes to actual aid, and not administration costs.

I am asking for your help. 

If you have $5, $10, $50, $150 to spare, if you can pool resources with friends, covens, households, kindreds, or lodges, please consider helping us. We are taking donations via Paypal (the FirstGiving site we used for Miriam’s Kitchen doesn’t have that ability, which left many unable to donate). Please send them to solarcrosstemple@gmail.com with the subject line “Hurricane Relief.” We will send the funds on $250 or $500 at a time, depending on how much comes in, and how quickly. 

I will update this page periodically to let you all know how much we have sent on. We’ve done other campaigns in this way with great success, as those of you who donated to the Native Elders Winter Fuel drive know. All of the donations will go toward hurricane relief. If you want to add 3% to cover Paypal fees, that is wonderful, if you can’t do that, Solar Cross will cover those fees as part of our contribution to the cause.

 

Blessed be those in need. 

Blessed be those who offer love in action.

We all weather these storms.

 

May your life be blessed.

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Updates:
Tuesday, November 5
here is a report from Peter Dybing yesterday, on the ground in NYC.

Wednesday November 6
On his Facebook page, Dybing reports today: “More than a week has passed, the structure has been assesed, reports continue to flow in of older people stuck in high rises buildings with no power, limited food and no contact with the outside world. These people are unable to navagate the stairs Bless all those responding.”

From Michael Butler Smith of NYC: “Thorn, it’s windy, cold (34 degrees) and *snowing” here in NYC. Very odd to see snow sticking to the grassy areas and cars this early. I can only think of those here without homes, without heat. The local Irish pub a few blocks away has a prominent Occupy Sandy sandwich board sign on the sidewalk with contact/donation info! Awareness is growing…may it increase. Blessings and Love.”

10 Responses to “We All Weather These Storms”

  1. Rebekah Sabia

    Hi Thorn,

    You may already be aware of the NGO our friend, Mandy Thody, started in Haiti – “100% to Haiti”. (Peter is/was on the board). They have done amazing things with very little money and almost nothing in administrative costs. You should be able to find them in a web search or write me if you need more contact info.

    Thank you for all you do. Blessed Be.
    Rebekah

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    • Thorn

      Hi Rebekah,

      Thank you for this. I spoke with Peter about 100% for Haiti. While I know they do great work with the school they’ve established, I feel there are more immediate needs right now with all the people being displaced once again – temporary shelters are now all washed away. I would love to find a group helping with food, housing, and medicine. (MSF is a great group, too, but there is no way to get money to Haiti in particular through them.) If you hear of anything else, I would greatly appreciate it.

      thank you. – T>

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  2. Peter Dybing

    This effort to support the efforts of our Blessed Community has more than my full support.

    May the goddess bless us all in this effort.

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  3. KhonsuMes

    Thank you for providing these opportunities to give in such a direct way,
    Many blessings,
    KhonsuMes

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  4. Sunny

    I read this and was very happy. I live in westchester although I didn’t loose power – my job has been basically destroyed and I will be out if work for 2 wks. It sucks, I go by my job everyday to stay updated on whats going on. Which translate to no money. I asked a FEMA worker if they were able to help me, unto which I was told that my job has insurence and they would have to pay me. So being excited about that I still sit here with pretty much no food in the house. There is enough for my son, I have survived off day old bagels and tea. LOTS of tea. But I make this a positive as much as I can. I have been able to read through a lot of information I had laying around the house, finished up some art projects, updated my BOS.
    The reason for the comment is that yes there are people who have lost everything, there are those who had little and now have less. We have gone from working poor to have nothing poor. Please remember us as well.

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    • Thorn

      Sunny, thank you for letting us know. I wish you and your son warmth, food, and love. I hope everyone there gets the help needed. Us sending money to Occupy Sandy will hopefully help a little.

      Stay safe in the next storm, too!

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