Dear FMC newsletter subscribers:
It is with great sadness that we must serve as witness to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed so many people’s lives. We urge government to work with trusted charity organizations to deliver needed supplies, to provide services for the thousands who are terrified, hungry, thirsty and injured, to establish an information network that can help the refugees to find a safe place and reunite with family, and to work quickly to re-establish electricity, power and safety to a region so cherished for its rich musical and cultural heritage.
We, like many thousands of Americans, want to help. We want to deliver the water, we want to hug the mother, we want to comfort the elderly who have been through so much. But the best we can do at this time is give…and organize. Please donate to the charity of your choice to ensure that these emergency aid networks have the resources to meet this unprecedented demand. Volunteer with your local Red Cross. And promise not to let the thousands of people now evacuated fade from our collective memory. The rebuilding process has yet to begin. And the war on poverty has never ended. FMC is so proud of the musicians who are dedicating time and resources to rebuilding New Orleans, and reminding us of the joy of music in a period of such deep sadness.