Let a Better World Be Our Memorial
Many of us want to restore our sense of invulnerability by striking out, but the terrorists that threaten us and the rest of the world are not an enemy like WWII Germany or Japan. The effort of ferreting them out will be longer and subtler than dropping bombs, and that is frustrating. It can leave us feeling helpless.
There are, however, many important things we can do.
The first and most important thing to do is to take care of the people injured, and the families of those slain, including the heroic rescue workers -- the police, the fire department, and ordinary people who acted with courage in the emergency and inspired our whole nation.
The following sites matched funds donated for the rescue and relief of victims of September 11, 2001:
The Hunger Site is back, and through September 30 donated all food contributed by sponsors for your clicks to September 11 relief efforts. This is one way to help if you don't have money. If you do have money to donate, you can help support the Hunger Site so that it doesn't go away again, and also send extra food for the relief effort.
Other click-to-donate sites:
DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY EMAIL ASKING FOR DONATIONS TO THE RED CROSS UNLESS THEY COME FROM REDCROSS.ORG. Lowlife scumbag con artists are using this tragedy to get money and credit card numbers from compassionate people. You can give to the American Red Cross at their own site http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html or through Amazon or PayPal, or call 1-800-HELP-NOW. The Red Cross also needs blood and has a webpage where you can locate your nearest collection center and schedule donation time, online.
By the same token, don't make contributions to the Red Cross or any other relief effort through the sites of organizations you never heard of.
An uncomfortable number of people are commercializing tragedy and patriotism, urging you to buy everything from the 2002 cars to cheap instant-made flags in order to "support America." A lot of other wonderful folks are making real donations of their creative efforts. A local poster store donates the profits from any New-York image to the Red Cross. For Kid's Only, a non-profit organization committed to "Children teaching children by Positive Peer Influence through musical entertainment," has created a benefit CD "Light a Candle for the Child." All profits from the sale of this CD will go into the "Light a Candle Medical and Scholarship Fund" through Madison Bank, to be used for children of the victims who have a verified need for medical or educational assistance.
Terrorists Are Our Enemy. Muslims Aren't. Keep your community's anger focused on the right target. Make a public show of support at your local mosque, buy from an Arab grocer, or volunteer to escort women and children who are being harassed.
Ways to Help the Afghanistan People:
Long Term Change
There are many changes coming in our future, if we are to avoid re-occurrence of September 11. I'm not talking about imposing martial law here and carpet-bombing Afghanistan over there. Each of us must be more aware of and more involved in our community and our world. Let each of us become as great a force for good as each terrorist is for evil. There are more of us than there are of them.
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