Stop Hate 2000 Special Newsletter September 5, 2005
Web-master's Note: This news bulletin
is more of a personal reflection than a traditional news letter.
This reflection was written by a Canadian volunteer of Stop Hate
Along with many people around the world, I watched news clips of Katrina
striking New Orleans. Feeling helpless, at at times overwhelmed by
emotions, I watched as the storm intensified.
As a Canadian, there are times when I disagree with some of the foreign
policies of the United States federal government. Some policies of
American governments and companies have cost Canadian industries
billions of dollars. This is a time to look past the differences
with political leaders and multi-national companies. Average
Americans, people who had nothing to do with the policies of some
American governments and companies, are hurting. American people are
generally kind and very generous. Americans are often the first ones
to dig deep into their pockets to assist people who have been hit by
tragedy. I hope that the world has seen those deeds and will respond
with the kind of generosity and kindness that average Americans have
so often shown the rest of the world.
I feel a sense of hope when I see the Canadian government sending ships
of supplies and personnel to assist, when I read about countries in
the international community sending aid to the United States. When
hearts reach out, past ethnic, socio-economic, cultural, religious
and political differences and touch other hearts, I am encouraged
that we can help reduce hatred.
Many people cannot afford to donate money to disaster relief. That does
not mean they cannot make a difference for those impacted by
hurricane Katrina. Some of the major oil refineries in North America
were shut down by the storm. We can help people in the areas hit by
hurricane Katrina by conserving some on oil and gas. We can conserve
gas by walking, bicycling or car pooling when we would usually use
our personal cars. Another way to help is to leave for our
destination a few minutes early. We can then slow down a little. By
driving a few miles an hour slower, we can reduce our consumption of
gas, save ourselves some money and help reduce the demand for gas and
A few people can afford to donate a little money to help those who lost
so much to Katrina. Many people receiving this email letter or
reading the letter on the internet are volunteers in humanitarian or
human rights groups, caring people and young students. Some of the
people who subscribe to this newsletter donate a lot of their
personal and financial resources to help people. The last thing I
want is for people who are already doing a lot for humanity to feel
pressured into donating money. Please do not donate money until you
know your budget can withstand the strain. Should you be a person
who feels you have a little money you can share to help those who
have lost families and/or almost everything they own to the storm,
there are a few places where you can donate money. Some
organizations helping direct money to humanitarian relief are listed
below. We are including only the organizations that allow for credit
card donations via the internet.
Warning: We do not know if the organizations have a secure system for
handling credit card donations.
Natural disasters cannot be explained. There is no rational reason for them. The reason why they take place is a mystery. We want the answer to
the “why” question.
Some people are hurting so badly that they are looking for anything that
can possibly explain this disaster. A few people are going as far as
blaming certain groups of people in society for the disaster. As has
happened with other recent disasters, gay people have been one of the
groups targeted as a possible cause for this natural disaster.
Blaming a group of society for the ills of society or for acts
natural disasters can establish a climate where people feel more
comfortable lashing out a minority groups.
There are some questions humans cannot answer. We do not know the answer
to the why question. We can guess, but we really do not know the
answer. Some questions do not have to be answered. We can find
healing for our aching hearts by helping others better than we can find healing by by trying to find out who is to blame. And then blaming that
group. As we hurt together, as a world family, as we ache for those
who lost family, friends, jobs, homes and possessions, I encourage us
to search for ways to help those who are hurting, instead of trying
to figure out what minority group is to blame. Those who have been
hurt need your presence, your prayers, your good wishes. They do not
need us to blame minority groups.
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