Thursday, September 25, 2008

Houma Nation's Appeal for Donations and Assistance


We're passing along this note from the Houma Nation as an appeal for donations and assistance. Please spread the word, and again, encourage others you know to join KIN

Houma Nation Relief Needs
I have spent the last few days traveling throughout our tribal communities assessing the damages and evaluating the needs. Tribal communities suffered flooding as well as wind damage. Unfortunately, the media focus continues to be in New Orleans and once again our community is forgotten. We sincerely appreciate your concern as we struggle to rebuild our tribal communities to which we are so deeply rooted.

Monetary donations may be sent to:
United Houma Nation Relief Fund
20986 Hwy. 1
Golden Meadow, LA 70357
Your donations are tax deductible as the UHN has 501(c)(3) status.

Supplies may be sent to:
Old Store Relief Center
4400 LA Hwy 1
Raceland, LA 70394

Supplies needed to address our immediate recovery:

  • Non perishable food
  • Water
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Shovels
  • Large garbage bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Fans
  • Tarps
  • Tree and debris removal equipment & supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Ice chest
  • First-Aid kits
  • Gas gift cards
  • Wal-mart gift cards
  • Generators

Elderly Needs:

  • Depends
  • Ensure

Baby Needs:

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes

In Solidarity,
The KIN Team

Visit the KIN website for more information.

New Orleans Biodiesel Initiative

New Orleans Biodiesel Initiative (NOBI)

Alternative Energy

The New Orleans Biodiesel Initiative was active in the spring and summer of 2006 as a biodiesel processing enterprise in post-Katrina New Orleans. The Big Easy loves its fried food, producing hundreds of thousands of gallons of waste vegetable oil each year. Furthermore, the warm climate is ideal for running vehicles on B100 or even Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO). In 2006, Topher Mira and Bengy Adler began building the infrastructure to produce several thousand gallons of biodiesel a year. Throughout the winter and spring, they worked on developing a processor, filtration system and contracting with restaurants throughout the city to collect their waste vegetable oil.

Though this project is no longer active, Topher has since partnered with Eileen Beall to form NOBI, LLC, a for-profit employee co-op that produces and sells biodiesel in New Orleans. If you want to get involved in the cooperative, find out about future biodiesel workshops, or purchase biodiesel, please contact Topher at topher (at) or Eileen at eileen (at) You can also visit their site at
Thank you!! Please call if you have any questions,
Eileen 541-390-5402 or you can call Topher at 413-695-8636.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Trouble the Water"

Trouble the Water film

Trouble the Water film

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A JP Report Back from Post-Katrina Louisiana

14 Hands, 7 Toolbelts &
1 New Orleans Family

A Report Back from Post-Katrina Louisiana

Friday, June 27th


Did you know that, since Hurricane Katrina, Boston-area building trades people have made several trips to rewire and replumb flood-damaged homes on the Gulf coast?

In fact, a crew of seven local electricians, plumbers, and carpenters just returned from New Orleans' lower ninth ward. Come hear their stories and watch a multi-media presentation of storm-ravaged neighborhoods, recovery efforts, and the faces of marginalized minority residents who are fiercely determined to rebuild their community.

Come hear from electricians Peg Preble and Rick Yoder, plumbers Maura Russell and Barbara Taggart, general contractor Jeff Murray, carpentry and electrical helpers Louise Johnson of SEIU and her brother Eric Johnson of Red Sun Press.

Event Info
Friday, June 27th, 2008

First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Monday, March 31, 2008

Make It Right Nine

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