Welcome to Word Vomit Wednesday! A series of blog posts about a specific topic from current events that I, and sometimes the rest of the Internet, ruminate obsessively about. All thoughts/opinions/experiences are my own; I don’t claim anything that I write to represent anyone other than myself.
I haven’t known what to make of each passing day in our present state for a while now. I’m constantly battling normalizing this new “normal” in my brain so I maintain some fight in me to try and make it so this country does not keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. But every passing week feels like we’re experiencing two-years worth of horrors. There’s just not enough time to process, take action, makes changes, hold on to any glint of sanity. It can feel like we’re all drowning. To be fair, people in Houston are literally drowning and instead of getting immediate support from 45, he chose the impending storm to pardon a member of his swamp, former Maricopa County Sheriff and present piece-of-shit white supremacist person, Joe Arpaio because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher." Whatever the fuck that’s supposed to mean.
Oh yeah, and the police are allowed to use military-grade weaponry again. That will be fun for all of us when 45 throws a tantrum by declaring martial law.
And we can’t forget that in the same breath he has begun to implement a plan to get transgender folk out of the military and create stipulations so they also can’t enlist in the first place. Although, as I am writing this, Defense Secretary Mattis is putting all plans for the ban on hold to instead, hold a formal review of the impact the ban would have.
I want to get back to Houston, though. Harvey has been devastating Texas for three days now. As I write this, the death toll has reached 30 people and the rain is not expected to stop for at least another day or two. There have been stories of badass civilians getting on boats and rescuing folks who couldn’t get out in time and stories of so-called Christians refusing to provide shelter in their 16,000 capacity mega-church until they were called out on it and then changed their stance to taking people in when “the cities and county shelters reach capacity” because it’s too hard to walk Jesus’ talk when you only care about lives when they’re giving you millions of dollars to preach. And people who have lost everything or are dead can’t do that for you, can they? We all see you and see through you Joel Osteen. You could really take a few pointers from businessman Jim McIngvale.
I’ll leave all my feelings about that situation for another WVW. Right now, the people of Houston (on the anniversary of Katrina, no less) really need help. I’m all about trying to make sure money and supplies actually get where they need to go, so local orgs for people on the ground there are great! The Red Cross is always going to get donations, but before giving to them maybe read this article first.
Besides The Red Cross, here are some other alternatives:
These are only a few of the community centers, religious establishments and other groups of people organizing to serve those in Houston. If anyone reading this knows of any other great places, please post their info in the comments below.
I don’t know what else to say, but I’m leaving to be with family over this long weekend and I’m excited to spend time with and hold close people I love the most in this world. I hope you all can do the same.
Katie Louchheim misses monsoon season, but not that much.