Our thoughts are with the thousands affected by Tuesday’s massive earthquake in Haiti. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had moving words to describe the devastation:
It is Biblical, the tragedy that continues to haunt Haiti and the Haitian people. It is so tragic. They had the four hurricanes last year.
We had a good plan. We were just feeling positive about how we could implement that plan. It was U.S., U.N., international. We had donors lined up. We had private businesses beginning to make investments. There was so much hope about Haiti’s future, hope that had not been present for years. And along comes Mother Nature and just flattens it.
MSNBC has compiled a list of charitable organizations accepting contributions for recovery efforts. Those marked by an asterisk have Haiti-specific pages on their websites:
, 212-352-0552, or text ‘YELE’ to ‘501501′and a donation will be made and charged to your cell phone bill.*
You can also text ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999′ to give a donation of $10 to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill through the U.S. State Department.
If a monetary donation is not an option for you, please keep talking, blogging, and staying up to date. It’s important to keep Haiti on the tip of everyone’s tongues.
And in response to Pat Robertson’s atrocious remarks regarding the disaster and “the Devil”, I think Rachel Maddow said it best: Pat Robertson is the unintended consequence of your First Amendment rights.
Ed. Note: In case any senior government officials are reading of Heart and Mind internationally, Ezra Klein cited another great way for us to help Haiti late yesterday- consider canceling their debt.
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In the latest installment of Notes from a Cracked Ceiling, Anne E. Kornblut discusses the strain Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign put on families and the feminist movement. While nothing new, “When young women don’t vote for women” is a worthy read:
To younger voters, Clinton was both a relic of that era and a victim of its success. She was the wrong woman at the wrong time; she was a Clinton; she hadn’t gotten there on her own; a woman could be elected another year. After all, the reasoning went, it would be easy enough next time. Look how simple it had been for her.
Last summer, Julia and I attended Netroots Nation 2009 where a panel called “Conversations Across Generations of Progressive Women” left me seething. The panel member meant to represent my demographic surmised something along the lines of, “I voted for Obama, and I think a lot of people in my generation did because they don’t perceive gender inequality anymore. Women have more opportunities,” before former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt more or less jumped down her throat.
Apparently, my sense of obligation towards Clinton was an anomaly in my generation, as Kornblut notes that younger women were not drawn to Clinton by any sense of history, and then recoiled at being told that they should be. But if “feminism had long ago been declared dead, then rendered meaningless” what’s the problem with that sense of duty? Of obligation to another woman? Maybe I’m still bitter- I’ll admit that I never planted two feet fully on the Obama bandwagon- but can’t help but think that even as a good post-modern feminist on the 2000s there’s something to be said for women’s solidarity.
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