Sunday, November 17, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Volunteer Effort

Dear chapter members,Please see the following note from the Director of the college's Honors Program. We hope that many of you can join your fellow students in supporting this college-wide effort.

Dear Students,

We at the Honors Program are heartbroken by the incomprehensible suffering that is going on in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. As a community, we want to demonstrate solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the devastated, vulnerable, and already impoverished communities in the central Philippines. Next week, there will be a coordinated effort at LaGuardia to take a step towards doing just this; 2 days have been set aside to raise funds for those directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

There will be a meeting on Monday (11/18) at 1:00pm in the Student Life office (M-115) of all interested students to discuss the logistics of collecting donations for relief efforts in the Philippines, and to sign up to volunteer for donation collection days. The plan is to have students in the E and C buildings set up to collect donations and share information on the following days:

Tues. (11/19): 9:30am-4:30pm
Wed. (11/20): 9:30am-6pm

If you cannot make it to the Monday meeting, you can:
--go to M-115 to sign up for a time slot to volunteer on any or both of the above days. Any amount of time would be so very much appreciated.
--LaGuardia's coordinator of fundraising for disaster relief, Jeffery Batts, has an office in M-115, so if you have any questions, you can find him there, or you can drop him an email (jbatts@lagcc.cuny.edu).

Please join your peers from the Filipino Club (PULSO), the People Power Movement chapter, the Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC), the President's Society and other student groups in this crucial effort.

It is also the responsibility of our community to reflect on, discuss and raise awareness about the sobering lessons brought by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. We want to leave you with the following material to consider, discuss, add to and be moved to action.

*TYPHOON HAIYAN: THE GLOBAL POOR BEAR THE DEADLY BRUNT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
History illustrates that Typhoon Haiyan was a man-made disaster that's the result of climate debt. 
thenation.com/blog/177119/typhoon-haiyan-global-poor-bear-deadly-brunt-climate-change

*Nov. 11 update from Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (People's Cooperation for the People):
bayan.ph/site/2013/11/bayan-calls-for-mass-mobilization-for-relief-efforts-for-typhoon-yolanda-victims/

*Clip of the chief Philippine negotiator, Yeb Sano, speaking before the UN climate meeting in Poland and announcing the start of his own voluntary fast in solidarity with people starving at home:
youtube.com/watch?v=7SSXLIZkM3E


Sincerely,
The Honors Program (Director: Dr. Karlyn Koh)
Honors House (M-222)
HSAC: M-222 B & C
Honors College Assistant: M-222 E
718.482.5225/5922

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