In today's NYTimes we found a very heartwarming story: In Throes of a Diaspora, Two Families Bind. This is the sort of thing we had hoped to see on the front page last week. As hundreds of thousands of people from New Orleans fan out across the south, looking for a home, many are finding them via Craigslist and Moveon.org. This is a story of one family offering another family a free home in Cumming, GA.
On another note, we recieved an email this morning from our friend of the 22nd street house tours, saying that he was in the Florida panhandle, where many people have gone to help.
I am down in the pan handle of northwestern Florida setting up camps and coordinating relief efforts for hurricane refugees (i.e. people who have lost -literally- their homes & belongings) with friends from Quaker, Buddhist and Green groups from all over the country. I will send more details later this week, but the federal (FEMA, etc) and private sector (Red Cross, etc.) response to this disaster leaves much to be done and no time to waste.