Kinship Circle: AUGUST 29 – For The Animals & Their Rescuers

August 28th, 2006 2:44 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 8/29/06 – Please also go to Kinship Circle’s web site to view this email, complete with pictures and comments from readers!

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Aug 26, 2006 8:10 PM
Subject: AUGUST 29 – For The Animals & Their Rescuers

August 29 – One Year Ago This Day
By Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

August 29, 2006 marks the day, exactly one year ago, Category 5 Katrina cast people and animals adrift in a sea of loss and despair. When the levees broke, a singular scream arose from dark waters, drowning out reason. Erasing hope.

Who would hear their cries, scattered over rotting roads and toxic heaps?

Who would see their desperation — locked behind doors, bound to fence posts, stranded on rooftops?

Whose hands would heal their anonymous pain?

At least 600,000 searched for familiar faces. But frantic eyes turned cloudy with despair when no one came. Broken bodies collapsed. Huddled inside bathtubs. Hiding behind walls. Their skin, now paper-thin, stretched over bones. A last tail wagged. An unheard purr rose from the rubble and merged with the wind.

Who would hear them?
Our government did not.
Who would see them?
Our law enforcers did not.

Who would return for them?

You did.

And with your eyes, they were seen.

With your voice, they were heard.

With your hands, they knew comfort.

With your conviction, they were fed, rescued, and reunited.

With your resolve, they found new homes.

With your mercy, they saw love before death.

With your empathy, all were cherished and remembered.

You came from California, Canada, Texas, Minnesota, St. Louis, Washington, Florida… even as far away as Sweden. A legion of the compassionate. Shelter workers, veterinarians, students, cops, soldiers, moms, sons, daughters, grandparents… Giant burly men and fierce lean women. You left your jobs, your families and homes to salvage lives forgotten in the wreckage.

August 29, 2005 – August 29, 2006.
Our lives are forever united in tears, grief, chaos and renewal.
 
 
August 29, 2005 – August 29, 2006
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.


 
 
Shannon Hartwick Moore * July 22, 1969 ~ May 30, 2006
http://memoriesofshannon.blogspot.com/
 
 
I’ll Stand By You – For The Animals

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don’t be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
’cause I’ve seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don’t know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

I’ll stand by you
I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you

So if you’re mad, get mad
Don’t hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I’m a lot like you
When you’re standing at the crossroads
And don’t know which path to choose
Let me come along
’cause even if you’re wrong

I’ll stand by you
I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you

And when…
When the night falls on you, baby
You’re feeling all alone
You won’t be on your own

I’ll stand by you
I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you

The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You

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KATRINA DINNER 2006:

This August 29 the Lost Tribe of New Orleans is Invited to Participate in a Ritual Meal Commemorating the One Year Anniversary of Katrina: http://www.katrinadinner2006.com/

SOURCE: Forwarded Message from Holly Quaglia – hollyq24 [at] yahoo.com – and Rena Lasch rena33 [at] mac.com

http://www.katrinadinner2006.com/

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: I will host a Katrina Dinner 2006 in our home, remembering the animals in photos, prayers and prose. The “ritual dinner” (like a Seder) outlined at http://www.katrinadinner2006.com/ is truly way for all of us to connect across rivers, roads, and skies.

Welcome All New Orleanians, no matter where you are!!
http://www.katrinadinner2006.com/

I always used to tell friends that “New Orleans is a state of mind”. That sentiment is truer now than ever. The wind and water of Katrina fractured our beloved town. It tore our community apart. And despite our varying individual circumstances, I believe that most of us yearn for wholeness. For reunion.

A few months ago, the idea of a ritual came to me. How powerful would it be if every New Orleanian currently living in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and every other town across the country, sat down at the same time to recognize the losses of the last year and to reaffirm their connection to the city? And how great would it be if this ritual centered around the favorite activity of every homegrown New Orleanian, eating? The entire New Orleans diaspora could sit down simultaneously, fork in hand, to tell the world that this was a special place, a special community, one worth fighting to restore.

And so, with that in mind, I humbly offer a basic outline of the first ever “Katrina Dinner” to be held on the one year anniversary of this momentous event. The outline does not have to be acted out literally, although you’re certainly welcome to follow it word for word. My hope is that it will be fun and delicious with only a smidgen of hokiness. Like everything in New Orleans, feel free to improvise. Make up your own blessings, your own questions, your own ritual food plate. Invent your own way of celebrating the city that connects us all.

This August 29th, 2006, only a portion of the city will be where it’s supposed to be: HOME. But we can still eat together.

Justin Lundgren, lundgrenjm [at] hotmail.com
http://www.greetingsfromneworleans.typepad.com/

Katrina Dinner 2006

The following six rituals are to be performed before the meal begins and can easily be completed in about 20-25 minutes. Supplies needed for all the following rituals include:

1. A few candles to be lit as part of the “Candle Blessing”.

2. A bag, preferably red, to hold the elements of the “Katrina Gris-Gris”.

3. Everyone should bring a small New Orleans offering – something teeny enough to fit in the palm of your hand – to be used for the Gris-Gris.

4. Enough copies of the ritual so that everyone can follow along.

5. Music. Every great feast needs a soundtrack, no? Either make a New Orleans-centric CD of your own design or use the suggestions listed at the very bottom of this page.

6. For the ritual food plate, you will need very small portions of the following: cane syrup, dill pickles, oysters(canned is fine), small chocolates, grits, corn kernels. And very large portions of wine.

GET THE REST OF THE DETAILS FOR YOUR KATRINA DINNER AT:
http://www.katrinadinner2006.com/

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Shannon Moore July 22, 1969 ~ May 31, 2006
http://memoriesofshannon.blogspot.com/

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Caring about innocent animals caught in Katrina’s wrath doesn’t diminish human suffering. It makes us human.

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Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 11:34 AM
To: 7. KINSHIP CIRLE Animal Disaster Relief List
Subject: [GULF COAST] Volunteers Still Needed in New Orleans

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