Daily Archives: January 14, 2010

Maggie Steber in Haiti

My thoughts are with my friend and former boss Maggie Steber, who is in Haiti shooting for the New York Times. No word or images from her yet, but the Times has posted some of her historic photos of the country, and a brief essay.

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Henry Jenkins and Shepard Fairey

Studying with fan studies pioneer and author Henry Jenkins has been a highlight of my fellowship at USC. If I had known people like Henry were going to knock cultural studies off of its podium pedantry, I might have stayed with academia (probably not). His New Media Literacies course exposed me to ideas about digital culture that have inspired my own research projects. So I’m extremely honored that he is posting my final paper on his blog, http://henryjenkins.org/. It’s about Shepard Fairey, punk rock, fair use, free culture, Obam, hope, and appropriative art. Let us know what you think. First part today, second Friday.

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Help Haiti

My heart goes out to Haiti. This is a country that had hardship enough. I hope that all the loved ones of my Haitian friends are safe, and that my journalist friends that are working there are helping to spread the word of need. I urge everyone to donate. Here is a list of services I received from Like Mind – Miami.

I have not vetted all organizations, however, if you decide you would like to help, here is a list of organizations.

• UNICEF is seeking donations to the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Haiti and the Caribbean region through www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call 1-800-4UNICEF.
• Operation Helping Hands, a joint community project of The Miami Herald and United Way-Miami, will be collecting donations to support the relief effort in Haiti. To make a contribution, go towww.iwant2help.org
• Mercy Corps established a Haiti Earthquake Fund, PO Box 2669,Portland, OR 97208,www.mercycorps.org, 1-888-256-1900
• The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting financial donations to assist with recovery efforts for the earthquake victims in Haiti. People may send their donations to Catholic Charities, 1505 NE 26th St. Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Attention Earthquake Victims.
• The Pan American Development Foundation(PADF) — the natural disaster relief arm of the OAS — was asking people who want to donate to visit its special relief website calledwww.PanAmericanRelief.org.
• The Red Cross is taking donations via text messages. Text the word HAITI to the number 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. It’ll show up on your phone bill. Or donate online atRedCross.org.
• Catholic Relief Services is responding to the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck near the capital of Port au Prince. www.crs.org.
• Doctors Without Borders is asking for donations to help the emergency response teams in Haiti. Donate with a debit or credit card at https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.
•Project Medishare, Miami, brings medical care to northeast Haiti. Make a donation at projectmedishare.org; 305-762-6448.
•Hope for Haiti, Naples, Fla., is an education and relief charity that will send supplies by private plane. Donate at hopeforhaiti.com; 239-434-7183.
•Agape Flights, Venice, Fla., services American missionaries throughout the Caribbean with supply flights, the next scheduled for Thursday. Donate at agapeflights.com; 941-584-8078.
•American Jewish World Service is a New York-based worldwide relief organization with a Haitian disaster fund. Donate at ajws.org; 212-792-2900.
•Haitian Education Project, St. Leo University, north of Tampa, is organizing relief efforts to support people on the ground. For information: haitianeducationproject@saintleo.edu; 800-334-5532 or 352-588-8331.
•World Vision, a worldwide Christian nonprofit, has been providing humanitarian services in Haiti for decades. Donate to the disaster relief fund at worldvision.org; 866-280-6587. P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.
• The Salvation Army, a Christian nonprofit, has been operating in Haiti since 1950, with schools, medical facilities, schools, feeding and economic development programs. Donate to its disaster relief fund at salvationarmyusa.org; 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Checks to Salvation Army, 61 NW 67 St., Miami, FL 33150.
•Missing people: U.S. citizens wondering about family in Haiti can ring the U.S. State Department’s American Citizen Services line at 1-888-407-4747.

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