Born Out Of The Chaos Of Hurricane Harvey, The American Black Cross

Posted: October 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

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The DIY humanitarian movement.

The LR Zone

Gotta do for self and not wait for help from others….

The list of recent disasters just keeps growing—from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose to this week’s deadly Santa Rosa wildfires—with no respite in sight.

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  1. Well, we know the RED Cross ain’t about shit because if it were, there would be no need for this organization to get off the ground. Most donations to the Red Cross go straight into the pockets of the CEO and other big shots in that ‘corporation’. And there is no use in pretending that the Red Cross is anything other than a gigantic ‘corporation’ masking as a non-profit humanitarian charity. I know the way I was treated by the Red Cross when an apartment building that I lived in burned to the ground. If others are treated as we were, then there is no way in hell the Red Cross is doing what its mission statement suggests.

    These ‘charities’, these so-called ‘non-profits’ are nothing more than cover-ups for corporations to hide under the 501(c)(3) status in order to remain tax-exempt. Goodwill is another example as is The Salvation Army. Since all of these ‘help the helpless’ corporations are in existence than why are there so many homeless, starving people? All they do is put a band-aid on the problem and never offer lasting solutions to a growing epidemic and just why is there an epidemic of homelessness if these corporations were about anything? Exactly! They are all about profits and little else and don’t most of us know it. They’ll never get another ‘donation’ from me. And lest I forget, I include The United Way as their ‘First Call For Help’ is a joke that isn’t very funny.

    And as far as I am concerned, the ‘jury is still out’ on ‘The American Black Cross’.

  2. Excellent points, Shelby, about the Red Cross and 501 (c)(3) organizations in general. In my view, they also play an important role in encouraging people to passively accept help. I think this goes against a natural human desire to be autonomous and self-sustaining. Unfortunately industrial capitalism is extremely effective in stripping people of the material and psychological tools they need to be self-empowering.

    Theoretically I am in favor of any initiatives involving people self-organizing to meet collective needs because I think it helps build communities. The article suggests that this is the direction the Black Cross headed in. However I find their plan to apply for 501 (c)(3) status somewhat ominous. To me, that always suggests a move towards external fundraising and paid staff – and a move away from a group that the people being “served” are running themselves.

    • “I find their plan to apply for 501 (c)(3) status somewhat ominous. To me, that always suggests a move towards external fundraising and paid staff – and a move away from a group that the people being “served” are running themselves.”

      Hence, that is why I stated that the ‘jury is still out’ in regards to this American Black Cross because if they are also applying for tax-exempt status, it is a sure bet that we can expect more of the same and until proved otherwise, I’ll throw them in with the rest of that lot.

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