It will take more than sympathy to save refugees from drowning in lifejackets

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This post from Media Diversified hits all of the points that anyone who’s ever sat next to me heard me say about this. We need to do better and stop the xenophobia.

Media Diversified

by Shahd Abusalama

As world leaders were meeting in New York for the UN Migration Summit on Monday, activists transformed Parliament Square, the doorstep of British decision makers, into a graveyard of thousands of lifejackets. These lifejackets had once been worn by refugees that made it to the European beaches. No one knows if they arrived alive or as a lifeless unidentified body.

I am a refugee myself for the second time of my life in the UK; I was born as a third-generation refugee in Gaza’s Jabalia Refugee Camp, and I have recently been granted refugee status in the UK. But I am one of the lucky ones who managed to enter this country on a student visa by airplane and claim asylum successfully. Over the years I’ve met so many refugees who are stuck behind closed borders, putting up with bureaucratic barriers that they experience as a slow…

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SandyHelp – From the official Twitter feed for the NY Red Cross(@redcrossny)

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#SandyHelp – From the official Twitter feed for the NY Red Cross(@redcrossny)-times and locations of hot meal and assistance distribution sites for those affected by Hurricane #Sandy.  The website for the NY Red Cross is : ‏http://www.nyredcross.org and they serve NYC, Long Island, Lower Hudson Valley & Greenwich, Ct.

For November 6, 2012:

12:30 p – Rockaway Beach – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 2142 is in Rockaway Beach area. Distributing hot meals, snacks & blankets.

12:24 p – Rockaways – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 1106 is in the Rockaway Point area. Distributing sandwiches. 12:00 p – Queens – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 2218 is in the Broad Channel area. Distributing hamburgers, corn & chips.

11:55 a – Seaford, NY – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 1222 is near Cedar Creek Park. Distributing lunches & water.

11:43 a – Long Island – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 1228 is in Nickerson Beach area, 880 Lido Blvd. Distributing lunch.

11:37 a – Lindenhurst, NY – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 2165 is near South Bay St & Church St. Distributing lunches & water.

11:20 a – Long Island – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 1096 is in the Merritt Community of Long Island. Distributing 300 hot meals.

12:30 p – Rockaway Beach – #RedCross Emergency Vehicle 2142 is in Rockaway Beach area. Distributing hot meals, snacks & blankets.

For Brooklyn & Staten Island, we have Emergency Response Vehicles with hot meals going out to Canarsie, Coney Island, Red Hook, Seagate,…

For The Bronx & Queens today, we have Emergency Response Vehicles with hot meals going out to City Island, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway,…

RT  ‏@vulpillieres (Michael Vulpillieres): Amazing how many former recipients of @redcross services have come forward to volunteer to support #sandy relief. @redcross

Support those affected by Hurricane #Sandy

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Support those affected by Hurricane #Sandy:

Follow/Use the hashtag #SandyHelp on Twitter to share information

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

Call 1-800-435-7669 to make a donation of any size to the Red Cross

Visit redcross.org to make donations online of any amount, find out other ways to help, such as applying to be a Disaster Relief Volunteer at your local chapter

Latest news and updates from the NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune Twitter feed

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Latest news and updates from NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA<br />
Website: http://www.nola.com Follow on Twitter: @NOLAnews RT @NOLAnews: —#NOLA buses begin running after #Isaac – http://ow.ly/dmkL2 — Isaac’s flooding finally receding along Mandeville lakefront – http://ow.ly/dmkBr — That’s correct. No curfew. RT @nola_uptown: @NOLAnews there is no curfew in Orleans parish tonight, correct?— Isaac Storm Surge Floods Lafitte http://bit.ly/QYZeee — RT @kgislesonpalmer Please remember to check up on your neighbors — especially the elderly to see if they need assistance!<br />
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Latest news and updates from the NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune Twitter feed (@NOLAnews)

http://www.nola.com
Follow on Twitter: @NOLAnews

RT @NOLAnews:

—#NOLA buses begin running after #Isaac – http://ow.ly/dmkL2

— Isaac’s flooding finally receding along Mandeville lakefront – http://ow.ly/dmkBr

— That’s correct. No curfew. RT @nola_uptown: @NOLAnews there is no curfew in Orleans parish tonight, correct?

— Isaac Storm Surge Floods Lafitte http://bit.ly/QYZeee

— RT @kgislesonpalmer Please remember to check up on your neighbors — especially the elderly to see if they need assistance!

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News about Hurricane Isaac’s impact on New Orleans from the Twitter Feed

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RT @CBSEveningNews: NOLA’s levees hold up to Hurricane Isaac, but neighbors in Plaquemines Parish still face flooding, rooftop rescues: http://cbsn.ws/NCVrD1

RT ‏@hollyrpeete: “661,000 homes & businesses w/o power in Louisiana because of #Isaac. Efforts to restore electricity might take a WEEK” via @NPRrussell :(((

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