I moved to New Orleans in the early spring from PDX, and it quickly became my home. During my evacuation finding help getting home was impossible. Now that I am home and trying to find my neighbors and get them home I am horrified to see this city swamped with professional activists, traveling kids and others. I am reposting this article here because I feel the most crucial thing for new orleans is to NOT have more out of town folks arrive and instead have the community that is missing returned home anyway possible. Every plane ticket and seat on a bus taken by an activist come to "save the city" is one taken from a new orleanian who wants to be home.
I hope that anyone who was planning on coming to Nola stops and considers the hundereds of thousands of people who wake up everyday is a strange place aching to be home but without the resources to be here.
Article referring to "roadtrip of relief"
Article of suggestions for folks coming into New Orleans:
please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or want to help.