January 15, 2010

Anarchy brings relief to Haiti

Down here in South Florida I was able to help PrimeTime Amusements in their efforts to collect supplies for the victims in Haiti. The entire operation was spontaneous and state-less (that's the anarchist part). There was ZERO government aid or involvement from start to finish, from donations collected in South Beach to aid distributed in Haiti.

The only contact with any government agents was them wondering whether or not to shut us down. But, after seeing so many volunteers working around-the-clock, dozens of News cameras swarming the location for interviews and footage and literally truck-after-truck filled to the brim with supplies, the goons backed off. The next day the Miami Beach police even volunteered to BRING people to our site to drop off supplies (maybe you can call that Government aid, but I think the lady cop was acting out of the kindness of her heart)!

After we collected in South Beach, the trucks drove to the Opa Locka airport where Turnberry Aviation volunteered to fly the supplies directly to Port Au Prince, Haiti. There a group of University of Miami Doctors headed by Dr. Barth Green will distribute the supplies.

Its an amazing experience so far and we will be collecting supplies until Monday, January 18th. If you live in South Florida, stop on by or do whatever it takes to make a difference in the lives of the victims in Haiti. This experience proves that we don't need politics or the State to help those in need.

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December 21, 2006

Charity Navigator is the shit!

Call me ignorant but I just found out about the Charity Navigator website today as I was reading through a blog post on DIU Blog spelling out how "Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD)" is not running a tight ship, so to speak.

MADD's problems aside, Charity Navigator is the kind of website that I'd get lost on for hours. It's amazing how many charities are running their operation into the ground, worse yet there are those bad apples who overpay their CEO while their programs are underfunded. But not all charities are crooked, you'll find top quality charities listed in their database by the dozens.

Among the top rated (4 star) charities for being efficient and effective:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Boys and Girl's Club of America
  • United Way International
  • World Vision
  • Doctors Without Borders, USA
  • American Red Cross

    Plus there are many more. If your favorite charity is not 4-star rated then contact them find out what's wrong. I was disappointed to see that the Miami Rescue Mission was only awarded a 2-star rating. Helping the homeless get back on their feet is a cause I give to often. Maybe they need more help from folks like us. Check out Charity Navigator and get motivated! Peace...