Ruth M.
RuthMiller
Eugene, OR
Post #: 294
I posted this on Facebook today:
What you can do -- donate money, donate blood (even if you aren't in Boston - to help your community), donate your time, efforts or housing (whatever is appropriate), donate your skills and services. Start by contacting your local blood banks, Center for Integrity or atheist organizations or shelters. Post services available on Facebook or Twitter (even if you aren't sure if the service is needed it can't hurt to let others know it's available. Contact the city of Boston to make local offers. The Red Cross has a pretty good reputation despite it's corruption problems from a few years ago and the fact that it is a Christian organization, but atheists will probably want to work through atheist organizations, the city and locals directly if possible. You might also want to organize your local atheists to be prepared to offer aid when your next local tragedy occurs.http://www.weareathei...­
Ruth M.
RuthMiller
Eugene, OR
Post #: 295
Something I posted on Facebook last night:
Hospitals reported at least 141 people are being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children. At least 10 people injured had limbs amputated, according to a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation. There is no suspect in custody, but many people are being questioned. In addition to scrutinizing images of surveillance cameras in the area, the FBI likely was issuing subpoenas for records from cell towers in the area to isolate and trace calls from around Copley Square at the time of the blasts, according to a former federal law enforcement official who now works in the intelligence community.
Ruth M.
RuthMiller
Eugene, OR
Post #: 296

BBC ARTICLE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/...­

It wasn't just a dust-up. Here are some other images of the damage to our fellow humans. Pay attention to the investigation - who and why - and help those who have been hurt so severely by this attack. If you aren't clear about the extent of the damage to the marathon supporters in Boston these images will give you a clearer idea. They are all graphic (but they helped me better appreciate what happened there):

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Ruth M.
RuthMiller
Eugene, OR
Post #: 297
Oh yeah -- I forgot to mention - whenever we have a tragedy in Eugene we could work with Occupy. So maybe we should have our Occupy contacts ready ahead of time - and the organization could be introduced to some of those contacts via attending some of their meetings. They have a wide range of specializations and action groups. Occupy Medical works with healthcare for low income, for example. Eugene criminal defense attorney Lauren Regan (of the Eugene Civil Liberties Defense Center) works on civil rights issues including race and gender discrimination and navigating today's security culture. http://cldc.org/disse...­

Just some ideas ...
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