Beginning at 8 p.m. this evening the Launchpad will be overrun with 12 excellent, eclectic local acts raising money for the Red Cross’s Haitian relief efforts. There will be raffles with a host of prizes, plus free gelato from Ecco Gelato. Read more about the charitable festivities here.
The Weekly Alibi’s Rock for Haiti
After-Math: How Much Are North Americans Giving to Haiti?
Just how generous are we First World next-door neighbors when it comes to Haiti earthquake relief?
It’s being reported that the star-studded Hope for Haiti Now telethon has raised more than $57 million so far.
Up north, the similarly formatted Canada for Haiti telethon brought in $18.8-million—the Canadian federal government was responsible for half of that number, and it promises match up to $50 million in civilian contributions.
And through $10 increments, the American Red Cross’ Text 2 Help campaign pulled in about $25 million by the end of last week.
If those numbers aren’t doing it for you, just keep on texting donations to these reputable relief organizations:
To give $5 by text message:
HAITI to 25383: International Rescue Committee
YELE to 501501: Yele
BABY to 20222: March of Dimes
HAITI to 864833: United Way
CERF to 90999: United Nations Foundation
BEST to 501501: Project Medishare
FRIENDS to 90999: World Food Program
HEART to 85944: Happy Hearts Fund
To give $10 by text message:
HAITI to 90999: American Red Cross
CARE to 25383: CARE
OXFAM to 25383: Oxfam International
QUAKE to 20222: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
AJWS to 25383: American Jewish World Service
HABITAT to 25383: Habitat for Humanity
GIVE to 25383: Partners in Health
DISASTER to 90999: Compassion International
HAITI to 20222: Clinton Foundation
HAITI to 85944: International Medical Corps
HAITI to 52000: Salvation Army
UNICEF to 20222: UNICEF
SAVE to 20222: Save the Children
WORLD to 20222: World Vision
RELIEFto 25383: Catholic Relief Services
RELIEF to 30644: Automatically connects to Catholic Relief Services by phone or you can donate money with your credit card.
(Source: Mobile Commons.com)
Alibi’s Rock For Haiti
Sometimes putting a show together involves herding inebriated cats.
This one’s been unbelievably easy, and we started working on it just a couple days ago.
All the bands are ready to play (for free). And look at this lineup:
Thursday, Jan. 28 at Launchpad. $5 minimum donation. Music starts at 8 p.m.
The Launchpad was thrilled to give us a night. Eclipse Production Services happily donated amps and drums for the stage. Ecco Gelato will be serving up free scoops of gelato all night to attendees.
Jessica Billey, Minie Gonzales and Maya Malloy are contributing art for a raffle. We’re also putting up ski lift tickets, restaurant certificates and a free massage.
If anyone has anything else they’d like to donate to the raffle, call me: 346-0660 x. 245 or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Red Cross efforts on the ground in Haiti.
And if you’ve got an old cell phone laying around, we’ll have a box for them, too. Relief workers are requesting cell phones.
The Daily Word. Today’s News for Monday 01.25.10 - Brangelina Breakup, Coleman Behind Bars and Bowie’s iPod.
Baghdad car-bombs kill 36.
The iPhone helps a man survive his Haitian ordeal.
There are conflicting reports regarding the alleged Brangelina breakup.
The Church of Scientology lends a hand in Haiti.
The Saints beat the Vikings and will go to the Superbowl.
Humans were an endangered species in the past.
Canned beer turned 75 yesterday.
What’s on David Bowie’s iPod? I have “Nixon in China” on mine, thanks to Brutus.
Read about the village that died to save its neighbors.
Holiday Inn is testing human bed-warmers.
Mayor Berry is launching a war on property crime. I think I like this guy.
“Breaking Bad” and “In Plain Sight” will continue to shoot in Albuquerque.
New Mexico Domestic Partnership bill could be introduced today.
It’s Dean Jones’ birthday. Here he is in The Ugly Dachshund.
Thanks again to Anjou for the links.
The Daily Word 01.23.10: campaign finance, Haiti, sex addiction, snow
Obama wants to overturn the supreme court decision to undo campaign finance restrictions.
Man rescued from Haiti hotel rubble after 11 days.
Being an abortionist is dangerous business when there are so many murderous pro-lifers.
Oil spill in Janis Joplin's Texas hometown.
Does sex addiction exist?
The census and our evolving understanding of race.
Roman Polanski's wife speaks.
One in five U.S. teens have a cholesterol problem.
NMSU to make algae-based biofuel.
Weather: Snow tonight, partly cloudy and cold Sunday.
A Good Call for Haiti
I have piles of old cellphones in my dresser, my desk, my garage. Not only that, I have buckets of old wall and car chargers that I could never hope to match back to their devices of origin. (Sound familiar?)
Because of the battery and gnarly chemicals used in cell phone components, you can’t just chuck this stuff into the landfill. But your old cellphone and accessories can make life better for Haitians struggling after the earthquake.
Go to phonesforhaiti.com to download a free shipping label, then mail them your unwanted communication devices. Phones that work or can be refurbished will be given to aid groups in Haiti. Phones and accessories that don’t make the cut will be recycled, and 100 percent of their proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
The Daily Word 01.21.10: Domestic Partnerships, Women's Rights, Billy Ocean
Limits on corporate contributions to elections eased by Supreme Court. Expect candidates to begin looking like NASCAR racers.
The battle for domestic partnerships in New Mexico this legislative session could be rough.
John Edwards admits he IS the father.
Three leaders of Haiti's women's rights movement died in quake.
UNM holds "read in" of Haitian literature today and tomorrow to raise funds for victims.
The "Poe toaster" fails to show for first time in 60 years.
Conan gets $45 million to leave; 33 mil for him, 12 for his staff.
Faceless man wants a face.
Jewish teen wearing traditional prayer boxes sparks terrorism fears; emergency landing of plane ensues.
A pill for multiple sclerosis could be on the horizon.
It's Billy Ocean's birthday!
Help for Haiti
At the time of this writing, the full devastation wreaked by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti is not yet known. What is clear is that, at a minimum, tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the initial destruction. I say initial because, inevitably, more will pass due to starvation, infection and disease in the days and weeks to come. Though no place can be fully prepared for a cataclysm of this proportion, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and much of its infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.
MLK Day: Any Charitable Action in Albuquerque?
According to this article, Washington—and the entire nation—is using today to take action. U.S. citizens are impoverished, Haiti is destroyed, and so the day of remembrance has become a day of charitable work.
Is anything happening in Albuquerque? I looked around. There was the annual parade yesterday. Maybe there are some awesome charitable events coming up that I haven’t heard about. If there are, post info about them as comments here. We’d love to know.
In the meantime, text text “Yele” to 501501 to contribute $5 to the relief effort. (Yele is Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean’s charity.) Or text "Haiti" to 90999 to kick $10 to the Red Cross. Donations are added to your cell phone bill.
The Daily Word 01.16.10: Haiti, shark attack, sex crimes, weather
Also, Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation questioned.
More solar power for New Mexico, maybe.
Will Chimney Rock be a monument?
Cerrillos Hills is a pretty new state park south of Santa Fe.
Another NM teacher accused of sex with an underage student.
Another gang rape happens in Richmond.
Parenting can reduce blood pressure.
80 million people got swine flu ... including some Alibi staffers!
NM restaurants not doing so hot.
Huge shark eats man in South Africa.
The New Orleans Saints are closer to the Super Bowl after today's win.
Mariah Carey is starting her own champagne brand.
Weather: It's sort of warm, but it will be cold again.
The Daily Word: Hell in Haiti, UNM is Fat, Mr. Gay China
State Sen. Eric Griego says UNM needs to go on an administrative salary diet.
Teacher re-arrested and fired after student shares her journal with police.
Sometimes animals die at the zoo.
Talking PTSD after veteran commits suicide by cop. (He had been dropped from the inpatient program at the VA hospital.)
UN reports the world’s indigenous people “suffer alarming conditions” everywhere.
Ft. Hood was vulnerable before the shooting, says Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Several officers facing discipline for failing to take action against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan earlier.
Mr. Gay China pageant cancelled by police.
NBC says Conan is chicken-hearted.
Headline of the month: My Big Phat Same-Sex Prison Wedding. (Good story).
The world’s biggest cowboy boots turn 30.
11 foods you should be eating and aren’t. (Beets and cinnamon make the list.)
Don’t Get Scammed Donating to Haiti
(Do Send Contributions Through Reputable Charities)
Attorney General Gary King sent out a news release today warning against “groups and individuals who may try to take advantage of the situation to profit through fraudulent fundraising schemes.”
Or, if you prefer, you can call the attorney general at 1-800-678-1508 and ask for the Charities Unit.
Further cautions from King:
Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion. The hard luck tale is a favorite ploy of a phony operator. A legitimate charity will be specific about how it is using your money to address this disaster.
Ask lots of questions. How much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser? Ask who employs the telephone solicitor, if your contribution is tax deductible and what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions that might remain after the victims' needs are addressed.
Beware of professional fundraisers who try to make their solicitations sound like they are coming directly from the charity itself or volunteers.
Do not pay by cash. Pay by check, and make it out to the charity (use its full name; don't use initials), not the fundraiser. Never give your credit card number to a fundraiser over the telephone. If the fundraiser directly approaches you, ask to see identification. It is best to mail your check directly to the charity.
If you are contributing over the Internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate, established, and registered charity. See if other legitimate Web sites provide links to that Web site. Also, make sure the site is secure and will offer protection for your credit card number.
The Daily Word 01.14.10: Troops to Haiti, Pat Robertson's a Dillweed, Wire Hangers
U.S. sends 3,500 troops and 2,200 marines to Haiti.
Albuquerque Iraq veteran shot, killed by police after suicide threats.
Crazy-ass president of Hateful Kookball Evangelist Buttsniffers, Pat Robertson, says the earthquake in Haiti happened because of its citizens' "pact with the devil."
Eight-year-old's name on selectee fly watch list; he gets frisked a lot. There's no merit badge for that.
Using "The Office" for office human resources training. So, are pranks involving staplers in Jello "dos" or "don'ts"?
Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass dies at 59.
Fashion industry shocked at existence of attractive women over size 2.
Conan O'Brien's supporters take to the Internet, proclaim, "I'm with Coco." The nickname is from a funny skit about how Twitter is dumb. Just reporting the facts, people. If you care, here's how to join online Team Conan groups.
It's Faye Dunaway's birthday! And my dad's! He's never been on the Internet!