The Mail Must Get Through

The Mail Must Get Through

In Cameron Parish right now, post offices are turning lights back on.

These communities were hit first by hurricane Laura, and then by hurricane Delta. Both storms wreaked havoc on local infrastructure – one after the other. Documentation of the damage is horrifying, and cleanup will take a long time, not to mention recovery.

Many residents are afraid of longer-term problems such as an exodus from these neighborhoods, and how that will impact local business and infrastructure. Then again, what if additional big storms are battering the area next season? All of these unanswered questions have their chilling ramifications – and there are so many unknowns. It’s making people think about the future.

So many people are reevaluating their commitment to living in an area that’s been dramatically impacted by multiple storms this year. This is all while they’re sifting through the debris, looking at how much the storms have pushed their property around.

When you really sit and think about it, you see how this impacts lives. Out here in the regular world, in communities that are more shielded from a storm’s wrath, we’re talking about the post office as a utility and worrying about how many days it takes to get a package from one place to another. We’re worried that shakeups might impact the mail.

In Hackberry and related areas, something has already impacted the mail. Post office shutdowns were necessary because of the limitations imposed by massive storm damage. In other words, after a storm, things change. Especially a storm, or storms, of this magnitude. Everything from the utilities to the Postal Service has to be rebuilt, and that process is ongoing. For example, think about what happens to refrigeration systems. Those fortunate enough to have a generator can switch over. Everyone else is trying to get their meat and other perishables on ice. Supermarkets and stores are scrambling, so are households.

Even days or weeks after a storm surge has abated, the impact is still evident. Just take a look at their heroic efforts of some local businesses to get their doors open again, and you’ll see what these residents are dealing with. Will you donate money or time or resources to helping these embattled residents to dig out of the hole that Laura and Delta have created in their lives? It’s worth it, because we all live with the idea that in a terrible storm, we want to know that help is coming. We want to see the post offices and the restaurants and the shops back open again. You can help.

You can DONATE HERE to support our parent organizations efforts via its “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program” as it relates to disaster relief and the hurricane damaged areas. Please mark your donation for “hurricane relief.”

We continue to have “boots on the ground” in many disaster stricken areas. And plan to for the foreseeable future. That being said the costs of all this continue, and the need for volunteers in many aspects is an never ending need. Consider how you can help us make a difference in those affected lives. EMAIL HERE to volunteer. (we need work from home support volunteers as well)

Part of activism is “being the change you want to see in your society and the world.” One excellent way to be that change is by getting involved in helping others make a difference in those in needs lives. Will you join with us in striving to make a difference?

Constitution Podcast Series

Here is an interesting Podcast by the founder, Ethan The Farmer of our parent organization, GTKYF Foundation Inc. Through our media arm, Farm Fresh Media.

It contains the first in a series related to the United States Constitution and what we see happening in this country and our world.

Make sure and Join us as we dive into these interesting subjects nad discuss how they relate with us today.

Listen to this episode of my podcast: This is the constitution series… by Ethan The Farmer. PODCAST 1 in a series.

https://anchor.fm/ethanthefarmer/episodes/This-is-the-constitution-series—-by-Ethan-The-Farmer–PODCAST-1-in-a-series-e5cu5v

Venezuela Peace

(This article was originally published on our Farm Fresh Media site. It is Republished here with permission. As we feel it is pertinent to Activism and the heart of what the term means.)

There is trouble in Venezuela – and instead of helping to calm the waters, some figures in our own federal government seem bent on fanning the flames to their own advantage.

The lengths that they will go to are on full display today as peaceful vigil teams huddle in the blacked-out Venezuelan embassy at 1099 30th St NW in Washington, D.C., where the federal Secret Service and law enforcement teams have effectively cut off supplies.

What’s behind the conflict? In a nutshell, the world as a whole cannot agree on who Venezuela’s president is.

Nicolas Maduro has served as president in Venezuela since 2013. Maduro was close to Hugo Chavez, a former leader hated by the United States for his nationalist rhetoric.

Now, Maduro has received a political challenge from Juan Guaido, who claims that Maduro’s re-election January 10 of 2019 is illegitimate.

Here is Wikipedia’s impartial explanation of the scenario as it stands:

“AP News reported that “familiar geopolitical sides” had formed in the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, with allies Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and Cuba supporting Maduro, and the US, Canada, and most of Western Europe supporting Guaidó.” 

Those who are currently inhabiting the embassy in Washington say the US should stay out of Venezuelan affairs. Others disagree.

Due to international law, the federal attack teams are not allowed to enter the embassy ( as far as we can tell)– do they cut off the electricity and encircled the site to try to force these conscientious and concerned citizens out through siege.

“The Embassy Protection Collective, a group of organizations and individuals, is residing and working in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC at the invitation of the elected Venezuelan government as an interim protectorate,” write the embassy’s current inhabitants. “We have taken on the responsibility for maintaining, cleaning, and caring for the building until a permanent protectorate for the embassy, in the form of a mutual formal agreement to find third-party host countries to safeguard the Venezuelan and U.S. embassies in Washington and Caracas, respectively is established. We have received innumerable messages of support and love from around the world. We are safe in the building, and our will is strong.”

The United States has a long history of intervening violently in affairs in South and Central America. Many of Venezuela’s neighbors know all too well the grisly and fatal consequences of defying the global police.

But in the modern era, after decades of such dark meddling, we had thought that even the war hawks in Washington were becoming more content to lay down their arms and focus on helping the needy at home, as in the words of the Good Book: “nations shall turn their swords into plowshares, and they shall not practice war any more.”

What can you do? Besides contributing to the aid effort, groups involved in the embassy action are urging citizens to call the following: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser – 202-727-2643; State Dept. Office of Foreign Missions – 202-895-3500; Secret Service DC Field Office – 202-406-8800.

Sadly, the violence aimed at those who stand for peace is not limited to areas of nations far away.

“The … group occupying the exterior of the building is violently harassing and attacking individuals who are outside protesting U.S. intervention,” write observers. “They are also blocking entrances to the building, and have caused extensive damage to the building’s exterior—including destroying security cameras, drilling into doors and hitting the garage door with a sledgehammer. … Many of the members of this group … outside the building are white supremacists, shouting the most vulgar racist, misogynistic and homophobic insults and death threats imaginable at Embassy Protectors and our supporters. Numerous videotaped examples of this behavior have been published online.

 The Secret Service has witnessed the violence of this right wing hate group against Embassy Protectors and our supporters and against the Embassy building, and has done nothing to discourage them. While the right-wing protestors have perpetrated numerous acts of violence against us, we have maintained a consistently disciplined and peaceful presence.”

Furthermore, the nonsensical legal footwork of an amoral state mechanism is evident in some of the foolish shenanigans that you can see if you visit this scene.

“Examples of charges leveled against us include “Tossing Missiles”—the offense listed on Ariel Gold’s arrest warrant for trying to throw lettuce to Embassy Protectors, as the right-wing group has been blocking people and supplies from coming in the building.”

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State and known war hawk John Bolton has led an “informal” meeting with CIA head Gina Haspel and others at the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA, to discuss who-knows-what.

All of this adds up to one thing: a re-firing and reconstruction of violent and bloody mindsets that the communities of Christ and his followers have roundly condemned throughout the history of the era Anno Domini. As well as many other groups that are against WAR and Bloodshed.

We know that it is wrong to use bloodshed to dominate and control the weak, and we also know that there are powerful interests in conducting violence on behalf of the powerful.

Please consider adding your voice to the peaceful support of a vision that follows the words and the actions of Christ in the world, as in the prophetic suggestion that “as you do unto the least of these, you have done also unto me.”

Disclaimer: To make things clear, we are not attempting to rule on Maduro v. Guaido FOR the Venezuelans. We are advocating a peaceful transition of diplomatic presence by a neutral arbiter. By contrast, the opposition is taking a war hawk’s whims as de facto American foreign policy.  As well as we here at Farm Fresh Media Are NOT supporting or promoting any religion specifically, that is up to each person’s heart to determine.