Thursday, January 14, 2010


I recieved the letter below from our friends at the Highland Support Project, Guadalupe Ramerez and Ben Blevins. I found it helpful and wanted to pass it along. I posted the Maya Deren video above, of the Haitian countryside and religous ceremonies.

We all want to help the people of Haiti as they deal with the horrific consequences of yesterday’s earthquake. While HSP isn’t capable of doing emergency relief work outside of Guatemala, we can recommend good folks who do, that you can donate to. Personally, I’ll be donating through Oxfam to help provide immediate emergency assistance.

HSP’s sister nonprofit in Guatemala, AMA (Asociacion de Mujeres del Altiplano), is also planning to donate funds as an organization. The impoverished Mayan women in AMA’s women’s circles plan to raise $250 for women and families in Haiti by the end of this week. These AMA women and their families live on an average of $300 a year, less than $1 a day, making their donation all the more meaningful.

AMA's intentions remind us of the parable of the Widow’s Gift (Mark 12:41-43), in which a poor widow gives her last two copper coins, and thus the greatest gift of all – all she has. AMA will be making their donation through Rights Action, an organization that supports grassroots humanitarian organizing internationally.

Give Now to these HSP recommended organizations

Oxfam has long experience in Haiti and is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation where our assistance is most needed.

Rights Action funds and works with community development, environmental justice, human rights and disaster relief organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, and also in El Salvador, Haiti, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Direct Relief has an ongoing "Emergency Pre-Positioning Program" and a program in Haiti that stages essential medical materials on site with key partners for immediate use in emergency situations

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Southside Style

Thank you to everyone who came to hear The Ululating Mummies at the Blue Moon New Years Concert (photo above). Great crowd. Great fun. The Mummies hope to play more often in the coming year.

The Happy Lucky Combo plays at O'Toole's this Wednesday, January 13, from 8:00 till 10:30 PM. We have a busy season planned with another Yiddish Cabaret coming up, a Valentines' Eve concert and the release of our CD "Carnival of Sound". But this Wednesday we're going to start out slow, try out some new tunes, and drink some Legend Brown Ale. You know... Southside Style.