Disasters like the deadly typhoon which has devastated the Philippines can be daunting for folk hundreds or thousands of miles away. What can we do? One thing is to contribute right now to relief efforts in these critical days.
But big relief agencies have huge bureaucracies whose lifeblood is our donations and work with repressive and corrupt regimes. Give instead through groups like the L.A.-based Pilipino Workers Center. The PWC has deep ties with worker and community organizations in affected provinces and has partnered with The Inquirer, a highly respected independent newspaper to get aid where it is needed now.
You can give through the PWC at the website here.Download this piece as a PDF