I'm heartsick about the death and suffering of the Haitian people. My town on the San Francisco peninsula has a population of about 75,000 people. The death toll in Haiti will be in multiples of that number. It is literally stunning -- imagine everyone you saw today...dead. Or wounded, or homeless.
The American Red Cross raised over $1 million dollars on January 13, 2009 alone by the simple expedient of giving people the option of texting a code that would add $10.00 to their phone bill in the next billing cycle.
Other philanthropies have used the same mechanism -- sending a specific text message to a specific phone number -- to raise money.
I've donated to two organizations who have "boots on the ground" (BOG) and a history in Haiti:
On to shaming the vile.
Then there's the matter of Bois Cayman, or the "Boukman Pact". Bartholomew's Notes on ReligionPat Robertson used this piece of mythology to blame the Haitian people for their own suffering.
What is extra-creepy about the belief in the reality of the Boukman Pact is that the people who own the C Street House (subsidized housing for Congressional members of The Family, such as Rep. Engsign) fully believe in this mythology as well. See also the American Daily March 3 2004 and Windows on Haiti April5 2004