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Local efforts for Pakistan flood relief step up

Water floods the yards of villagers in Koth Mithan in Sindh province

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Water floods the yards of villagers in Sindh province, Pakistan


Humanitarian aid has been slow to reach Pakistan nearly a month after the Indus River overflowed, ruining crops and leaving millions of people without shelter. More recent flooding has worsened the damage, and food supplies are running short.

The U.S. State Department has compiled a short list of organizations taking donations for flood relief. This afternoon at City Hall, City Council members Jan Perry and Tom LaBonge, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and the Pakistani-American Chamber of Commerce will join the American Red Cross to solicit donations.

More creative fundraising efforts are coming from the Los Angeles-area Pakistani immigrant community, which is estimated at around 150,000. Pakistani immigrants have been hosting community garage sales, dinners, and other grass-roots events to gather donations for flood relief. In Pasadena, a Muslim women's quilting circle will be directing proceeds from quilt sales to flood relief, and one member is hosting a sale of plants and clothing at her home this weeknd.

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Interesting link: Ruben Salazar's final piece, published Aug. 28, 1970

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An old interior shot of the Silver Dollar Cafe, where Salazar was fatally struck, taken from a UCLA collection


As part of a series of tweets related to slain journalist Ruben Salazar, killed August 29, 1970 while covering a violent Vietnam War protest in East Los Angeles, @LAHistory has posted a link on Twitter to the last piece he wrote. It was published the day before a stray tear gas canister fired by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy flew into the bar where Salazar was taking a breather from the riot, fatally striking him in the head.

The piece, titled "The Mexican-Americans NEDA Much Better School System," is critical of then-vice president Spiro Agnew's announcement of a new national organization called the National Economic Development Association, or NEDA, to promote business development opportunities among Latinos. In the piece, Salazar made the point that educational opportunities were more sorely needed:

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