The first time I read the words "We are all Japanese" it was on the Twitter account of George Takei. I should not have been surprised, but I was. It seemed the tragedies that had befallen Japan would need little promotion. Still, many are coming together to get resources where they are most needed.
The actor, along with Tia Carrere and others are holding a fundraiser in Hollywood the night of this article. Bono and Bon Jovi are appearing on a relief album along with Justin Beiber, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga (who raised a quarter of a million dollars on her own with prayer bracelts). From Fed-Ex to Snoop Dog, people are coming together to ease suffering and help in what is likely to be a long, long recovery effort. Even webcomics and distributors of role playing games are making an effort.
One can only hope it will be enough.
When disasters like the multitude of horrors that recently and are currently befalling Japan occur, it is easy to immediately donate money to those organizations that are helping them. In the months that follow, however, it is just as easy to forget that recovery is an ongoing process and that help is often still needed even after story is no longer dominating the headlines.
There is an easy way for those of us who are Newsvine contributors to donate. The Red Cross is one of the charities that Newsvine will give your earnings to, if you wish. Even if you don't earn enough to deposit in your Paypal account, you can still donate. If you only make a few dimes here and there, it might not seem so significant a dontation, but if a lot of us do it at once....
So here's what I propose: I ask of anyone responding to this article that they donate their March earnings to the Red Cross. That means in 2 or 3 months, whatever your March 2011 earnings are, you donate a that amount to the Red Cross. Just click the button and send.
So, are you in?