Today in Europe, some bloggers have declared a day of silence in honor of Japan. We think the opposite, NOT SILENCE; what we need to do is be writing about it. All week long, as we’ve watched the horrific news from Japan, we’ve wondered where even to start. We know now.
We’re going to start with something hopeful to remind ourselves, that even with all the devastation and horror, there is life, and where there is life, there is hope, tiny miracles that remind us of the strength of the human spirit. So we open with this CNN video of an elderly Japanese woman’s escape from the Tsunami on a bicycle.
And then there is how we can help. Many artists have made and donated work to raise money for disaster relief organizations.
…and this hopeful image by Linda Yuki Nakanishi via Design Milk Dairy:
Reference Library has a screenshots of a phone, making it easy to text-to-donate:
Google’s excellent Crisis Resource Page has a wide range of information from how to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, message boards, and People Finders, to status reports of reactors, transportation and essential services.
We also keep thinking of the idea of bearing witness. As painful as it is, we believe that if we stay tuned to what is going on in Japan, if we bear witness to it, then we share in it, claim it as being undeniable and essential. We become part of a bigger community that is the world as we join together in awareness, and in trying to figure out solutions.We can bear witness by watching the news, looking at photo collections, like The Big Picture’s has compelling (and heartbreaking) photo essays. This photo is from a set The US Navy has published related to the “Operation Tomodachi” disaster relief mission.
Operation Tomodachi via BoingBoing
CNN video thanks to Lydia Wills.
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