It now appears that over 30,000 people have been killed by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunamis that hit nations on the Indian Ocean over the weekend.
People with a sense of proportion will note that this number is more than 10 times as much as the loss that America suffered on September 11, 2001. With this huge scale of loss, I could wonder why there is not a sweeping declaration that “everything has changed” once again.
Of course, there’s no real evildoer in this story. There is a history of neglect, from the world’s richer neighbors to the plight of impoverished people living in lowland coastal areas around the Indian Ocean, in buildings that could not hope to withstand an earthquake or a tsunami.
Maybe this disaster will not cause everything to change, but it does provide us with an opportunity to make some change. We Americans, in the most powerful nation on Earth, might use more of our power to provide comfort to those who suffer elsewhere in the world. We might counter the Republicans’ 600 million dollar cuts to foreign aid with some private aid of our own.
So, we the 48 percent of America that voted for progress, for hope against fear, can now stand up and show the rest of the world that we still stand with them, even though we lost the election. We can help out those who need help.
Here at Irregular Times, we regularly donate 20 percent of our after-tax profits to good progressive causes. Through our sales of items at Irregular Goods, we spread the word of political resistance to the agenda of radical American nationalists and provide financial backing to organizations that work every day in the progressive resistance.
Expanding upon this idea, we are opening a new section of our Irregular Goods store, dedicated to facilitating Tsunami Relief for the people of South Asia.
Not just 20 percent, but 100 percent of the after-tax profits from the sale of each item in this new section will be donated to organizations that are providing assistance to the survivors in communities hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The cost of these items is elevated from our ordinary prices, so that more money in aid can be sent with each purchase.
We’re hoping that this small action on our part will do more than just help the people of South Asia recover. We also hope that we will provide an example to Americans of a way that we can stand united behind compassion instead of uniting against other human beings in insanely nationalist torture and war.