One of the things that pissed me off was seeing that fake news story from a right wing website that falsely tried to claim that BLM was blocking a military rescue convoy with supplies headed to Houston.
It was a blatant lie that was easily debunked. What it did do was motivate me to write this post telling the real story about what BLM Houston is doing in the wake of the passage of Harvey to help the people of Houston and southeast Texas affected by the storm.
It was needed and necessary for me to do especially in light of the fact that I know several members of BLM Houston’s leadership including its founder Ashton Woods and Kandice Webber. I also met in Denver during Creating Change 2015 the founders of BLM national in Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Khan-Cullors.
I have witnessed firsthand what the peeps at BLM Houston have been doing for our Houston community before and since Harvey moved out of the area
For starters, BLM Houston member Brandon Mack is collecting school supplies for people who need them once the area schools restart. Some of the local school districts had already started classes for the 2017-18 school year when Harvey struck while HISD was scheduled to start classes on August 28.
What is needed are pencils, white copy paper, spiral notebooks, notebook paper, post-it notes, clear backpacks, and binders. Those school supply donations will be accepted through the end of September.
BLM Houston has also been shopping for and accepting donations of supplies to distribute to people in need.
They are helping first responders and military personnel in town to help Houston recover from the floods.
In short, BLM Houston has been handling its Harvey business, and have been front and center in the efforts to help our people recover from this historic storm.
But you aren’t hearing that from local or national media, or the right wing websites invested in spreading hatred of and disinformation about BLM.
If you are interested in helping BLM this weekend, their Houston Day of Action cleanup event they have scheduled will run from 10 AM-7 PM, and the gathering address will be the Fiesta at 9419 Mesa Rd in northeast Houston.
BLM Houston will provide the masks, cleaning supplies, gloves, goggles and tools for this event. All they need is for you to show up to volunteer for it in jeans and closed toe shoes.
Thanks BLM Houston for doing your part at the grassroots level to help our community recover from Harvey.