The Boston Marathon: How to Help and Some Links

Green Building at MIT last night, displaying a U.S. Flag. The tall, rectangular building has its windows lit up different colors to represent the US flag. The stars are in the upper left and flag is facing down towards the ground. The building faces Boston.

Green Building at MIT last night, displaying a U.S. Flag. It faces Boston. Image via Twitter.

At her Tumblr, Mikki Kendall (@karnythia) has compiled a list of places in Boston where you can donate to help with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Racialicious also has some information.

USA Today’s information page on helping.

UPDATE at 5:37EDT: 

Rinku Sen at Colorlines on “How We Can Break The Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence“:

Here’s what has to happen after such an attack. First, we have to take care of the people who have been hurt; they will feel this trauma for the rest of their lives. Then we have to protect the people who may suffer collateral loss from retaliation by vigilantes. The Twitter feed Yes You’re Racist was very busy last night retweeting accusations and threats against Muslims and Arabs.

Then we have to resist attempts to use the incident to rationalize war, restriction of civil liberties, and who knows what else American politicians will come up with. As Seth Freed Wessler reported earlier today, the meaning Congress made out of 9/11 was to vilify all immigrants as potential terrorists, derailing all promising movement toward comprehensive immigration reform for a dozen years. This would be a terrible moment to repeat that failure.

Melissa McEwan at Shakesville: “Terrorism

There have been other acts of terrorism in the US since 9/11. But because they are directed at women and/or at people of color, because they happen outside major coastal cities, because the people who write about them aren’t doing it in columns at USA Today, these acts of terrorism don’t count.

I have a problem with that.

And it makes me ache to see the invisibilizing of survivors of terror during coverage of another terrorist attack. Let’s not do that. Please.

Taylor Berman at Gawker: “Cowboy Hat-Wearing Hero of Boston Bombings Is Famed Peace Activist” [Content Note: GRAPHIC image at link]

Tommy Tomlinson at Sports on Earth on “Instinctive Running“:

They started running. That was their instinct. Seconds after the blast, police officers and rescue workers and soldiers in fatigues ran toward the danger instead of away from it. They took down the barricades that blocked off the street and they helped the wounded. That comes from years of training, of course, but it starts from the desire, strong as a runner’s quad, to help other humans who need it.

Running is the simplest sport. Little kids run because they can. As we grow, we run to test ourselves. A marathon, for most people, is not about speed. It’s about survival. It’s about embracing pain and finding the will to defeat it.

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk: “Joe Andruzzi handles Boston Marathon attack the way Joe Andruzzi would

Former NFL offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, a cancer survivor, runs a foundation that raises funds to assist cancer patients and to support pediatric brain cancer research.

As part of the effort, Andruzzi organizes a team of runners every year at the Boston Marathon.

He has three brothers who responded to the 9/11 attacks, so it makes sense that he’d be photographed carrying a woman who had been injured in Monday’s bombing.

Caitlin at Fit and Feminist: “The Spirit Of The Marathon Lives On In Boston

I am choosing not to dwell on that, because in the midst of all the blood, smoke and terror, the reality is that the bombs could not annihilate the humanity that makes the final mile of the marathon so special.  Indeed, in the midst of the tragedy, the best of humanity could be seen everywhere: in the first responders and spectators who ran toward the explosions to help, in those who helped pull people to safety with little regard for their own safety, in the medical staff who clicked into emergency gear with astonishing efficiency, in the thousands of Bostonians who offered their couches and beds to marathoners in need.   It was not difficult to do as Mr. Rogers suggested, to look for the helpers, because they were everywhere.

And finally me at Shakesville: “Being a Marathon Spectator

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