Former Chicago actor Michael Stahl-David, a board member of Artists for Peace & Justice, passed on the following letter from APJ board member Paul Haggis (screenwriter for Crash and Million Dollar Baby) soliciting financial help for victims of the Haitian earthquake.
Dear Friends and Members of Artists for Peace and Justice—
As you undoubtedly already know, a devastating 7.0 earthquake has struck Haiti. Its epicenter was just 10 miles outside Port-au-Prince, where our friend, doctor and community organizer Father Rick Frechette, runs two pediatric hospitals, street schools in the slums, an abandoned children's home and so much more. We've spoken to him and the news is terrible. Walls have tumbled like cards at his beautiful new children's hospital. Their old hospital, still functioning, has collapsed completely. The orphanage has also sustained considerable damage, but no lives were lost there. We don't know about any of the street schools we sponsor. It is even causing an old atheist like myself to pray. There is chaos everywhere. The sky has been described as filled with dust from the thousands of collapsed homes. Preliminary estimates are already placing the death toll at well over 100,000.
If you are asking yourself what you can do, they desperately need emergency cash—any amount. Get it to us, and we will get a hundred percent of it into the hands of Father Rick and his team, to help dig people out of the collapsed hospital and schools, to buy emergency medicine, to supply badly needed water and food, to help fly in doctors for the wounded children, and so much more.
To make a donation, please go to www.ArtistsForPeaceAndJustice.com, or call Barbara at 310-319-1394.
To wire a payment immediately, please use the following information:
Bank: Professional Business Bank. 250 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203, 818-550-9555, routing # 122243295.
Beneficiary: Artists For Peace & Justice, 206 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204. 818-247-1007, account # 200-404382.
Checks can be sent to: Artists For Peace & Justice 206 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204.
All my love,
Paul for the board of APJ
Maria Bello, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Nathasha Koifman, Diane Lane, Michael Stahl-David, Oliver Stone, Madeline Stowe, Charlize Theron, Peter Tunney, Olivia Wilde