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A White Ribbon Tribute for Pat H. Luce

A White Ribbon Tribute for Pat H. Luce


A White Ribbon Tribute for Pat H. Luce

Community Memorial Service July 16, 2012


On September 29, 2009 a devastating tsunami struck the Samoan and Pacific islands killing 180 people and leaving thousands homeless. It was the largest natural disaster in the history of the Samoan islands. In the immediate aftermath following the tsunami, Samoan communities throughout the United States quickly responded by organizing what was later known as the Help Samoa Disaster Relief Coalition. This White Ribbon was a symbol of solidarity for Samoa. Through sheer determination, the coalition, HelpSamoa.com, sent emergency supplies, food, water, clothes, shoes and rebuilding material immediately to the homelands. The response was ground-breaking, setting precedence for shipping multiple containers to the two Samoas in record time. The effort was historical on many levels and it would not have been possible without the leadership and generosity of Pat H. Luce. Luce opened up her office as coalition headquarters giving full access to sufficient space, phone lines, computers and equipment for critical operational need. She worked tirelessly to acquire funding and resources needed and she wore this white ribbon proudly. Please join us in honoring the memory of Samoan Americans’ beloved matriarch and civil rights pioneer, Pat H. Luce by wearing this white ribbon on your left side as close to your heart as possible.

“Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.”
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
A White Ribbon Tribute
for Pat H. Luce


8 comments (Add your own)

1. Laura wrote:
Grant had lunch today with friends from Dunedin & one was saiyng the same there'd been a real fuss (I think it was in 1967) when a bunch of teachers (!) took their classes down to the beach to see the tsunami come in Apparently another group treated the whole thing rather more seriously & took their charges to the hills instead.I'll be glad when my friend in Samoa lets us know he's OK

Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 5:32 AM

2. Jan wrote:
Hi Disreputable, thanks for stppiong by!FYI, you can register on Blogger w/out having one of their blogs. That way you can post as yourself.Nataleo: I don't know how common they are throughout the US, but they are very common in NYC. :)

Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

3. Ajay wrote:
Not knowing if it's poissble, but correlating these data with ethnicity or familial ties would be additionally informative. Many NZers heading to the Pacific Islands may indeed be from there, either this generation or one back the post-tsunami departures hint at that. The shift in balance from the UK to continental European destinations I guess reflects NZers increasing comfort with foreign cultures, and a breaking of the UK-OE mindset. But why might we have more friends/relatives in Germany than France ?

Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 5:20 PM

4. Samanthi wrote:
Saw the tsunami wganinrs, too. I agree, don't head for the beach. I suspect the ODT is keener than most to warn people do to go to the beach to look, as apparently the last major tsunami warning (many years) ago, many people wandered down to Ocean beach (the St. Kilda / St. Clair beaches) to check it out !! As Homer would say, D'oh.[Updated dated for minor typing error.]

Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 8:39 PM

5. Angel wrote:
Those top ones look good! And I saw Tina's cookies and thohugt they looked good. Don't know what I think about the dates though...her review and yours make me a little let nervous. Though, I don't like Lara bars, so if they taste like that, hmmmm...Love the change to make them samoas!

Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 9:49 PM

6. Jefferson wrote:
I too LOVE girl scout cookies... selilng them was my most fav part of being a girl scout. Ours are sold in the fall though so ours are long gone. I will however be following that link to make some Samoa bars! Thanks!!

Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 10:43 PM

7. Arun wrote:
Hey Katrina--I made your cookie dough trulffes and sent them to the neighbors over Christmas and everyone loves them. Thanks! Hope you and your family are wellSarah

Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 11:19 PM

8. Berenice wrote:
Ras Mas, you are a true musical icon and isitnrapion to our Polynesian people today. Never before in the history of our islands have we heard such profound rhythms that blew away not only music charts right off the wall but also that of the hearts of our people. You have touched the lives of countless people worldwide to include mine with your amazing gifts and for that I am extremely grateful! Thank you for sharing your heart with us! Keep them optimistic vibes coming and we will continue to support you as you increasingly make your way to the stars Malo lava Ras Mas! Sending you endless prayers, love and support xoxo

Sun, December 9, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

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