Meg Perry, 1979 - 2005
Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 9:11 PM
On Dec. 10, volunteer relief worker Meg Perry, 26, from Portland, Maine, was killed in a bus accident in New Orleans.
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Meg was volunteering with Common Ground Relief in New Orleans, and had previously worked with S.O.S. - Saving Our Selves, in rural Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bus, a vegetable-oil powered 'community free space', was on its way from the People's Hurricane Relief Fund Conference in Jackson, Mississippi back to the march for human rights in New Orleans Saturday afternoon when the accident happened. Several of the other eight volunteers who were on the bus were injured.
Meg Perry was an energetic, passionate, kind and dedicated person. She filled her days working for justice, building community and bringing love and joy into people’s lives. She was always ready with a warm smile or to lend a hand. She came down to the Gulf Coast soon after Hurricane Katrina, and only left in October to recruit more volunteers to come down. A local Maine newspaper quoted her in September saying, "Get enough people and you can move a mountain."
Meg lived every day her philosophy of progressive change and mutual aid. She owned the Frida Bus, a vegetable powered mobile community space, that has been used for the last two and a half years to bring people together, share resources, and provide education about sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. Meg logged many hours designing, renovating and decorating the bus in an effort to create a beautiful, safe, educational space for her community. For her it was truly a labor of love.
Showing people that it is possible to run a vehicle without dependence on fossil fuels was an important part of Meg's philosophy. She wanted to help people realize that it is possible to face the big injustices in our world, and to make an impact, by changing the ways we interact with each other and with the world around us. Small actions can have a big impact, and Meg showed every day how true that is. She changed so many people, affected so many lives, in the short time she was in the Gulf Coast doing relief work.
On Nov. 13 of this year, the Frida Bus along with 13 hurricane relief volunteers and a full load of donated supplies traveled to the Gulf Coast region to support communites whose lives have been devastated by the recent hurricanes. For the past month, the Frida Bus and its volunteers have been distributing supplies, cleaning and rebuilding people’s homes, and supporting other relief efforts in New Orleans and around Mobile, Alabama.
Meg and other volunteers that traveled to the Gulf Coast were deeply moved by the tragedy that people in the region suffered this hurricane season. They went to the Gulf Coast in a spirit of volunteerism and mutual aid, and the survivors have vowed to return to continue Meg's legacy, in particular by building up the community garden project at St. Denis St. and Havana Pl in the 7th Ward where Meg spent much of her time. They are putting a call out for volunteers from around the country to come to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and continue Meg's labor of love.
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|"it is possible to run a vehicle without dependence on fossil fuels "
||Sunday, May. 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM
||Thursday, Jul. 05, 2012 at 4:41 AM
|Re: how are the survivors?
||Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at 12:44 PM
|how are the survivors?
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 8:56 PM
||Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005 at 7:39 AM
||Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 at 5:43 PM
|Sad to hear hear about Meg's death
||Lee Siu Hin
||Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 at 6:14 PM
|RIP - Meg Perry
||soon2bgreasy (from Greasecar forum)
||Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005 at 6:23 AM