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Your Text Donations May Not be Reaching Japan -- Here's What You Can Do

 
 
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If you've sent donations to Japan via text message, your money may not be reaching relief groups grappling with the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that decimated large swaths of the country -- and may have unleashed a nuclear catastrophe rivaling Chernobyl.

That's because companies like AT&T and Verizon may be putting up to a 90 day delay on money sent through text message. So, they get all the good PR without actually delivering their customers' money to Japan when it's needed most.

Change.org has started a petition urging phone companies to cut out the delay (sign the petition at the top right-hand side of AlterNet's homepage):

Masaya Uchino, a law student in San Francisco with family in Japan, started a petition onChange.org to demand that AT&T, Verizon, and other major phone service providers stop delaying much needed donations from reaching organizations doing relief work in Japan. Please add your name to the petition now: 

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-delay-on-donations-to-japan-2?alert_id=QXeUWkuBQr_gGhudqKiRQ&me=aa

After the earthquake in Haiti, Change.org members and others asked phone companies to provide donations immediately -- and the phone companies came through. But so far they've refused to take the same step, and it's up to us to join Masaya in speaking out.

Change.org also lists organizations you can directly give money to:

Oxfam America: http://chn.ge/hd3n4C
International Medical Corps: http://chn.ge/hhkQhT
Habitat for Humanity: http://chn.ge/e8OX7r
UN Foundation: http://chn.ge/hVZ5uu
American Red Cross: http://chn.ge/eWtkti
UNICEF: http://chn.ge/hDASyY

 

AlterNet / By Tana Ganeva

Posted at March 15, 2011, 9:28am