Jersey City Activists Raising Money for Pakistani Flood Victims

A coalition of Jersey City organizations and community activists are pitching in to raise money for victims of this month’s flooding in Pakistan as floodwaters continue to displace tens of thousands of people each day in that country.

The groups are holding a fundraising event Sunday in Journal Square, where they will be collecting monetary donations for victims, to be dispersed through Jersey City’s Association of Pakistani Americans For Community Organization (APACO) and Islamic Relief USA.

More than 20 million Pakistanis have been impacted by the floods, with many residents now homeless and much of the country is under water.

The fund drive is being put together by APACO’s Abdul Malik, the Jersey City Asian Merchant Association, Jersey City Peace Movement, Bakka Corp president Ahmad Shedeed, Rolando Lavarro, Dan Levin, Raju Patel, Azam Riaz and Esther Wintner.

They will be accepting checks only; no clothes, food or other items. If you can’t swing by Saturday’s event to donate, you can also donate to Islamic Relief USA online or send checks to APACO at 99 Manning Ave., Jersey City NJ 07304 (make the memo: For Pakistan Flood Victims 2010).

Fundraiser: Help Pakistani Flood Victims; Sunday, August 29 from noon to 4 pm; at the Journal Square fountain.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.