The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) had a “Call to Arms” meeting on Tuesday the 11th to denounce terrorism against this country. We, the people of Indian origin, the Indo-Americans, decry and condemn the violence and murders committed September 11, 2001 by the terrorists. When Gujrat and Kutch suffered the devastating earthquake on February 28, Congressmen, Congresswomen, Senators, Mayors and ordinary citizens around America came forward to support our cause of sending help to India. Today we have been hit at home and we need the same resolve, mobilization and intensity to help our fellow Americans. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and the Indo-American community of Greater Houston and across the nation are calling all of us who call this country home to come forward.
The Chamber will use all its resources to get the Indian population involved in the aid of citizens affected by this horrific act of terrorism. Other organizations like the Institute of Engineers, Indian Doctors Association, Indian Culture Center, Indo-American Charity Association, etc. are also being contacted to get involved in the relief efforts. There is a concentrated effort being made to show our patriotism towards the United States, a country, which is our home.
The IACCGH is also contacting other Chambers of Commerce in Tampa, Georgia and Dallas to join Houston in a nationwide effort to mobilize Indians to show our support and denounce as a community any act of terrorism.
IACCGH Blood Drive: The Chamber is sponsoring a blood drive at the M.D. Anderson Blood Bank, at 7000 Fannin, Ste. 170, on Saturday the 15th from 10.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m., to bolster the short supply of blood. Every effort is being made to involve the youth in this altruistic cause. Students at Rice University and University of Houston are being called upon to donate blood and help with relief efforts. For additional information please contact the blood bank at 713-794-1362 or 713-792-7777.
Prayer Meetings: There are special prayer meetings being held in the Meenakshi Temple, BAPS & the Gandhi center for the victims. In this adopted homeland, Indians everywhere are showing their support in any way they can.
IACCGH Contact: To join the efforts of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, please contact Chitra Shanbhogue at 713-624-7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and the Indo-American community of Greater
Houston and across the nation are calling all of us who call this country
home to come forward and stand shoulder to shoulder with our countrymen in
need. Indians For Our Country the United States (I FOCUS) is our call to arms
to stand united with all our brothers and sisters of America.” Ashoke Nath, President IACCGH.