30 DAYS IN: Occupy Sandy on the Worsening Crisis

Hurricane Sandy is an ongoing tragedy that for many people is only getting worse.
Residents, community organizations and city, state, and federal agencies must come together to address the IMMEDIATE crisis that is worsening as the weather gets colder.
A month after Hurricane Sandy, thousands remain without electricity, heat, water, healthy food, basic healthcare, adequate housing, or even temporary shelter.
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Occupy Sandy NJ Recovery Thanksgiving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCCUPY SANDY NJ RECOVERY

Contacts:

Occupy Sandy NJ is coordinating a major statewide work-day this Saturday, November 24th, across the disaster area in the Garden State. Until very recently, only residents were able to return and witness the devastation for themselves. Now that the coast is beginning to open up, residents are returning, and the recovery effort has begun.Volunteers are urgently needed in NJ now.

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Thanksgiving meals around NYC; Black Friday protest at Walmart

For Immediate Release
Contact: 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
Contact info for specific events are listed below

Occupy Sandy for the 99%

Thanksgiving meals around NYC; Black Friday protest at Walmart

New York–On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, many activists from Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy will be providing food and kindness to New Yorkers, especially those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The holiday meals are part of a large, volunteer mutual aid effort which began right after Sandy struck.

24 days after the storm many New Yorkers are in severe distress, even without heat or electricity as winter weather looms. Community meals provided by Occupy Sandy and local allies:

Rockaways (Queens):

Veggie Island. B96th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. school auditorium. 12-4pm.
St. Camillus Church. B100th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. 12-4pm.
St. Gertrude’s Church. B38th St. and Beach Channel Dr. 12-4pm.
Contact: Diego Ibanez, (347) 486-1313 or Sofía Gallisá, (787) 403-6492

Lower East Side (Manhattan):

St Marks Church, East 10th St. between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. 1pm.
Contact: Jessica Alfreds, jessalfreds@gmail.com

Midland Beach (Staten Island):

489 Midland Ave. A community-managed distribution hub with hot food, clothing, supplies.
1128 Olympia Blvd. Community-catered meal at the Occupy Sandy hub. 2-4pm
Contact: Daphne Carr, Occupy Sandy Staten Island co-organizer (646) 398-0869 (texting is best)

Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn):

Corner of Brown St & Emmons Ave.
Contact: Yelena Serebrenik, (646) 573-6268
BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST


Wall Street to Walmart: Occupy Black Friday: November 23rd
400 Park Pl, Secaucus, NJ  5am & 12:30pm
As thousands of underpaid Walmart workers threaten to strike, members of Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, the Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN), Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Retail Action Project (RAP) and community allies will protest in solidarity at Walmart. This is one of a thousand such actions planned nationwide. 
http://www.nycga.net/events/black-friday-strike-against-walmart/

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Occupy offshoot ‘Strike Debt’ launches a bailout for the 99%

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2012
 

Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, is launching the Rolling Jubilee–a project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. The project has already drawn national attention to the crippling burden of debt on the average household, the 99%.

The launch of the Rolling Jubilee — a sold out telethon called the “People’s Bailout”– featuring musicians and comedians will be held at  Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Live stream is available (embed code below), and local NYC viewing party at Church of the Village (201 W 13th St) is open to everyone. Telethon viewing parties are organized in over 30 cities across the country.

The event is to raise additional funds to buy defaulted debt. This is an effort to turn the tables against Wall Street and bring collective power to debt resistance. Debtors are liberated at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. The  Rolling Jubilee is just the first step toward lifting the crushing debt burden and remaking the economic system so that no one has to go into debt for basic necessities.
So far there has been enough raised $180,000 which should enable the purchase and cancellation of roughly $3.5 million of debt. There has already been a successful debt buy which abolished $100,000 in medical debt.
Follow @StrikeDebt @RollingJubilee and #PeoplesBailout on twitter

Over three-quarters of American households are in debt and one of out every seven American is being pursued by a debt collector. $26,000 is the average level of student debt in this country. 25% of homeowners are underwater in their mortgage. Debt is everywhere.

You likely have questions. How does this work? Has this been done before? Whose debt will be forgiven? We have Frequently Asked Questions and are happy to connect you with one of the many Strike Debt organizers behind the Rolling Jubilee to answer any other questions. Please contact us at 347-292-1444 or email press@occupywallst.org

There are big plans for the future, stay tuned.

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Occupy Sandy Relief Efforts

Right now, all over the city, Occupy Wall Street activists, allies at community based organizations such as the Red Hook Initiative, Yana Community Center (Rockaways), and GOLES (LES), organizations like 350.org and recovers.org, and tireless volunteers are establishing hubs to coordinate volunteers and distribute much needed supplies to the neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This upsurge of people power is called Occupy Sandy, a dedicated relief effort by the 99% for the 99%.

Occupy Sandy’s information hub (http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/) is  source for constant updates on volunteer and supply needs, drop off locations, ride share opportunities, sharing food, water, medical and psychological care, clothes, flashlights, clean-up capacity, (and even entertainment), for people without power.

Here are some opportunities to capture relief efforts in action and interview community organizers:
*St. Jacobi Church, 5406 4th Ave, Sunset Park. Work crews sent out around the borough around 10am. Contact: Michael Premo 917-547-1292
*Yana Community Center, Far Rockaways, B113 and Rockaway Blvd. Meals served 10am, 1pm and 5pm. This is a hyper local effort at a newly opened community center.
*GOLES, 169 Ave. B between 10th and 11th. Work crews out between 12-6pm. Contact: Laura Gottesdiener 617-519-5659
(Need to charge your equipment? There are always the Occupy Wall Street bike generators on Avenue C between 9th and 10th Street!) If you are interested in connecting with the hardest hit residents from Red Hook to the Rockaways to Chinatown, let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Check the Occupy Wall Street Sandy Relief page for up-to-the-minute volunteer updates.
Check occupywallstreet.net for individual testimonies from the hardest hit areas.

Sandy hit rich and poor alike, flooding Wall Street bank lobbies, mangling mansions in the Rockaways and stranding the elderly in Chinatown projects. But in America’s most economically stratified city, marginalized communities are experiencing vastly different access to relief than the top 1%. If you have questions or want to talk to organizers on the ground, please reach out and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Thanks,
OWS PR Team
Contact: 347-292-1444 | press@occupywallst.org | @occupywallstpr