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.
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.