Scathing Report on Post-Sandy Recovery: Who Really Shoulders the Cost?

Contact: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
Who is Paying for Sandy? New Report from Occupy Offshoot
Reveals Debt-Burden as Trade for “Aid”

Who is really paying for the Sandy Recovery? An important and little understood question. Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, has just released a detailed and scathing report about the state of hurricane relief around New York City. Post-Sandy, loans are being used as the main form of federal “aid” to disaster-impacted communities and the financial burden lies on individuals, many who are already struggling with debt. Read the report, entitled “Shouldering the Cost”, which includes assessments and recommendations from grassroots responders about the state of Post-Sandy recovery.

Other findings include:
FEMA and the Red Cross have been incredibly slow in responding and haven’t been able to meet basic needs of affected communities; thousands of residents are still living with inconsistent power, heat and hot water, even a month after the storm hit.

Relief options aren’t being clearly communicated to affected residents.
Mold is at a public health crisis level in affected areas, and the burden of clean up is largely on the individual.

 

Direct link to report: http://bit.ly/TFTvj6
For more on Strike Debt visit strikedebt.org
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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 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