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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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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