The aftermath of Sandy is complicated. The storm affected many different communities, and made climate change feel much more real. It also provided ways for the class divide to worsen. These big-picture effects can be hard to identify, but the Occupy Sandy Trainers group (who organize orientations and other popular education opportunities) has compiled a list of resources to help us understand Sandy’s real meaning.

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Climate Change

Disaster Capitalism

Inequality and Natural Disasters

Writings on Occupy Sandy

  • The Best Response to Disaster: Go on the Offensive

    “As we struggle to meet basic needs, as we build power in communities, as we begin to recover the broken pieces of our city, we have to remember to confront the bulldozers on the way. We have to build our movement in places where power is felt — the Coney Island projects, the bungalows on Rockaway Beach, the blue-collar neighborhoods in Staten Island, and all the other neighborhoods ruined by Hurricane Sandy and so many other crises. But we also have to take the fight to where the power we oppose takes shape, where the decisions get made, where the powerful live and work, where the crisis began. We’ve got to go back to the real scene of the crime: to City Hall, to the fossil fuel companies and, yes, to Wall Street.”

  • Occupy Sandy, from Relief to Resistance

    “If we let things go the way they usually do, the coming weeks are likely to show a decline in community involvement in the relief effort….But volunteers and community organizers are not the only ones on the scene, not the only ones in motion. Already, an army of disaster-capitalist developers are plotting to use this opportunity to finally knock down the housing projects and replace them with the condos they’ve been drooling about for decades.”