Wildfire in the Rockaways

Dear Occupy Sandy Supporter, My family has lived in the Rockaways for over 15 years. Our community lost so much during Superstorm Sandy.  Our homes, school and churches were destroyed.  Our friends and families lost their jobs and businesses.  Rebuilding is necessary, but traditionally the Rockaway Peninsula has been rebuilt without our say. I want to change this, which is … Continue reading

People's Recovery Summit - Feb 1-3

Join Us for the People’s Recovery Summit – FREE – Fri 2/1 Thru Sun 2/3!

Over the past three months, we’ve seen people from all over the city and the country come together in response to Sandy. We turned entire churches into “holy warehouses” of donated items and distributed them to dozens of “hubs” all over the city, working shoulder-to-shoulder with community leaders and residents to care for the most vulnerable among us. On Feb. 1st, 2nd, … Continue reading

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Family to Family Program Helps Sandy Victims for the Holiday Season

Family to Family Program Helps Sandy Victims for the Holiday Season

This holiday, Queens Mamas.com is starting the Family to Family program. The program has one goal in mind: to bring one family together with another.
Local families from areas affected by Hurricane Sandy will be matched up with individuals and volunteer families in local NYC areas to work toward making this holiday season one of joy and remembrance for all. Affected families need only fill out their name and contact information in order to be matched with a volunteer who can help them with gifts, decorations, services, food, and any other specific needs. For volunteers, the only two qualifications for being a part of this program are a big heart, and an open schedule. Continue reading

Workers Unite!

MEETING: Recover, Resist, Rebuild: Labor Speaks out after Sandy

Recover, Resist, Rebuild:
Labor Speaks out after Sandy
Friday, December 7
6 pm – 9 pm

25 W. 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY
We hope you will join us in opening up a discussion of
vital importance to labor and its allies–not only in
New York but in cities across the country.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Murphy Institute/CUNY
and the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street.
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RESOURCE: CONEY ISLAND: An Activist Approach to Hurricane Help

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Northeast, and more than a week after power returned to Lower Manhattan, many public housing residents in Brooklyn’s Coney Island were still without electricity, heat and hot water. Critically for some, many high-rise buildings still lacked elevator service, leaving the elderly and disabled stranded as many as 15 stories up. Though FEMA, the Red Cross and the city government all eventually set up shop on the ground in the low-income neighborhood, the work of reaching those trapped inside was left to passionate community activists, including church leaders, tenant organizations, a group known as Occupy Sandy, and a small related group called People’s Relief. Continue reading