Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Scenes from a Crisis: Volunteers Bond with Occupiers for Sandy Relief

Scenes from a Crisis: Volunteers Bond with Occupiers for Sandy Relief

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00 By John Knefel, Truthout | News Analysis 

(Photo: Brennan Cavanaugh / Flickr)
 With Occupy Sandy relief workers at sites in New York, writer observes volunteers from disparate organizations and backgrounds coming together and bonding under Occupy's banner for a common cause.

As the full extent of Superstorm Sandy's destruction begins to set in, Occupy Sandy continues to expand its effort to provide relief to ravaged areas in Staten Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, and the Rockaways. The work can roughly be divided into two categories: the primary distribution hubs at St. Jacobi Church on Fourth Avenue and 520 Clinton Ave., and the field, where organizers often go intersection by intersection, sometimes door to door to assess needs of the community. What I've found, observing these efforts and increasingly participating in them, is that Occupy Sandy has provided the public with a concrete example of the virtue of Occupy's sometimes abstract ideals. Read read more...
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