Sunday, November 25, 2012

'Occupying' Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath

Occupy Sandy: From protest group to storm recovery
19 November 2012 - The group behind Occupy Wall Street is now turning its attention - and its assets - towards helping those hit by "Superstorm" Sandy.

The Episcopalian church at 520 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, is packed - not with parishioners, but with supplies.

Boxes of nappies and baby wipes stand 10-boxes high, stacked underneath a stained-glass window depicting The Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. The transept is filled with empty plastic fuel canisters and industrial-sized mop buckets.

These items were all donated to Occupy Sandy, the latest iteration of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The group is also one of the leading providers of storm relief for beleaguered areas in New York and New Jersey still suffering the effects of Sandy, the weather system which came ashore in October.

When the storm hit, some members of the original Occupy protests who had kept in touch suggested organising a relief effort.

"Everyone seemed really interested, so we created a Facebook account, a Twitter account, a WePay account and it took off," says Bre Lembitz, who has been involved with Occupy Sandy from the beginning.

"Within 24 hours we had our first hub in Red Hook [Brooklyn] and a 40-person volunteer meeting, and after that it exploded exponentially." read more>>>

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Doctors, nurses make house calls for Sandy victims
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, doctors and nurses are making house calls across hard-hit Staten Island, N.Y., to help many in need of medical care. Drew Levinson reports.

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