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Occupy Sandy: Getting It Done

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Nov 13, 2012

Occupy Sandy is getting the job done where The Red Cross and FEMA are not. This is the continuation of the leaderless movement started in New York City as "Occupy Wall Street" in 2011 when hundreds of people camped out in Zuccotti Park, protesting economic inequality and corruption.

I was personally working with Occupy Sandy on November 11 and 12 in the field in Coney Island, distributing food, water and basic necessities to people who had been without power for 2 weeks.

I can assure you what you hear in this video is accurate. The situation in the stricken areas is dire and although I can not say for sure that no one from the city, the Red Cross or FEMA is canvassing door to door to check on people, I can tell you that where I was on Coney Island, from what I understood there were no other organizations doing this, and returning with what the people needed.

This is the letter we included in each care package:

Dear Friend,

Here's the care package we put together to support you and your community during this difficult time. We hope it's useful. We also want to say that we're shocked by what your community is facing. Nobody should be stuck in this situation. We want you to know that there are a lot of people outside doing everything we can to make it better. Many of us are putting pressure on the city and the federal government, The Red CRoss, Con Ed, FEMA, and other organizations to address their lack of response. In the meantime, hang in there and we hope to see you outside soon. We hope that we can use what we've learned from this experience to organize our buildings and neighborhoods to make sure such things never happen again.

With Love From,
The People

To be continued!

--Bibi Farber

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