Posted in To Do | music on November 9, 2012

The Rockaways, post-Sandy (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Rockaways

THIS IS HAPPENING SATURDAY:

Join We Care NYC, Reshma Saujani and our partners: Google, John Legend, New York Tech Meetup, Viacommunity, Uber, Popchips, Flavorpill, Enstitute, Levo League, Press Play Productions, Pencils of Promise, Agent of Change, LocalResponse, PlumAlley.co, Sailthru, GoGirl Finance, AKILA WORKSONGS, Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, Office of Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Leroy Comrie, James Sanders, Ruben Wills, Donavan Richards, Eddie Stern & Ashtanga Yoga, Deepak Chopra & Chopra Foundation, Beauty Cares, One World Academy, Russell Simmons, Cure Violence EastNy/Man Up, inc. and I Love My LIFE

We've organized a day of advocacy in Far Rockaway to aid those who continue to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and we need your help.

Want to join us but don't know how to get there? Uber is sponsoring FREE transportation between Manhattan and our volunteer site at 2052 Mott Avenue. They'll send cars to pick us up at 8am from 37 W. 28th St (28th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave) and take us and our supplies to Far Rockaway where we'll get started at 9am.

NOTE: Uber is generously transporting over 200 of us tomorrow! If you haven't emailed charlotte@reshmafornewyork.com to confirm your ride, we can't promise transportation tomorrow.

If you have items to donate, please bring them with you to distribute!

EQUIPMENT: Flashlights, Batteries, Battery powered radios, Battery powered clock radios,

COLD WEATHER CLOTHING (NEW ONLY!!): Blankets, Sweatshirts/Hoodies, Fleece Jackets, Coats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Boots

FOR THE KIDS: Books, Notebooks, School supplies, Bookbags/Backpacks, Games, Toys

SUPPLIES: Paper Towels, Plastic garbage bags, Bathroom tissue, Hand sanitizer, Soap, Toothpaste + toothbrushes, Deodorant, Moisturizing lotion, Feminine products, Household cleaning products, Rubber cleaning gloves, Baby diapers and baby wipes

FOOD: Anything non-perishable, Breakfast Bars, Protein bars, Crackers, Chips, Cookies, Canned spaghetti, Canned tuna, Canned meats, Canned vegetables, Juice boxes

The location is Thrift Way Strip Mall Parking Area - 2052 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. More info HERE.

And Coney Island is another option for this weekend.

Check out the video below...

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Comments (21)

I really would like to say a few things about this video. Let me start off by stating that I do not dispute that this situation has become dire for many. And I do believe that the affected are still in the midsts of life threatening danger. However, making these challenges predominantly about race and income is an incredible simplification.

First off, Manhattan was able to get their power up and running so quickly due to the fact that the power grid is all underground. They did not have to deal with an endless amount of severed power lines.

Secondly, based on this video, people not familiar with the Rockaways would assume that the entire region is low income/minority. To the contrary, the Rockaway peninsula is home to many middle-class and even upper-middle class residents. All residents are experiencing the same lack of resources and attention, including the vast number of "first responders" that reside there.

The story is the same in a large part of Staten Island and both the coastlines of South Brooklyn and New Jersey. Understandably, frustration and fear are prevalent and being spouted by all affected. So, when you put a camera in one's face and ask leading questions, you've already answered them. And I think in this situation, simplification further complicates the herculean task ahead. If your assumptions were so cut and dry, we wouldn't be hearing about the same concerns of neglect from the Irish-Catholics of Breezy Point, the and Italian-Americans of Howard Beach and the Jersey Shore.

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