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Occupy Sandy

HOW TO HELP OCCUPY SANDY ON THANKSGIVING DAY

1. Drop off food supplies - Please take food supplies to the kitchen at St. Johns (located at 9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway), any time between 8am, Wednesday morning until 6pm, Thursday evening. They will be preparing Thanksgiving meals.

2. Help prepare meals - Experienced people, please come to the kitchen at St. Johns (located at 9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway) for one of the following shifts:
Wednesday Day - 8am to 6pm
Wednesday Night - 7pm to 2am (the kitchen will be open all night, so volunteers can stay later)
Thursday Morning - All morning

3. Help support Thanksgiving activities at the recovery sites - St. Jacobi Church (Between 54th and 55th on 4th Ave in Sunset Park) will be taking in and dispatching volunteers and cars to recovery sites from 8am until 2pm on Thanksgiving day.

Note:
St. Jacobi will not be taking in supplies on Thanksgiving day.
520 Clinton will be CLOSED all Thanksgiving day.

More information at Occupy Sandy's site.

Staten Island Live has a list of places Staten Island residents can get a free Thanksgiving meal (I wonder if they'll serve Veggieducken).

YMCA

No more shelter at the Park Slope Amory. DNA Info reports:

The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.

The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.

The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.

A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).

Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.

As always, Occupy Sandy (who held a big benefit concert over the weekend) can also use your help.

Park Slope Armory

I've tweeted a lot about this over the past two weeks, and mentioned it in some posts, but one easy place to help out for residents of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and the surrounding areas is at the Park Slope Armory shelter (usually a YMCA) which is located on 15th Street between 7th & 8th (in Brooklyn, you can't miss it). The place is full of displaced, elderly and disabled residents of the Rockaways.

If in doubt, just stop in and ask them what they need. Bring a coffee and some healthy food for the staff. They might send you right to a quick orientation and put you to work or they might tell you to come back later. They might be accepting donations of certain items. They'll let you know. BUT, they've also gotten much more organized as the days go on, and you can now also sign up in advance for a shift. There's one sheet for Friday/Saturday and another now for Sunday/Monday (more sheets to follow). UPDATE: here is the sheet for Tuesday/Wednesday (11/13-11/14).

They can use 50 volunteers a day and 40 at night, especially ones that can speak Russian. Volunteers help with general support, food preparation, daily routines, meals, social support and logistics. Wear comfortable clothes. No photos. No kids. Have fun!

Update: Check out a list of items they need at the armory below...

Continue reading "Park Slope Armory still needs volunteers"

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...

Continue reading "Help clean the Rockaways Saturday (with John Legend)"

photos by Nick Childers

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

I'm just going to publish this letter in full:

UPDATE FROM TODAY 11/8:

I have spent the better part of four days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island.

I am working with Occupy Sandy AND the Presidents of the Coney Island Houses and the Odwire Houses. This is Mutual Aid- we are working WITH the community, not simply giving charity. The NYCHA residents I have personally dealt with- Deborah Reed the President of the Coney Island Houses and Ilma the president of the Odwire Gardens Houses are incredible women. They are, however, spread thin and have no-one to help them answer to the thousands of residents that they represent.

There are ZERO agencies with a big presence out in the Coney Island Housing, Odwire Gardens Housing or Surfside Housing as of right now. NO FEMA, NO RED CROSS, NO NYC HOUSING, NO AUTHORITIES WHATSOEVER. The FEMA tent is a 20 minute walk away. The Red Cross has BARELY been there [they sometimes send one truck for 15-20 buildings once or twice a day]. There are elderly people stuck on the top floors of pitch-black buildings with NO FOOD AND WATER. Families with no food to feed their children. Mothers with no baby formula or wipes. Diabetics and asthmatics with no medicine. THERE HAS BEEN NO POWER, HEAT OR WATER FOR OVER A WEEK AND A HALF. Next to no one has flashlights and/or batteries. My small crew of volunteers PERSONALLY gave out these goods to the above people in need and encouraged them with what little info and energy we had. We saw the issues first hand. Today we used the community rooms in multiple buildings a relief sites- distribution for all necessities like food, water, batteries, baby supplies, feminine products ect. We expect to do this in more buildings.

All of the supermarkets and bodegas within a 15 minute walk of the above Housing have been flooded or looted. THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD. Please link to these images - use them as much as you please- courtesy of Nick Childers.

WHAT IS NEEDED:

MORE PRESS

Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size
FLASHLIGHTS
BLANKETS
GLOVES
HATS
BABY FORMULA/WIPES
TOILET PAPER

*NO CLOTHING*

Please understand, this email is a direct account of what is happening now. NYC IS NOT BACK TO NORMAL. Every area mentioned above has Katrina-level devastation and needs with only small citizen groups to aid everyone and distribute everything. Please help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. This is the only article I have found on the subject and it is accurate for the housing it represents but not for Coney Island: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-hell-nycha-houses-article-1.1197748 - Conditions were similar but there we some glaring problems on top of what they reported about.

I will be setting up a distribution center at 2828 Neptune Avenue tomorrow and will write back with more info. Please call me at 201.658.6194 with any questions.
Please help.

Sincerely,
Eric Moed

Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.

We previously posted pictures of the damage in Coney Island, but continue below for a more current look at the situation...

Continue reading "Relief efforts continue in CONEY ISLAND, HELP STILL NEEDED (pics & info) "

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island - Sunday -- 11/4/2012
Hurricane Sandy's aftermath on Staten Island on 11/4/12

The Staten Island Advance reports:

Tom Lacey has posted a simple message on the front door of his storm-gutted Great Kills home -- "If you are found here tonight, you will be found here tomorrow."
Down the block on Goodall Street, Rocco Rubio has written a similar message on a piece of plywood covering up a window that once faced the waters off Crescent Beach.

Since Hurricane Sandy hit Monday night, the two have seen their share of shady characters -- a man actually entered Lacey's house in broad daylight, as volunteers toiled outside Saturday night, and tried to creep out with a wall-mounted TV on an upper floor.

His wife was home, she screamed, and the man -- a bald, white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a brown jacket and dungarees -- ran out.

As if those ravaged from the hurricane didn't have it hard enough right now, they have the stupid looters to contend with too (it's only a matter of time before one gets shot).

If you'd like to help out in Staten Island, SILIVE.com has a huge list of ways you can, and volunteers are needed to help clean up parks this Saturday & Sunday.

BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette, whose post-Hurricane blackout pictures you saw the other day, visited Staten Island on Sunday. Her pictures from that trip are in this post and continue with some videos below...

Continue reading "photos: Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Staten Island (where thieves & looters continue to lurk, volunteers needed)"