Bloomberg simply brushed off the assembled group that was desperate to talk to the mayor about their increasingly dire situation post-Sandy.
In the response to hurricane Sandy, Occupy Wall Street supporters have shown that voluntary, decentralized mutual aid is far more effective than the Red Cross or FEMA.
FEMA shut down last week “due to bad weather” (The agency will only help as long as it’s not raining, snowy or too windy.), during which time Occupy Sandy and other independent voluntary organizations continued to provide aid to hurricane victims. At one point, pictures were taken of occupy sandy volunteers feeding FEMA workers who couldn’t even find supplies for themselves.
Some community members still have no power. And after almost everyone in NYC has been helped some are being told that because they ‘rent’ they aren’t eligible for federal assistance.
Tenants who lived without heat, hot water, elevators and power … wanted a rent discount right away, worried that they would fall behind in December’s rent because of extra expenses incurred after Sandy.
NYCHA caved, agreeing not to pursue evictions of or default judgments against Sandy-affected tenants who don’t pay or are late with next month’s rent.
—Come to 489 Midland Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 to stand in support
—Volunteers requested to help move the hub to 100% private property - The 626 Midland Avenue hub in Staten Island has been evicted.
—Demand the Mayor’s office end community hub eviction and instead support hubs with space and equipment
—Public Advocate’s office: (212) 669-7250 9am-5pm EMAIL: GetHelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov
Don’t forget - GOP —> Expect Spending Offsets for Sandy Disaster Aid.