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OWS Continues Anarchist Tradition of Mutual Aid Efforts in Storm's Wake

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  • Dan Clore
    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo http://www.salon.com/2012/11/01/occupy_sandy_relief_steps_up/singleton/ Thursday,
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 1, 2012
      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

      http://www.salon.com/2012/11/01/occupy_sandy_relief_steps_up/singleton/
      Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 10:08 AM PDT
      Occupy Sandy relief steps up
      OWS continues anarchist tradition of mutual aid efforts in the storm's wake
      By Natasha Lennard

      As Salon reported Tuesday, alongside major coordinated relief efforts by
      the Red Cross to meet emergency needs after Hurricane Sandy, Occupy
      networks around New York are connecting to provide non-emergency aid to
      storm-struck areas.

      Since the setup of the “Occupy Sandy Relief NYC” Facebook page (which
      has accrued over 2,000 “likes”) and the proliferation of the Twitter
      hashtag #SandyAid to spread information, on-the-ground work has begun.
      OWS has teamed up with environmental group 350.org (responsible for the
      Times Square “end climate silence” demo on Sunday) and disaster relief
      platform Recovers.org to coordinate efforts. They have established
      drop-off points throughout Brooklyn to collect items including clothes,
      candles, flashlights, batteries, water and food. The volunteers started
      in Manhattan’s blacked-out Lower East side and have been moving through
      New York’s five boroughs.

      As Allison Kilkenny noted on her Nation blog:

      At the interoccupy.net hub, users can make financial donations to
      victims, volunteer their efforts or locate an emergency shelter.

      OWS has called on anyone with “experience in or tools for medical and
      psychological services, electrician work, plumbing, construction,
      financial or legal services, debris and tree removal, childcare,
      transportation, senior services or language skills” to sign up at one of
      three current sites in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Red Hook in
      Brooklyn and Astoria in Queens—all of which are along the waterfront and
      experienced flooding.

      On Halloween, a few dozen autonomous Sandy relief volunteers also
      organized a Brooklyn-based “Trick-or-Aid” event, going from
      house-to-house in areas saved from Sandy’s destruction to collect relief
      items for those worse hit. “Tons of people gave their time and energy
      and supplies without even thinking about it,” noted one trick-or-aider
      on the event’s wall. As of Thursday — with social media sites as their
      organizing platform — Occupy Sandy relief participants are seeking ways
      to deliver much-needed aid to the Rockaway Peninsula, cut off from the
      rest of New York and devastated by flooding and fires.

      Occupy Sandy Relief is by no means the first mutual aid network with
      anarchist underpinnings to step up during a disaster. Following
      Hurricane Katrina, the Common Ground collective — which was founded by a
      former Black Panther — stepped in to provide free food, medical supplies
      and volunteer help as government aid and mainstream charities fell short.
      Close

      Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering
      non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on
      Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@....

      --
      Dan Clore

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      My collected fiction: _The Unspeakable and Others_
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      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
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      Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
      in charge on this island?
      Professor: Why, no one.
      Skipper: No one?
      Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
      -- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"
    • Mark Casner
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      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 2, 2012
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        From: Dan Clore <clore@...>
        To: smygo@yahoogroups.com; secularhumanist@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2012 7:22 PM
        Subject: [smygo] OWS Continues Anarchist Tradition of Mutual Aid Efforts in Storm's Wake

        News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

        http://www.salon.com/2012/11/01/occupy_sandy_relief_steps_up/singleton/
        Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 10:08 AM PDT
        Occupy Sandy relief steps up
        OWS continues anarchist tradition of mutual aid efforts in the storm's wake
        By Natasha Lennard

        As Salon reported Tuesday, alongside major coordinated relief efforts by
        the Red Cross to meet emergency needs after Hurricane Sandy, Occupy
        networks around New York are connecting to provide non-emergency aid to
        storm-struck areas.

        Since the setup of the “Occupy Sandy Relief NYC” Facebook page (which
        has accrued over 2,000 “likes”) and the proliferation of the Twitter
        hashtag #SandyAid to spread information, on-the-ground work has begun.
        OWS has teamed up with environmental group 350.org (responsible for the
        Times Square “end climate silence” demo on Sunday) and disaster relief
        platform Recovers.org to coordinate efforts. They have established
        drop-off points throughout Brooklyn to collect items including clothes,
        candles, flashlights, batteries, water and food. The volunteers started
        in Manhattan’s blacked-out Lower East side and have been moving through
        New York’s five boroughs.

        As Allison Kilkenny noted on her Nation blog:

        At the interoccupy.net hub, users can make financial donations to
        victims, volunteer their efforts or locate an emergency shelter.

        OWS has called on anyone with “experience in or tools for medical and
        psychological services, electrician work, plumbing, construction,
        financial or legal services, debris and tree removal, childcare,
        transportation, senior services or language skills” to sign up at one of
        three current sites in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Red Hook in
        Brooklyn and Astoria in Queens—all of which are along the waterfront and
        experienced flooding.

        On Halloween, a few dozen autonomous Sandy relief volunteers also
        organized a Brooklyn-based “Trick-or-Aid” event, going from
        house-to-house in areas saved from Sandy’s destruction to collect relief
        items for those worse hit. “Tons of people gave their time and energy
        and supplies without even thinking about it,” noted one trick-or-aider
        on the event’s wall. As of Thursday — with social media sites as their
        organizing platform — Occupy Sandy relief participants are seeking ways
        to deliver much-needed aid to the Rockaway Peninsula, cut off from the
        rest of New York and devastated by flooding and fires.

        Occupy Sandy Relief is by no means the first mutual aid network with
        anarchist underpinnings to step up during a disaster. Following
        Hurricane Katrina, the Common Ground collective — which was founded by a
        former Black Panther — stepped in to provide free food, medical supplies
        and volunteer help as government aid and mainstream charities fell short.
        Close

        Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering
        non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on
        Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@....

        --
        Dan Clore

        New book: _Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon_:
        http://tinyurl.com/yd3bxkw
        My collected fiction: _The Unspeakable and Others_
        http://tinyurl.com/8puuzuc
        Lord Weÿrdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
        http://tinyurl.com/292yz9
        News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

        Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
        in charge on this island?
        Professor: Why, no one.
        Skipper: No one?
        Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
        -- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"



































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