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    http://99agora.net http://99agora.net/99agora-overflow-europe/program-programa/ ________________________________ From: Dan Clore
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 2, 2012


      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:

      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.

      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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      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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