10 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy devastation in the USA

  1. This was indeed an unprecedented disaster and will of course take a lot of time to rebuild everything, I know that when these natural phenomenons happen that the people at the grass roots level always seem to be left wanting and yet in other areas, some are already regrouping.

    It is disheartening and natural to feel as though the world is just moving on without a care, and that politicians are just waffling on and doing what a lot of them do best, but there are lots of positives in that the death toll could have been much higher for such an horrific that was Hurricane Sandy.

    This is my first visit to your Space and I hope that my contribution here is not seen in the negative, indeed I can understand the anger and frustration of everyone affected, especially when one sees the aftermath of this most powerful storm, a true disaster and i wish everyone well, and a quick return to some kind of normalcy, which for some will never be realised due to their very sad losses.

    Androgoth

    • Hi Androgoth, thanks for your comment. Indeed the death toll might have been still higher, like with Katrina in New Orleans. Still, every death individual is a sad loss to people around him or her.

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  3. HURRICANE SANDY: CAPITALISM IS THE DISASTER

    PEOPLE’S POWER IS THE ANSWER

    Protest Rally & March in NYC —

    Sat. Nov. 3 – 12noon at Main Post Office 34th St. & 8th Ave. Manhattan

    Following this join the Peoples Power Assembly in a “people to people” relief effort. We will distribute water, do free blood pressure screenings at the nearby Chelsea community and help in food distribution.

    NEXT STEP:

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th PEOPLES POWER REGIONAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS

    The Peoples Power Assembly commends and has joined in the many relief efforts led by community activists, who understand that the people cannot depend on the system to do what’s necessary, from Chelsea Housing, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, the Peoples Power Movement, the Occupy Movement and countless others in providing immediate relief, throughout the impacted areas from New York City to New Jersey, from Baltimore, Philadelphia to New England.

    We commend the hard working sisters and brothers of the Transit Workers Union, city workers, AMTRAK workers, nurses and hospital staff who have labored throughout this “super storm” risking life and limb.

    Thousands of people in poor communities throughout the region are asking where’s FEMA? Where is city, state and county government’s? Many are outraged that Mayor Bloomberg would pour resources into making sure the NYC Marathon goes forward, that the Stock Exchange opens, while the poor and workers of the city are still without power, hospitals are being evacuated, and gas is close to running out. Where are the priorities? Instead “stop and frisk” policies have escalated and curfews continue.

    We demand first and foremost:

    · That the homeless, the elderly, the very young, those with physical and mental challenges, the poor, along with all the people, have priority over big business and the banks—this means emergency access and distribution of food, clothing, medical care and shelter.

    · It’s a crime that Wall Street was up and running in less than 36 hours while people throughout the region still languish without lights or heat.

    · We want a Works Progress Administration (WPA) style jobs program to put the thousands of unemployed workers back to work at union wages to immediately provide services and rebuild the region. Thousands of unemployed laborers with LIUNA and other unions need jobs; unemployed youth need jobs too. Why should exploitative private contractors profit at the peoples expense off of this disaster. While we demand jobs for all and solidarity with workers around the world, we reject “guest worker” programs like those used after Hurricane Katrina which amounted to “slave labor” and union busting.

    · No police repression! The people need services and jobs, not jails. Drop all the charges on the arrested youth in Jersey City; end police abuse, racial profiling and brutality now.

    · Reopen closed hospitals, and make working backup generators a priority. We must protect the sick in the advent of a disaster—it’s unacceptable that so many hospitals in New York, important hospitals like St. Vincent’s were already closed making evacuation even more difficult.

    · Free transit throughout the crisis. No fare hikes. Reduced fares for low-wage and unemployed workers.

    · We demand that the trillions spent on war and occupation abroad, be spent on compensating and paying reparations to the thousands of workers who have lost wages, have suffered from property damage, and who have been hurt or injured. This includes small businesses and whole communities.

    · Give priority to the communities ignored from Brooklyn to those living in Far Rockaway, to those neglected in rural areas and small towns.

    · We call for full rights & legalization for undocumented workers who may be afraid to come forward for needed food and care. We demand an immediate end to any form of racism, bigotry, anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman or anti-youth bias in resources or treatment.

    Global capitalism has created this crisis! We wish we could say this was solely a natural disaster, but every scientific source clearly has pointed out that “global warming” has been at the root of this kind of “super storm.” It is not an exaggeration to say that we have arrived at the tipping point on the climate crisis. The people and scientists who have been fighting this issue from India to Bolivia for decades must be allowed to step in and implement a real peoples plan and we must work to halt the capitalist system itself. Or else.

    We can do it! People’s power must be on the agenda! Solidarity is our first defense! The movement must come together.

    Join the Peoples Power Assembly this Saturday for an emergency response. But if transportation problems prevent you from reaching 34th St., there is much still to do.

    NEXT STEP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th – first in a series of critical planning meetings and summits – immediately following the election to begin the process of strategizing and planning a fight back in preparation of coming plans by the 1% to enact severe austerity measures. The movement must prepare.

    Plan to discuss how to fight back against the growing police terror in communities from Oakland to Baltimore to Jersey City, from New York to New Orleans.

    Join the PPA, Nov. 10, 2pm at the Solidarity Center, 55 W. 17th St. 5th Floor, NYC, NY 10011.

    And join us on Dec. 15th in Baltimore for a National Peoples Power Assembly to continue our plans to fight for Peoples Power.

    Contact the Peoples Power Assembly. Call 212-633-6646 or visit www. occupy4jobs.org

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  5. We are in a mandatory evacuation zone in southeastern Connecticut but live on a big hill so stayed. Power was out for only 5 days (Hurricane Irene left us without power for 9 days last year) but we are lucky that it is still autumn and warm enough to go without heat.

    I am glad that Occupy is involved in organizing NYC residents. Fellow CT occupiers have gone into the city to help. Here are other ways to help Occupy’s efforts: http://www.occupy.com/article/occupy-sandy-ows-helps-storm-victims

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