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Vote despite hardship + Sandy Relief info

Added on by NYC Subway Girl.

We continue to live in crisis mode, for some much more than others. Still, we have an important election this Tuesday.  I urge you to vote and to find ways to help your friends and neighbors get to the polls.  

I just read a fantastic article on Huffington Post by Marianne Schnall Influential Women Speak Out On The Election it's reposted it on my Guest Blogger section of my site.

For those in need of Storm Sandy Relief I have an older post with lots of info

Follow hyperlink for MTA transit info

and this from my friend Chris regarding lots of places to get help.  What I love is that born from the Occupy Wall Street Movement is a group of individuals now wonderfully skilled at moblizing people.  Their efforts "Occupy Sandy" are amazing.  This is power to the people, for the people and by the people. see for yourself in this clip:

read on:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/02/1154537/-AMAZING-Occupy-Wall-Street-Leading-Massive-Volunteer-Powered-Recovery-Efforts-in-New-York

Excerpts (originally posted Friday 11/2/12 to Writing by David Harris Gershon)

They are thousands-strong and growing: entering devastated neighborhoods yet to see outside help from established aid organizations.

They are staffing donation drop off sites, running mobile food kitchens and delivering hot meals. They are distributing food and supplies to the stranded, locating trapped seniors, and aiding clean-up efforts.

In short, they are helping some of New York's most vulnerable right now, and the work being done is simply breathtaking. And that work is growing by the hour.

Loosely organized under Occupy Sandy, Occupy activists have, in conjunction with 350.org and Recovers.org, created in very short order a massive, malleable volunteer network that is reaching untold numbers of New Yorkers still in the dark and cold.

The Red Cross and FEMA are operating shelters, food kitchens and distributing supplies as well. My point here is not to malign them.

My point? To shine a light on the incredible work Occupy activists are doing in locations where aid organizations have yet to lay roots. And to shine a light on the work they will continue to be doing, perhaps with your help.

Update

on 2012-11-05 02:47 by NYC Subway Girl

I received this email from a photo journalist Nousah Salimi, it really tells the story of the crisis through the eyes of someone there:

Good morning,

I went to Manhattan, on Thu and Fri walking around town, it was truly heartbreaking to see the city that never sleeps so empty and deserted, but looking at the bigger picture still very lucky compared to NJ, Long Island and even further out Haiti and surrounding areas which also have been affected but this time under the shadow of NY they are not really making it to breaking news.

Also I was impressed by how hard they are working to bring things back to normal asap, it's amazing.

I bumped to the mayor and governor on Tuesday giving a live announcement in the Battery Tunnel and took some photos of them too!

It was a bit twisted to get to Manhattan, as I could only go with the train either to Borough Hall and then walk and cross Brooklyn Bridge (which I did on Thu) or go to Atlantic Ave and then get the shuttle bus which rides on third ave all the way up to 57 st which I took on Frid and walked all the way down to brooklyn bridge and back home, so lots of walking :)

Anyhow it seems the green line is fully operational now although I believe it will make different stops so that's great already.

have a lovely day.

Nousha

battery tunnerl - nousha salimi 1.jpg

Battery tunnel

Union SQ chging station - Nousha Salimi.jpg

Union Square charging station

Union Square closed - Nousha Salimi.jpg

this one really made me weep

Update

on 2012-11-26 23:26 by NYC Subway Girl

OCCUPY SANDY mobilizes, turning last years uprising against the financial world into action to help victims of Hurricane-Storm Sandy.  Article by ALAN FEUER in NYTimes