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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:37 AM

Helping Sandy victims

I want to send a donation but am not sure about the Red Cross. I am not sure of how much the money they collect get distributed efficiently.

So Chris Matthews has been suggesting organizations during his Hardball.

Earlier this evening he posted Saint Frances de Sales in Rockaway, a region that has had more than its share of misery.

Anyone has any opinion? I like it that he gave a street address. No paypal or texting for me.

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question everything Nov 2012 OP
GitRDun Nov 2012 #1
Raksha Nov 2012 #2
question everything Nov 2012 #3
Raksha Nov 2012 #4
question everything Nov 2012 #6
Jane Austin Nov 2012 #5

Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:52 AM

1. Send to Occupy Sandy

http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

They know what they are doing!

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:06 AM

2. You beat me to it! :)

I posted about the Occupy Sandy relief effort yesterday on another forum. I had just gone back there to retrieve the Interoccupy link so I could post it here. Oh well, thanks for saving me the trouble!

Here's the first of the articles I posted there:

Where FEMA Fell Short, Occupy Sandy Was There

By ALAN FEUER
Published: November 9, 2012

ON Wednesday night, as a fierce northeaster bore down on the weather-beaten Rockaways, the relief groups with a noticeable presence on the battered Queens peninsula were these: the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Police and Sanitation Departments — and Occupy Sandy, a do-it-yourself outfit recently established by Occupy Wall Street.

This stretch of the coast remained apocalyptic, with buildings burned like Dresden and ragged figures shuffling past the trash heaps. There was still no power, and parking lots were awash with ruined cars. On Wednesday morning, as the winds picked up and FEMA closed its office “due to weather,” an enclave of Occupiers was huddled in a storefront amid the devastation, handing out supplies and trying to make sure that those bombarded by last month’s storm stayed safe and warm and dry this time.

“Candles?” asked a dull-eyed woman arriving at the door.

“I’m sorry, but we’re out,” said Sofia Gallisa, a field coordinator who had been there for a week. Ms. Gallisa escorted the woman in, and someone gave her batteries for her flashlight. As she walked away, word arrived that a firehouse nearby was closing for the night; the firefighters there were hurrying their rigs to higher ground.

“It’s crazy,” Ms. Gallisa later said of the official response. “For a long time, we were the only people out here doing relief work.”

After its encampment in Zuccotti Park, which changed the public discourse about economic inequality and introduced the nation to the trope of the 1 percent, the Occupy movement has wandered in a desert of more intellectual, less visible projects, like farming, fighting debt and theorizing on banking. While several nouns have been occupied — from summer camp to health care — it is only with Hurricane Sandy that the times have conspired to deliver an event that fully calls upon the movement’s talents and caters to its strengths.

Maligned for months for its purported ineffectiveness, Occupy Wall Street has managed through its storm-related efforts not only to renew the impromptu passions of Zuccotti, but also to tap into an unfulfilled desire among the residents of the city to assist in the recovery. This altruistic urge was initially unmet by larger, more established charity groups, which seemed slow to deliver aid and turned away potential volunteers in droves during the early days of the disaster.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/nyregion/where-fema-fell-short-occupy-sandy-was-there.html?pagewanted=all

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:10 AM

3. Thanks. It appears that they need volunteers and donations

I can provide neither. Not from half a continent away. But will try to contact them about sending a check.

http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/locations/

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:39 AM

4. Occupy Sandy doesn't seem to use PayPal.

Cash donations for Occupy Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts are handled through the Alliance for Global Justice and wepay.com, which I never heard of before but which I assume is a payment service similar to PayPal.

Checks can be mailed to:

Occupy Sandy/AfGJ,
Alliance for Global Justice
1247 E. St, SE
Washington, DC 20003

So far they have raised $473,286.58 for the New York effort.

There is a separate fund for New Jersey, but they just started collecting for that yesterday or today. More information at the link:

https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-sandy-cleanup-volunteers

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Response to Raksha (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:58 PM

6. Thank you very much. Will do (nt)

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:35 AM

5. Occupy Sandy

has "Wedding" registries on Amazon.

Just type in "Occupy Sandy" in the search field.

You can send work gloves, bleach, all kinds of things that they have selected, and Amazon ships it to Brooklyn.

I went through Sam Seder's <Majority.fm> site, to get to Amazon so his show gets a percentage of what Amazon makes.

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