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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 03:17 PM

 

Occupy Sandy Efforts Highlight Need for Solidarity, Not Charity

http://www.thenation.com/blog/171020/occupy-sandy-efforts-highlight-need-solidarity-not-charity

“People were sorting donations, feeding hungry people, local residents lining up to get things they need,” LaRoe said, adding that residents seemed thankful and relieved that anyone was willing to help them.

“People are traumatized out there. They’ve come through some really intense stuff. They’ve lost their homes, some of them lost family members and pets, and they’re really emotional, and they want to tell their stories. The aid we were giving was largely material aid, but now we’re moving into trauma support, and setting up places where people can tell their stories.”

In Far Rockaway, teams are also helping people pump out water from their basements.

(Without being negative about relief workers of any sort from any agency, to be fair, "people helping people" is the new model and every agency is part of it. More at the link.)

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Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 OP
jenw2 Nov 2012 #1
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #2
ellisonz Nov 2012 #3
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #4
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Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #8
daleanime Nov 2012 #5
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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 03:28 PM

1. And none of us have heard a single damn story about a church helping

 

They just don't.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 05:02 PM

2. Trinity arrested and sued Occupy for tresspassing several months back...oh right, oops ;)

 

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:00 PM

4. I think there are Churches helping and working with OWS as many did from the beginning.

The Churches in NYC have always been pretty good to the poor and homeless, especially when they were under attack by Ghouliani and his army of thugs in the NYPD.

I did read some articles about OWS joining forces with Churches to help Sandy victims. I'm sure they both appreciate the experience both have doing this kind of work. I think it is very moving the way people are doing this, all of them.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:15 PM

7. Yes! Some churches have been exceptionally supportive of Occupy!

 

Some church members have taken beatings and arrests by police. Putting their money where their mouth is, for real.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:56 PM

8. They are helping! Here is the church of St. Luke and St. Mark, with items typed/stored per pew:

 



I've read that one priest said: "This is what a church is for".

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Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:45 PM

5. There is plenty of work for every one...

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