I won't post a text teaser; if you're interested, check the article in one go at the source. It is very true and largely ignored that the Occupy camps provided food, housing, health care and a new sense of community, belonging, and purpose from the very beginning. The city of Oakland had a report that during the Occupy Oakland encampment, crime fell 19%.
It is indeed that “The Zuccotti Park protest camp which was evicted last November and the enormous post-Sandy volunteer effort going on this week are different expressions of the same thing: overwhelming human response to crisis.”
1. Here is a teaser from FireWalk's link to Kevin Gosztola's article:
Following Superstorm Sandy, a grassroots relief effort called Occupy Sandy was quickly organized. It set up in hubs in communities to distribute water, food and other aid. Groups of people went into homes and complexes without water to check on people and ask if they needed help. They helped pump water out of homes and clean out debris. And, in many communities, they were there in these communities before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Red Cross and were the first to begin taking this type of concerted action.