Hurricane Sandy

Last week, Hurricane Sandy hit New York. I was one of the million or so people without power or water. The day after we walked past downed trees and the looted stores at South Street Seaport (someone really wanted sensible women’s office wear).


flares guiding people onto the blacked out Williamsburg Bridge

A week later, we’re fine, but much of the city is not. The Rockaways, Red Hook, Staten Island, and other neighborhoods are devastated. Me, Fred, and photographer Kate Black hitched a ride on the 666 Burger Truck to Rockaway Parkway, to hand out delicious fried foodstuffs. One girl nearly wept, at having had her first hot meal in a week.

In the Rockaways, Red Cross has little presence, and FEMA is mostly there to survey damage. Wrecked boats block intersections, and people’s entire possessions are covered in toxic sludge and piled out with the trash. We passed gas lines 20 blocks long.


Burger truck in Rockaway

In situations like this, where the government is failing, we have to be good to eachother. For people wanting to volunteer, Occupy Sandy is doing a fine job in Red Hook, as is New York Communities for Change. The Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBT youth, was devastated. Other people with construction experiance, like my friends Veronica Varlow and Burke Hefner, are going down to the Rockaways to help clear out flooded basements themselves.

Read Sarah Jaffe’s powerful article for Jacobin on mutual aid.

One Response to Hurricane Sandy

  1. Magenta says:

    Dear Molly,

    I’m so glad that beside all your amazing arts you never forget to report on social topics on your page, too (I share the same idea with my project and blog). And I’m glad to hear that people themselves start to handle with this desaster to make things better. I wish you all the power and richness of ideas to make things going again (or even better some day) and send all of you best greetings from Berlin. We are with you in our hearts and minds.

    Take care! Love

    xoxox

  2. Magenta says:

    Dear Molly,

    I’m so glad that beside all your amazing arts you never forget to report on social topics on your page, too (I share the same idea with my project and blog). And I’m glad to hear that people themselves start to handle with this desaster to make things better. I wish you all the power and richness of ideas to make things going again (or even better some day) and send all of you best greetings from Berlin. We are with you in our hearts and minds.

    Take care! Love

    xoxox

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