Building Power One Year After Sandy

CAAAV providing food and water to Chinatown & Lower East Side residents

CAAAV providing food and water to Chinatown & Lower East Side residents

This week is the 1 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. After the storm hit, many organizers in NY from grassroots organizations, Occupy Wall Street, and other groups took to the hard-hit neighborhoods like Chinatown and the Rockaways going door-to-door to provide crucial relief supplies and services. But after the immediate emergency subsided, the collective power generated in that moment of crisis was used to build new forms of power – both political and economic – to turn the tide.

Last year, Movement Generation was riveted by the stories Helena Wong shared from CAAAV in Chinatown about the organizing done in the days after the storm. Then we were heartened by how groups got involved in trying to shape the rebuilding process to make it more equitable and address the root causes. We continue to be inspired by the how folks are building out worker cooperatives and other innovative economic vehicles that foster local living economies and put people at the center.

Here are links to more info and updates:

Watch/read great coverage of the anniversary and the rebuilding efforts on Democracy Now!

Learn more about Occupy Sandy.

Learn about the NY Environmental Justice Alliance and their work post-Sandy.