A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.


3 Ways Movements Spread Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 9:08 am

We have entered an age of protest. Social media tools allow new ways to mobilize activists into public and private spaces and also provide new avenues for amplifying their actions. The Internet, when used properly, can drive activists to an action — or a worldwide coalition of actions — and then make sure thousands more people see and hear about them after. Using simple tools like hashtags, we can monitor the response to actions in real time in a way never possible before.

Help FDL Send 200 Sprayers to Sandy Volunteers

By: Friday December 28, 2012 1:06 pm

In just two days, Firedoglake activists stepped up and donated to fulfill Occupy Sandy’s urgent request for 400 Tyvek coveralls to protect survivors and volunteers working around toxic mold.

Occupy Sandy tells us they are extremely grateful for your generosity, but the cleanup crews still desperately need more equipment. Their next priority is getting 200 handheld sprayers to assist in eradicating mold from homes.

Our Occupy Supply team was able to track down affordable, American-made sprayers, and now we need your help fulfilling the request. For just $20 you can outfit a Sandy cleanup crew member with a sprayer. Here’s how to do it

#D12 Gulf Port Action, One Year Later

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:15 pm

One year ago today, Occupy Oakland declared a National Day of Action against Goldman-Sachs.

The action would center on the Port of Oakland, which they shut down for over two days. Solidarity actions around the country took place at other ports, at Walmart distribution centers, and Goldman-Sachs offices in New York City.

About 200 occupiers from around Texas gathered at Occupy Houston’s encampment, Tranquility Park, and from there traveled to the Port of Houston where we blockaded the main entrance. There were twenty arrests.

Whose Streets? – NYPD Credits Occupy With Drop in Crime

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 1:50 pm

As reported in the New York Post, the NYPD has found that in the areas where Occupy Sandy (and other neighborhood non-profits) have been most active there has been less crime.

Residents of areas like Brooklyn’s Red Hook, where Occupy Sandy has a strong presence, say they feel safer and have been spared the looting and other crime that exist in neighborhoods where activists are not so plentiful.

Officers of the NYPD are similarly pleased.

Enough Is Enough: Occupy Sandy and Pursuing Environmental Justice in Our Most Vulnerable Communites

By: Monday December 3, 2012 2:10 pm

We are letting our elected officials off the hook. We must demand our representatives start doing their jobs. It is not enough to make statements of commitment. We need action. We need long-term solutions that will finally address the issues of environmental justice, especially the most important issue of our generation -climate change. Our planet is undergoing a severe crisis that unfortunately leaves our most vulnerable communities to suffer the consequences of an irresponsible and exploitative business model.

NYC Threatens to Shut Down Occupy Sandy Relief Sites

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 7:00 pm

While the history of relief efforts for Sandy victims in places such as Staten Island and Red Hook is still being written, a move on Friday by New York City will probably go down as one of the stupidest moves any governmental authority EVER made.

Crowd Source Request: Occupy Sandy Relief Needs Help Fighting Mold

By: Friday November 23, 2012 3:00 pm

Today I’m trying to find sources to products they desperately need to deal with mold, so if you’ve got some time and you’re interested in helping with research, pull up a chair. Here are the OSHA guidelines for mold cleanup,Our goal is to buy products in large quantities so we can get the best quality, best price and most effective supplies and equipment for the relief effort. If you’ve got suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.

Greetings From Asbury Park

By: Thursday November 22, 2012 8:00 am

What you first notice, because they are everywhere, are the mounds of people’s things lining every curb. They stack up head-high, spilling out into the road, some of them still oozing water after three weeks. You park your car, careful not to scratch the side on all the debris, open the door and get hit with the sound of motors – chain saws, generators, drills, pumps. Everybody is hacking and cutting away at the accumulation of their lives, and dragging the now worthless pieces out to the street.

CEO of Trade Association Defends Decision Not to Donate to Occupy Sandy

By: Friday November 16, 2012 12:44 pm

The reason why Shapiro’s op-ed is notable and worth writing about is not that it makes the case for the Red Cross but rather that it lays bare the reality that a radical group of organizers have been tremendously successful. There are reporters, residents and colleagues of Shapiro that find what they have done is exemplary. Corporations and businesses have considered donating, even though they may have had a distaste for Occupy Wall Street. But, in the end, for people like Shapiro, their business or capitalist ideology is impossible to ignore and Shapiro recognizes the popularity and respect is so high that he must justify a rational business decision to not support Occupy Sandy.

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