When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan’s lights went eerily dark. But the paralysis wasn’t total—the area began buzzing immediately with invisible workers. The day after Sandy was just another day of honest work for the “casual” manual laborers who would spent months cleaning, gutting and rebuilding homes and businesses across the stricken area, often in grueling conditions with little protection from collapsing walls, toxic mold and other hazards.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday November 16, 2013 1:06 pm|
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday February 9, 2013 5:46 pm|
Three months have passed since Hurricane Sandy battered New York and trashed the New Jersey coastline, and she hasn’t left. She’s still stalking the landscape strafed with mold and broken homes, and local activists worry that the government’s promises of tens of billions of dollars in federal funding will flood the storm-battered regions with further political turmoil.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 5, 2013 9:11 am|
Tim Huelskamp (FarRightR-Brownbackistan01) has been in the news lately for standing up to John Boehner (NotQuiteSoFarRightR). Last month, Boehner kicked Huelskamp off the House Agriculture committee, leaving Kansas without a member of that committee for the first time in 150 years. Note, please, that Huelskamp prides himself on being a farmer first, and Huelskamp’s most favorite map (his vast congressional district) is packed with farms, so this hurts him not just in his ego, but in his ability to deliver for his constituents.
Given another map that’s making the rounds these days, that ought to make his constituents, very nervous, if not very angry.
|By: Cynthia Kouril Wednesday January 2, 2013 8:42 am|
People in New York and New Jersey are huddled in the cold and dark and apparently the US Congress cannot manage to vote for Superstorm Sandy relief before they go on their vacations.
|By: masaccio Sunday December 16, 2012 10:40 am|
Death and misery are too great a price to pay to preserve the notion that this nation is based on shared values. It isn’t.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday December 9, 2012 8:12 am|
Disaster has a way of concentrating the mind. And Gotham has always had its share of it: whether it’s a slow-burning disaster like the epidemic of income inequality, the endemic scourge of police brutality and racial profiling, or the chronic deprivation of healthy food in isolated neighborhoods. Superstorm Sandy churned all of these elements of urban chaos. But in its wake, the storm has laid bare new pathways for innovations, and new frontiers for struggles against inequality.
The undercurrent of these contradictions ran through a conference this weekend dedicated to “designing a city for the 99%,” a possibility made more real and urgent in the storm’s aftermath. Urban Uprising, held at the New School and the CUNY Graduate Center (where this reporter is also a graduate student), brought together academics, legal experts, organizers and urban ecologists to broach fresh questions about organizing communities: how to harness the energy of Occupy and channel it into direct, localized campaigns; how to balance environmental renewal with economic development; and how to reorient debates on food policy away from apolitical consumer interests and toward the connection between food justice and fighting poverty.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 1, 2012 9:01 am|
While the Pacific coast is getting battered by storms, and while the Northeast coast continues to recover from Sandy, the only falling water that farmers in Nebraska, Kansas, and the great plains can see are the tears on their own faces. Drought may not make for gripping television, and it didn’t end once October’s lower temperatures arrived. Things are still dry — exceptionally so — and in many places, it’s getting worse.
Yet to the national media, “no rain today” in the Midwest and Plains remains “not news”.
|By: Gregg Levine Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:50 am|
As the sun set on Veterans Day, 2012, tens of thousands of homes on New York’s Long Island prepared to spend another night in darkness. The lack of light was not part of any particular memorial or observance; instead, it was the noisome and needless culmination of decades of mismanagement and malfeasance by a power company still struggling to pay for a now-moldering nuclear plant that never provided a single usable kilowatt to the region’s utility customers.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:30 pm|
We’ve been talking with organizers from Occupy Sandy, NY Communities for Change and other groups who are getting supplies to people still without power. And with a cold front approaching, the one thing that they are all asking for is blankets. So OccupySupply wants to send a thousand blankets to be divided among groups who are racing to prepare for a major oncoming cold snap. Can you please help us get the blankets to the folks who desperately need them. 100% of your donations will go to that effort.
|By: spocko Wednesday October 31, 2012 6:24 pm|
Starting Monday I’ve been politicizing #Sandy.
I can almost hear in my head the right wing radio blowhards responding to this comment with their mocking strawman “The left want you to believe that WE are responsible for hurricane Sandy! Preposterous! It’s like when they blamed Bush for Katrina! My friends, these are “Acts of God! We had nothing to do with it!”