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Smith reports: "The Occupy Sandy volunteer movement by Occupy Wall Street members has been growing in Brooklyn."

Salvatore LoPizzo, right, turned his social welfare group into a hurricane relief hub with the help of Occupy volunteers in Rockaway Beach. (photo: Alice Proujansky)
Salvatore LoPizzo, right, turned his social welfare group into a hurricane relief hub with the help of Occupy volunteers in Rockaway Beach. (photo: Alice Proujansky)

'Occupy Sandy' Volunteers Grow Presence In Brooklyn

By Emily Smith, WLNY-TV

21 November 12


We Got This (Occupy Sandy) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.


he Occupy Sandy volunteer movement by Occupy Wall Street members has been growing in Brooklyn.

As CBS 2's Emily Smith reported for WLNY-TV 10/55, the group has been helping to coordinate volunteers and get storm victims much-needed supplies.

It all started with a few people asking the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, at 520 Clinton Ave. in the Clinton Hill section of the borough, if they could use the building as their headquarters to help Sandy victims.

He said yes, as long as they could still make room for mass on Sunday.

Now, Occupy Sandy - 24 core organizers from Occupy Wall Street - has been joined by hundreds of volunteers just trickling into the church to help.

"For Thanksgiving, I don't want to cook," said volunteer Evelyn Rodriguez. "I want to go serve."

Rodriguez said she came to the right place in arriving at the church. Among the sea of bibles and hymnals still in the pews were thousands of household items.

"We clear out the pews for them on Sunday, and they have mass and we start the whole thing over again," said volunteer Rob Zillig.

On the Web site for the movement,, there is a link to a "wedding registry" with first name "Occupy" and last name "Sandy."

Users may click and buy just like a wedding gift, and it is delivered to Sandy victims.

Volunteers then sort and deliver to families who have requested specifics all over the Tri-State Area.

"It's not like we just plop down, like we're giving you rice," said volunteer Kelly Guenther. "It's like, ‘Well, what do you need?' So I think that's the difference."

And with St. Luke and St. Matthew's generosity, the volunteers have what they need - a warm, safe place to help make a difference.

Occupy Sandy organizer Alexis Goldstein said the movement is kind of like "Occupy St. Luke's," but "it's a very friendly occupation; they're happy to have us, and we're happy to be here."

Occupy Sandy said it needs more donations, although it does not need any more clothes. it also need more volunteers, although not on weekends - it would like volunteers to put in a half-day during the week. your social media marketing partner


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+9 # 4yourinformation 2012-11-21 13:42
This is the power of Occupy! Good job!

The real sad and dark side of this is, thanks to the climate deniers, we are now going to see this again and again. The poor will be the most vulnerable to the power of nature's change, due to the human inputs of Co2. What a shame. Seeking higher and safer land will be the best bet, yet.....who can afford it when you've lost everything?
+5 # hoodwinkednomore 2012-11-22 09:08
Occupy Everywhere!! It is great to be alive now as the global movement organizes locally, and gets the work done to serve and protect, to be human in the greatest capacity!
+3 # NanFan 2012-11-25 12:52
Bravo! Now THIS these are the kind of people we should all strive to be in whatever capacity we can, wherever we live and love.

Thank you, Occupy. You are truly inspirational.

0 # Youtube-GlobalPrison 2012-11-27 16:44
New York- reduced to rubble. Perhaps if 20 years ago when the Kyoto Protocol was signed that America had taken the lead on carbon emission reductions, other countries might have followed suit, and the strength of the weather system that pushed Hurricane Sandy toward the U.S East coast would have been much weaker ?

But it is clear as glass- America's Government doesn't care because the U.S is a big country with a big economy which can afford to rebuild quickly. Other nations cannot.
The floods in Britain are incredible, and are getting worse each year. 30 years ago the U.K wasn't hit by floods each year. But ever since about 2005 the floods and weather get worse each year, breaking rainfall records, and ruining businesses, homes, farmland and costing the economy billions in repairs.

U.K's economy is not that big, and it each year destroys more and more of Britain and our economy. There are peopel who want that to happen, and people who don't care it happens to other nations. America just happens to be Britain's worst enemy, and it is sad to see the U.S Govt blame China's in-action on climate change as an excuse to also do nothing on climate change and global warming.

Watch for my article and report soon to be published on ReaderSupported entitled 'Climate Change- The Facts Are Flooding In- America Doesn't Care About Planet Earth (with video).

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