2012-11-05 16:26:20

Democracy Now! 2012-11-05 Monday

Power has returned to most of Manhattan, but well over one million residents of New York City’s outer boroughs and New Jersey remain in the dark. We begin our coverage of Superstorm Sandy’s hardest hit areas with the Rockaways, a peninsula located in the southeast section of New York City. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke and videographer Elizabeth Press traveled to the Rockaways on Friday and filed this report.

In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumnae of Occupy Wall Street called Occupy Sandy Relief. Along with groups like 350.org and Recovers.org, Occupy activists quickly mobilized hundreds, and then thousands, of people to help affected areas of New York City. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke speaks with Occupy organizer Catherine Yeager in the Rockaways about Occupy Wall Street’s transformation into Occupy Sandy Relief.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says up to 40,000 displaced residents are now in need of shelter in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. That’s the same number of runners who would have ran the New York City marathon that up until Friday night, Bloomberg had insisted would go on. Bloomberg had for days resisted calls to cancel the marathon, saying he wanted New York City to show it could get past the storm. But Bloomberg’s critics say the people of New York wanted to do the same — and use the city’s resources toward the recovery effort, not staging a giant marathon. Amy Goodman files a report from the devastated borough of Staten Island, which would have been the marathon’s starting point had it gone forward.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro angrily denounced the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy. "I have not seen the American Red Cross at a shelter, I have not seen them down on the south shore where people are buried in their own homes, they have nothing to drink and nothing to eat. ... My advice to the people of Staten Island – do not donate to the American Red Cross, let them get their money elsewhere."

In our first broadcast since the Democracy Now! studio regained power, we’re joined by three staffers who have been on the ground taking part in and reporting on the tri-state’s response to Superstorm Sandy: Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke, who visited the devastated peninsula of Far Rockaway; Democracy Now! producer Steve Martinez, who lives in northwestern New Jersey and has a family home on the Jersey shore; and Democracy Now! social media coordinator Jessica Lee, who lives in Red Hook, one of the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn.

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