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  •  More and better democrats - Sandy refugees (2+ / 0-)
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    PAbluestater, Womantrust

    There are a whole lot of progressive democrats in the Occupy Sandy Relief effort, who may not call themselves progressive democrats (YET!). When we support them now, they may join us later.

    They are serving people whose lives have just been shattered. When they recover from this storm disaster, we  can't let them learn that government's slow response here means that government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

    Red Cross sends a truckload of blankets to Occupy Sandy – NYTimes

    Occupy Sandy Relief started their main hub in the Rockaways with a solar powered generator from Greenpeace.  Before long, the National Guard was relying on OccupySandy to distribute food and water.  The slow motion Red Cross sent a truckload of blankets on Thursday night, 10 full days after the storm. But hey, late is better than not at all.

    Occupy Sandy's direct action, with their motto of "Solidarity, Not Charity" and their ability to organize boots on the ground, is breaking down walls that have been used to divide us. This is community organizing. It is apolitical and non-religious. Greenpeace, NY National Guard, and the Red Cross are now supporting Occupy Sandy along with a long list of local organizations.

    •  I am surprised to read you think the government's (1+ / 0-)
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      response was slow. True, not everyone is back where they were but this was a disaster.

      People who don't have power need to look to the power companies. Unlike Corey Booker, Chris Christie will not climb a telephone poll to restore your phone.

      I thought the recovery was generally going well, thanks to Occupy, which like the Red Cross is not a governmental organization.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:14:20 PM PST

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      •  I'm proud of NYC's OEM and the NYC MTA (1+ / 0-)
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        - they have done a few things extraordinarily well.

        More than a million people lived in mandatory evacuation zones in NJ, NY, CT, and only about a hundred people died as a direct result of the storm. That is evidence of good public policy, good planning, and very good execution.

        But there are some notable failures - the utility situation is a growing scandal. They were clearly un-prepared and Con Ed, for example, has been delivering power to NYC for 180 years. They have more experience than anyone, but we have power outtages every summer somewhere, even for relatively minor storms and heat waves.

        Part of the reason is the complexity - many building have electricity but haven't had steam restored, which is used for heat, hot water, and elevators.

        The fuel situation is another gap. The port of NY was closed completely until Friday after the storm. The mayor should have started fuel priority rationing right from the beginning, and it would have saved a lot of people waiting in line for hours only to not get any gas.  All that waiting was time lost on cleaning up, time lost from work, time that was especially precious right now for those people.

      •  Occupy is doing outstanding work - (1+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean

        They will make outstanding progressive voters and future democratic leaders, IF and ONLY IF they DON'T learn that government should be small enough to drown in a bath tub.

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