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Hurricane Sandy Survivors Will Greet Senator Rand Paul at NYC Fundraiser

Hurricane Sandy Survivors Will Greet Senator Rand Paul at NYC Fundraiser

New York, NY — In the wake of a series of disparaging remarks aimed at recipients of Hurricane Sandy Aid from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), survivors of the hurricane and allied organizations will be greeting the Senator at a fundraiser at the Women’s National Republican Club (7 W 51st St, NY, NY 10019)  at 11:30am today, Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

Paul, who is on a media and fundraising blitz in anticipation of a likely presidential run, has also repeatedly blocked critical federal funding for Sandy rebuilding, claiming the program is “bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”

Members of the Occupy Sandy disaster recovery effort, the campaign finance reform group Money Out/ Voters In, and the DREAM Act Coalition have announced that they will be crashing the fundraiser.  The groups hope to underscore the ongoing humanitarian crises in the Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaways, Breezy Point, Staten Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Long Island and New Jersey coastlines. In addition, the groups will highlight how the Senator’s policies routinely give preference to the military and large corporations over the urgent needs of low-income and immigrant communities.

“They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their `Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now,’” Paul said recently in an exchange with New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

“Sen. Paul was instrumental in delaying and reducing urgently-needed funding for hurricane recovery in New York and New Jersey, but he’s happy to take $2,500 a plate from New Yorkers to bankroll his austerity agenda. We’ll be present to let him know he’s unwelcome by the 99% of New Yorkers still reeling from the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy and a stagnant economy, ” said Justin Wedes, an Occupy Sandy organizer.

To arrange an interview with the activists and for any other media-related inquiries please contact Justin Wedes, Occupy Sandy organizer at 347-824-8583 or Justin@occupylabs.org

Amidst the List of Hurricane Sandy Benefits, Tuesday’s Hip-Hop Show at Brooklyn Bowl Supporting Occupy Sandy Stands Out for Its Unique Solidarity & Fervor

Amidst the List of Hurricane Sandy Benefits, Tuesday’s Hip-Hop Show at Brooklyn Bowl Supporting Occupy Sandy Stands Out for Its Unique Solidarity & Fervor

[Brooklyn, NY] Amidst the laundry list of Hurricane Sandy benefit concerts this December, a unique hip-hop performance benefiting Occupy Sandy scheduled for 7pm this Tuesday 12/18/2012 at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn) stands out for the way its lineup of artists reflects the mutual aid, integrity, and do-it-yourself fervor that made Occupy Sandy one of the most effective crisis response groups in the wake of the hurricane.

The concert, presented by Viper Records and Music for Occupy, features some of New York’s most celebrated grassroots hip-hop artists. Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Hasan Salaam, Jasiri X, Constant Flow, George Martinez and the Global Block Collective, and a noteworthy roster of surprise guests are scheduled to perform at Tuesday’s benefit.

WHAT: Benefit Concert
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
WHEN: Tuesday, December 18 | Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm
INFO: Occupy Sandy Website | Brooklyn Bowl Website | Facebook RSVP 

While the artists have rallied together for this event in support of Occupy Sandy’s relief efforts, their performances have always been extensions of their lyrical narratives of overcoming crisis in their own communities. Whether it’s Immortal Technique’s revolutionary anthems of solidarity, Jasiri X’s lyrical indictment of the NYPD’s controversial Stop And Frisk Program, Pharoahe Monch’s dissection of the Prison Industrial Complex’s impact on Brooklyn’s communities of color, or George Martinez & the Global Block Collective’s “Free & Unified” tribute to the Occupy Sandy relief efforts, each artist provides a cross-sectional view of the principles of solidarity not charity upon which Occupy Sandy was built.

A statement drafted by Staten Island residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy and published to Pastebin on December 13th underscores the need for tangible, solidarity-driven relief efforts, not bureaucratic or parasitic debt-driven programs, “We are tired of being given the runaround, by elected officials, the insurance companies, FEMA, SBA, and Rapid Repair. Each resident has a different experience dealing with these organizations. No two stories are alike. They say different things at different times. We hear nothing for weeks or they lose our paperwork. Some have taken donations in our name without accountability. We demand clear and timely answers.” The statement goes on to say, “The vultures are circling our community. They see valuable beachfront property, not a place where families live. Leaders talk about development, but why isn’t the community leading those discussions?”

Occupy Sandy as well as the artists performing at Tuesday’s benefit understand the importance of community-led releif efforts. Occupy Sandy’s hub-driven system of relief distribution, directly works to satisfy community needs assessments that canvassers and volunteers (many of which are members of impacted communities) pass on to their hub. The result is empowering the community, as systems of relief are shaped and directed by the impacted community and then put into action by the volunteers. Instead of a typical “what you see is what you get” model of crisis relief, Occupy Sandy asks, “what do you need?” and responds with, “…lets see if we can get you that.”

“Sandy helped a lot of people see that we don’t need to wait for government intervention to be able to help each other” said Jelani Mashariki, Global Block emcee and one of the performers at Tuesday’s benefit. Mashariki is also a Candidate for NYC’s 35th Council District, “My campaign for New York City Council is based on the same principles of mutual aid used by Occupy Sandy Relief, because taking care of each other has to be our first priority.”

Occupy has always been about crisis relief. Tuesday’s benefit will highlight that Occupy Sandy, and it’s predicate organization, Occupy Wall Street, are each about rising up in response to crisis as it impacts our communities.


Pharoahe Monch will be performing at Tuesday’s benefit.

Tickets to Tuesday’s benefit are available in advance through the Brooklyn Bowl website for $15.00 and a limited amount of tickets will be made available for walk ups. If you are unable to attend Tuesday’s benefit and wish to make a monetary contribution to Occupy Sandy’s work visit http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/donate/ for links on how to donate or cash or specific items needed on their registries.

To request an interview with the artists, or to request a press comp for Tuesday’s benefit please contact Andy Stepanian at andy@sparrowmedia.net or 631.291.3010

WHAT: Benefit Concert

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

WHEN: Tuesday, December 18 | Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm

INFO: Occupy Sandy Website | Brooklyn Bowl Website | Facebook RSVP