1 Year After Sandy: Join Us

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Tomorrow, we will mark one year since Hurricane Sandy altered thousands of lives across New York and New Jersey. Many are still fighting to recover their homes, their communities, their careers, and their lives. Occupy Sandy's all-volunteer network has been there every step of the way, providing support and mutual aid, often through sheer willpower
alone. You are part of this community, and to continue being active on the ground we need your help.

Please consider making a donation to support the long-term rebuilding work of Occupy Sandy.




Sandy One Year Later Conference

On Oct. 29, 2013, Join NJ Future and other stakeholders at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch for a day-long conference focused on the Sandy recovery process. Distinguished speakers, including former governors James Florio, Christine Todd Whitman and retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will highlight the economic and planning impacts of Sandy and of potential future storms, and will discuss things New Jersey and its municipalities need to be doing in order to be better prepared for the next severe weather event. Occupy Sandy New Jersey Organizer Alyssa Durnein will be a part of the panel. There is no charge to attend, but because space is limited, registration is required. More information and registration.

Looking Back/Looking Forward: Life after Hurricane Sandy

photo of Derek Prince by Matt Richter


October 29, 2013 · 6pm Writing Workshop · 7pm Storytelling Event


Join us for Stoop Series at Bric House. We’ll gather to share stories in our own words of how Hurricane Sandy has impacted our communities while exploring the ways that art and media offer a form of reflection and healing, and a powerful means of imagining a different future.

The event will feature Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary project that is collecting and sharing stories of the impact of Sandy.  Sandy Storyline features audio, video, photography, and text stories – contributed by residents and citizen journalists – all collected online and shared through web documentary and interactive exhibitions.

We welcome you to join us before the storytelling event for a free community writing workshop with the NY Writers Coalition at 6pm. A lot has happened this past year. Let's put pen to paper and see what comes out. All levels of experience are welcome. Writing supplies and writing prompts will be provided, so just bring yourself. RSVP for the writing workshop by emailing info@sandystoryline.com.


BRIC House

647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact: 718.683.5600

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We invite communities across the Tri-State area to light a candle near the waterfront closest to your home in remembrance of all our losses, and to honor the way our communities have come together.



Manhattan: E. 6th Street overpass to the East River Park

Staten Island: Beach nearest Midland and Lincoln

Keansburg, NJ: Keansburg Beach, Bay walk off of Main Street and Beach Way

Sandy, One Year Later: Sharing and Preserving Brooklyn's Stories


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This program seeks to preserve and document the unique experiences of those whose daily lives continue to be impacted in the aftermath of Sandy.  Our panel will include a homeowner (Andrea Hodge, Canarsie), NYCHA resident (Rasheed Johnson, a teen living in the Red Hook Houses), business owner (Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe from The River Cafe in DUMBO), and one of Coney Island’s first responders, all of whom continue to work to help their communities return to a “new normal” post Sandy.
Also participating i
s Sandy Storyline, an organization that has gathered audio, video, photography, and text from residents and citizen journalists to document the storm and its aftermath, with the goal of advocating for a more just and sustainable future. Sady Sullivan, BHS Director of Oral History, will moderate. RSVP


Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St

Brooklyn, NY 11201

This program is co-presented by the Brooklyn Community Foundation, whose Brooklyn Recovery Fund provided over $3 million in direct aid to individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in the borough's waterfront communities.


Needs: Volunteers with electrical, plumbing, and contractor experience.

Location: Toms River, Seaside and Long Branch, New Jersey

When: Flexible dates

Contact: Ben Haygood –  benhaygood@gmail.com


Needs: Assistance preparing lunch at the Center for Community Renewal.

Location: 247 Carr Avenue, Keansburg NJ

When: Sundays – 9am

Contact: Alyssa Durnien – alyssad.OSNJ@gmail.com or 732-615-7454

Needs: Organized groups for rebuild/repair work in the Delaware bayshore region.

Location: Cumberland County, New Jersey

When: Flexible dates (with a big anniversary volunteer day on Nov. 2nd)

Contact: Nate Kleinman –  nate@interoccupy.net

Click here to see a full calendar of anniversary events!

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