- 10/23/2013 (Crains New York)
This week, for the first time, New York City bought out a Sandy-damaged home.
Nearly 1 year after the storm, serious rebuilding is still getting underway. Most of the money to rebuild New York hasn't gotten to the communities where it's needed most.
Fixing the rebuilding process will fall to the next Mayor. But first, it falls to us -- we have to call out the broken system that is leaving so many of our neighbors behind.
And this is the moment to do it. With media attention turning back to the city for the anniversary of the storm, and the election coming up, 350.org is joining the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding to march on City Hall on October 27th at 4:30 PM to Turn the Tide on Sandy.
Billions of dollars are in the balance for New York -- can you be there on the 27th at 4:30 PM to fight for a just rebuilding? Click here to RSVP: act.350.org/signup/sandy-anniversary-action/
The action will be led by Sandy Sojourners who are marching to City Hall from all 5 boroughs on behalf of communities who felt the worst impacts of the storm. Folks will be walking all the way from the Rockaways, the shoreline communities of Staten Island, and the parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx that are most vulnerable to storms like Sandy.
A crowd of hundreds will meet them at the end of they journey at City Hall, where together we'll stand for the kind of rebuilding that New York City deserves: one powered by renewable energy, that creates good jobs by building affordable housing and strong health care -- all in real consultation with communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.
I'll be there on the 27th, and I hope you can be there with me.
Until the tide is turned,
P.S. Here's what I mean by a just rebuilding, in more detail:
First, good jobs for New Yorkers. Right now a majority of cleanup jobs are going to out of state, low wage workers that aren't helping rebuild the economy.
Second, affordable housing. Storm-impacted communities need housing that they can afford -- even beyond what was there before the storm -- not more condos.
Third, renewable energy. Sandy was a climate change-fueled storm, and rebuilding must be powered by the sun, wind and water, not fossil fuels.
Fourth, health care. The places most vulnerable to big storms in New York are losing hospitals and other health facilities; rebuilding money should keep health care in the communities that need it.
Fifth, community consultation. The City of New York is not listening to the people who were hurt worst by the storm. This is an obvious and necessary first step to a just rebuilding.