Posted 5 months ago on Sept. 9, 2013, 12:14 p.m. EST by grimwomyn (35) from New York, NY
Finally cooling off from a bike ride on a 100-degree summer day in an air-conditioned coffee shop with a cup of water, Shawn Carrié takes a moment before he offers his eulogy. “Occupy Sandy destroyed all activism in New York,” says the 24-year-old Carrié, who frequented Zuccotti Park. “It sideswiped Occupy Wall Street.”
Yet when Hurricane Sandy made landfall late last October, Carrié raced to Red Hook. A dedicated anarchist, he was skeptical of the relief-industrial complex led by FEMA and the Red Cross, which often fails to adequately respond to disasters and is mired in institutional corruption. He saw the aftermath as a crisis on top of a crisis: the physical damage of the hurricane was just another problem aggravating unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and other social inequities in places like Red Hook and the Rockaways. So he became a part of Occupy Sandy, the attempt by OWS to use the disaster as a chance to build political resistance.