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Occupy Sandy: Disaster Relief With a Side of Solidarity


It's 2 PM on Veterans Day, and the lobby of the Ocean Village high-rise in the Far Rockaways is pitch-black. Guided by guards with flashlights, new Occupy Sandy volunteers stumble through an iron door into a bunker-like community room full of supplies. Ocean Village tenants aren't allowed into the supply room, and volunteers must do their best to fill orders (batteries and deodorant, for instance, run out quickly).

The low-income residents have been without power, heat or water for over two weeks, and many are at their wits' end. Vanita Wheeler, an asthmatic, struggles to go up and down 17 flights of stairs, a...