By Patrick Robbins
All over the city, New Yorkers have been in high gear for the #Sandy5 march on October 28th. From art builds to street flyering to citywide meetings, there have been events happening nearly every day to prepare for the mobilization, in which thousands of New Yorkers will join together and march over the Brooklyn Bridge from Cadman Plaza to the Alfred E. Smith Houses.
Wednesday Oct. 11 – Citywide Meeting
At DC-37’s lecture hall, 80 people representing many different community organizations came out despite the rain to hear from Coordinator Leslie Cagan, DivestNY Organizer Beta Coronel and UPROSE Climate Policy Director Genea Foster on our plan for the next two weeks. We also got a picture of the situation in Puerto Rico from David Galarza, and rose in song with Luke Nephew from the Peace Poets – video below.
We’ve been making banners,leafletting, putting up posters and creating a strong visual presence for the march – below are some images of Sandy5 art and a video of people coming together for a pop-up mural painting by the riverside in Brooklyn.
Why We March
New Yorkers have been sharing their stories online via the #Sandy5 #WhyWeMarch video series, talking about their own experiences of Superstorm Sandy and why it’s important for them to show up for the march on the 28th.
And news stories and opinion pieces are getting printed in NYC media. Check out Bill McKibben’s piece about Hurricane Maria and the need for NYC leadership in the New York Daily News. And Rachel Rivera’s story of survival in the Huffington Post.
Last but not least, over a hundred organizations have now signed on as participants in the march. As we watch communities all over the world grapple with out-of-control storms, it’s not surprising that so many New Yorkers are rising with a demand for real climate action—we’ve been waiting five years, and New Yorkers are refusing to wait any longer.
Here’s what you can do:
It’s going to be a powerful, transformative day – and we look forward to seeing you there!