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Why Occupy Activists Are Working with NYC' s Government

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Two hundred people were lined up at a hurricane relief center in a park in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday morning when three volunteers hoisted the banners of two enemy camps that had come together in an uneasy collaboration: the Occupy movement and the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Best of Enemies: Why Occupy Activists Are Working with New York City’s Government

By Jared Malsin
Time Magazine
Nov. 14, 2012

Two hundred people were lined up at a hurricane relief center in a park in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday morning when three volunteers hoisted the banners of two enemy camps that had come together in an uneasy collaboration: the Occupy movement and the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

One of those helping hang the banners on white tents with duct tape was Red Hook resident Kirby Desmarais, 26, a band manager and volunteer with the local branch of Occupy Sandy, an effort launched the day after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast in late October. “I’m getting a little verklempt. This is a really big thing,” Desmarais said, looking at the two signs, using the Yiddish word for choked with emotion. One banner read, “Occupy Sandy Mutual Aid Not Charity.” The other, sent by the mayor’s office, read, “City of New York Distribution and Relief Center.”

Behind the tents, volunteers unloaded boxes of meals ready to eat from a six-wheel National Guard truck. Red Hook residents, many of whom still lacked electricity in their homes, filed in to fill shopping carts with canned goods, batteries, candles and bottled water. Police officers looked on. Two officials from the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) soon appeared but declined to answer questions.

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