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Storm Effort Causes a Rift in a Shifting Occupy Movement

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Not long ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement seemed poised to largely fade from the national conversation with few concrete accomplishments beyond introducing its hallmark phrase, “We are the 99 percent.”

Storm Effort Causes a Rift in a Shifting Occupy Movement

By SARAH MASLIN NIR
New York Times
April 30, 2013

Not long ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement seemed poised to largely fade from the national conversation with few concrete accomplishments beyond introducing its hallmark phrase, “We are the 99 percent.”

Then Hurricane Sandy struck. In its aftermath, Occupy Wall Street protesters rushed to apply their rabble-rousing hustle to cleaning out houses, clearing debris and raising more than $1.5 million for relief efforts. In some minds, Occupy members had become less a collection of disaffected class warriors than a group of efficient community volunteers. Occupy Sandy, as the effort came to be known, became one of the most widely praised groups working on the storm recovery.

As Occupy members around the country plan the movement’s annual May Day protests, a central question has emerged: whether Occupy Sandy represents a betrayal of the Occupy movement, or its future.

“We’re helping poor people; before we were fighting rich people,” said Goldi Guerra, 45, who camped for a time at Zuccotti Park, the site in Lower Manhattan where the movement took root, and since the storm has spent nearly every day helping victims on Staten Island. “It’s still the same equation. But it’s much more glass half full, optimistic, giving and” — he added, referring to the many clashes between protesters and the police — “legal.”

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Storm Effort Causes a Rift in a Shifting Occupy Movement
Authored by: ArchStanton on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 01:17 PM CDT

[Sigh] The New York Times is a crypto fascist rag. I have to go and throw up now.