[COMM-ORG] hurricane organizing

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Mon Dec 17 14:15:53 CST 2012


[ed: apologies for the extreme delay in posting this message.]


From:
"Scott Reed, PICO National Network" <news at piconetwork.org>


Dear Supporter,

No heat. No electricity. But lots of mold.

In the Far Rockaways neighborhood of New York City, they've got so much 
mold in water-logged homes and buildings it's making kids sick.

It's been four weeks since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and New 
Jersey. Yet thousands of families are STILL without light, heat or hot 
water.

Despite promises by officials, the re-building effort on the Rockaway 
Peninsula is too small and too slow. As of last week, more than 10,000 
homes were still without electricity, and more than 8,500 families were 
still waiting for home assessments to be completed so they could start 
repairs.

The faith and community leaders of Queens Congregations United for 
Action (QCUA) have been providing supplies and volunteers for the relief 
response to Hurricane Sandy. But with the coldest winter months ahead 
and thousands still without heat or displaced from their homes, relief 
response isn't enough.

The families of the Rockaways need action. They need electricity, heat 
and help with mold clean-up – and they need it now.

That's where you come in. Will you help the people of QCUA put pressure 
on officials to act?

*Click here to demand NYC Mayor Bloomberg get help to the Rockaways by 
December 31.* [ 
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/2115/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9056 ]

Let's make sure Mayor Bloomberg knows that people of faith across the 
nation are watching the situation and are standing with the people of 
the Rockaway Peninsula.

With gratitude and hope,

Scott Reed, Executive Director
PICO National Network

The Rev. Fulgencio Gutierrez,
St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Far Rockaway, Queens

Bishop Joseph Williams,
Christ Church International in Jamaica, Queens

P.S. It just takes a moment to *send NYC Mayor Bloomberg a message [ 
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/2115/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9056 
]* demanding he take action immediately to help the families of the 
Rockaways. Then, forward this message to family and friends and ask them 
to help, too!


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