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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
                                 National Edition
           Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
A Building Bridges Special Report
On Hurricane Victims in NYC's Coney Island:
After The Storm: Coney Island’s Beleaguered Residents Remind Us
That The Real Devastation Is Continuously Drowning In Poverty

Coney Island’s residents wander about amidst the mounds and mounds
of sand, pushed blocks back into their streets and homes by Sandy in
this oceanfront community.  And there’s the historic Nathans eatery, its
boarded up  plywood sheets have been partially pried loose by wind and
rushing tides that threatens to ripe dangerously down the streets.  Every-
where is a landscape of small stores with their fronts blown out, ominous
high water marks ringing what’s left of their exteriors and their inners just
dangling   wires wiping about furiously from the frigid, ocean wind blasts.
Everywhere are the cherished furnishings and belongings of the areas
residents, now all jumbled together and tossed on the streets looking like
the carelessly left playthings from a child’s dollhouse.        

Disabled, elderly residents are still trapped on the uppermost floors of their
public housing developments, without heat and light, without water, amidst
the power outage.  Other tenants and low-income home owners in the area
have lost all their life’s possessions.  And there are so many without food,
and who face the prospect of prolonged homelessness.  Coney Island’s
residents were drowned out by  a hurricane, but before Sandy they were as
well drowning in poverty, and now it seems they’ve been hung out to dry, by
a plutocracy who could very well provide storehouses of food immediately
and build “we the people” veritable Taj Mahal’s in which to live our lives.  

Government has virtually ignored the residents of Coney Island and mass
media has covered them almost exclusively to sensationally and raise the
fraudulent specter of looting.  But, there’s another reality as well, there
amongst the devastation are brigades of youth tirelessly shoveling the sand
back, bringing the scarce resources, bottled water an other necessities they
can find to their neighborhoods.  Again and again they’ve climbed the stairs  
to assist and offer their concerns, refusing to leave or ignore their sisters and
brothers –the power of the people's collective will and energies provides
fortitude and hope for one of our communities, fighting to rise above the tides.  
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                          WOOL, Great Falls, Vermont and New Hampshire
                          KKRN Bella Vista, CA
                          KGHI, Westport, WA
                          KSVR, Mount Vernon, WA
                          WAZU, Peoria, Illinois
                          KMEC, Ukiah, CA
                          KOWA, Olympia Washington .        
                          WHUS, Storrs, CT
                          WMNF HD FM Tampa, Florida
                          WPVM - MAIN-FM  Asheville, NC
                          WERU Blue Hill and Bangor, Maine
                          WGOT -  Gainesville, Florida.
                          WUOW - Oneonta, N.Y.
                          WWUH, - West Hartford, CT
                          WVJW- Benwood, WV                  
                          KRFP, Moscow, ID
                          KCSB, Santa Barbara, CA            
                          KSOW,Cottage Grove, Oregon  
                          WKNH ,Keene, NH
                          CKDU, Halifax, N.S., Canada      
                          WRPI, Troy, New York                  
                          WNRB, Wausau, WI                            
                          KQRP Salida, California                
                          East Hill Radio, Snoqualmie, WA
                          KSKQ, Ashland, Oregon
                          KWMD, Kasiloff-Anchorage, Alaska
                          WPRR, Grand Rapids, Michigan

                          as well as internet stations:

                         Geneva Radio, Geneva, N.Y.
                         WTF Radio, Bodega Bay CA
                         CPR Metro, NYC
                         Radio Free Radical
                         Radio Free Kansas
                         Radio Veronica, West Point, PA
               ,  U.K.
                         Seattle Radical Radio                  
                         Radio for Peace International
                         Grateful Dread Public Radio
                         Detour Network, Knoxville, TN
                         KDX Radio, Homeland, North American
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