Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Flooded by Sandy, Residents of Brooklyn Community Red Hook Organize Local Effort for Urgent Relief


    As New York City continues the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we travel to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, one of its hardest-hit areas. At least five feet of water flowed through most of Red Hook during the Sandy high-tide storm surge, flooding the commercial district and hundreds of apartments of people that live on the first floor or basement levels. On Wednesday, the day before the National Guard and FEMA arrived in the neighborhood, the Democracy Now! team interviewed a number of people who, hours after surviving the storm, began self-organizing relief efforts, including the Red Hook Initiative, a community organization that has teamed up with the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy Sandy to provide food, water and other supplies to local residents, as well as coordinate clean-up efforts. We also speak to business owners and local residents, and visit the devastated local urban farm, Added Value. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

  • "It’s Global Warming, Stupid": As Bloomberg Backs Obama, News Media Ends Silence on Climate Change


    The link between climate change and the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy across much of the Northeast was brought into focus Thursday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama, citing his policies on the environment. Just days before the elections, Bloomberg wrote: "We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption." Bloomberg’s endorsement is particularly striking because much of the news media has barely mentioned climate change even in the lead-up or aftermath of the superstorm. There were also no questions addressed to the presidential candidates on climate change in the course of the presidential debates. One of the news outlets that has broken the silence on climate is the magazine Bloomberg Businessweek, whose cover story this week is called "It’s Global Warming, Stupid." We’re joined by the story’s author and the magazine’s assistant managing editor, Paul Barrett. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bloomberg Endorses Obama for White House Despite Misgivings About President’s Effort on Gun Control


    In his endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed reservations about Obama’s first term, including a lack of "real progress on illegal guns." We’re joined by Paul Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek assistant managing editor and author of "Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun." [includes rush transcript]

  • NYC’s Chinatown Residents Turn to Community Group for Relief as Storm Isolates Elderly, Immigrants


    Another area of New York City hit hard by Superstorm Sandy is Chinatown in the southeastern section of Manhattan, where many businesses remain shuttered and residents are still without power, some of them stranded on high floors of apartment buildings. The group CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities has been leading a relief effort, with volunteers distributing supplies and canvassing buildings. Hundreds of people lined up Thursday to receive sandwiches, rice, water, batteries and other forms of assistance. We get a report from Democracy Now!'s Amy Littlefield, who interviews residents, and we speak with Helena Wong, executive director of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, about the storm's impact as well as issues of gentrification in Chinatown. [includes rush transcript]