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October 28, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Communities across the city will remember, resist, and rise together.
The march will remember the lives lost and the power in how we came together — and build on those memories to demand a more resilient city, and a just transition to a renewable energy economy.
In recent days, we’ve seen horrific hurricane damage unleashed on Texas, and especially on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We called them Harvey & Maria, but as Solnit wrote, the real name of those hurricanes is (still) climate change.
As we remember what happened to our city five years ago, we’ve got a responsibility to help those affected right now. Please consider another contribution to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund or the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS fund. And also sign this petition demanding that Congress immediately pass a large-scale recovery package, with debt relief and a long-term plan for sustainability, as well as rapid restoration of water and power.
And we also have a responsibility to recommit to the gargantuan but existential tasks of keeping the carbon in the ground, and preparing for a hotter planet. With a new study that suggests that what were once-in-every-500 year storms could come as often as once every 5 years by 2030, it is clearer than ever that the lives of our kids and grandkids will be deeply shaped by what we do now.
As Miriam Eisenstein-Drachler, one of the evacuees with us in those days, wrote: “May the world outside these walls incorporate the outstanding dynamics of the Armory in its daily flow of human interaction.”