From Picture the Homeless:
Since Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen the best of New York on display: people coming together to help their neighbors out, volunteering time and food and money and clothes and manual labor, and collectively creating solutions to our problems.
Today, President Obama is visiting Staten Island to announce a new relief package. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced his intent to ask the federal government for $30 billion in recovery aid. And Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to find housing for the 40,000 people made homeless by Hurricane Sandy.
But what about the almost 60,000 who were homeless beforehand? 46,000 living in city shelters, thousands on the streets, thousands more locked up or aging out of foster care or sleeping on the floors of friends and family.
Last year, Picture the Homeless found enough housing in vacant property for 199,000 people.
This is data that the city does not have - because they refuse to count vacant property.
We’re happy to share our data with the city - but only if they agree to a recovery plan that includes prevailing-wage jobs and very-low-income housing for folks who were housing-and-employment-challenged BEFORE the storm.
We need your help to make them do the right thing.
If the political will to adopt bold solutions and house 40,000 people made homeless by the storm exists, we are confident that these solutions can also help the people who were homeless before the storm. But so far, all we’re seeing is more of the same old story: the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers get the least out of the deal.
According to today’s Daily News, the Feds “are hiring an army of private contractors to do basic repairs” - will those be union jobs? Will low-income people get them, and will they pay a decent wage?
Please join us tomorrow morning, Friday. November 16th at 9:30AM, 116 West 129th Street (between Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell)
City officials and bureaucrats might be in charge of how all that money gets spent, but we run this city. After the storm, small community-based organizations like our heroes CAAAV and FUREE were leading the fight… while the Red Cross, who has raised well over $90 million since the storm hit, has been calling those same groups for guidance (Red Cross workers have even been calling Picture the Homeless because they’re so baffled by how the city’s shelter bureaucracy works). Members of Occupy Sandy have been training FEMA workers and the National Guard… and feeding them too!
This is our city. We have the knowledge and the power to make sure the city leverages storm relief wisely, benefiting all New Yorkers and building us up stronger than we were before.
Please join us tomorrow morning, in Harlem, outside a row of vacant city-owned property on 129th Street, as a way to highlight how the city’s not effectively using the resources it already has.
REBUILD STRONGER RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE
Friday. November 16th at 9:30AM
116 West 129th Street
(between Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell)
Call Sam at 646-314-6423 or email email@example.com with any questions!
PS: Check out this new article about NYC’s recovery efforts, which says “While the city has made noises about a “shortage” of vacant apartments to house the displaced, the scarcity has nothing to do with a lack of space.A recent survey by Picture the Homeless found that New York City currently has more than 3,500 vacant buildings, enough to house nearly 72,000 people as well as enough vacant lots that if developed could house another 128,000.”
POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano will be at this press conference tomorrow, in solidarity with Picture the Homeless.
For more information about POCZP and Carey Fuller’s upcoming zine series by and for people living at or below the poverty line, and how you can help with production and distribution, click here.
Folks who actively support us finding a publisher will be credited on a special “thank you” page within the zine on on the upcoming resource website.
We want to print an initial release of 500 copies of a 30 page zine (equivalent of 8-10 pieces of letter sized paper folded to 30 pages, double sided).
The zines need to be printed on waterproof material so that they are durable and withstand being exposed to the elements (we want to be realistic about community needs - a paper zine won’t work).
PROGRESS SO FAR
We received an initial quote of over 10k. This is unrealistic for us, at around $20 per zine. We are hoping to get in-kind donations or a significant discount, which we would use in conjunction with funds raised through a publishing partner network.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Recommend and connect us with potential publishers! We’re especially eager to partner with independent publishers with a history of supporting community-based movements addressing poverty.
2. If you are an individual, or part of a university/collective/etc. who can support fundraising efforts for publishing the poverty zine series, contact Daniela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She will explain the process and detail the mutually beneficial outcomes of collaborating as part of this publishing partner network.
WHY WE NEED SUPPORT
The zines will be given away for free through DIY distribution partners nationwide, including participating agencies that serve populations living at or below the poverty line. This series will also be available as paper-based zines that anyone can reproduce and share, and available as an e-zine and (coming soon) website.
POC Zine Project is a grassroots advocacy platform. We do not have a consistent source of funding and this is intentional. We are for finding solutions by building community with like-minded individuals and organizations.
Please share! #signalboost ♥ Thank you.
- POC Zine Project
P.S. We are still looking for submissions from people (of any background) who have experience living at or below the poverty line. Click here for submission criteria and please share this with anyone you know who might be interested in participating.
We are especially eager to include stories from folks affected by Hurricane Sandy.
COMMUNITY: We still need 30 more people to contribute to our zine by/for people living at/below the poverty line.
DEADLINE: Extended to March15, 2012 (printing and distributing in late Spring of 2013)
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: POCZPpublishing@gmail.com
You can submit on behalf of a person who doesn’t have access to email but we will need to document that you were the conduit.
ANYONE of ANY background can submit — you just need to have experience living at or below the poverty line (for any length of time).
ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE JUST AS WELCOME AS PUBLIC
We’re looking for information on, but not limited to, the following:
- Revolving door policies that keep people homeless
- How to navigate free and low-cost healthcare services in your area/anywhere
- Ways to heal yourself (herbal remedies/natural)
- Options for accessing free food in your area/anywhere
- Finding safe places to sleep in your area/anywhere
- How to pick your friends/allies in stressful circumstances
- Stories from people who are newly homeless and how they are coping
- Stories from people who are close to homelessness and how they are coping
- Stories from young people who were kicked out and their advice on surviving and thriving
- Mental Health: tips and practices from ANYONE on how to practice self-care/love yourself/find light in the darkness
ABOUT THE ZINE (NAME IS IN PROGRESS)
The goal of this zine series is to share relevant and timely information about how to survive and thrive with little or no money. It will also be a resource for those who are newly homeless or in danger of facing homelessness.
The publication will connect people, share resources and provide real stories from people who have learned how to navigate various facets of red tape when dealing with community services (there will also be a digital version + website).
Carey Fuller, a homeless activist and mother near Seattle, WA, is our lead editor for the series. Click here to learn more about her amazing work.
1. This zine will be free for anyone living at or below the poverty line (honor system). Any individual can access the zine at any POC Zine Project and zine partner events in the US and abroad, online as an e-zine/website, and through our DIY distribution network. Details coming soon.
2. Any agencies, collectives, nonprofits, individuals, etc. interested in offering the zine to their clients and members living at or below the poverty line will receive a bulk rate to cover the cost of printing and distribution.
3. This is a not-for-profit venture through POC Zine Project.
CALL FOR ALLIES
If you are an individual, nonprofit, academic space or agency that serves people living at or below the poverty line and want to collaborate with us on this zine series as a publishing or distribution partner, contact Daniela Capistrano at email@example.com.
We are also looking for support identifying and applying for grants/relevant funding bodies.
Please help signal boost this call for submissions <3