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Nov 8, 2012

Occupy Sandy: hipsters help commit insurance fraud

Keiller Macduff, a New Zealander living in Brooklyn, joined a faux fur covered bus of hipsters and hippies to help clean up New York's Rockaways, including clearing out the basement of a black-marketeer.

As the gas shortage increasingly takes hold, it is getting harder and harder to get out to storm-devastated Far Rockaway.

Occupy Sandy, the sophisticated aid operation that has sprung out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, organises ride shares from numerous points around the city. I’d wandered to the nearest one, which was, naturally enough, an experimental performance art collective and circus school (it is Williamsburg after all). But the clichés didn’t end there. What should roll up to transport a gang of us out to Queens, but a giant, psychedelic, tricked out bus, complete with disco balls and laser lights and lots of faux fur?

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3 thoughts on “Occupy Sandy: hipsters help commit insurance fraud

  1. Clytie

    Crikey readers can help #OccupySandy by following that hashtag on Twitter: if you’re close enough to offer physical help, they need cooks, medics, tradies, transport, fuel and lots of cleaning/moving gear/people. If you’re further away, they’ve set up a Wedding Registry on Amazon (a truly inspired idea) so anyone with an Amazon account can buy supplies which will be sent directly to them.

    _None_ of your donated money or effort will go to “administration” or “fundraising”. It goes straight to the people who need it RFN, and whom the Red Cross still haven’t helped after all these days.

  2. Andrew McMillen

    Good story, thanks for posting this.

  3. ulysses butterfly

    It’s this kind of forthright reporting on the gray moral real world complexity that progressives should make a virtue of, if they want to get the support of the ‘mainstream’ who are all too aware of the complexity of crime cross over with poverty. This piece underlines another aspect. Moral armchairs are a poor substitute for being in the field and in the street. After alot of experience over the years I’ve noticed you always learn something unexpected ‘out in the field’, and build up a greater practical knowledge base. I think Bubbles in the Wire is always quoted saying ‘you think you’re brown, but you’re green’ to the newbies on the mean streets. I have to laugh – it seems to be a metaphor about green leaves learning alot and becoming older worn brown leaves.

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