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Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the march. The march may be over, but the work of creating a better future is just beginning. Here are some ways that you can help keep up the momentum. Take the next steps:


Grassroots leadership in Puerto Rico has developed a set of demands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We support the demands in the Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package – sign here to show your support.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

We need the Mayor to get Sandy Survivors back in their homes, make much needed repairs to damaged buildings, create renewable energy jobs and fully divest New York City’s pension funds from fossil fuels.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

We need Governor Cuomo to pass the NYRenews policy platform and commit New York to 100% renewable energy. Sign here to join the campaign

Senator Charles Schumer

We need Senator Schumer to stop Trump’s disastrous agenda – call him and ask him to fully fund the EPA, block McConnell’s dirty energy bill, and support legislation for 100% renewable energy. Call him at 212-486-4430


With the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico we are compelled to address this issue as well. Under the umbrella of a Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package for Puerto Rico, grassroots leadership on the island has developed a set of demands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We support the call for massive funding to deal with the deadly shortages of water, food, medicines and other necessities. In addition, we support the demands in the full Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package that would put the island on the path toward regenerative energy, economic democracy, food sovereignty, control over land use, and community autonomy.


Check back periodically for updates and new information.


  • The day will begin at 11 am at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn.
  • There will be a pre-march rally featuring speakers from the communities hardest hit by Sandy 5 years ago, as well as music.
  • Contingents will gather here.
  • The closest subway stop is the High St-Brooklyn Bridge Station on the A and C lines, and the Borough Hall Station on the 4 and 5 lines is a few blocks away.


  • When we leave the assembly area we will walk just one block over to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The very front of our march will be led by young people of color from many of the frontline and hardest hit communities of NYC. They will be followed by Sandy survivors, followed by Sandy first responders, followed by everyone else from every neighborhood of NYC!
  • Banners, posters and other art work will be distributed as people are gathering.
  • We’ll cross the Bridge and then head to ball field at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place.

Closing Event

  • Depending on the pace of the march we will be arriving the Alfred E. Smith Houses sometime between 2:00 and 3:00pm.
  • We will be greeted at the Smith Houses Tenants Association along with several other speakers and live salsa band. This program will begin at 2:00 pm.
  • The day will close with an massive arts project that everyone will be able to participate in.
  • The closest subway stops are the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station on the 4, 5 and 6 lines, and the Chambers St. Station the J and Z lines.

If you are not able to participate in the whole day that is fine and we welcome you to either come to the pre-march rally in Cadman Plaza Park or the closing event at Smith Houses. (See details above.)

What To Wear and What To Bring

  • We encourage everyone to wear blue as a sign of the water issues we face and as an expression of how we rise together as a wave of humanity.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!
  • Bring water and light snacks. It will be a long day and we are not able to provide drinks or food.
  • Bring your own signs and banners!! (Remember: no wooden or metal poles or sticks are permitted by the NY Police Dept.)
  • Bring musical instruments that are easy to carry.
Most importantly…bring your family, your friends, your co-workers, people you go to school with, etc. Bring everyone you can!


On October 28th, New Yorkers will come together to remember the lives lost and the damage incurred from Sandy. And we will do more than remember: we will demand our representatives go beyond the small steps they’ve taken so far, and champion bold and immediate climate action towards a just transition.

In solidarity with those who lost family members, homes, incomes, and security to Superstorm Sandy, we make the following demands of New York’s elected officials:



  • Get Sandy survivors back in their homes and repair damaged NYCHA and affordable housing, including addressing mold concerns. Halt developments on waterfront areas until cohesive climate assessments can be integrated; create a flood protection plan for the entire NYC shoreline that prioritizes vulnerable communities; and meaningfully work with communities for emergency preparedness and resiliency.
  • Divest New York City’s pension funds from the over $3 billion invested in fossil fuel companies driving climate change. Invest in the just transition to a renewable energy economy that works for all New Yorkers.
  • Create good union jobs by requiring all public and private buildings to upgrade to modern energy efficiency standards, while preserving affordable housing.



Pass the NYRenews policy platform in 2018. Commit New York State to 100% renewable energy, thousands of good union jobs and true environmental justice by making polluters pay for the climate-destroying pollution they dump into our air.



Stop Trump’s disastrous climate-killing agenda by fully funding the EPA, blocking McConnell’s dirty energy bill, and supporting legislation for 100% renewable energy.  


After the march, groups across New York City and beyond will be remembering Superstorm Sandy, honoring those whose lives were impacted and honoring the resilience of our communities. Join us in a neighborhood near you:


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Subject: October 28th, Join the #Sandy5 Mobilization!
Body: Hello friends!
On Saturday, October 28th, I will be marching for the #Sandy5 day of action, and I hope you will join me. This is the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and as storms continue to ravage our coasts, I believe that New York City is long overdue for real action on climate change. Let me know if you want to march with me, and for more information about the march, check out the #Sandy5 website!
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