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article imageOccupy Wall Street uses pedal-power to charge NYC cellphones

By Anne Sewell     Nov 2, 2012 in World
New York - As part of the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC campaign, members of the Occupy movement have started an OWS bike generator service, to charge battery-depleted phones and get people back in contact in New York City.
Digital Journal reported on the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC campaign, started by Occupy Wall Street members to assist in New York City, after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
Now part of an art exhibit of a New York museum at the legendary *C-Squat in Manhattan, has been put into community service as part of the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
After the basement at the museum was flooded, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), together with local residents, managed to rescue the museum's collections, which included a bike generator.
OWS members are now using the bike generator to get battery-depleted phone-owners back online and in contact again, by offering free mobile phone charging.
The museum announced on Thursday, “MoRUS has set up Occupy Wall Street bike generators on Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets. For the past two days, volunteer riders have been pedaling as crowds of people gather to charge up their cell phones. For many people, this has been the first time they’ve been able to contact loved ones after Hurricane Sandy hit.”
Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
Besides the phone charging, residents of C-Squat has also set up two grills and are receiving food donations to feed people in the neighborhood.
They also managed to pump out water from the bar next door and a deli on the corner according to a report on New York Natives. As one C-Squat resident exclaimed: "It's like a block party!"
OWS, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and other established organizations, is coordinating efforts to help smaller communities, especially where government relief organizations may not have quickly intervened. Volunteers have been distributing food, donated clothing and other essentials in neighborhoods like Red Hook, Sunset Park, Coney Island and the Rockaways.
*C-Squat is one of many abandoned buildings in the area, taken over by squatters in the late 1970's and early 1980's, and is famous for hosting death metal and punk band shows and skating events. The building is located at 155 Avenue C in the East Village, Manhattan.
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