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Thousands to March on Saturday For the 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

#Sandy5 coalition of 150+ NY groups to march in remembrance of lives lost, rise for climate action at the state and local level


Today, Saturday October 28 at 11:45 AM, a broad coalition of local, state, national and global organizations will gather and march across the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and demand bold powerful action from state and local officials.

With 153 groups signed-on, the #Sandy5 march will start at Cadman Plaza before crossing the bridge and gathering at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the Lower East Side. Organizers are remembering the lives and livelihoods lost to Superstorm Sandy and demanding bold and swift climate action from New York's elected officials. Demands include actionable steps for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer to address unmet needs from the storm's devastation, protect communities vulnerable to inevitable future storms, and secure transformative policies to make New York a true climate leader.

What: #Sandy5 March

When: Saturday, October 28 at 11:45 am EST

Where: Gathering at Cadman Plaza, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge, rallying Alfred E. Smith Houses

Who: Thousands of New Yorkers representing a broad and diverse spectrum of communities

Speakers include:

  • Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York Environmental Justice Alliance

  • Damaris Reyes, Chair, LESReady!

  • Rachel Rivera, Sandy Survivor and member, New York Communities for Change

  • Annie Willis, Sandy Survivor, Food & Water Watch Intern, Baruch College Student

  • Wally Bazemore, Red Hook Houses

New York community leaders and survivors from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Katrina available for press

Sandy5 Organizations

Action Corps NYC

Alfred E. Smith Residents Association


Alliance for Climate Education

Alliance for a Human-Scale City

American Indian Community House

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Bay Ridge for Social Justice

Beloved Earth Community, Riverside Church

Bronx Climate Justice North

Brooklyn For Peace

Brooklyn Movement Center

Camp Kinderland

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

Catalyst Miami

Citizen Action New York City Chapter

Citizens Committee for New York City

City Lore

Climate Hawks Vote

Climate Reality Project, New York City Metro Chapter


Color of Change

Community Voices Heard

Cooper Square Committee

Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC

District Council 37, AFSCME

Democratic Socialists of America

Divest Invest Network

Downtown Independent Democrats

Earth Celebrations-Ecological and Social Change through the Arts

Earth Day Initiative

El Puente

Empire State Indivisible

Empire State Progressives

ENDANGERED! The Super Stormy Musical

Environmental Justice Initiative

Fast Food Justice

Fifth Avenue Committee

Food & Farm Justice Hub

Food and Water Watch

Forward Union

Friends of the Earth


Gardens Rising

Global Kids

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)

Grand Street Settlement

Granny Peace Brigade

Green America

Green Education and Legal Fund


Green Guerillas

Green Map System

Greenpeace USA

Guainia Taino Tribe

Harlem Climate Caucus

Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12

Hip Hop Caucus

International Indian Treaty Council

International Socialist Organization


Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

John Brown Party

Judson Memorial Church

Just Food

Kolot Chayeinu

LES Dwellers


LiUNA Local 78, Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers

LiUNA Local 79, Construction and General Building Laborers

Local 46 Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers

Local Union #3, IBEW

Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens

Lower Eastside Girls Club

Make the Road New York

Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement


Morningside Heights / West Harlem Sanitation Coalition

Move Forward Staten Island

National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure

National Lawyers Guild Environmental Justice Committee

New York Buddhist Climate Action Network

New York Catholic Worker

New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC)

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

New York Environmental Law & Justice Project

New York City Friends of Clearwater

New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative

New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters

New York Communities for Change

New York Gray Panthers Project Fund

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Insight Eco Sangha

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Progressive Action Network

New York Public Interest Research Group

New York State Nurses Association

New York Sun Works

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)

Nos Quedamos

NY NJ Storm Surge Working Group

NYC Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

NYRenews Coalition

Organizing For Action

ORLI+ (Operation Resilient Living and Innovation +)

Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church

Peoples Climate Movement NY

People's Collective Art / Collectivo de Arte Popular

Physicians for a National Health Program NY Metro Chapter

Picture the Homeless

The People's Own Organic Power (POOP) Project

Progressive Action of Lower Manhattan

PSC-CUNY, AFT Local 2334

Queens Recovery & Resiliency (QR2), Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC)

Refuse Fascism NYC

Resilient Red Hook

Retail Action Project

Rise and Resist


Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Rockaway Youth Task Force

Sane Energy Project

Science for the People

Sierra Club

Social Action Committee of Park Slope United Methodist Church

Sunrise NYC

Surfrider Foundation

Sustainable Staten Island


The Climate Mobilization Hoboken

The Climate Mobilization NYC


Three Parks Independent Democrats

TWU Local 100

Transportation Alternatives

United Federation of Taino People

United Federation of Teachers

United for Action

United Thru Action


Urban Justice Center

Waterfront Alliance

WEDO (Women's Environmental and Development Organization)

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

We The People

Working Families Party

World Can't Wait

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

350 Brooklyn


350NJ - Rockland

350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.