Tag Archives: Hurricane Sandy

this pressed: How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort – ProPublica


In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy became a widely praised lifeline.

Occupy Sandy was “one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” as a government-commissioned study put it.

Yet the Red Cross, which was bungling its own aid efforts after the storm, made a decision that further hampered relief: Senior officials told staffers not to work with Occupy Sandy.

via How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort – ProPublica.

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica


This story was co-produced with NPR.

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.”

McGovern has often repeated that figure, which has also appeared on the charity’s website. “I’m really proud” that overhead expenses are so low, she told a Cleveland audience in June.

The problem with that number: It isn’t true.

After inquiries by ProPublica and NPR, the Red Cross removed the statement from its website. The Red Cross said the claim was not “as clear as it could have been, and we are clarifying the language.”

The Red Cross declined repeated requests to say the actual percentage of donor dollars going to humanitarian services.

But the charity’s own financial statements show that overhead expenses are significantly more than what McGovern and other Red Cross officials have claimed.

via The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica.

this pressed: The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage – ProPublica


The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage – ProPublica.

this pressed: ProPublica: Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica


Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica.

today’s holiday: Hurricane Supplication Day


Hurricane Supplication Day

Observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John—Hurricane Supplication Day marks the beginning of the hurricane season. Special church services are held to pray for safety from the storms that ravage these and other Caribbean islands. The custom probably dates back to the “rogation” ceremonies (from the word rogare, meaning “to beg or supplicate”), which began in fifth-century England. Rogations usually followed a frightening series of storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. More… Discuss

National Geographic: What “Lady Liberty” and Ellis Island Mean Today



Ellis Island, the U.S. gateway to immigration from distant lands, recently reopened to visitors, following significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. A visit there today, and to the nearby Statue of Liberty, can be emotional, even for those born in the U.S.