6 days ago
I call this digital collage #SarapesForFlorenceSurvivors. The quote is from #JosephCobbs. — reporting from @guardian —
Many residents feels the recovery from Florence is taking place more slowly in the Northside than others parts of town. Joseph Cobbs, who grew up in this neighborhood, has a theory why. “They don’t want you to come up. Look at where you at right now. All the white people around us got power. We got none,” he yelled over the roaring generator, sitting in a broken white plastic lawn chair in a friend’s front yard. That one and two others are powering the entire block. “No one comes to help us. So we help ourselves.” The generator at Cobbs’s friend’s house turned off three times in 10 minutes. Without pause, the retired military man’s friend fired it up again before the duo hopped into a truck. Cobbs limped into the passenger seat – he has a spinal injury – to hunt for work to pay for gas to keep the generators going. They need to keep it running for the neighborhood to use.
In North Carolina, it's the poorest who bear the brunt of flooding.... At her mother’s house, just down the road from Cobbs, Blanks agreed. “That’s just the way it always is. Their neighborhoods get fixed up first around here, their streets get fixed up first around here,” she said. “When the power goes out, they go to them first.” Blanks counted down the days she can go back to work. She’s not getting paid during her days off after the hurricane. The thousand dollars a month she makes after taxes covers her rent and bills, with just enough for food. She makes too much to qualify for food stamps, she said.
#justice #healing #prayer #sarapes #saltillo #solidaridad #climatechaos #keepfamiliestogether at Wilmington, North Carolina