Occupy Sandy builds worker power in Far Rockaway


Begun in the spring of 2013, WORCs (Worker-Owned Rockaway Cooperatives) is an initiative to rebuild after Sandy in a way that addresses both the storm’s impact and the long-term systemic issues in the neighborhood. The program’s goal is to equip Far Rockaway residents with the skills and financing to launch small, worker-owned businesses that fill a need in their community. So far, the group has developed plans to launch five worker-owned businesses: a construction company, a bakery, a health food store, an entertainment collective and a restaurant. They are now in the process of turning these plans into realities.