Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Activists Confront CB2

A Mass Civilian Trauma Exercise was held outside St. Vincent’s Hospital ; activists then interrupt Manhattan Community Board 2 meeting.

As part of the "mass civilian trauma exercise," many participants wore surgical masks and paper signs around their neck. The signs indicated what accidents, diseases, or emergencies they "have." Then, the "sick" participants "waited" for emergency medical treatment on the sidewalks outside St. Vincent's. No emergency help ever came, precisely because there is no longer a hospital in the Lower West Side. Some participants did not "make it."

After the "mass civilian trauma exercise" came to an end, team of "survivors" marched to Grace Church, 86 Fourth Avenue, Tuttle Hall, to ask for help from Jason Mansfield, the chair of CB2's Environmental, Public Safety & Public Health Committee. Mr. Mansfield turned his back on the community's need for a full-service hospital.

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