This is just a small portion of the press stories, research articles, podcasts, videos, and art about decentralized, liberatory, mutual aid and solidarity based disaster relief efforts since 2005:

 

Most recent

Act Out! 226 Building Aid Efforts in Your Community
A Discussion on Autonomous Responses to Hurricane Dorian
Autonomous Groups Set Up Hubs Across Several States to Mobilize Dorian Aid
SRA and Food Not Bombs preparing for disaster relief for underserved communities before Hurricane Dorian
Solidarity for Survival: A Graphic Illustration
Shit’s Totally Fucked! What Can We Do?: A Mutual Aid Explainer
Heating Up Podcast: It Will Come From Each Other: An Interview with Jimmy from MADR
Two Paychecks Podcast #9: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief with Jimmy
[Act Out! 202]
As water recedes, looking for and finding the helpers of Lincoln
Facing the Disaster: Looking Back On A Year of Autonomous Relief
The Grassroots Movement to Transform Our Broken Disaster Relief System

In the news

New Orleans

Anarchists Providing Medical Aid in New Orleans
Fifty Dollars and a Dream
The Street Samaritans
Common Ground Volunteers Bridge Racial Divide
Hundreds Face Eviction in New Orleans
A Healthy Dose of Anarchy
For A Former Panther, Solidarity After the Storm
Common Ground Collective Continues to Bring Thousands of Volunteers From Around the World to Gulf Coast For Post-Katrina Relief Efforts
First School in Lower Ninth Ward Reopened
For Us By Us Healthcare After Katrina
Charity, Mutual Aid, and Class Struggle

Haiti

Palestine, Haiti, and the Politics of Aid: “Disaster Relief” vs Sustainability and Self-Determination
Haiti: Responding to the Situation

New York

Where Fema Fell Short Occupy Sandy Was There
Abandoned by the U.S. government, hurricane-ravaged Staten Island turns to the Occupy movement
Organizers Set Up Amazon ‘Wedding Registry’ for Sandy Victims
Occupy Sandy Offers Alternative Hurricane Recovery Effort
Is Occupy Sandy Outperforming the Red Cross in Disaster Relief?
Post-Storm, ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Becomes ‘Occupy Sandy’
Occupy Sandy Aids Storm Victims
Making A Difference
Occupy Sandy
Occupy Sandy Efforts Highlight Need for Solidarity not Charity
Occupy Sandy Emerges As Relief Organization For 21st Century, Mastering Social Networks
Occupy Sandy: Social Change through Prefiguring Action
Occupy Sandy: Horizontal lessons in community-based disaster recovery
The Response Podcast episode 1: Radical approaches to disaster relief in New York

Boulder

The WildLife: Boulder Flood Relief
Residents looking to help band together as Boulder Flood Relief
Activists Step Up For Flood Relief in Colorado

Oklahoma

Anonymous launches #OpOK initiative for tornado victims
The People’s Response: How OpOK Relief is Rebuilding Oklahoma
After The Tornado, Anonymous And Occupy Coordinate Relief Efforts In Oklahoma

Texas

Democracy Now discusses decentralized relief efforts
What are “the Antifa” doing after Harvey?
Solidarity After the Storms
Antifa and leftists organize mutual aid and rescue networks in Houston
Leftists to the Rescue: Where the State and Big NGOs Fail, Mutual Aid Networks Step In
Houston Neighbors Said No to Walmart and Invested in Black-Owned Businesses After the Hurricane
We’re still fixing Harvey’s mess; let’s do it in the best possible way
Thousands of Texans are still in temporary housing awaiting Hurricane Harvey aid
Reflections from Houston: Ads, gift cards, and glimmers of hope
Six Months Post Harvey and How You Can Help
Disaster Bag Effort Hopes to Prepare Houstonians for Next Storm

Mexico

Mexico: Solidarity and Self-organization after Earthquake Aftermath
On Mutual Aid and Confronting State Power in Disaster

Florida

The Hotwire #4: Autonomous Hurricane Irma Relief
How You Can Help Coalition of Immokalee Workers after Hurricane Irma
Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida
Where Nonprofits Fear to Go
Trump’s Katrina: Disaster Statism vs Autonomous Relief
Imagining another world in post-Irma Florida
Hurricanes Continue to Wreak Havoc as Political Storms Brew
The Hotwire: Episode 31 Hurricane Michael Autonomous Relief
This is America #35: Hurricane Michael
Mutual Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Michael
The Hotwire: Episode 31 Hurricane Michael Autonomous Relief
[Act Out! 182]
Chapo Trap House: Hurricane Relief with Tallahassee DSA
SRA and Food Not Bombs preparing for disaster relief for underserved communities before Hurricane Dorian

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Batalla Contra la Proliferacion de epidemias
Puerto Rico Laments Lack of Help from US Federal Government
Tampa Group Brings Aid to Puerto Rico Raided by Police
Recovery Workers Scary Encounter with P.R. Police
Puerto Rico Swat Team Raids Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Houston, Mexico and Puerto Rico
Volunteer Disaster Responders Fundraise For Puerto Rico
Coming together to overcome FEMA failures
Trump Scores Administration’s Response to Puerto Rico a Perfect 10
Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans
Solecast: Reportback from Puerto Rico w/ Frank Lopez
Punk Rock Hurricane Relief
Puerto Rico, abandoned by Trump and facing disaster capitalism looting by big business turns to socialist and anarchist collectives to rebuild
Dozens of Local Groups in Puerto Rico Are Helping Neighbors and Rebuilding Economy After Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico DIY Disaster Relief
After Maria: How Puerto Ricans are Rebuilding by Relying on Each Other
Puerto Rico. Sin perdon y sin permiso
Escuchar, La Politica Necesaria: como nacio un comedor social en Yabucoa
Mutual Aid in Caguas
Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich “PuertoPians” are in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island
They Can Take Our Lives but They Can’t Take Our Will to Defend Them: Supporting the Valle Garita Squat
The Power of Informal Relationships in Disaster Response and Readiness
This is America #2: Puerto Rican Squats, Prison Drones & More
Hurricane Maria Laid Bare the Colonialism and Capitalism in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican “anarchistic organizers” took power into their own hands after Hurricane Maria
How Puerto Ricans are Restoring Power to the People
Inspired by the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, Puerto Rican Activists Launch Centro De Apoyo Mutuo
Beyond Relief

California

Column: California Wildfires
The Final Straw Radio: Northern California Fire Relief
Community Fund Helps Undocumented Migrants Rebuild After NorCal Fires
From Sonoma County’s Ashes, a Fund for Undocument Immigrants Rises
Groups Mobilize to Aid Ventura County Farmworkers during the Thomas Fire
The Response Podcast Episode 3: The Impact of Northern California Fires on the Undocumented Community
The Grassroots Movement to Transform Our Broken Disaster Relief System
Defend Wallyworld: A Call for Material Support for Our Friends, Elders, and Community Members
Welcome to Wallyworld: Dispatch from Chico #1

North Carolina

Into the Eye of the Storm
This is America number 31: Autonomous Florence Relief Efforts
Coffee With Comrades: Solidarity Not Charity
An Indigenous Activist on Post Hurricane Relief in Eastern NC
Nuancing Disaster Relief with MAD Distro NC
A Discussion on Autonomous Responses to Hurricane Dorian
Autonomous Groups Set Up Hubs Across Several States to Mobilize Dorian Aid
Act Out! 226 Building Aid Efforts in Your Community

Nebraska

As water recedes, looking for and finding the helpers of Lincoln
[Act Out! 202]

Books

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster
Black Flags and Windmills by Scott Crow
The Post Katrina Portraits by Francesco di Santis
The Fight For Home By Daniel Wolfe
War of the Pews by Fr. Jerome Ledoux
What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation by The South End Press Collective
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe
Showdown in Desire by Orissa Arend
The Coming Insurrection
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded by INCITE!

Audio, films, and video

Welcome To New Orleans
Shake The Devil Off
Hellp
Katrina/Sandy
Occupy Sandy: A People Powered Emergency Response
Occupy Sandy
Eye of the Storm: Scott Crow on Revolutionary Infrastructure
Why are anarchists some of the first responders during catastrophes?
What is Mutual Aid?
Trump’s Katrina: Disaster Statism vs Autonomous Relief
Puerto Rico Swat Team Raids Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Solecast: Reportback from Puerto Rico w/ Frank Lopez
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Houston, Mexico and Puerto Rico
Mutual Aid in Caguas
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief on Building Dual Power and Upcoming Tour
No Permission Needed
DIY Disaster Relief
Building Bridges
The Battle for Paradise
The Response Podcast
An Indigenous Activist on Post Hurricane Relief in Eastern NC
[Act Out! 182]
Chapo Trap House: Hurricane Relief with Tallahassee DSA
Facing the Disaster: Looking Back On A Year of Autonomous Relief
Last Born in the Wilderness: Solidarity not Charity w/ Dezeray Lyn
Two Paychecks Podcast #9: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief with Jimmy
Heating Up Podcast: It Will Come From Each Other: An Interview with Jimmy from MADR
Shit’s Totally Fucked! What Can We Do?: A Mutual Aid Explainer

Research articles

Superstorm Research Lab
The Resilient Social Network
Paradoxes of Privilege and Participation
Looking for Common Ground
Extreme Climate Events as Opportunities for Radical Open Citizenship
Beyond Disaster Exceptionalism
Of Armed Guards and Kente Cloth
Participatory Horizons
Disaster Patriarchy
Men, Masculinities, Katrina
Displaced: Community Organizing in Katrina Diaspora
Emergent Groups and Spontaneous Volunteers in Urban Disaster Response
Disasters and Mental Health – Therapeutic Principles Drawn From Disaster Studies

Artwork

Portrait-story Project

http://portraitstoryproject.org

Solidarity for Survival: A Graphic Illustration by Vulpes