Resistance against Colonialism and Neoliberalism; Solidarity with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is organizing response teams to continually travel to Puerto Rico and surrounding areas to assist with rebuilding sustainable, modular water and energy systems to provide immediate, life-saving relief and long-term, permanent independence and autonomy of marginalized, impacted communities. Please share our Action Network donation page and campaign Wishlist! Email us to … Continue reading Resistance against Colonialism and Neoliberalism; Solidarity with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

Where Non-Profits Fear to Go: Report From Florida

The following is a report back for a relief trip to the Florida Keys made possible by the work of numerous folks involved with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR). The immense amount of support and solidarity provided for those in need exists through the collaboration of various communities that came together in times of crisis. … Continue reading Where Non-Profits Fear to Go: Report From Florida

¡Organizers Assemble! Call for Mutual Aid in México

Amigxs Méxicanxs y todxs que tienen conexiónes en México - ¡necesito ustedes apoyo! Trabajo con un grupo voluntario que respuesta a desastre en Jojutlan, Morelos, una ciudad devestado por el terremoto. Este grupo quiere a ser no jerárquico, y da a bienvenida a activistas anticapitalistas y anarquistas. Queremos a construir el poder del pueblo mientras … Continue reading ¡Organizers Assemble! Call for Mutual Aid in México

Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida

Recently we spoke with Dezeray about her organizing with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) in the weeks since Hurricane Irma and how spaces such as the hub in Tampa are crucial sites for building solidarity and stability during times of crisis. They’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community, especially those who … Continue reading Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida

Disaster Elitism vs. Communal Solidarity

Navigating forth, there are many communities that are still in utter shambles from the hurricane. And while FEMA guards structures of wealth, autonomous mobilizations have been getting supplies into the hands of those who truly need them sans the red tape/applications/and bureaucratic procedures that barricade skin to skin cooperation and participatory relief and rebuilding efforts. … Continue reading Disaster Elitism vs. Communal Solidarity

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief as Antidote to Corporate Colonialism

But there are alternatives, and there are real solutions.  Those solutions come from below.  They come from the power of the people, which is incredibly vast, if only we have the vision and the courage to recognize it.  We need radical responses to natural and unnatural disasters.  We need communities that are eager to build power, eager to adapt, and eager to serve those who are neglected by a system which empowers only those who already have the most power.  I saw, in post-Katrina New Orleans, the power that We The People have when we work together.  I saw the efforts of ordinary people, organized, dedicated, and listening compassionately, able to rescue schools and entire neighborhoods from the gentrifying bulldozers. And I saw groups led by poor people of color rise to challenge the legitimacy of city and state government, FEMA, and the Red Cross. In disasters or other chaotic scenarios we can often make great strides in short time by filling vacancies left by “power vaccuums” (when the government and other established authorities temporarily disappear).  In more stable times, we can still steadily gain power by organizing, struggling, fighting, utilizing our strengths (moral, relational, artistic); by acting strategically, creatively, bravely, diversely; and by never giving up. ...