Autonomous Responses to Hurricane Dorian

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By It’s Going Down    discussion-Dorian .. ..In the past week, Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas, leaving close to 20% of the population homeless and lashed the Eastern Seaboard. Compounding the disaster is Trump’s racist attacks on refugees combined with the fact that many in the Southeast and in Puerto Rico are still recovering from previous hurricanes.

In the face of Dorian, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief and wider anarchist and autonomist networks have mobilized a web of autonomous hubs and supply chains, which are funneling medical supplies, food, and toiletries into impacted regions, including the Bahamas.

Wanting to know more, we recently spoke with several people participating in autonomous disaster relief efforts (note, this interview is edited, and includes the voices of multiple individuals) about how the network of autonomous hubs and supply chains are functioning and how they might be utilized in other struggles and situations.

IGD: What was the idea behind building a network of hubs and supply chains?

We reflected on past experiences responding to disasters and realized that we helped foster community and contributed to people’s survival and self determination in impacted areas. And this, for good reason, has been our focus.

“The level of coordination is the best I’ve seen yet.”

Meanwhile, supply drives in other communities took place, but were sometimes haphazard or invisible and not cultivated as much as they could have been. This is an effort to be more intentional about strengthening bonds across the regional networks and encouraging people to self-organize around collecting needed supplies in their own locales, even if their community is removed from the zone of impact.

“This is an effort to be more intentional about strengthening bonds across the regional networks, and encouraging people to self-organize…”

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Submedia Videos: What is Violence, Mutual Aid, Race, Direct Action, Class, Nationalism ..?

Kropotkin’s anarchist Christmas“Infiltrate the stores, Give away the Toys!”

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Puerto Rico Mutual Aid Centers in Action.. Centros de Apoyo Mutuo

listen first of all, work with the needs of people, act with firmness and sacrifice, and of course, not ask for forgiveness or permission”

In the Post-Maria situation we are promoting the creation of Mutual Support Centers throughout the island to address the serious situation of our people.Help us build another Puerto Rico,FIND AND HELP.. click  HERE ON FACEBOOK… MUTUAL AID CENTERS.. Centros de Apoyo Mutuo

We are currently supporting community and grassroots organizations, including Taller Salud, El Hormiguero, Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico, the Boricuá collective, and the agroecological movement, which are working in the communities, from Santurce to Loíza.

Our center of operations is in Cucina 135 in Hato Rey, with the telephone line 787-767-9862, where we agree daily to join collective, organizational and community efforts of all the organizations mentioned. We are betting on the capacity and potential of communities to identify their own needs, organize their own reconstruction and build long-term collective resilience. We urgently need supplies to provide the communities most devastated by the hurricane and which, as a matter of fact, have been forgotten and abandoned by the authorities.

Puerto Rico. Without forgiveness and without permission


By Giovanni Roberto

..In Puerto Rico there is .. an emerging movement of radical self-management that threatens to gain strength after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading “Puerto Rico Mutual Aid Centers in Action.. Centros de Apoyo Mutuo”

New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism

 

   Stop evictions..the Raval barrio (Barcelona old city) opens a  mutual support hotline.  .. we’re living a situation of extreme urgency with weekly and often daily evictions, harassment and bullying, an exponential increase of speculative practices, and price rises that are covert expulsions of the population;

http://ellokal.org/   In short,  organized real estate violence, which is not new but has been getting much more serious for two years. We have seen investors buy whole buildings and send thugs with “offers” to tenants to leave, we have seen properties vacated in record time, we have seen the proliferation of ‘Desokupa style companies’ (companies which provide heavies to evict people) specialized in bullying and intimidation, and companies cashing in on  alarms, armored doors, video surveillance, doing an  kind of business with the expulsion of families. Continue reading “New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism”

What Is Mutual Aid.. Great Submedia Video


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‘In a world ruled by ceaseless capitalist competition, where people are pitted to work against each other, anarchists offer a different vision: Mutual Aid. Continue reading “What Is Mutual Aid.. Great Submedia Video”

See the PAH Docu: Inspiring Mutual Aid Stops Evictions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=142&v=caD17RKJfbc

the documentary SÍ SE PUEDE (with English subtitles) 

pahOn Spain’s anti-eviction/occupation movement Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca, a very impressive and inspiring movement of mutual aid.

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Terrific film – thanks for running this last Sat at The Art Nouveau Cafe Atlantic Road Brixton ‘A celebration of Eviction Resistances’

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Be moved. Be inspired. Watch this: SÍ SE PUEDE. Seven days atPahH Barcelona. http://bit.ly/1JXWP3m #housingcrisis #housingaction

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fuck the banks… I can live without them…

zwarte KatMikeGilli. Since the docu was made the activist Ada Colau has been  elected mayor of Barcelona, propelled by the PAH movement under the banner ‘Barcelona in Common’, her team have been able to stop many more evictions in the city and order ‘her’ city police not to enforce eviction orders. An estimated 250,000 people evictions have been carried out since the’crisis’ began. Continue reading “See the PAH Docu: Inspiring Mutual Aid Stops Evictions”