mutual aid

Bonds Not Ballots

  • Posted on: 14 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

Many of us have very differing opinions about engaging with electoral “democracy” and its (f)utility, but we find common ground in voting everyday with our bodies, putting our whole weight towards our dreams and desires, rather than merely one strip of paper or button on one day. In Florida, as another proto-fascist (DeSantis) ascends to power, we continue to plant the seeds that we know can take root and bring the fortress down.

Puerto Rican ‘Anarchistic Organizers’ Took Power Into Their Own Hands After Hurricane Maria

  • Posted on: 12 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

Christine and her partner established Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo, or Project for Mutual Aid, to coordinate clean-up efforts, prepare meals and check on locals after the storm. The initiative attracted the attention of a mainland group called Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, whose founding members did disaster relief work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. To MADR co-founder Jimmy Dunson, Nieves’s efforts echoed his own group’s “anarchistic organizing”—revolution with more purpose than protest. MADR volunteers were already in Florida, helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, when family and friends alerted them of the dire situation in Puerto Rico. They pooled their own money and solicited donations to purchase water purifiers, solar power equipment and plane tickets to the island.

The False Idol of Self-Sacrifice

  • Posted on: 5 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

Anarchism has often been conflated with social work, much to the chagrin of those of us who prioritize undermining oppression over improving how it functions. The tendency towards charity, thinking it solidarity even when we want very different things politically from those we try to aid, is complicit in the maintenance (or manufacturing) of authority.

Modesto, CA: Autonomists and Anarchists Organize Clothes Drive

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via It's Going Down

Last weekend, autonomists and anarchists organized a coat and clothes drive in the Downtown Modesto area, with hundreds of free items. The event was the the end result of several days of organizing and collecting donations from the community including warm clothing as well as fresh apples, toothbrushes, and other free dental supplies.

Sept. 7th & 19th Earthquakes, struggle and experiences in the Mexican region

  • Posted on: 30 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From ediciones inéditos

September 7th. The arrival of Peña Nieto in Oaxaca, on the 7th and 8th of September, demonstrates how the government, armed forces and business interests work in conjunction to extract the highest level of economic benefit and profits at the expense of the territorial dispossession, exploitation and misery of working people, in this case of the Oaxacan worker.

Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida

  • Posted on: 21 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

By Rigole Rise on itsgoingdown.org

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 have realized the practice of mutual aid is a part of the work of anarchist, anti-fascist, and anti-racist struggles. The Reverend Dr. Russell Meyer from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tampa—the church that has provided the building now known as “the hub,”—noted during a sermon following Hurricane Irma, “a week ago these people were known as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Terrorists. Have you ever seen a terrorist show up to a child with Pedialyte in their hand?”

TFSRadio special: Assata on autonomous Hurricane Relief on the Gulf Coast

  • Posted on: 8 September 2017
  • By: Bursts

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This is a The Final Straw Radio mini-episode and we just had a quick conversation with Assata, an activist and member of The Yellow Hammer Alternative, an Alabama-based far left autonomous mutual aid group. We talked about relief work done by Assata’s group around Hurricane Harvey, in Mobile with Food Not Bombs and in the run-up to Hurricanes Irma and Jose. More about Assata’s group can be found at theyellowhammeralternative.com and you can make donations to their and others efforts in the gulf at https://www.youcaring.com/theyellowhammeralternative

Call for Submissions - Fifth Estate Issue 399

  • Posted on: 31 May 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Fifth Estate

Globalize Solidarity—Mutual Aid against planetary domination

Submission deadline: July 1, 2017

Things can’t get worse? We at the Fifth Estate have been wondering and warning for decades.

Whether you have been with us through these hard times or are just connecting with us in the time of Trumpist danger, we want your suggestions for finding anarchist, counter-authoritarian ways out of our social, political and environmental predicaments.

TOTW: Natural disasters and other trouble

  • Posted on: 13 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

As anarchists, we may often find ourselves in challenging situations. This TOTW takes a looks at the anarchist relationship with natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, etc) and other major adverse events like insurrection, war, riots, and general trouble.

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