Building Power While the Lights Are Out: Disasters, Mutual Aid, and Dual Power

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As hurricanes, fires, pandemics, and other disasters increase in intensity and frequency, the insights, visions, and experiences the authors in this book share offer a valuable road map to meet the climate crisis head on, struggle for a just recovery when disasters do hit, reimagine our relationships to each other and the planet, and as the Zapatistas taught civil society, “Don’t seize power, exercise it.”

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Disaster capitalism, although still currently dominant, is no longer the only powerful force when disasters occur. There is a growing movement of movements engaged in decentralized, liberatory disaster relief, rooted in the values of mutual aid and solidarity. These efforts, grounded in radical social movement organizing, offer a direct action alternative: meeting the survival needs of the people and building power from below, while challenging the forces of Money and Power. This mutual aid disaster relief movement is a broad ecosystem, with diverse organizations, positions, and practices. As hurricanes, fires, pandemics, and other disasters increase in intensity and frequency, the insights, visions, and experiences the authors in this book share offer a valuable road map to meet the climate crisis head on, struggle for a just recovery when disasters do hit, reimagine our relationships to each other and the planet, and as the Zapatistas taught civil society, “Don’t seize power, exercise it.”

Including the following:

CRACKS AND SEEDS
Jimmy Dunson

LOVE LETTERS TO THE FUTURE
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE STATE OF DISARRAY
William C. Anderson

MUTUAL AID AND ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZING IN RURAL APPALACHIA
Rural Organizing and Resilience

COVID-19 AND HOUSING STRUGGLES: THE (RE)MAKINGS OF AUSTERITY, DISASTER CAPITALISM, AND THE NO RETURN TO NORMAL
The Radical Housing Journal Editorial Collective                        

LOVE MY PEOPLE: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE PANTHERS
Suncere Ali Shakur

MUTUAL AID IS KIN(ETIC): TEN THINGS I FEEL ABOUT MUTUAL AID
carla bergman

MUTUAL FIRE BRIGADE
Cindy Milstein

SURVIVAL PROGRAMS: THEN AND NOW
Malik Rahim

OCCUPY SANDY AND THE ETHICS OF MUTUAL AID: A NEW FETISH FOR THE FUTURE?
Siobhan Watters

MANY WAYS TO HUMAN
Eleanor Goldfield

MONTH TWO: FROM MUTUAL AID TO DISASTER CONFEDERALISM
Woodbine

POST-DISASTER ORGANIZING: BUILDING TOWARDS COLLECTIVE LIBERATION
scott crow

GROWING COMMUNITY POWER, SKILLS, AND CAPACITY THROUGH RECOVERY
West Street Recovery and Northeast Action Collective  

THE S.W.A.T. RAID
Greg Cruz, Donna Davis, and Dezeray Lyn

KROPOTKIN-19: A MUTUAL AID RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IN ATHENS
Penny Travlou

DISASTER ANARCHY: THE COMMON GROUND HEALTH CLINIC
chris time steele

ON MUTUAL AID AND CONFRONTING STATE POWER IN DISASTER
Brigadistas and Solidarity Adherents and Supporters of The Sixth           

THE LEGACY OF ABUSE, EXPLOITATION, AND ENDANGERMENT OF PRISONERS IN DISASTER           
Dezeray Lyn

COVID-19, RESOURCE COLONIALISM, AND INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE
Klee Benally

LESSONS LEARNED
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

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