In this audio report with Solidarity Houston, we talk with anarchists doing autonomous disaster relief in the wake of hurricane Harvey. While the waters have receded, in the aftermath of the storm many people have been made homeless, while others still in their homes have been unable to put their lives back together. Meanwhile, disaster capitalists have swooped in an attempt to flip houses for a profit and police have come down on those who now are forced to live on the streets.
We've seen this before. #Mutualaid disaster relief gets straight to restoring communities and building our lives back together, in common, while the state directs resources to securing high-capital areas and policing the poor. #HarveyRelief https://t.co/2pAHZd3GhJ
— Solidarity Houston (@htxautonomy) December 5, 2017
In this interview, we talk about the kinds of ongoing programs and projects anarchists are engaged in, such as gardening and food programs, childcare, and more. We also discuss what life is like now that the storm has passed, such as the effect of pollution from superfund sites, how those who were taking shelter with the Red Cross are now living on the streets, and how various areas still lack basic services.
It's been 3 months since #HurricaneHarvey. In that time, we've planted new #foodforests, delivered thousands of pounds of food and supplies, #mucked and repaired dozens of houses. This #GivingTuesday, help our work thrive! Give at https://t.co/sNkzXf3j4g
— Solidarity Houston (@htxautonomy) November 28, 2017
We end by talking about where people hope this organizing, infrastructure building, and activity can grow towards, as well as the need for people to come to Houston and take part in on the ground efforts. Towards this end, the group has also just released a call for people to come to Houston and plug into ongoing autonomous relief efforts.
Music: Sole and DJ Pain 1