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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. MADR envisions strong, vibrant, resilient, connected, and empowered individuals and communities as part of an awakened civil society that will restore hope following crisis, and turn the tide against disaster capitalism and climate chaos, in favor of a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Dreaming With Our Hands: On Autonomy, In(ter)dependence, and the Regaining of the Commons

"Neighbors are collectivizing the means of survival and building for future resiliency. Many of these community centers are known as Centros de Apoyo Mutuo (CAMs), or Mutual-Aid Centers." “It was like an atomic bomb went...

2017 Reflection: Unafraid of Ruins

2017 has been a busy year for us. We saw unprecedented disasters, both climate related and political. The storms are increasing in intensity and frequency, but so is our diverse movement’s power from below,...

The Disaster is the Colony

Rolling through the gates of west end Aquadilla’s Medium/Minimum security prison Institución Correccional de Guerrero, our view widens to capture barbed wire buildings, a generator screaming a guttural something off stage left and the...

This is Caguas: “Centro de Apoyo Mutuo”

"Apoyo Mutuo seized the space a month and a half ago. A month ago they defended it from policia who demanded to know their individual names."The rest is Puerto Rico.Centro de Apoyo Mutuo, Centers...

Dispatches from Puerto Rico: Front Line Relief

Our current Mutual Aid Disaster Relief team in Puerto Rico has concentrated efforts mostly on HIV/AIDS prevention, safe water outreach/education, breastfeeding in disasters and also is addressing other health needs with our team of...

Jayuya: Remembering the Past, Demanding a Future

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a movement decentralized throughout civil society linking and contextualizing the intersectional struggles of climate/social/environmental and economic justice, rooted and steeped in a power-from-below solidarity not charity ethos.Throughout 2016/2017, Mutual...

Puerto Rico: No Longer Forgotten

As the days grind up in number, creating time and distance from the thrashing winds and surging inundation of the deluge of water hurricane Maria pulled over Puerto Rico, statistics remain alien from the...

Growing the Movement for Mutual Aid: Invite Trainers & Prepare Your Community for Grassroots...

Climate Chaos is happening.  Adaptation and preparation are essential.  Grassroots disaster response will be more and more necessary as we see more catastrophes – infrastructure, economic, and ecological collapses – and as corporations and governments...

SWAT Team Raids Autonomous Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Several police vehicles, an armored tactical vehicle, and law enforcement personnel including swat team pointed their guns at relief workers while surrounding and then entering our base of operations in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in...

Puerto Rico: Building A Future Based On Mutual Aid

We drove through neighborhoods in the mountains with local residents and our comrades from Guaynabo, delivered food, cases of water, water purification tablets, and provided health care to elderly residents and their families sweltering...