In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with two people on the ground in Chico, California who are organizing in the wake of the devastating #CampFire that so far as left upwards of 90 people dead, several hundred missing, and thousands displaced and driven from their homes.
In the first portion of the podcast, we talk with one person who is involved in North Valley Mutual Aid, a group that formed directly after the fires to engage in a broad base of community organizing initiatives. Taking inspiration from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, NVMA is currently working on a variety of projects in response to the fires and is hosting meetings in the local community.
The second person speaks to the ongoing encampment of Camp Fire survivors who have taken over a plot of land next to WalMart. Since the start of the fire, people have formed a self-organized encampment and resisted attempts by various authorities to remove them. Currently, the encampment is growing, and we talk with our guest about how people are supporting it and ways in which local authorities have tried to attack it.
More Info: North Valley Mutual Aid Fund