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Apr 6, 21

Saving Ourselves: Mutual Aid & Collective Action Following the Deep Freeze, Pt. #2

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we continue our discussion with autonomous mutual aid and tenant organizations across Texas about the grassroots response to the “Deep Freeze” which hit Texas and other states in mid-February. The massive storms left several dead and millions without power, heat, and internet. After the storm passed, many homes and apartments were left with broken pipes, the result of dilapidated infrastructure already hit by hurricane Harvey and decades of neoliberalism.

During our discussion, we pick up where our last podcast left off, talking about the spotlight which was placed on mutual aid groups as the storm became front page news. We then discuss the scope and scale of these mutual aid projects across Austin, Denton, Houston, and beyond. We then talk about other forms of collective activity and direct action which were organized by various groups, including an autonomous cop-free zone organized by 400 + 1 in Austin, marches and protests against attacks on the houseless by groups like Stop the Sweeps, and rent strikes supported by the Houston Tenants Union. We end by talking about the impact of the crisis and the failure of the State on the general population.

The response by autonomous anti-capitalist groups to the Deep Freeze offers us valuable lessons, as climate change fueled disasters and the breakdown of racialized capitalism and neoliberal infrastructure continues to feed crisis after crisis. We hope that these discussions provide folks with examples of how everyday people in horrific conditions responded not only to help people through hard times, but mobilized to confront the systems which immiserate our lives.

More Info: Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, Stop the Sweeps Austin, 400 + 1, Cooperation Denton, and North Texas Rural Resilience

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