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That's today! See yall at @thefreeschool tonight at 5pm. Come hang and kisten to stories about the history and need for mutual aid. Then tomorrow come hang (12-5pm) and talk about direct actions to take while building community amungst each other!

#mutualaid #mutualaiddisasterrelief #Albany #madrtour #freeschool
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That's today! See yall at @thefreeschool tonight at 5pm. Come hang and kisten to stories about the history and need for mutual aid. Then tomorrow come hang (12-5pm) and talk about direct actions to take while building community amungst each other! #

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Tour dates and locations! Meet us there and follow us along on here! We're getting ready to learn and grow with yall accross the NE as we build a collective network of informed community members. Message with any questions! 
#madrtour #mutualaiddisasterrelief #disasterrelief #mutualaid #Albany #Portland #monpeliervt #Brooklyn #worcester
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Tour dates and locations! Meet us there and follow us along on here! We're getting ready to learn and grow with yall accross the NE as we build a collective network of informed community members. Message with any questions! #madrtour #mutualaiddisas

This photo was taken last fall in Seattle during our 2018 tour. As we get our first tour stop in Albany, NY approaches, we have been busy reworking and refining the structure of the workshops, based on what we've learned so far. For more info on tour stops, check out our tour map and dm us with any questions!
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This photo was taken last fall in Seattle during our 2018 tour. As we get our first tour stop in Albany, NY approaches, we have been busy reworking and refining the structure of the workshops, based on what we've learned so far. For more info on tour

We’ve added NYC to the list of stops! If you’re in that area November 1st-2nd, be sure to make it out. Link in bio for more details.
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We’ve added NYC to the list of stops! If you’re in that area November 1st-2nd, be sure to make it out. Link in bio for more details.

When catastrophe strikes, those most impacted and their neighbors are the real first responders.

After last year’s nation-wide Training Tour spanned over 50 communities in 25 states, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief will continue its Building the Movement for Mutual Aid series in the Northeast this October!

Friends in New England, please check out events in Albany, NY, Portland, ME, Montpelier, VT, Worcester, MA, and New York City.

The two-part training includes entertaining storytelling as well as an intensive participatory workshop in a fun, fast-paced popular education style.

MADRelief Trainings are free to all - we’re growing the power of the people!  Sliding-scale donations for t-shirts, zines, books, and posters help the Training Team cover food and fuel and keep their powerful message on the move!

For more details, visit MutualAidDisasterRelief.org/events
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When catastrophe strikes, those most impacted and their neighbors are the real first responders. After last year’s nation-wide Training Tour spanned over 50 communities in 25 states, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief will continue its Building the Movement

Our latest round of Building the Movement for Mutual Aid, proactive networking and skill-sharing through popular education workshops, begins in just a few weeks. 
Friends in NY, VT, ME, MA, & CT, We would love to see you and learn from your perspectives
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Our latest round of "Building the Movement for Mutual Aid," proactive networking and skill-sharing through popular education workshops, begins in just a few weeks. Friends in NY, VT, ME, MA, & CT, We would love to see you and learn from your perspec

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Our second workshop tour is complete! Over the course of three months, we worked our way from Albuquerque to San Diego, then north toward Seattle, and across the midwest into Illinois and Wisconsin making a total of 21 stops.

In visiting the west coast and midwest, we wanted to understand which disasters communities are facing and the lessons they’ve already learned, while exploring how a national network could carry resources, information, and stories across the so-called U.S.
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It’s not uncommon when calamity strikes for people to ask when the Red Cross is coming to help, yet end up relying on the people closest to them to find support. We say that the true first responders aren’t paramedics or fire crews - and they certainly aren’t the police. They’re the people most directly impacted on the ground.

Our workshops began by acknowledging disasters as much more than the acute catastrophes of climate chaos or sudden ruptures of infrastructure. We live in the disasters of colonization and capitalism every day. Earth’s natural cycles aren’t the problem. The disaster is the way institutions capitalize from and create inequality. It’s the power structure that holds a monopoly on aid, but refuses to distribute it to those in most dire need.
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The MADR Network has some intention-setting conversations to have before we can discuss future workshops. We’re sitting on big questions, and have been humbled by thoughtful feedback regarding our content, outreach, and accessibility. Now, we’re taking time to reflect on how to come in a good way; in response to crisis, and on tour as well.

In the meantime, we want to support folx in connecting with each other and in growing their communities.
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We’re beyond thankful for those who took us in, cared for us, and trusted us to hold a little space in their communities, and we really are so inspired by the work we see folx doing. People are organizing, and, as a network, we hope to uplift those projects and stories together.

Stay tuned for more updates by checking out our website to join the mailing list, or by following us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
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The MADR Fall Tour Crew
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:: Our second workshop tour is complete! Over the course of three months, we worked our way from Albuquerque to San Diego, then north toward Seattle, and across the midwest into Illinois and Wisconsin making a total of 21 stops. In visiting the west

Our last stop on the 2018 Fall Tour took us to Carbondale, IL where the community faces its share of threats from flooding and sudden wind storms, but another threat has been preoccupying the community as of late - white nationalism.
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President Donald Trump was scheduled to rally in support of Republican Congressman Mike Bost in the town of Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday Oct 27th. 
Residents and others planned to speak against Trump's visit during a City Council meeting, but those plans were thwarted when Mayor Mike Henry cancelled the council meeting unexpectedly, claiming the expected acts of civil disobedience. However activist suspect it was actually cancelled because of threats from far-Right paramilitary and neo-Nazi groups.
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The Flyover Social Center, who recently found white supremacist propaganda tucked in their mailbox, in collaboration with other grassroots city groups planned a city wide assembly in its place where Carbondale Commissioner Adam Loos read the resolution he had written and planned to introduce at the city council meeting before it was cancelled. He read the “Resolution Declaring Donald J. Trump Unwelcome and Persona Non Grata in the City of Carbondale, Illinois.” a number of other groups also spoke at the assembly on other issues affecting Carbondale like the legacy of environmental racism and the Brightfields Development, which was supposed to be addressed at this city council meeting as well, fracking, and immigration.
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Trump's rally was quickly moved to an airport in nesrby Murphysboro, IL, where further protest were planned. A march surrounded and walked with a shuttle of Trump supports headed to the rally, everyone's new favorite icon Gritty spoke  truth to fascist power, and organizers from the Carbondale Solidarity Network held a training for use of naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose, to highlight the issue and give people tools to support each other while this profit-driven, manufactured disaster is largely ignored by institutional powers who profit from the epidemic.

#WeKeepUsSafe
#Carbondale
#trump
#gritty
#MutualAidDisasterRelief
#opiodepidemic
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Our last stop on the 2018 Fall Tour took us to Carbondale, IL where the community faces its share of threats from flooding and sudden wind storms, but another threat has been preoccupying the community as of late - white nationalism. * President Dona

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While traveling through Missouri, many had tornados on their minds when discussing disasters, and during our workshops it was clear that many lives were touched by the 2011 Joplin Tornado, a massive multi-vortexed EF5  tornado that tore through the city, reaching a width of nearly 1 mile as it did so, causing 161 deaths and injuring some 1,150 others and destroying or damaging more than 7,000 homes and apartments, as well as the subsequent community relief efforts that grew in the wake of the disaster.
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This particular tornado was unusual in that it intensified in strength and grew larger in size at a very fast rate. It was part of a large, deadly late-May tornado storm that killed people in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, and Arkansas. This storm was followed by an even larger and longer outbreak in April that saw 216 tornados touchdown in one day.
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Recent evidence seems to suggest Tornado Ally is shifting more to the East, and tornados are increasing quickest in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
This is already the deadliest terrain for tornadoes in the country on average, given multiple factors, such as greater population density, building styles, and tree density.
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More people are killed by tornadoes in the United States than hurricanes and earthquakes combined. Yet compared to hurricanes, tornados receive less research attention and funding. We can expect the gap between needed aid and institutional support to widen and tornados worsen and spread to other areas. *
The wreckage of former houses speaks to the devastation such disasters can wreak, while spray painted messages left behind echo the voices of a community, all at once mourning their collective losses and celebrating their collective support as we pull each other up from the ruins of tragedy arm in arm.

#WeKeepUsSafe
#JoplinTornado
#SolidarityNotCharity 
#TornadoAlly
#mutualaiddisasterrelief
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While traveling through Missouri, many had tornados on their minds when discussing disasters, and during our workshops it was clear that many lives were touched by the 2011 Joplin Tornado, a massive multi-vortexed EF5 tornado that tore through the c

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In Butte County, where the Camp Fire is still only 40% contained, a town called Paradise was recently devastated. Moving at a speed of a football field a minute, this super-fire was gusted by the valley wind to produce the most destructive fire in California’s history. Officials say rebuild will take over ten years.
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With a large elderly and low-income population, many residents have been displaced with little outside support while a state of emergency has been declared.
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Many refugees found themselves in a large, informal camp occupying a WalMart parking lot in the nearby town of Chico.
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FEMA and the Red Cross, however, were trying to use the fear of disease spreading as justification to shut this space down and herd people into their often confusing, bureaucratic, segregated, and disempowering shelters.
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The camp eventually moved out of the parking lot, and is now situated in an open field.
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A few weeks ago, our tour team was in Chico and had an amazing two days of brainstorming with locals, who were primarily concerned with the ongoing, invisibilized disaster of houselessness and how that crisis becomes amplified with fire and smoke.
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Now, the folks we worked with and countless other community members have begun calling themselves North Valley Mutual Aid. They’ve adapted the MADR principles and workshop content, and have hosted a handful of town hall-style meetings and strategy sessions.
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NVMA has organized six working groups to meet unique logistical challenges their community faces. They’ve started their own fundraiser, and are reaching out regionally for support to fill the gaps that the State and non-profit industrial complex always leave when crises hit.
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This is a perfect example of community autonomy and direct action. The broader network has been able to help get respirators into the area and strategize approaches based on specific asks put out by the community.
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People and resources are flowing in based on information translated by the people on the ground. Herbal medics have posted up and are providing holistic approaches to recovery. There’s no shortage of imagination in this effort.
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#WeKeepUsSafe
#Chico
#Fires
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:: In Butte County, where the Camp Fire is still only 40% contained, a town called Paradise was recently devastated. Moving at a speed of a football field a minute, this super-fire was gusted by the valley wind to produce the most destructive fire in

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Large areas of California are under a state of emergency as air quality reports declare that parts of the state top out among the worst global ratings for contamination.
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While superfires rage on, roughly 1,500 inmates risk their lives as part of the California Department of Corrections’ prisoner firefighting program. For them, the risk is amplified when compared to other responders; they’re more than eight times as likely to be injured at a rate of $2 per day.
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In toxic agricultural fields, migrant farm workers are still required to work in unbreathable air as wealthy ranchers and land owners evacuate.
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The legacy of colonization and slave labor in this country is alive, and is becoming more apparent with each disaster.
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But, we have to be careful with how we define disaster. Fires aren’t the crisis, the legacy of imperialism is. Respirator masks are selling out; their prices get inflated by opportunists. The wealthy protect their homes with private aid and their neighbors loose everything. Forests are clear cut, and rivers are damned. When the embers clear, developers make their grabs for land.
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However, our friends on the ground and their neighbors are filling the gaps that the government and non-profits have left in communities. Everyday people are rising up and making space to care for each other. Networks of mutual aid form organically when folks who know what they’ve been kept from define their own needs, and organize to support each other. When we say first responders, let’s recognize and celebrate the role of the people most impacted.
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#WeKeepUsSafe
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:: Large areas of California are under a state of emergency as air quality reports declare that parts of the state top out among the worst global ratings for contamination. :: While superfires rage on, roughly 1,500 inmates risk their lives as part o

@flyoversocialcenter is live-streaming one of our last tour presentations for this fall’s nationwide tour. Check it out on Facebook!
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It’s been a long journey, and we’re eager to see our new relationships sprout
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@flyoversocialcenter is live-streaming one of our last tour presentations for this fall’s nationwide tour. Check it out on Facebook! :: It’s been a long journey, and we’re eager to see our new relationships sprout

Driving through the Great Plains one is struck by the sheer scale of agriculture that occurs in this region. It's the High Plains and Ogallala aquifers that waters the numerous states that form what has come to be referred to as America's breadbasket, where 1/5 of all the wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle produced in the US is cultivated. Covering 27% of the irrigated land in the US, the High Plains Aquifer provides 30% of the nations ground water used for irrigation as well as the drinking water of 82% of people living within the aquifer's boundary. Much of this water supply and consumption is concentrated within the Nebraskan boundaries.
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Yet it is threatened by the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700 mile steel pipeline that would carry crude from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas.The projected route includes 29 year-round water crossings and contains 10.48 miles where the groundwater is only 5 to 10 ft below the surface. TransCanada, the main company backing the project, said it would bury the pipeline at least 4ft underwater, meaning in many places the pipeline could be in the groundwater.
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One crossing in particular, the Platte River, is especially worrisome, because if oil leaked there it could easily contaminate the water supply for both Lincoln and Omaha. Water is not the only concern however, agriculture watered by the aquifer is also at risk, as are the grasslands that protect the area from erosion, and the larger ecosystem's functionality and resilience.
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The pipeline is not the only theat to the aquifer, industrial agriculture has long put a strain on the agriculture as it accounts for 94% of groundwater use in the area. Evidence indicates as much as 70% of the aquifer could be depleted by 2060 if agriculture practices don't change. In some areas the water table is dropping as much as 2 feet a year. This creates a compounding effect where on-going depletion of the aquifers will only increase the concentration of contaminants in the water, such as those that could be introduced through an oil spill.
#WeKeepUsSafe
#NoDAPL
#NoKeystoneXL
#ClimateChange
#WaterIsLife
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Driving through the Great Plains one is struck by the sheer scale of agriculture that occurs in this region. It's the High Plains and Ogallala aquifers that waters the numerous states that form what has come to be referred to as "America's breadbaske

Our next stop took us to Ft. Collins, Colorado. With a large portion of the state being at a higher elevation than the surrounding areas, at first glance Colorado seems to not be plagued with the same climate issues as the other South West states which have a reputation for being dry and hot. But although the area is famous for winter activities, it too is facing its share of climate related issues that elevation cannot dissuade. This image orders the climate hazards facing ft. Collins in order of severity (note that it only ranges from high to very high)

Ft. Collins itself is still recovering from the nearby 2012 High Park Fire, at the time the 2nd largest fire in CO history (a record that was broken by the Waldo Canyon Fire just a week later), that was a product of an inopportune lightening strike during record setting heat and especially dry conditions. 
This fire burned part of the Cache la Poudre watershed, one of the major clean drinking water sources in the area, particularly ft. Collins. Data shows that fires pollute waters via erosion, ash deposits, increased sediment loads, and nutrient runoff which can spur algae blooms, all of which are dangerous not just for humans but for the other beings in those spaces. Waters impacted by wildfires are difficult to treat for consumption.

As the fires grow stronger and bigger so too does the fire season - an almost year round occurrence at this point. Disasters have cascading effects, and we can expect a number of other disasters to occur in their wake. As the fires increase in frequency and severity so too will the multitude of cascading disasters that come with them.

#WeKeepUsSafe
#Community
#SolidarityNotCharity
#ClimateChange 
#mutualaiddisasterrelief 
#colorado
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Our next stop took us to Ft. Collins, Colorado. With a large portion of the state being at a higher elevation than the surrounding areas, at first glance Colorado seems to not be plagued with the same climate issues as the other South West states whi

The Pacific Northwest was a magic-filled  chapter in our tour. In addition to the healing power of nature and the brief windows of rest we were able to find there, the people we encountered held us with such grace.
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When we started this tour, we knew we’d encounter conversations of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, droughts, and other calamities that’re exaggerated in their devastation by the forces of capitalism, white supremacy, ableism, colonization and the toxic slew of oppressive systems that seek to displace, privatize, and erase us.
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Our conversations and activities drew out a lot of imagination and critical thinking and dove down to a depth beyond just discussing “the big ones,” but investigated the many industrial and social disasters they face as well. ::
From Arcata, CA to Seattle, WA, we saw a network of folks identifying with the common struggles and work being done within their bioregion. In Portland, over 100 people came out to collaborate during our two days there. A few of them even travelled north to meet us for a second time in Olympia to further their relations.
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We’re excited to see our new comrades networking with each other and collectively sewing seeds for more inclusive and prepared communities.
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The Pacific Northwest was a magic-filled chapter in our tour. In addition to the healing power of nature and the brief windows of rest we were able to find there, the people we encountered held us with such grace. :: When we started this tour, we kn

Haven't been able to make it out to see us in person? We're sad we don't get to meet you face to face, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Our Portland and Seattle presentations have been live streamed! Check out the Neighborhood Action Coalition's facebook page to watch! (Special thanks to the Neighborhood Action Coalition, @pipsqueak.seattle Food Not Bombs, and everyone who made this event and livestream possible)
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Haven't been able to make it out to see us in person? We're sad we don't get to meet you face to face, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Our Portland and Seattle presentations have been live streamed! Check out the Neighborho

Across the street from our Seattle stop at @pipsqueak.seattle some graffiti disrupts the otherwise quite and orderly appearance of the neighborhood. *
Most of us have heard about the infamous implications Amazon has on its host city, especially as it has now picked 2 new victims: Arlington, VA and the Bronx. But the facts are so staggering it's hard to process the real world implications of Amazon forces in cities and towns.
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Caught in what locals call the 'prosperity bomb' they have seen the soul of Seattle (their words) devoured by Amazon and residents are continuously pushed out. Amazon owns or leases 1/5 of all the class A office space in Seattle and the headquarter consumes 8.1 million square feet. Median home prices have risen rapidly to $700,000 and the new cities Amazon has selected for occupation may see their rent increase as much as $200 a month.
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The soaring rent prices and cost of living has pushed many low income people and local businesses and neighborhood staples out of the city in favor of brand new luxury lofts with astronomical price tags, as Amazon continuously attracts well-off tech workers to the now fastest growing city in the US,  @vanishingseattle catalogues the slow creep of tech fueled gentrification that is strangling the area and driving diversity out.
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Solidarity to our comrades in Arlington, in the Bronx, in Seattle, and all places preyed on by this capitalist hydra. These fights are all interconnected, and we’re watching and learning from each other through them as we defend our homes.
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#VanishingSeattle
#Wekeepussafe 
#mutualaiddisasterrelief 
#ThanksBezos
#neighborhoodsforneighbors
#gentrification
#SaveSeattle
#Crapitalism
#FuckAmazon
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Across the street from our Seattle stop at @pipsqueak.seattle some graffiti disrupts the otherwise quite and orderly appearance of the neighborhood. * Most of us have heard about the infamous implications Amazon has on its host city, especially as it

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We make our way into Oregon where the trees are in their brilliant fall colors.
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At our workshop in Grants Pass we learned about how the fires are worsening year by year. People describe living in plumes of smoke and falling ash throughout the summer months.
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Much of the general narrative in Grants Pass considers fire the enemy. The solution some are advocating is more removal of the surrounding forests. A banner that’s hung for 100 years in the town’s center reads, “it’s the climate.” A colonial nod to the health and beauty of a conquered land. A refusal to acknowledge the colonial responsibility for its destruction.
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The activists we meet in GP are trying to change the narrative around the fires. Before this land was colonized, they tell us, prescribed burns were crucial to the indigenous stewarding of the land. The logging industry’s motive for profit and the settler’s detachment from the natural cycles of the forest have resulted in a build up of kindling, exacerbating fires and burning so hot even the seeds that rely on fire to germinate are cooked through.
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During our workshop, we also hear about the ways right-wing militia groups have been responding to the fires. They too are working in mutual aid, but they only aid the white, middle and upper-middle class residents. Intentionally, they support ranchers and fireworker camps in order to build their public image. Meanwhile they wage a war against the immigrants through county policy and make calls to succeed into the State of Jefferson, a nation state built on the ethics of white supremacy. (We were gifted an awesome book titled, “Up In Arms”, that covers militias organizing in Oregon. You can find it for free at rop.org.)
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How do we build alternatives to these fear mongering narratives that perpetrate racism and the destruction of the environment?
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:: We make our way into Oregon where the trees are in their brilliant fall colors. :: :: At our workshop in Grants Pass we learned about how the fires are worsening year by year. People describe living in plumes of smoke and falling ash throughout th