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(en) US, Statement from Red & Anarchist Action Network about mutual aid projects

Date Thu, 15 Sep 2005 11:40:57 +0300


We have been appalled at the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,
which was exasperated beyond all justifiable intensity by the
calculated indifference of the white power structure, vested in this
exploitative economic order. Despite our geographic isolation from
the epicenter of the tragedy, we have remained determined to offer
our available resources to those projects that are approaching the
situation from a grassroots, anti-authoritarian perspective.
To all participants of the mutual-aid relief efforts being put forward
by Mayday DC, Asheville APOC, and Infoshop News;
On behalf of the Red & Anarchist Action Network;

We have been appalled at the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,
which was exasperated beyond all justifiable intensity by the calculated
indifference of the white power structure, vested in this exploitative
economic order. Despite our geographic isolation from the epicenter
of the tragedy, we have remained determined to offer our available
resources to those projects that are approaching the situation from a
grassroots, anti-authoritarian perspective.

We wish to express our enthusiasm for the hurricane relief initiatives
headed up by Mayday DC and Infoshop. Being as that our experience has
shown both bodies to be responsible, committed, and capable
conduits for concrete action in the face of our common obstacles, it seemed
logical for us as a anarchist/libertarian communist tendency to throw
our support behind them. Our decision to put available funds into this
particular effort was solidified by the involvement of Mayday
DC’s Jamie “Bork” Loughner.

Some of us have had the pleasure of working with Bork on different
projects in DC and have remained in a constant state of respect for her
tireless efforts in the struggles for decent housing and shelter for all.
Her fearlessness in seizing upon the kind of practical action that others
only proselytize about continues to be an inspiration to the founding
spirit of our network. We wish to extend these feelings to all members of
Mayday DC, Asheville APOC, I-News, and Food Not Bombs as well
as the independent street medics and EMTs who are participating in
grassroots relief efforts by exercising our most important weapon in
the fight for a better world: the horizontal application of mutual aid.

Although our small donation is not even a band-aid relative to the
catastrophe at hand, it is our hope that it can make an appreciable dent
in the most immediate shortages of medicine and other vital supplies. We
have been reading Bork’s updates through Infoshop News with great
interest and would like to further commend all I-News volunteers in
their continuing fight to displace the lies and distortions of the
profit-driven media, which have only become more abrasive in the wake of
Katrina and the man-made disasters that have followed.

In particular we look with hope towards the development of
alternative health care and schooling networks in the areas
abandoned by the racist
state apparatus. Although these new institutions are the immediate
result of desperate necessity, they bear within them all the hopes of a
self-managed society. We ask that whenever possible, resources are
directed towards the maintenance and promotion of these budding
alliances.
It is imperative that they prosper and survive Katrina’s aftermath
so as to become practical examples to the entire world.

We express a serious fear at the implications of emerging accounts
of private mercenary armies patrolling New Orleans, as well as the
Red Cross’ efforts to shut down Food Not Bombs servings that do
not share in their vision of corporate-controlled “relief”. We
have every reason to
believe that the emerging community power organizations and
mutual aid networks will be the targets of unprecedented repression
in Capital’s drive to author the history of Katrina’s aftermath,
and accordingly we are arranging ourselves to counter this tendency
on every level, and alert all sympathetic communities to brace for the same.

Good luck in your efforts, we trust you will remain aware of the
immense importance of your work not just in the immediate affected areas, but
also in the historic process of a developing anti-authoritarian society
for which we agitate.

In hope and solidarity,

- The Red & Anarchist Action Network (RAAN)
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