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(en) US, black rose federation, Miami: SURVIVE AND ORGANIZE: SOLIDARITY STATEMENT ON HURRICANE IRMA (ca, fr, it, pt)

Date Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:33:49 +0300

Statement from the Miami local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation/Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra ---- In the aftermath of the storm we write as South Florida begins the recovery process. We wish to extend our thoughts of solidarity and well being to comrades and people of the Caribbean - Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and other islands - who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. We hope to extend our support to you. ---- Members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra - Miami write to say that all members and supporters are so far safe and accounted for. Some sheltered with family to weather out the storm. Others evacuated the state as part of the largest evacuation in US history, and were left to fend for themselves, as officials were not prepared to handle an exodus of this scale.

We remind our friends and comrades that global climate change is a very real phenomenon and one brought about by the ravenous demand of the capitalist system that places profit above all else. Rising ocean temperatures are the fuel for monster hurricanes such as Irma, the largest ever recorded storm in the Atlantic. Some might object to what seems like politicizing a moment of destruction and loss of life but we remind everyone that increasingly powerful and intense weather do not arise in a vacuum.

Locally there will be a need for grassroots relief efforts and community organization around immediate needs. 75% of the Miami metropolitan area are without power. In addition, there is a shortage of gasoline and limited internet/cell phone service available. Schools are closed indefinitely, making it a burden for working class people who are being called to go in to work but do not have power, child care or transportation. We note that comrades in Houston report that unscrupulous landlords continue to demand rent despite ongoing flooding or have stalled or refused to complete repairs in rental houses and apartment buildings. We know that it is likely and need to be prepared for this to happen here as well. The recovery process is, as always, a profit for the owners and a burden and sacrifice for workers.

Currently, a grassroots effort is underway by Florida DSA and other local left organizations to provide support for relief efforts across the state of Florida. We urge you to support these efforts through donations and volunteering or if you have any immediate needs you can contact them so they can also assist you.

We hope to participate and support in these and any other efforts that aim to bring together anti-capitalist and autonomous perspectives that can organize assistance to all the communities affected across borders in the Caribbean.

Volunteer: bit.ly.IrmaVolunteer

Donate: bit.ly/IrmaFundraiser

Need help? bit.ly/IrmaReliefRequest

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