It’s Going Down is hosting a dedicated page that will be continuously updated for autonomous groups organizing mutual aid disaster relief across the west coast in communities impacted by the ongoing fires.
In Oregon alone, over half a million people are threatened with being displaced by climate change fueled fires, feeding a growing social crisis made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing evictions, violent police repression, and rising unemployment.
To make matters worse, far-Right trolls online have spread conspiracy theories that ‘antifa,’ short for antifascists, have started the fires in a series of coordinated arson attacks. Despite these hoaxes being debunked even by the government and local law enforcement, the far-Right continues to push them. In reality, as you can see, grassroots movements from below are working to build solidarity and working-class power, not attack communities threatened with homelessness and displacement.
As we have already seen across the globe, the fires on the west coast of the United States represent a horrific new normal created by climate change. If we don’t come together and take control over the means of existence and build a different way of life, things will only continue to get worse. Building strong mutual aid networks is part of this struggle – and at this point, necessary for our very survival.
If you are involved in an autonomous project mobilizing mutual aid disaster relief and you want it listed on this page, please let us know by emailing: info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] com.
- Seattle District 4 Black Lives: Wildfire smoke protection supplies drive for unhoused Seattleites. Cashapp: $D4forBlackLives
- Capitol Hill Community Center: A community space offering resources for Seattle’s activist and houseless communities. We aim to tangibly pair community support with the fight for liberation. Nagle Street at Cal Anderson Park.
- Food is Free Tacoma: Free food program in Tacoma, WA.
- Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective: Autonomous group providing free food and supplies to houseless, poor, and working-class people impacted by the pandemic.
- Mutual Aid Fire Relief Supply Distribution Hub: We are out on the ground coordinating mutual aid support for wildfire disaster relief! We’ve got food, water and other drinks, household supplies, lots of donated clothes, some pet food. Please send anyone who is needing assistance to the parking lot just east of Holladay Park! Holladay Park is in NE Portland near Lloyd Center. Check Portland EWOKS for more info.
- Collection Node at Sierra Club: Help donate to supply distribution in Southern Oregon. Drop off supplies information listed on the flyer below.
- Solidarity Housing PDX: The Symbiosis PDX Solidarity Housing initiative is designed to connect individuals evacuated from fires with housing. As the situation evolves, we are looking for individuals who can offer housing across Oregon and SW Washington areas. Our organization is partnered with groups on the ground working with directly affected communities who will refer all people seeking solidarity housing. This form is for individuals willing to open their homes to others in need. After you fill out the form we will be in touch about setting you up with a person seeking housing.
- Symbiosis 2020 Fire Solidarity Supply Drive: We will be expanding our hours at SHaRE for the next week to facilitate the gathering of these important resources during this time. We are open 12-6pm starting (today) Friday 9/11-9/19. Accept Sunday 9/13 when we will be open 12-2pm. We are immediately accepting emergency donations for folks impacted by the fires. For info on how to donate and where to drop off supplies here.
- The Witches PDX: Autonomous group providing on the ground relief in Portland area and beyond. Support their work by donating: CashApp: $PDXWitches or Venmo: @TheWitches
- Willamette Action Collective: Active in Eugene and Salem making runs to evacuation sites in both cities.
- Causa Oregon: Coordinating in Salem with migrant workers who are disproportionately impacted.
- Lane County Events Center: Hub for mutual aid, food, clothes, and supplies.
- Rogue Action Center: If you need any supplies right now please go to the Medford YMCA, OSF’s Carptenter Hall, Phoenix Home Depot, or the S. Medford Walmart. Supplies still needed at drop off locations in Ashland and Medford. Stay safe out there!
- Lake Mutual Aid: Lake Mutual Aid feeds our neighbors with produce and meals. We also provide hygeine kits and masks for our house less neighbors. Feed The People!
- Mask Sonoma: Emergency supply & coordination of face masks to houseless and underserved in times of crisis. All volunteer mutual aid. Cashapp: masksonoma. Venmo: masksonoma.
- Vallejo for Racial Justice: Abolitionist collective distributing masks in Vallejo.
- Mask Oakland: Mutual aid organization giving out masks and other needed supplies to impacted communities in the east bay area and beyond. Website: https://maskoakland.org/
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