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SRA - Hurricane Michael Relief

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33573118_1539454034960427_r.jpegOn September 15th the Socialist Rifle Association raised $1240 for a relief effort in response to Hurricane Flo rence. Three of our organizers drove into the storm affected areas to deliver hundreds of pounds of food and water to understocked shelters. You can read more about those efforts here: https://socialistra.org/news/sra-hurricane-florence-relief

Hurricane Michael is now approaching the Florida Panhandle, forecasted to be a Category 2 or 3. We are raising funds again for another relief effort, to be coordinated by our Florida and Georgia chapters! We will have more news as our relief effort comes together. In the meantime please donate what you can so we can provide aid to the poor communities that will be struck by this storm.

All donations received will go toward supplies and transportation for the relief effort. Any funds not spent on our efforts will be donated to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief or one of its affiliated organizations.
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On Friday, October 12th the Socialist Rifle Association participated in disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Michael was a historic storm, the strongest to strike the Florida Panhandle in recorded history. Several beach cities, including Panama City and Mexico Beach, were nearly completely destroyed, and hurricane force winds caused widespread destruction well into central Georgia. The storm intensified out of nowhere from a tropical storm to a Category 4 in only two days, catching both Federal authorities and grassroots relief efforts flatfooted.

The SRA began a GoFundMe on October 8th and in less than two days raised $3500, in part thanks to a single person's very generous donation of $1577. Once the money was raised, while Michael made landfall, we began coordinating with another leftist organization, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR), who put together an extremely impressive relief operation following Hurricane Florence. Thanks to them we were able to develop a relief plan and integrate it into existing mutual aid efforts.

A North Georgia SRA volunteer, aided by other SRA members and Democratic Socialists, loaded his truck with $2500 worth of supplies including water, food, sanitary items, and tools (about $150 was spent on gas. The remaining money will be donated to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief). He drove 320 miles to hurricane-struck Tallahassee and delivered the goods to the Florida People's Action Center (FLPAC) in Tallahassee, which is being used as a supply distribution point by local activists.

Now a coalition of left wing organizations and volunteers -- including Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, Tallahassee Democratic Socialists, Tampa Democratic Socialists, Tallahassee Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Dream Protectors -- are distributing these supplies to low income communities in the hardest hit parts of the Florida Panhandle, including Tallahassee, Quincy, Gretna, Blountstown, Youngstown, and Panama City.

We are proud to have been a part of this historic and needed disaster relief operation. As the world's oceans continue to warm we can only expect hurricanes to become more and more dangerous, and it is clear that the state will not be there to aid and protect the most vulnerable amongst us. Police in Florida are threatening "looters" looking for food in a devastated city, while National Guardsmen are fortifying and defending banks, and FEMA focuses its relief efforts on wealthy beachfront property owners. If you look past the illusion of state power, you can see the true defenders of the people in the background: socialists, anarchists, and ordinary concerned citizens, working together to provide for their fellow man in times of need with no expectation of pay or reward. That is community defense: being ready to help your neighbors with a bottle of water and a helping hand.

The Socialist Rifle Association is a gun rights organization and gun club, but we are also a people's organization, dedicated to defending the working class in every way. Shooting is a martial art, and the study of any martial art should also come with an understanding of your role in your community and your responsibility to others. Our responsibility now, in the face of global climate change and the risiding tide of fascism, is to build the infrastructure needed to provide for the poor and defend the vulnerable in our increasingly unstable world.

The lessons we've learned from our relief actions for Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael will allow us to hone our relief response in the future. We hope to continue our relationship with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief so we can combine our efforts and mount even larger and better prepared relief efforts in the future. We are so grateful to all of our members and to everyone who contributed to the GoFundMe, particularly Anthony Maselli. And we want to extend our gratitude to every person who stepped up and helped others during these terrible storms. We are stronger together than we are apart.

Love and Solidarity!
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Thank you again to Anthony who donated once more to round us out at $3500! I don't know how to thank you

We're ending donations here, because we're not sure if we could fit more than $3500 worth of supplies in our truck! With the incredible support we've received we may possibly expand our effort to include bringing in gasoline for generators, as well as just a ton more water and supplies than we originally planned. We are coordinating with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and after a brief stop in Albany our volunteers will drive down to their Tallahassee staging area and work with MADR to distribute supplies to folks who need them.

Thank you once again! You all are incredible!
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Oh my god! Thank you so much Anthony Maselli for your donation of $1312!!!! Solidarity forever ❤️

If we hit $3500 we'll shut down the fundaiser, I'm not sure we could fit many more supplies than that in the truck! Thank you again everyone, you've been incredibly generous. We'll keep you posted on the relief effort!

Love and solidarity! ❤️
-Laura Faye
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Thank you everyone for your generous donations! Thanks to you we should be able to supply shelters with food, water, and sanitary items that are bound to be in short supply after this historic storm.

And Michael is historic. Now a Category 4 storm, bordering on Category 5, Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall on the Florida panhandle *in history*, since records began in 1851. The devastation wrought by wind, rain, and storm surge are likely to be catastrophic.

That's why grassroots relief efforts are so important, to step in when and where the state is overwhelmed or incapable of helping.

The plan as it currently stands is this: volunteers from Georgia and North Carolina will rendezvous in Gainesville Thursday night. They will head out Friday morning and load up supplies in Atlanta. From there they will travel south to Albany, GA, at the north end of the Hurricane Warning zone. They will meet up with a comrade there involved in mutual aid in his own community, and will use a local church parking lot as a staging area with the pastor's permission. They will provide supplies to any south Georgia shelters in need, then if possible will travel south to Tallahassee and provide aid there.

We are also in the early stages of coordination with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and we hope to be able to contribute aid to their relief operations as well.

This is a bold operation and we are endlessly grateful to both our volunteer SRA members who have taken this work on, and to everyone who has donated to our campaign. Thank you so much!

Love and solidarity
-Laura Faye
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