I haven't been writing here very much, it's been a struggle just to work on my commissions and patches. I have a few things simmering on the back burner, when I can eventually come back to the written medium again. But for now, here's more nonfiction.
These are the groups that are working in my area to help rebuild a community torn apart by fire, eviction, state repression, and covid. Some of these may not be taking donations right now, but are still good groups to look at and learn from. This list is by no means all of the groups doing work in the area. I am not directly affiliated with these groups, and many of them are not affiliated with each other.
Wildfire Mutual Aid
Symbiosis - They are a little newer than some of the other orgs I'm posting on here, but they have established themselves as effective community organizers. They work directly with the Warm Springs tribes, and function out of the Social Justice Action Center building. They have not stopped shipping food and supplies to those who need it just because everything is on fire. In fact, they have ramped up their work and are actively asking for donations.
Fires Ignite The Spirit - I'm going to list donation links for a collective movement to help Indigenous communities directly affected by wildfire here. This is a mutual aid drive created by Don't Shoot PDX, Symbiosis, and Indigenous community members.
EWOKS - This is a collective of medics and crisis support workers, who have established a mutual aid shelter for the smoke, taking in unhoused folks and people displaced from fire alike. They are currently taking donations for this effort.
AZN Bloc - I personally don't know much about this group, except they've been doing mutual aid and protest work for a couple months and were founded my PoC. They are directly involved in feeding and caring for folks displaced by fires right now.
STROLL - This org was created by sex workers and centers BIPoC sex workers and the unhoused population. When the org is not actively giving healthcare and resources to unhoused communities, it is boosting other groups doing similar work. I have been following the lead organizer for years, and she continues to be solid.
Portland Action Medics (Rosehip Collective) - They are a solid team that specialize in front-line support for active protesters. If you ever hear of a medic fighting off PPB to treat a comrade or fallen fash alike, more likely than not it's gonna be Rosehip.
General Defense Committee - These folks are providing eviction and rent strike support, alerting their community to active police interference and fascist violence in real time, as well as usually having dedicated members on the front line. They have been around for years, and every person I've met with connections to this groups has been a solid comrade.
Radical Rest - A collective of healers that provide free service to BIPoC. I have only recently come across them, but they offer a huge variety of services, from a diverse population of providers.
Acu Project PDX - Working Class Acupuncture is a non-profit, providing regular acupuncture treatments for abolitionists and anyone affected by teargas and state violence.
Fingers Crossed Interpreting - This is a group of front line ASL interpreters, founded by a trusted and beloved comrade. They have been interpreting and filming ethically for years, and often interpret for radical events around town as well. Recently, they put up a PSA about how to interpret wildfire warning levels.
General Food Distribution
Peacekeeper Society - This is a non-profit organization in Harrah, Washington that does regular Covid testing and drive thru food distribution. I have yet to see collective community care on this scale, so of course it is created by Indigenous community members.
Free Lunch Collective - There doesn't seem to be much activity around Food Not Bombs, but that doesn't mean the tactic isn't alive and well in my beautiful city. FLC is an autonomous collective, has been completely transparent in where your donations go, and has prioritized unhoused communities around the area.
PDX Free Fridge - This is another autonomous collective of community members working to distribute food around the community. They now have about a dozen spots in the city where you can drop off and pick up free food. There is even a regularly updated map that's easy to reference on their site.