From Disaster to Determination: Grassroots responses to climate crises from Puerto Rico to the North Bay

AP/Ramon Espinosa. Victims of Hurricane Maria carry supplies in Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 7, 2017.

Environmental and climate justice organizers have warned us for years that poor communities of color will continue to be impacted “first and worst” by climate change. How do we change this? How do we overcome the the racism, colonialism, and economic exploitation that is built into disaster response?

Please join us to hear speakers who are organizing resources for undocumented communities impacted by the North Bay fires, and for community-based relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Thursday November 9, 6:30-9:30pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St. (CYF Room—across from Whole Foods loading dock)

This space is wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms)
Please arrive fragrance free
Suggested Donation $20, no one turned away
All donations split between Undocufund and
grassroots relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Join us to hear about what’s happening on the ground and support organizing efforts to respond to these disasters in ways that build local power and self-determination.

The panel will end around 8pm. We invite you to stay afterward to talk with each other and support Catalyst to get out our fall mailing.

Speakers include: 

The UndocuFund was launched by a grassroots organizations who work with immigrant communities in the North Bay to provide direct assistance to undocumented victims of the Northern California fires. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for aid from FEMA and aid from other sources may also be difficult to access due to identification requirements, language barriers, and lack of familiarity or trust in government agencies and financial institutions.

Jason Negrón-Gonzales is a trauma nurse and community organizer who has recently returned to the Bay Area after traveling to Puerto Rico to help with recovery after the hurricane. The disaster of Hurricane Maria is still unfolding. Most of the island still doesn’t have electricity; fuel shortages are impacting everything from hospitals to food access; there are huge areas without fresh water; and the response from the U.S. government has been atrocious–including suggesting that Puerto Rico take on more debt.