Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on the people of Texas.
We will be taking up collections to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey at this meeting.
We still don’t fully know the numbers of displaced, injured and dead, but WE DO KNOW that capitalism and its representatives in government and big business will waste no time exploiting Harvey, and any other disaster like it, to peddle ruinous false solutions, such as militarized police, more oil and gas infrastructure, gentrification, and privatized schools and services.
Which means the Left must answer.
We must name the real root causes behind this crisis — connecting the dots between climate pollution, systemic racism, underfunding of social services, and overfunding of police. We also need to seize the moment to lay out intersectional solutions, ones that dramatically lower emissions while battling all forms of inequality and injustice.
Hurricane harvey also relates intimately to the work we’ve been doing in NYC:
Hurricane Harvey + Healthcare:
In Houston, these horrific photos have gone viral showing how the profit-motive in healthcare heartlessly throws our sick, elderly and/or disabled under the bus.
Hurricane Harvey + Immigrant Rights:
And the bipartisan deportation machine is staying open for business, meaning undocumented immigrants have to choose between evacuating and risking deportation, or staying put and risking death.
Hurricane Harvey + The Subways:
We don’t have to imagine what climate change will do in New York City. The MTA is still fucked from Hurricane Sandy.
We encourage everyone to read Naomi Klein’s excellent article here, and to pick one of the above articles to read on a specific intersection of the storm and an area of work we’re in.
The discussion will be followed by an update and final plans for our organizing efforts for this panel about the struggle for universal healthcare.