"Some people just see the South as being politically homogeneous and nothing could be further from the truth. There have been a lot of different political movements in the South, both oppressive and liberatory, and when you look at the history you can find so many instances of people uniting across racial lines in solidarity and that is a huge part of the South's history. And that is something we really want to highlight."
On this episode of the Firestorm Community Sustainers Drive, I sit down with Whitney and Leslie from Rural Organizing And Resilience – otherwise known as ROAR, a project started in 2017 with a goal of increasing access to essential resources for all people and communities in rural Madison County, North Carolina. Throughout our conversation, we discuss how they got involved with the project, their organizing approach of mutual aid, how the context of Southern Appalachia influences their work, and how listeners can get involved in supporting what they do. We encourage listeners to actively engage with this strategic and critical conversation on the importance of relationship building in the midst of capitalist and climate catastrophe.
Southern People's History: https://ruralorganizing.wordpress.com/southern-peoples-history
Send Madison County Teachers On Civil Rights Tour: https://ruralorganizing.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/help-roar-send-madison-county-teachers-on-a-civil-rights-trip
Become a Firestorm Community Sustainer: https://www.patreon.com/firestormcoop