Left-Wing Disaster Relief Efforts Spread Goodwill for Socialism
Date Written: 14/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23176
A look at some of the disaster relief initiatives by left-wing groups in the United States, as well as the disconnect that seems to underscore a number of issues with the state's disaster relief efforts.
"There's so much predatory capitalism that moves in after a disaster," Cosby Hayes, the group's co-chair told Truthout. "We wanted to circumvent that and bring relief directly to the people." Tallahassee DSA has raised almost $10,000 through a GoFundMe in an effort to keep providing necessary relief.
Hayes tells a story about DSA handing out pizzas to victims of the storm. He says he was approached by a police officer who seemed "infuriated" over the fact that socialists were giving out free food. "He told me that the people guarding the distribution centers were the ones who deserved the help," said Hayes, "not the people 'sitting around waiting for handouts.' I also met a FEMA employee who was completely confused by what we were doing. He was so baffled by it."