As we are writing this the death toll of the “Campfire” wildfire in California is at 68 with well over 600 missing. Working-class communities like Chico, California and Paradise have been heavily hit, with many families losing absolutely everything. While charities are trying to help out, NGOs have huge limitations, and direct action inside of communities is necessary to bring them together for survival.
Right now the North Valley Mutual Aid network has formed of community members working together to support each other, using direct action strategies that does not just rely on the large charitable organizations. This project has been organized, in part, by members of the AK Press collective, who are based in Chico. This is a project of community members working together, solving the issues, and providing much needed support.