Earlier this year, I did a Q&A with Andrew Barley and Ben Hirsch of West Street Recovery (WSR), a grassroots, non-profit organization based in Texas that focuses on community involvement and empowerment.
You can read the full Q&A from April here
At the time, they mentioned WSR and a few other grassroots groups in the area were working on a paper that would center the experiences of Hurricane Harvey survivors navigating the disaster response and recovery processes. Earlier this month, the groups published that report, titled “Survivors as Experts
.” In an accompanying panel that walked through some of the key points from the paper (I embedded the recording below), Mal Moses, one of the survivors, addressed a question about how journalists could do a better job of covering disasters.
“Let them see us,” he said. “Let them hear from us.”
So, for my last issue of the year, I wanted to do just that: direct you to hear from disaster survivors themselves. This newsletter will be off for the next three weeks as I prep for some 2022 changes and features (good ones, I promise!), and I hope you’ll take the time you normally dedicate to reading these dispatches to hear from Mal and others that shared their stories.