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The United States Has a Long History of Mutual Aid Organizing

Jacobin, 14 June, 2021. “Mutual aid networks cropped up all over the United States at the start of the lockdown, helping communities organize themselves in the absence of adequate state support. Those projects have a deep history in the US, especially within early organized labor. This isn’t the first time mutual aid networks have proliferated…

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What is Mutual Aid, Why it’s Important and How to Get Involved

Ethical Unicorn, 2 June, 2021. Feeling helpless and frustrated about injustice? Want to push back against corrupt systems in society? Want to create a better future based on community care and local support? Then I’ve got just the thing for you. I think many of us would agree that, when the dominant systems of oppression…

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Can Mutual Aid Withstand Pandemic Fatigue?

Free goods and services distributed by mutual aid groups helped vulnerable New Yorkers survive 2020. As the pandemic eases, those organizations are more needed than ever. New York is a crowded, loud, bustling city of 8.4 million people crammed into just over 300 square miles. In the past that has meant jam-packed subway cars, endless…

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The Usefulness of Mutual Aid Against Our Failing Government

One of the most effective ways to organize your community and eventually build power as people is to engage in what is known as mutual aid. Mutual aid can be defined as a network of people working together to meet the needs and improve the conditions of the community. While it may be confused with…

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Mutual Aid and Workers’ Power

Mutual aid has strengthened relationships and expanded our movement. Socialists should embrace mutual aid efforts as we fight for a society rooted in solidarity. Much of the discussion and debate about mutual aid occurring among socialists looks at mutual aid in a very narrow way. It is argued that the only way in which mutual…

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The Solidarity Economy

As mutual aid groups pick up the government’s slack during the pandemic, social justice organizations and funders are looking at how to continue this momentum. Ayear of the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions jobless, hundreds of thousands dead, and many turning to neighbors and mutual aid groups, instead of the government, to make ends meet….

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COVID and Cooperation in NYC: 2020 in Review

Covid-19 has significantly impacted all New Yorkers, but the worst impacts have been among communities that regularly face racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and classism. Low-income people are “essential workers” who must face exposure to the virus to keep society functioning, according to the NY State and NYC governments, who designate what is “essential” and what…

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‘Solidarity, Not Charity’: A Visual History of Mutual Aid

Tens of thousands of mutual aid networks and projects emerged around the world in 2020. They have long been a tool for marginalized groups. 2020 was a year of crisis. A year of isolation. A year of protest. And, a year of mutual aid. From meal deliveries to sewing squads, childcare collectives to legal aid, neighbors and strangers opened their wallets, offered their skills,…

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Mutual Aid Can’t Do It Alone

As the pandemic plunged millions into economic insecurity, the burgeoning practice of mutual aid has been vital. But we must demand much more. Since arriving on our shores this year, the Covid-19 pandemic has eroded Americans’ confidence in the ability of the government to perform its most basic functions. This loss of faith in the…

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