The images below are from ‘Solidarity, Not Charity’: A Visual History of Mutual Aid by Ariel Aberg-Riger (22 December 2020, Corrected 4 February 2021)

Tens of thousands of mutual aid networks and projects emerged around the world in 2020. They have long been a tool for marginalized groups.

While many are engaging with mutual aid for the first time this year, there is a rich history and legacy of communities — especially those failed by our systems of power — coming together to help each other survive, and thrive. Here are nine examples from history.

See the timeline below for more examples from recent history. Click on the links to learn more.

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