Mutual Aid: “When the system fails, the people show up”

Image shows a group of people packing supplies into yellow crates

By Eleanor Goldfield for Roar Magazine

Across the US, mutual aid initiatives provide basic goods and services while building community, resilience and collective power that could outlast the pandemic.

Mutual aid is an emergent set of ideas and tactics, but it is also nothing new. Mutual aid has been there when climate disasters hit, when winter rolls through and the unhoused are literally left to die. What was once a release valve for localized disasters and localized government failings is now a synchronizing global network of autonomous, decentralized and active solidarity all working within the same paradigms of panic and disaster — and all working outside the confines of a long-existing crisis of capitalism.

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