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What is mutual aid?

“In its proper sense, mutual aid does not describe a program that provides unidirectional assistance for others the way a charity organization does. Rather, it is the decentralized practice of reciprocal care via which participants in a network make sure that everyone gets what they need, so that everyone has reason to be invested in everyone else’s well-being.” – CrimethInc

“From continent to continent, people have innovated and navigated through information suppression, governmental inadequacy and unpreparedness as well as supply shortages in panic-economies with global financial markets plummeting.  
Piecing together carefully constructed information on defending our communities, building bridges over access and info gaps for folks with differing vulnerabilities and sharing comprehensive information on harm reduction, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) resource building and responding with best practices is the radical solidarity being generated by folks across the world.” – Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

Resources:

  • Another very comprehensive guide with many tools and resources, is the Coronavirus Tech Handbook. Contrary to its name, it is not limited to tech things. It is in a ‘wiki’ format somewhat like Wikipedia.
  • The website of COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK, an umbrella group for a local organized efforts across the UK, has Resources pages for Local Groups and for Community in general, and also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. (There is now a COVID-19 Mutual Aid USA too, with similar pages)