“There is something very powerful about direct community aid because it allows people to bypass institutional barriers and access what they need. There isn’t a Board of Directors or a group of powerful people controlling what to do with the funds. It’s just community members supporting other community members.”
I know that collective care is the future because it has made my past and present possible. We must acknowledge that mutual aid is not original—or optional—for chronically dispossessed people and therefore, always already political.
This incredible showing of support and care across generations makes us hopeful for what the future of the New York queer community will look like moving forward.
We cold-called and emailed hundreds of places, heart in mouth, praying for someone to be generous. And people came through, offering gloves, masks, and more.
“Nobody may come to help us in time; we are all we’ve got. We need to organize, quickly, online, and geographically.”
All people deserve the right to continue their education regardless of their ability to sit in a physical classroom. Accessibility should never determine a child’s ability to learn.
Participating in my mother’s diaspora mutual aid WeChat group helped me learn how far diasporic people will go for strangers sharing a common language when governmental aid fails.
Our collectives are here in mutual aid because we are poor people helping poor people. No charity, no hand-outs, just solidarity because we are all in this together building with our community. Being a Black dyke doing this work doesn’t feel like a stretch. That’s what we do.
“We want to create the interconnectedness necessary to build futures together.”
People are coming together around this thing we’re doing – and so many other mutual aid projects – and it’s more powerful and vibrant than almost anything I’d experienced in a decade of activism.
Our way is a commitment to long lasting change, to self-sufficiency, to inter-dependence and to creating the world we want to see.
Welcome to COMMUNITY CHECK, a series about mutual aid and taking care of each other in the time of coronavirus.