When I was a teenager, my parents prepped for the y2k crisis. Now I’m trying to understand what queer preparedness looks like in an uncertain time.
Many of the crises we’re being warned about with this new 6-3 conservative Supreme Court majority, including people not being able to have abortions, already exist — and so do the solutions.
Donald Trump has described Portland’s Black Lives Matter protesters as “sick and deranged anarchists and agitators.” But after more than 100 nights of collaboration, protesters describe the crowd as “the most welcoming and caring community I’ve ever seen or been a part of.”
“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.
This post is a living document. If you are looking to donate to vetted groups or individuals currently providing community care, we encourage you to use this list as a resource. And if you are looking for any variety of care – food, shelter, COVID-19 testing, or other organizing efforts – we hope these options will be a good starting place for you to find what you need.
“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.
Here are 6 ways to directly support your community with your government-issued stimulus check if you personally do not need $1200 right now.
We don’t know the answers to most of our questions about COVID-19 and this specific moment in history. But we do know this: together, we can take care of each other. We have no other choice.