Mutual aid, isolation and the crisis: a few links


(by the Autonomous Design Group, for Living Rent)

A few links that might be useful for anyone else trying to get their heads around the fast-changing situation. To start off with, commentary from a few libertarian/anarchist perspectives:

Discussing the Covid-19 regime from a revolutionary working class perspective in seven steps (Angry Workers)

Coronavirus and the Ill Health of Capitalism (Anarchist Communist Group)

No Security in Times of Crisis (Plan C)

Covidnomics: Facing the Contradictions, Imagining New Worlds (Plan C)

Pandemic Demands and Mutual Aid (Plan C)

Lifting the Mask of Capitalist Disaster: The Coronavirus Response (Black Rose)

When Every Community is Ground Zero: Pulling Each Other Through a Pandemic (Mutual Aid Disaster Relief)

Against the Coronavirus and the Opportunism of the State: Anarchists in Italy Report on the Spread of the Virus and the Quarantine (Crimethinc)

Surviving the Virus: An Anarchist Guide: Capitalism in Crisis—Rising Totalitarianism—Strategies of Resistance (Crimethinc)

On Rent Strike against Gentrification and the Pandemic: An Interview with Residents of Station 40 in San Francisco (Crimethinc)

Freedom has also been doing a good job of covering the situation and the growth of local groups.

For general resources for local mutual aid groups, see Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK and the excellent guides from Queercare Network.

While the lockdown continues, and traditional forms of physical gatherings and so on are inadvisable, phone zap/email blast-type actions are likely to be one of the main ways we can act sort-of collectively. The IWW’s TEFL workers union has called for a coronavirus week of action, targeting institutions like the British council, Wetherspoons staff have been asking for support with their demand for sick pay, Parkdale Organize have called for a phone/email zap in support of tenants facing landlord intimidation and eviction threats, and given the terrible health conditions that exist in jails generally, there’s likely to be a steady stream of zaps like the ones that have been called for Santa Rita jail and Macomb CI in Michigan – keep up with the Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee or Fight Toxic Prisons to hear more about those.

Stay safe out there and take care of each other.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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