This week, we have stories about mutual aid and the many shapes and sizes it can take. You’ll hear about how people are stepping up to feed their neighbors and keep community businesses afloat.

What is mutual aid? Instead of taking a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to meeting people's needs, mutual aid enables community members to support one another directly. People work together on a grassroots level to provide resources like food, housing, and disaster relief to those in need. And mutual aid groups often go further – organizing themselves against systems that create unjust, inequitable conditions in the first place.  During the course of the covid-19 pandemic, mutual aids groups have sprung up in communities across the country to support those who have lost their jobs and are grappling with financial instability and food insecurity.

Further reading on Mutual Aid:

Black Womxn Exhale

Formerly Incarcerated Small Business Relief Fund

Find a Mutual Aid Network on Mutual Aid Hub

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