11 episodes

This entire podcast exists simply to address one question:
How do we do mutual aid during a pandemic?

You know? Like, how do we organize during a time when we can’t even see one another in person? How are people building social power and social movements in these unprecedented circumstances?
The purpose of this podcast is to hear from many different people about how they’re answering that question and what lessons they’re learning along the way.
This podcast is meant to be a resource that doesn't require you to sit in front of a screen- listen to it while taking a walk!

Mutual Aid on Lockdown Ciro Carrillo

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This entire podcast exists simply to address one question:
How do we do mutual aid during a pandemic?

You know? Like, how do we organize during a time when we can’t even see one another in person? How are people building social power and social movements in these unprecedented circumstances?
The purpose of this podcast is to hear from many different people about how they’re answering that question and what lessons they’re learning along the way.
This podcast is meant to be a resource that doesn't require you to sit in front of a screen- listen to it while taking a walk!

    #11: Dean Spade on Motivation, Pacing, Building Capacity for Sustained Movements, and Doing Mutual Aid During A Pandemic.

    #11: Dean Spade on Motivation, Pacing, Building Capacity for Sustained Movements, and Doing Mutual Aid During A Pandemic.

    In this episode, I talk with writer and organizer Dean Spade about some of the more personal aspects of Mutual Aid work.   How does one go about finding motivation during a time like this?  And how do you know the best way to plug in to groups or projects?  And how do we pace ourselves while doing this kind of work?  Dean offers a lot of great insight into these personal aspects, and then we talk about the bigger political picture too: How can our Mutual Aid groups be working to build capacity for sustained movements?  How do we make sure our Mutual Aid work isn't just a flash in the pan? 

    Download worksheets for your group and other useful materials at Dean's website!

    www.deanspade.net

    www.mutualaidlockdown.com

    mutualaidlockdown@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #9: Grand Rapids Mutual Aid Network (GRAMAN) on Handling Cash Distribution, Representation, and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic (Re-uploaded)

    #9: Grand Rapids Mutual Aid Network (GRAMAN) on Handling Cash Distribution, Representation, and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic (Re-uploaded)

    In this episode, I talk with LaDonna and Amy from Grand Rapids Mutual Aid Network about the work they're doing in G.R.!   Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have worked with 150 volunteers, have given direct cash payments to over 173 families, have given away over $48,000 in those direct payments, and assisted over 245 families with groceries.   We have a great discussion about giving away money actually isn't as easy as it may sound, and we also talk about the issue of representation when doing work like this.  

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/GRAMutAid/about/?ref=page_internal

    tinyurl.com/ggrmutualaid

    mutualaidlockdown.com

    mutualaidlockdown@gmail.com

    (Ok, so this is a RE-upload, because first time I uploaded this episode, I accidentally uploaded it at double speed... oops!   Thanks Durham folks for catching that!)

    • 57 min
    #10: Ryan from Cooperation Long Island about Coalition Building, Working Across Differences, And Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic.

    #10: Ryan from Cooperation Long Island about Coalition Building, Working Across Differences, And Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic.

    In this episode I talk with Ryan from Cooperation Long Island.  Cooperation Long Island is a network of different Mutual Aid groups in the Long Island area, and it's so inspiring to hear what has emerged and what they've been able to accomplish by coordinating their efforts.  A great example of building social power through effective organizing!  

    Check out more at cooperationli.org

    www.mutualaidlockdown.com

    mutualaidlockdown@gmail.com

    • 51 min
    #8: Maggie From Cleveland Pandemic Response on Political Education, Working With Other Organizations, and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic

    #8: Maggie From Cleveland Pandemic Response on Political Education, Working With Other Organizations, and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic

    On this episode, I talk with Maggie from Cleveland Pandemic Response.  Maggie has been involved in Mutual Aid projects in many different forms, working with Food Not Bombs, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), and more.  We talk about the amazing work that Cleveland Pandemic Response is doing, and she teaches me about a very useful platform called recovers.org.  We also talk about the importance of Political Education work during times like these, and we discuss what Maggie has learned about how to work with Non-Profit Organizations in order to help them to support Mutual Aid organizing in an effective way.  

    www.cleveland.recovers.org

    www.neoch.org/cleveland-homeless-blog/mutualaidnpasks

    For more info, go to www.mutualaidlockdown.com

    • 48 min
    #7: Jeff Smith from GRIID (Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy) on Disaster Capitalism, Anti-Lockdown Protests, and Doing Mutual Aid During A Pandemic.

    #7: Jeff Smith from GRIID (Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy) on Disaster Capitalism, Anti-Lockdown Protests, and Doing Mutual Aid During A Pandemic.

    In this episode, I talk with Jeff Smith from Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID).   We talk about the ways in which the Capitalist Class (aka the wealthy elite, the billionaires, the top fraction of the 1%, etc.) is organizing to take advantage of this crisis to consolidate their wealth and power.   We also talk about the anti-lockdown protests that have been occurring here in Michigan, and their ties to right-wing political ideologies.   Jeff is doing an incredibly prolific amount of writing about these subjects and more at www.griid.org, and www.grpeopleshistory.org.   

    More info on the podcast at www.mutualaidlockdown.com

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #6: The MANY (Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti) on Navigating the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic

    #6: The MANY (Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti) on Navigating the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Doing Mutual Aid During a Pandemic

    In this episode, we're joined by The MANY: The Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti, which is located in SE Michigan.  They are a Mutual Aid group that was formed before the Covid-19 Pandemic, and they share the lessons they've learned.    They have non-profit status, though they are very critical of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.   We have a great discussion about the ways that this status can be used as a valuable tool, and how they work to avoid the problematic dynamics that often arise when operating a Non-Profit.  Many other exciting topics covered, too!  Check them out here! https://www.facebook.com/ypsimutualaid/  on on Instagram: @many.info

    • 1 hr 1 min

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