As the coronavirus spreads across North America, communities are coming together in mutual-aid to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Communities on the frontlines of capitalism’s violence, including low-income workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, the houseless, and those who are incarcerated, are among those who will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and efforts to contain the coronavirus. We need all eyes on the frontlines.
In response to the coronavirus, community-based mutual aid groups are forming to support each other by sharing resources, running errands, providing financial support, and emotional care to each other. Today, over 30 groups have emerged to provide community-based mutual-aid in response to the coronavirus.
To find one in your community, follow these links and scroll down for a list of COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups.
- List of COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups from It’s Going Down
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources (w/ city and town-based links)
- ArcGIS map of global mutual aid efforts
- COVID-19 Resources for Students
While the Trump Administration and global elite botch the coronavirus response, set plans to push through an oil and gas bailout, and leave communities scrambling on their own, we must keep organizing for all forms of social, economic, and environmental justice. The only way to stop Trump’s plans to exacerbate one crisis with another, is acting up now.
Here are a few things you can do this week:
Ensure Safe Housing For All:
In this time of global pandemic, ensuring housing for all is more important than ever. This winter, Oakland moms took on one of the nation’s most notorious landlords and won. Yesterday, Mom’s in Los Angeles followed suit and seized their own house to try to stay safe during the pandemic.
Learn about their campaign and join a webinar from Moms4Housing Oakland and Bargaining for the Common Good network partner, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) about the successful campaign in Oakland that brought the issue of affordable housing and investor speculation to national attention. Register at this link!
Act in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en:
As we all take measures to address the coronavirus in our own communities, Rising Tide North America is continuing to act in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their fight to stop the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Our organizing cannot stop. This is when they’ll try to take everything. All eyes on the frontlines. All eyes on Wet’suwet’en.
KKR is in the process of buying 65% of Coastal GasLink. If we can stop the sale, we can help stop the pipeline from being built. While you’re home this week, take 5 minutes to tweet, email, or call KKR and tell them to divest from the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Don’t forget to sign the #ShutDownKKR petition. It has 125,000 signatures and growing!
- We cannot stop organizing. This is when they’ll try to take everything. All eyes on the frontlines. All eyes on Wet’suwet’en. #ShutDownKKR: http://bit.ly/stop_kkr
- After laying off more than 33K Toys R Us employees, @KKR_co is now coming after the Wet’suwet’en land with the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction. Rise up with the #WetsuwetenStrong! Tell KKR to divest from the Coastal GasLink pipeline: http://bit.ly/stop_kkr
Read the #ShutDownKKR: Get Your Hands Off Wet’suwet’en Lands! Toolkit for more information on how you can take action.
Advocate and Act for a Just Response to Coronavirus
For more ideas on how you can take action for a just response to the coronavirus, visit and read:
- When Every Community is Ground Zero: Pulling Each Other Through a Pandemic (Mutual Aid Disaster Relief)
- Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (Transformative Spaces)
- Calls for a Just Recovery Response to COVID-19 that Centers The Most Vulnerable (The Climate Justice Alliance)
City/town-based coronavirus mutual aid efforts
NYC United Against Coronavirus – Resources and Information (includes links to neighborhood mutual aid groups)
Vermont Mutual Aid and Other Resources Related to Covid-19 (includes links to local mutual aid groups)