On March 13, nine days before the Corona related lockdown started in Germany, the Enough Info-Café closed for two months. On May 13, the Info-Café was partially reopend. We started a mutual aid project, which is still continuing today. But to survive these in times of Corona, we need to change our concept a bit and we also need your support.
From the Correspondent, an article by Zoe Smith comparing mutual aid initiatives in Argentina and the experience in the United States. A further contribution to thinking through mutual aid and anarchist politics…Continue reading The resilience and fragility of #MutualAid: #Argentina
Continue reading Anarchist Responses to a #Pandemic – The #COVID19 Crisis as a Case Study in #MutualAid
When central authority fails in socially crucial tasks, mutual aid, solidarity, and grassroots organization frequently arise as people take up slack on the basis of informal networks and civil society organizations. We can learn something important about the possibility of horizontal organization by studying such experiments. In this paper we focus on the rationality, care, and effectiveness of grassroots measures to respond to the pandemic and show how they illustrate core elements of anarchist thought. We do not argue for the correctness of any version of anarchist politics, nor claim that the bulk of this grassroots work was done with anarchist ideas explicitly in mind. Nonetheless, the current pandemic, like many social crises before it, serves as a sort experiment in political implementation.
Continue reading Charity machinery or revolutionary solidarity?
“… establishing, outside of all bourgeois politics, the solidarity of revolutionary action…”
What follows is a call to raise funds for those who have been beaten during the protests and have medical bills.Continue reading #GeorgeFloyd protests: Support the Jail Mutual Aid Fund
Continue reading Mutual aid in #pandemic times
The mutual-aid tendency in man has so remote an origin, and is so deeply interwoven with all the past evolution of the human race, that it has been maintained by mankind up to the present time, notwithstanding all vicissitudes of history. It was chiefly evolved during periods of peace and prosperity; but when even the greatest calamities befell men — when whole countries were laid waste by wars, and whole populations were decimated by misery, or groaned under the yoke of tyranny — the same tendency continued to live in the villages and among the poorer classes in the towns; it still kept them together, and in the long run it reacted even upon those ruling, fighting, and devastating minorities which dismissed it as sentimental nonsense. And whenever mankind had to work out a new social organization, adapted to a new phase of development, its constructive genius always drew the elements and the inspiration for the new departure from that same ever-living tendency. New economical and social institutions, in so far as they were a creation of the masses, new ethical systems, and new religions, all have originated from the same source, and the ethical progress of our race, viewed in its broad lines, appears as a gradual extension of the mutual-aid principles from the tribe to always larger and larger agglomerations, so as to finally embrace one day the whole of mankind, without respect to its diverse creeds, languages, and races.Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
Wuppertal. Germany. A fourth statement by some of the Enough Info-Café in times of the coronavirus. As expected not everybody liked our previous statement. But that wasn’t really surprising. In the past week we started a mutual aid project with the Cars of Hope collective and it went pretty well.Continue reading About the Enough Info-Café in times of the #coronavirus Part 4: “An inspiring week”
Philippines are now on it’s two months of Enhanced Community Quarantine (Lockdown). And, yet some local government unit extended it till May 30 but we expect that it will be extend it further because until now we didn’t experience mass testing in different communities.Continue reading #Philippines: Mutual Aid Action To Fight #Covid19 Pandemic
Reading Kropotkin‘s classic “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution” from 1902, in times of the coronavirus.Continue reading Peter Kropotkin – Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
On the 24 the of February, at least 27 vans from different places will reach Exarchia, Athens, to support self organized initiatives that are facing the consequences of austerity for years.Continue reading #Brussels: Solidarity convoy to #Athens, #Exarchia