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Cars of Hope on the war in Ukraine – First convoy in the last week of April

Some of the Enough collective will join the Cars of Hope convoy in Ukraine. We will publish a statement soon. Here is a press release of Cars of Hope.

Image above: War in eastern Ukraine. Archive image from 6 September 2014, 16:54 (04:54 p. m.) Image by Noah Brooks under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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Notes from Lviv in times of war [Ukraine]

I am writing this text on the night of 7-8 March in Lviv. This is the fourth year of my living in Lviv, and I met the war here. It seems that my whole life has passed since my mother’s morning call. She told me that “we are being bombed.” My life and the lives of everyone around me have broken down and will not be the same as before. But we will live somehow. I would like to share with the readers of Commons my observations on how a new life emerges in my city. I know that the next breakdown can happen even before I finish this text, so am writing quite in a hurry.

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Brooklyn, NY: Communique From The Gym Collective On Brutal NYPD Eviction Of Mutual Aid Hub

Report from The Gym, a mutual aid network in Brooklyn, New York, about the recent reclamation of a vacant property for use as a mutual aid hub and subsequent eviction by the NYPD.

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Support Lesvos Mutual Aid and Solidarity Network

Greece. Lesvos. The world as we have known it is currently being reshaped by a pandemic. This ongoing situation is being exploited to amplify existing inequalities, increase forms of social control by the state, close borders, and push through measures that would have otherwise been met with heavy resistance. Those already with the least before the pandemic–the poor, the elderly, survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence, homeless people, people struggling with addiction, and migrants– are now even more exposed, with fewer and fewer support structures still operating.

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Philippines: Pasig Community Pantry Network [Video]

Pasig. Philippines. In one month of Community Pantry Mutual Aid initiatives, we proudly created a bond and a network of community Pantry organizers here in the municipality of Pasig dedicated to support their communities in this time of Pandemic crisis. A friendship, camaraderie and togetherness bloom in difficult times and despair.

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Buting Community Free Shop and Pantry [Philippines]

Philippines. We are on our 10th days straight now of our Mutual Aid initiatives called “Buting Community Free Shop and Pantry” providing grocery goods, vegetables and foods to our neighborhood. At this day, we managed to repack for 140 people.

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“Mutual Aid Not Charity in the Philippines March 2021” Supporting Tricycle Drivers and Operators

Philippines. It has been a year now; people are still struggling economically specially the marginalized community. The government has no clear plan and support to those people in needs.

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Restructuring the Enough Info-Café: The struggle continues

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.

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The resilience and fragility of #MutualAid: #Argentina

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…

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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.

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