March 17, 2020
Mutual Aid & COVID-19
Over the last week, you’ve probably gotten dozens -- maybe even hundreds -- of messages from companies, organizations, neighborhood associations, schools, and others about COVID-19. In this time of uncertainty and, frankly, fear, we are hoping to share resources from and across our network
Now is the time for Physical Distance to save lives, but it is also the time for Social Solidarity - to help us build and preserve the quality of those lives, as well as our collective power to build towards a better, more just future. Now is the time for us to stand in solidarity with those most immediately threatened by this pandemic: students, seniors, parents, and our sick and disabled community members.
Through mutual aid, we have the opportunity to resist our government’s push to monetize the crisis and ensure that human needs are prioritized over corporate greed. We’ve compiled a shortlist of resources we’ve seen come through the PSN Slack over the last week to share out throughout our list:
Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition created COVID-19 Mutual Aid list for students in Kentucky
UnKoch My Campus & others made a Student Mutual Aid Resource Facebook Group
Spark of Life Collective has pulled together a FAQ/Resource Toolkit
Several orgs were involved in organizing an Intercollege Mutual Aid & COVID-19 Response Group that will involve media work & a Radical Study Group for students, in addition to mutual aid efforts.
Here are some resources from our friends and comrades from outside of the Network:
Training for Change is offering a free webinar on online meeting facilitation
Comrades from across the country are building out this massive resource list of mutual aid and support resources from across the country into one centralized document
In the coming weeks PSN staff will continue pulling together resources and working to support cross-movement mobilizations to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, while serving as a liaison for those in the youth climate movement to situate themselves in this important work.
Please stay tuned to the Power Shift Network Slack, (where we just launched a channel specifically for gathering and collecting resources and mutual aid lists), Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds to stay connected.
Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time and if you need something, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at email@example.com
In love & solidarity,
Akilah, Dany, Hope, Nadya, Lena, Sarin, & Sierra
This list will continue to be updated as our members share new things. If you are a member organization and would like to add a resource, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.