Direct Action Monterey Network is collaborating with local volunteers to facilitate a MUTUAL AID project.
We have been inspired by other groups around the U.S. and the world responding autonomously to the crisis of the pandemic. Like others, we are working to create new (and strengthen pre-existing) networks so we can all be there and show up for each other. In these moments of community crisis we must organize and push for systemic responses that will ensure that the most marginalized in our communities can survive, especially those marginalized by white supremacy, capitalism, and ableism – who will likely be hit hardest by the virus and the fall out from the economic collapse and lock downs.
Mutual Aid: In this situation, we are understanding mutual aid as a way for people to directly assist their neighbors during this crisis. This can be by picking up prescriptions or food. It can be by providing childcare or lending family board games. We all love our community, and as the state continually demonstrates its failings, we must step in for each other.
As well as volunteering our time and our love, we call for the immediate release of all people from ICE detention centers and prisons, rent bans/strikes, free testing and treatment, and universal health care. No one is disposable, and sharing resources based on need is essential.
Want to stay indoors but still want to help?
There are so many things you can do while still staying indoors. If you don’t want to leave your home, here is how you can still volunteer:
- Check in with people by phone
- Do research for people to find resources
- Lend board games, books, video games
- Translate aid request form into different languages
- Be a calming person who can call people experiencing fear and anxiety
If you would like to get involved with the project as a volunteer, please fill out the form above.
For questions about DAMN please email centralcoastdirectaction (a) gmail.com