Movement for Black Lives DC Resource Sharingis creating Collective Wellness
Organizers are critical in moments of crisis...In this moment of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been horrified, but unsurprised by the lack of a unified governmental response to care for the needs of DMV residents. This reality will only magnify the inequity in which we live every day, doing the most harm to people who already live at the margins of our social fabric: hourly and contract workers, people working in informal & gig economies, single parents, folks experiencing homelessness, poor and working class communities, immigrants with varying documentation statuses, people without access to health insurance, folks with mental health diagnoses, queer and trans people, and Black people and communities of color.
Here in the DMV, organizers from these communities are coming together to create systems of mutual aid for the survival and safety of their loved ones and neighbors (what is mutual aid?).
Support them!As with most community organizing work, setting up these systems is a labor or love. It is difficult, heavy, unpaid work being taken up by individuals who already carry so much.
We are asking you to support the organizers involved in DMV mutual aid efforts.
If you happen to be hit less hard in this moment, will continue to receive income during this time, have access to wealth, have access to paid sick leave, or have fewer familial responsibilities, please contribute financially.
Beyond the next few weeks...
Even when not in crisis, organizers are not paid for much of the work they do toward liberation. Many have to work multiple precarious jobs, rely on unstable grant funding, or waste time and energy staying afloat in other ways. They also tend to be incredibly generous people, sharing whatever resources they do have with their families and communities.
We believe that sustaining the livelihood and work of local organizers is absolutely vital in our struggles for liberation. Please consider sustaining this work into the future by signing up to contribute monthly.
Who is organizing this?Over the last year, the members of the DC Movement for Black Lives Coalition have been growing a local "money pot" -- people with resources put in what they can each month and organizers can draw from the pot to meet their needs. Over the last 6 months, the money pot moved $37,000 to local DMV organizers. In this critical moment, we are ramping up the money pot to cover local mutual-aid organizers who need financial support and encourage you to give big in this moment of crisis.
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