Mutual aid in Metro Atlanta area

We are regular people in Atlanta and Fulton county who have been active in various organizing campaigns, mutual aid work, and more importantly, in community with each other.  This is a result of love for the community. We are a collective of volunteers, not a non-profit. That means no overhead, every dollar is going towards groceries, supplies, and direct support

Our love for each other is greater than capitalism’s lack of effective planning. In Atlanta, we have created a Mutual Aid group, which aims to organize material support. Immediately we are providing grocery and supply deliveries. We are preparing to expand this to running errands, dog walking, childcare, caregiving, and mental/emotional support among people impacted by the pandemic. We are acting alongside those globally to show that our communities take care of each other and we also take care of ourselves. We can’t allow greed to guide our actions. We need healing love and compassion for one another

Let’s be clear, this is solidarity, not charity. In the absence of larger structural changes, such efforts will not be nearly enough and could burn out the people involved. So we are also supporting workplace organizing efforts, demanding paid time off, quarantine pay, etc. We know that undocumented communities will be one of the most exposed groups with the least government support. Undocumented workers frequently experience abuse by their employers and may not report their needs for fear of reprisals. We will prioritize those most vulnerable, those who are undocumented, disabled, elderly, houseless, BIPOC, queer and trans, and communities displaced by gentrification.

The direct mutual aid caring work involved in these efforts requires material resources, and those must be provided immediately by Amazon, Microsoft and other large corporations who have made the city prone to such a crisis. We are here because of years of austerity, and Big Tech regressive taxes. The housing crisis and systematic divestment of the state from the essential functions of service and housing, is a product of neoliberal, austerity measures. Big Tech and capitalism drove that. We don't need charity from them. We need big tech to payback. They should be transferring many, many millions, if not billions of dollars into such efforts so that neighborhood care stations can be set up with testing, food, and emotional support, so that houseless people can access housing immediately, and people can practice social distancing without losing their jobs or becoming houseless.

Where will the money from Survival Fund for the People go?

We are currently funding up to $50 (per request) for grocery / supply home deliveries per household.  

We will be directly giving financial support (via Venmo, CashApp, and Cash) to Undocumented, LGBTQI, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Elderly, and Disabled, people who are bearing the brunt of this social crisis and self-organizing.   The financial support we are providing is for our most vulnerable communities to use as an emergency fund as they are the most impacted during the pandemic.  We are chose to deliver the funds via Venmo, CashApp and Cash, because we want our communities to have the flexibility to use the emergency funds for what they believe is most important to them.  

In the meantime, we’ve been working tirelessly to coordinate donation based grocery deliveries and redistributing food from food banks to people’s homes, especially those who are sick, and more vulnerable. We have already helped over 250 families with donated groceries through an incredible outpouring of support from thousands of volunteers who have paid out of pocket for groceries and delivered individualized orders to people’s homes across Atlanta area

We know that mutual aid is not transactional nor hierarchical nor shaming, but instead life-affirming and reciprocal. It is not charity, nor saviorism, nor a shelter for capital. It is an assertion of self-determination and collective power. Mutual aid thrives when we honor the legacies of our ancestors who have survived, believe in our own creativity, and dig deeper into our relationships.

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