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Mutual Aid Discourages Colonized Ideas

In the following I try to express why I believe Friends should do our justice work using the Mutual Aid concept.  Mutual Aid is far from a new idea, having been practiced globally for centuries. Christine Nobiss recently wrote truth … Continue reading

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What are your answers?

I’ve been writing about the many ways “the contemporary political moment is defined by emergency.” Multiple global disasters means there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know this. In the face of these emergencies there is a growing feeling of hopelessness. But … Continue reading

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Des Moines Mutual Aid and Black Lives Matter ask for help from faith communities

In this dangerous, bitter cold I think about those who are houseless. Des Moines Mutual Aid and other Mutual Aid groups in Des Moines, and Des Moines Black Lives Matter are responding in many ways as you can see below. … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid and Colonialism

Over the past several years I’ve observed and experienced a powerful confluence of Mutual Aid as a tool to work toward decolonization and antiracism. In the following I write about what I have learned about Mutual Aid. My objective is … Continue reading

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New website: LANDBACK Friends

As my focus changes to the concepts of Mutual Aid and LANDBACK, I just launched a new website related to these concepts. LANDBACK Friends There you can read “An Epistle to Friends Regarding Community, Mutual Aid and LANDBACK” And can … Continue reading

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A path away from racism

This past weekend I participated, via Zoom, in a series of sessions where mainly White Quakers heard presentations by an African American Quaker woman, Vanessa Julye. Her presentations, and our small group discussions were on the subject of Quakers and … Continue reading

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Study your assumptions

As I was praying to find another way to explain Mutual Aid to people this morning, I came upon this quotation by Idries Shah. “Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.” The reason I … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid and Black Liberation

As I was learning about Mutual Aid over the past year, one of the things that impressed me was in addition to work related to food and shelter, Des Moines Mutual Aid also manages a bail fund. I was glad … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid 2020

NOTE: I’m pleased that Andy Piascik gave me permission to publish the following story he wrote about Mutual Aid 2020, including Bridgeport Mutual Aid (BMA) http://bridgeportmutualaid.org/ Andy is an award-winning author whose most recent book is the novel In Motion. … Continue reading

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US Political Meltdown and Mutual Aid

Much has been written about the collapse of our political systems and the capitalist economy. This past year has seen the utter inability of Federal and state governments to even begin to adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of … Continue reading

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