Local & National Mutual Aid
Mutual aid is about directly supporting each other’s survival needs, while also fighting against the systems that produce inequity. It centers collectively providing basic needs to our communities because our government (and other institutions) are not meeting the need, and people are suffering and dying in the meantime. Providing new syringes, information about safer injection strategies, services related to infectious disease transmission, and outreach to encampments are all forms of mutual aid if we keep a mindset of “solidarity, not charity”. Mutual aid is a wonderful mechanism through which to provide harm reduction services in a way that centers autonomy and nonjudgment of all involved.