The City of Chicago yesterday announced a $29 million contract with a company known as “Canada’s Blackwater” to run tent camps for newly arrived asylum seekers. Meanwhile, a prominent and effective alternative based in dignity and care had to shut down for lack of city support. This is their story.
Retailers have entered a full-fledged panic about organized looting during the holidays. But how much of that looting is real? And more importantly, who cares?
Mutual aid efforts during Chicago’s brutal winter saved the lives of many residents who were willfully neglected by City Hall and attacked by the police. The polar vortex mutual aid effort shows the importance of mutual aid as a site of class struggle.
Mutual aid has strengthened relationships and expanded our movement. Socialists should embrace mutual aid efforts as we fight for a society rooted in solidarity.
Mutual Aid work in this Chicago neighborhood is forging new communities amid the pandemic and the antiracist rebellion. Rampant interviewed the organizers for a window into their ongoing project.
Providing relief to food insecurity is going to take more than mutual aid and community gardens.