The coronavirus pandemic is exposing systemic inequities we know have long existed. Decades of housing segregation, inequitable healthcare access, lack of community investment, and other economic and racial disparities have led to Black, Brown, and working-class families being hit hardest by this virus. Where elected officials have failed (to cancel rent, to decarcerate crowded prisons and detention centers, to make direct cash payments), our communities are stepping in to provide support to one another in the form of mutual aid.

This primer from Dean Spade and Ciro Carillo serves as a great intro to mutual aid, but the approach is simple: solidarity, not charity. Here in the 35th Ward, numerous grassroots and community organizations are stepping up to provide financial and general support to our neighbors. Check out the list below to see where you can volunteer your time and donate your funds, or where you can request support.

If you’re new to UN35, we encourage you to get involved by filling out this form. Doing so will sign you up for our email newsletters, which will keep you in the loop about our monthly meetings (virtual during social distancing) and other opportunities to take action.