Last year, It’s Going Down along with CrimethInc. and many others called for a week of action in solidarity with #J20 defendants and moreover, for the revolutionary autonomous movement to discuss the path ahead. The response to the call was phenomenal, with people organizing everything from conferences, to block parties, to film showings, and benefit events.
This year we are pushing for a week of events around the idea of expanding, supporting, and deepening mutual aid, resilience, and autonomous infrastructure projects. Echoing our comrades at Mutual Aid Disaster Relief who are also endorsing this call, this is not a call for charity – but mutual aid. And, beyond simply pushing for the sharing of resources, to imagine new survival and infrastructure projects as a direct intervention against the crisis of capitalist civilization. This is also not a call to ‘stop’ fighting and ‘instead’ build; our ability to resist is made possible by our degree of autonomy and infrastructure, and vice versa. We ask – what would it mean to attack the legitimacy of the State and capital – by meeting our own needs, directly, and on our own terms.
Across our territories and the wide variety of organizations, spaces, crews, affinities, networks, and unions that comprise our movement – many of us are already doing this work: from autonomous disaster relief, to community food distros, warm winter survival programs, health-care and reproductive resilience, self-defense and firearms training classes, and also mobilizing supplies to send to the border and anti-pipeline and land defense struggles. #J20 is a call to expand, support, and defend these spaces, projects, and infrastructures. In doing so, we hope to become not only stronger, but also deepen our connection with those around us who are attempting to find a life within the daily struggle of survival under industrial racialized capitalism.
Along with our comrades from CrimethInc., Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and The Final Straw, we are calling for a week of action around the weekend of January 20, 2019. With the charges from January 20, 2017 dropped, we can focus on other forms of long-term solidarity and mutual aid, creating a fertile soil for future resistance and creativity.
Images from the #FeedThePeople event we held at #MaroonHouse this month where multiple pallets of food were given out to the community for free. In addition to that toiletries and winter clothing also were given out. pic.twitter.com/nTkP5UkjIq
— FCRCollective (@fcrcollective) November 30, 2018
Solidarity + Support = Survival
Two years ago, anarchists took the streets to open Trump’s presidency with a powerful act of defiance. January 20, 2017 was supposed to represent the dawn of a new authoritarian nationalism; instead, it marked the beginning of a new era of resistance. The actions around the US on J20 helped to catalyze a wave of direct action that prevented Trump from immediately implementing his agenda.
A year later, in response to the ensuing repression, we called for a nationwide day of solidarity on January 20, 2018 to support those facing charges and expand our capacity in the face of escalating far-right violence. Now, with the J20 charges dropped, we can focus on building capacity for the future. We’d like to see a nationwide week of action around January 20, 2019 to show that attempts to crush us only make us stronger.
This is a call to expand our movement and connect with everyone else who is being policed, automated, evicted, and displaced to the margins. The Great Recession never ended; despite “our” rulers trumpeting the success of the economy, most of us are working longer hours for less money, as everything from the gig economy to artificial intelligence renders us obsolete. Police, borders, and prisons kill, divide, and confine as hurricanes and wildfires rage outside our windows. Yet all of these crises offer us the opportunity to connect with others to create a better world.
We are calling for a week of action starting on the weekend of January 20 to promote survival programs, mutual aid initiatives, and other projects that meet the crisis of capitalism head on.
Many in our movement have already been engaged in this: confronting the opioid crisis, amassing supplies for the migrant caravans, mobilizing autonomous disaster relief, fighting gentrification and the housing crisis through community organizing, forming solidarity networks to take on bosses and landlords, building the capacity for self-defense through anti-fascist gyms, and coordinating health-care alternatives that don’t depend upon the caprices of the state.
The Somi Se'k Base Camp, a new indigenous resistance camp in so-called "South Texas" has just gone public. They are fighting the construction of Trump's border wall and organizing a network of sanctuaries for travelling migrants.
— 𝕄𝕀𝔻𝕎𝔼𝕊𝕋 𝕌ℕℝ𝔼𝕊𝕋 (@MW_Unrest) December 13, 2018
This is a call to support and expand these projects—to experiment with new networks and forms of infrastructure—to increase our capacity to intervene in everyday life in ways that point the way to a better future and connect us with everyone else who needs one.
Our John Brown Mobile Soup Kitchen served at least 50 individual meals over 3 different morning runs this week, ft. duck soup, cheesy bacon-potato chowder, vegan chili, homemade corn muffins and more made by supporters (thanks!), plus oranges, socks, gloves, and hand warmers. pic.twitter.com/jlf9fHEBhs
— Mid-Missouri John Brown Gun Club (@MidMoJBGC) December 1, 2018
In that spirit, here are some ideas for the week of January 20, 2019:
Organize Survival Assemblies
- Bring together organizers from movements resisting deportation, police violence, climate-induced disasters, the destruction of the environment, and other matters of life and death. We have to understand all of these as interconnected; our survival is a single common struggle, not many different individual issues. Exchange experiences and coordinate to support each other in the coming year.
Popular assemblies are spreading in the wake of the Amazon announcement! As well as the Queens Popular Assembly hosted by @BlackRose_NYC and @QueensAntiGen, @woodbinenyc is now hosting a Queens Against Amazon Assembly in Ridgewood. #BuildPowerFromBelowhttps://t.co/PQZ3baAnVh
— MACC NYC (@macc_nyc) December 11, 2018
Support Survival Programs
- Mobilize community grocery and food programs.
- Organize Really Really Free Markets: bring people together to share resources, clothing, and household items.
- Hold workshops addressing the opioid crisis.
- Support needle exchange programs and other harm reduction work.
RAM-Elm City is fundraising for legal support!!
Two young people, who witnessed the police execute their friends, are being held on trumped up charges and exorbitant bail to silence them.
Help them fight back!
Please donate here:https://t.co/Vvcra5HYLh pic.twitter.com/vdjADDQpHP
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) December 12, 2018
- Offer self-defense classes, trainings, and skill shares.
- Offer public herbal health and reproductive care.
Expand Hubs of Mutual Aid and Self-Defense
- Expand existing infrastructure in our networks to support community mutual aid projects.
- Hold a workday to clean or improve an existing social center.
- Hold block parties, discussions, film showings, and speaking events about how to address the crises threatening our communities.
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) December 6, 2018
- Host picnics or indoor collective meals.
- Organize community gardening or guerrilla gardening events.
- Support prisoner solidarity projects—for example, collect books to mail to prisoners or host a letter-writing night.
- Organize discussions about supporting land defense struggles, pipeline blockades, and tree-sits in your region. Map out supply lines from hubs where comrades are concentrated to nodes of resistance on the front lines.
Meet the Crisis of Capitalism Head On
- Discuss how to confront present and future crises of capitalism through self-organization, direct action, and mutual aid.
- Respond to the water crisis with direct aid and by creating infrastructure.
- Contribute to ongoing autonomous disaster relief in the wake of devastating fires and hurricanes.
— Carolina Workers Collective (@WorkersCarolina) December 7, 2018
- Support emergent struggles—for example, by aiding and fighting alongside a homeless land occupation.
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For Further Reference
Here are just a few examples of groups that are already doing this kind of solidarity and support work:
Mutual Aid Mondays in Olympia
We asked, you delivered. LAJBGC was able to send around $300 worth of supplies, non-perishables, hygiene products and shoes down to the border to aid migrants fleeing violence and encountering fascist and state resistance as we speak.
This is what mutual aid looks like. pic.twitter.com/3SSQ7kJRzy
— Los Angeles John Brown Gun Club (@LAJBGC) November 20, 2018
North Valley Mutual Aid in Chico, California
Save the Mattole Anciet Forest in Humboldt County
The Village in Oakland
Anti-Gentrification Free Store in Los Angeles
No More Deaths in Tucson
Support Dine Comrades Resisting Relocation in Dinétah
Our comrades from @FrontRangeJBGC had an excellent Free Store/Community Meal turnout in Colorado Springs yesterday.
— Redneck Revolt (@RedneckRevolt) December 2, 2018
We’ll be back in the park next Sunday. Support the Leimert Park Mutual Aid Organizing Committee’s Anti-Gentrification Free Store. This month’s Free Store takes place on Nov. 25, 2018 from 2 to 6pm and we’re calling it #SolidaritySunday. Fall through! pic.twitter.com/O9EWCofF5c
— Mutual Aid Organizing Committee (@leimertparkMAOC) November 17, 2018
Food Distribution and Opioid Prevention in Colorado Springs, Colorado courtesy of Front Range Redneck Revolt
Colorado Spring Supply Drive for the Caravan in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Food Clothing and Resistance Collective—Maroon house offering free food and clothing in Baltimore/DC
Teardown Community Free Food Program in Atlanta, Georgia
Really Really Free Market in Carrboro, North Carolina
This weekend we drove down to Enclave Caracol (https://t.co/M2DtGolfsb ) in #Tijuana at the US/Mexico border with collected donations. We worked out of Enclave Caracol with Food Not Bombs (https://t.co/93AEnkQCAB …) to deliver clothes and food to #AsylumSeekers #MigrantCaravan pic.twitter.com/Ro89io9oaR
— Shymal "SoyBoy" Raj (@shymal_raj) December 4, 2018
John Brown Mobile Soup Kitchen in Columbia, Missouri
A small slice of the produce on offer tonight at the Westside Free Food Distro: squash, zucchini, cucumbers, papaya, bananas, apples, blackberries, grapes, and more. Come through with a bag anytime after 730! 🥬🍏🍌🥒 pic.twitter.com/Y6vyxPBCks
— B r e a k a w a y (@Breakaway_chi) December 5, 2018
Gainesville Florida Movie Monthly Showings outside Prison—Gainesville IWOC
Support the Hellbender Autonomous Zone Tree-Sits—Appalachians Agianst Pipelines
Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement NYC – Book drive for Rikers Island
The book drive for people locked up in Riker's Island continues!
We need books about abolitionism & black resistance, revolutionary movements in South America & radical comic books.
Drop off: @TheBaseBK Saturdays 3-7, or during events.#AbolitionNow #NoNewJails #BurnThePrisons pic.twitter.com/hPMm3VUCtE
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) December 6, 2018
What Is Mutual Aid? courtesy of Big Door Brigade