Filed under: Anarchist Movement, Community Organizing, Disaster, Featured, IGDcast, Interviews, Radio/Podcast
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we present a conversation with two participants in the Woodbine community center located in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, New York. Woodbine is an autonomous anti-capitalist hub that when the coronavirus hit, began organizing relief efforts along with other local groups in the area.
Food pantry tomorrow, Friday September 11th at 10am, each bag has an assortment of celery, green beans, squash, tomatoes, apples, nectarines, beans, milk, pasta, rice, prepared meals, and socks. We distribute fresh produce Wednesdays and Fridays at 1882 Woodbine Street. pic.twitter.com/CMREUu93w2
— Woodbine (@woodbinenyc) September 10, 2020
In this interview, we discuss how the group formed out of, and was informed by, Occupy Wall Street, autonomous mutual aid organizing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Our guests go on to discuss how they built up mutual aid programs in the face of COVID-19 and the process around creating popular community infrastructure.
Setting up for the Wednesday morning distribution at 1882 Woodbine pic.twitter.com/yUYHpqEcYN
— Hungry Monk NYC (@hungrymonknyc) September 9, 2020
While this interview was originally recorded in late Spring, with continued mutual aid and COVID-19 relief programs being organized all the time and many people responding to climate change fueled natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes, this seems like a great time to re-visit concepts of building autonomy, community resilience, and asking how we can increase our capacity to meet our own needs outside of capital and the State.
Just got the 2nd issue of Free Ridgewood, in Eng & Spanish editions, featuring a Know Your Rights guide & interviews w/ neighbors Yolanda, Rosa, Elvia & Patricia; educator Odalis; Bikash from Nepalese Indian Restaurant; and Hannah from Rock Steady Farm: https://t.co/ouVsReDjl7 pic.twitter.com/LI11qRemoN
— Woodbine (@woodbinenyc) July 9, 2020