Filed under: Anarchist Movement, Announcement, Solidarity
Call to support a GoFundMe set up to help several Cleveland-area organizers get through some severe or chronic health emergencies.
The funds raised will be shared between various individuals and an organization to help them meet their needs and remain active in our movements.
Health emergencies and chronic health problems are increasingly becoming a part of our daily life, and we need to find ways to organize support and mutual aid not only for our movements to be inclusive but also to face the realities of an increasingly unhealthy world and an increasingly mercenary, poisonous, and exploitative system.
Some of the people being supported by this fundraiser prefer to remain anonymous, but here are the bios and calls for support from three of the beneficiaries.
Peter G just got diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain tumor. He is scheduled for a major brain surgery that comes with a lengthy recovery period, and after that will probably go through a program of chemo or radiation, and after that frequent scans because of the possibility of recurrence. He doesn’t have insurance and is reliant on financial assistance, which requires him to remain at a poverty-level income. Additionally, he lost his main job driving a truck because of the seizure risk associated with the tumor. Recovery from neurosurgery and chemo or other treatments will probably also prevent him from working over much of the coming months.
Peter had also been supporting a friend and comrade in prison, as well as a family member with chronic health problems. A part of his share of this fundraiser will go to supporting those two people, and any other funds that would put him over the limit for receiving financial assistance will instead go to solidarity campaigns, for people in prison or facing charges.
Peter is a lifelong anarchist writer and organizer who recently moved to Cleveland. His recent books include The Solutions Are Already Here: Strategies for Ecological Revolution from Below (Pluto Press), Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation (AK Press), and the scifi novella Hermetica (Detritus Books). He writes a newsletter at https://petergelderloos.substack.com/
Kaniku Nu’kezi is a non-binary nomadic freedom fighter and former protest organizer/strategist/public speaker currently based out of Cleveland, OH. They are multiply disabled, immunocompromised, struggling with Long Covid, and identify as politically MAD/insane. They have been dealing with food and housing insecurity and unemployment for 2 years (in part due to state repression and legal red tape) and need help getting to a place of stability. Their goal is to purchase a used, well running RV with their disabled partner so that they can expand their capacity for community organizing again and return to a place of financial stability that enables them to resume supporting numerous long term mutual aid requests from various Queer, Disabled Black and Indigenous freedom fighters, artists, and revolutionaries.
They can be followed @SoulAlchemySchool on Instagram (formerly @AbolitionActually) where they are preparing to launch a new multimedia zine inspired resource for values based personal development, spiritual growth and political education during times of social, economic and emotional upheaval. (You can look up media coverage of their former work including an interview with Democracy Now! by searching “Lilith Sinclair” which is their former public name from before they came out as nonbinary.)
Cleveland Pandemic Response will also be a beneficiary of this fundraiser. CPR, which began in March 2020, facilitates mutual aid shares throughout Northeast Ohio. Our cooperation is built on the understanding we are all interconnected and impacted by Covid-19. Cleveland Pandemic Response is a non-hierarchical mutual aid group mobilizing pandemic-related resources and information– food, masks, hygiene items, diapers, pantry boxes, reproductive and other health care items, and cleaning supplies– to families and individuals in the greater Cleveland area.