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Apr 3, 20

This Is America #112: Choosing Sides, Getting Organized

Welcome, to This Is America, April 3rd, 2020.

In this episode we present interviews with someone involved in Reclaiming Our Homes, a group of formerly homeless families who have occupying vacant housing owned by CalTrans in Southern California. For more information on their struggle, see our report here.

We then speak to a member of the Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective in the Pacific Northwest, about how they are mobilizing to provide support and free groceries to working-class school children and families in the midst of the pandemic and economic meltdown.

TMAC Grocery Outreach

Update: we are out of supplies. 101 families fed. See you next week, Tacoma! Mutual Aid is for the children. Week 2, Student Grocery OutreachWe'll be here from 10am-12pm or until we run out. Just drive up.

Posted by Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective – TMAC on Saturday, March 21, 2020


Lastly, we speak with a worker from Whole Foods involved in Whole Worker, a self-organized group of employees who are fighting for better pay and conditions on the job and in the wake of the outbreak, launched a strike last week.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting

  • Mutual aid initiatives continue full steam ahead. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, members of the Socialist Rifle Association and Industrial Workers of the World have opened up a physical space where they are distributing groceries and medical supplies. In Gainesville, Florida and Tucson, Arizona, comrades are feeding hundreds of  people through various free grocery programs. Be sure to check out our ever growing list of mutual aid projects, located here, which is updated daily.

  • And, if you haven’t check it out yet, we have a roundup of rent strike activity across the US and Canada. In short, thousands of people came out publicly on April 1st as part of the strike. Homes, apartment complexes, and whole buildings are pushing back against landlords, and tens of thousands who are not only not paying rent, but also are linking up with autonomous tenant organizations.

  • Lastly, be sure to check out our report on the growing prisoner-led push back inside US prisons and migrant detention centers in response to the coronavirus. Across the US, groups on the outside are also organizing ‘car bloc’ noise demos to demand that detainees and inmates be released. Be sure to stay up with groups like Oakland IWOC, La Resistencia in Tacoma, who is support the hunger strike at the North West Detention Center, as well as Never Again Action, which is leading noise demos around the country against ICE. Please continue to make calls and participate in phone zaps!

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