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This Is America #113: Set It Off

Welcome, to This Is America, April 10th, 2020.

On this episode, first we speak with someone from Mountain Access Brigade, who discusses the “relaunch of a confidential abortion support line” in the Appalachian region.

From a press release:

Starting Sunday, April 12th, people seeking information and support about their reproductive options can call or text 1-855-888-MAB8 (1-855-888-6228) and will receive a response within 24 hours from one of our trained abortion doulas. Our line has been closed since October 2019 to allow the development and deployment of the second version of our proprietary communications software, Katie, and to welcome new internal structures and co-directors. While this launch is premature to the launch of our new website, we found it necessary to reopen our support line as soon as possible to provide remote care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this pandemic, we recognize that it may be particularly difficult for people to access in-clinic care. Our doula staff is fully trained on offering accurate information about self-managing abortion at home. Self-managing abortion with medication up to 12 weeks of pregnancy has very little medical risk, but some legal risk. We are prepared with information and resources to empower clients to make the best decision for their situation.

We welcome referrals from other agencies and opportunities to work together to further abortion access and decrease abortion stigma. If your organization is interested in an encrypted communications solution, please email [email protected] to inquire about receiving our Katie platform.

We then speak with two folks from Portland, Oregon representing both PopMob and the Rose Hips Medic Collective, who talk about the evolving network of mutual aid efforts in their city and their recent efforts to mass produce hand sanitizer for those living in the PDX area. For a more indepth look at those efforts, go here.

We then switch to our discussion, where we are joined with someone from CrimethInc. and talk about what lessons we can pull from the failure of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 electoral campaign. We then discuss just how far the political and economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus will go, and what this means for social movements, and the State.

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

Living and Fighting:

  • Speaking of strikes, the wildcat strike at the University of California continues into it’s fourth month, as student-workers continue to withhold grades. At UC Irvine, strikers held a noise demonstration and car bloc protest outside of the Chancellor’s mansion this week. A strike has also kicked off at the New School in New York, with students issuing several demands.

  • Autonomous mutual aid projects continue to flourish and grow – with more and more groups opening up and utilizing public spaces and infrastructure. Be sure to check out our list of autonomous mutual aid projects, which is updated almost daily, here.
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#mutualaid against COVID-19. Volunteer crew with Kinlani/Flagstaff Mutual Aid supporting Navajo and Hopi Family Relief today unloading 43,000 lbs of canned water. #navajohopirelief

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So grateful to have the opportunity to support Oly mutual aid. @commonstash @canoejourneyherbalists

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  • Lastly, in the past week, there’s been a flood of revolt across US prisons, jails, and detention facilities, as we’ve watched uprisings, hunger strikes, and full on riots kick off as prisoners fight back in the face of spreading COVID-19. To chronicle this resistance, we have started a new column entitled, OutBreak, so don’t miss it!

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