Mutual aid reflects the belief that we can transform our social relationships through solidarity and a commitment to the material needs of each other in our community. The Syracuse DSA Mutual Aid Committee recognizes and seeks to address this struggle through networks of cooperation that disconnect the provision of basic needs from the will of the market. We do this by regrounding the struggle of the individual within the collective struggle of Syracuse and its surrounding areas.We recognize the need to adapt to the specific forms of oppression confronting marginalized members of our community such as those who are poor, sick, elderly, disabled, undocumented, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous and/or people of color. By forging viable alternatives based within and responsive to our community, we can make a sustainable structure for class struggle and community cooperation that grounds our current political goals of establishing dignity and respect for all in the society we envision. Mutual aid is thus solidarity in practice; it reflects a democratic vision of a new world run by and for working people.
We meet biweekly on Wednesdays at 6pm. To join our meetings or subscript to our call outs please email us at email@example.com
Currently our Committee is working on 5 main projects/campaigns:
- 911 Alternatives Flyer and Online Resource (updates every 6 months)
- Covid Safety Kits in partnership with Cooperative Sankofa Cafe, Raha Syracuse, and more!
- Monthly Community Education – a Skillshare and Speaker Series
- A region-wide Mutual Aid Coalition
- Housing Justice Subcommittee – working with Syracuse Tenants Union and Syracuse Party for Socialism and Liberation on Eviction Defense work and other Housing Justice goals.