The purpose of this learning and discussion group is to grow our local knowledge about mutual aid, as well as our capacity to organize and participate in mutual aid efforts. It began in May 2020, in response to the needs surfaced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort is organized by Archive408, and open to anyone who is interested. To participate in the group or stay in the loop through our email list, fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
FIRST MEETING: TBA via email 1st week of June
The group will be meeting once a month for two hours to read, listen, learn, and discuss mutual aid as it relates to COVID-19, as well as local projects.
Roles: Each meeting will have one or two facilitators, a person assigned to do closed captioning (if needed), and a note-taker, organized on a volunteer basis.
Location: Meetings will be on Zoom
Readings & media: All readings and media will be provided via the Crowdsourced Mutual Aid 408: Learning, Listening, & Discussion Group Resource List. We will collectively decide which readings and/or media to discuss for our meetings. We will email both the date and time of the first meeting, as well as titles/links to the first meeting’s readings on June 1st.
Accessibility: For folks attending the meetings, please include your relevant access needs in the 4th text box of the sign up form. Meetings will not be recorded, but notes can be shared with folks who aren’t able to attend.
Archive408 is a web-based, living archive that collects, documents, and creates political information in/around San Jose, CA. Archive408 organizers are particularly concerned with issues of displacement, white supremacy, colonialism, racism, and histories of activism and corruption. Archive408 is autonomously run and is not affiliated with any organizations or institutions. We maintain the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Financial Solidarity Project, a mutual aid effort that allows individuals to make or fulfill requests for monetary assistance.
Crowdsourced Mutual Aid Resource List
As part of this effort we are collecting submissions to a crowdsourced mutual aid resource list. We will use this list as a jumping off point and resource hub for the learning and discussion group. If you have a resource to add, please do so HERE.