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CODEPINK Covid-19 Resources

It's beyond time to take care of each other — Love leads to Peace

As government officials across the country (and world) continue to enforce the idea of “social distancing” in order to prevent the rapid spread of Covid-19, it is local communities that have taken it upon themselves to instead practice physical distancing and social solidarity by helping each other in creative and effective ways. If there is any good that can come out of a pandemic, it is that we see cultivating our local peace economies can have a positive impact on the people of the world as a whole. Rejecting the dangerous surge in xenophobia and racism, and resisting individualism and other war economy ways of addressing safety. Taking the collective approach to staying safe in the time of coronavirus as an opportunity to practice interdependence, community care, resource sharing, and mutual aid.

As activists cultivating our local peace economies ...

  • What can be deepened and supported that already exists?
  • What can be built in response to this moment, something quick and temporary that doesn’t need to last long?
  • What can be started now that will be carried forward into ten years, twenty years, two generations and more?
  • Spend some time out in nature - physical distance doesn’t mean you have to stay in your home. Go for a walk or a hike. Go bird watching. Listen to the sounds of Mother Earth.
  • Check in on your elderly neighbors and those whose health is more compromised
  • When need knocks; answer with your open generous heart
  • Connect on Slack, Facebook Groups, listservs, and calls - who do you know that is isolated and needs to hear your voice.

Solidarity and cooperation between peoples have become a vital necessity for the survival of the human species, unlike individualism, greed, competition, isolation, chauvinism and racism that the dominant culture generates. 

We can build the future on solidarity and peace economies, but must be able to think in decades and continents, even while the next steps can be measured in weeks and neighborhoods.

We must grow mutual support, demand and take back a just and healthy life for EVERY one of us. The scale of the crisis is immense, and the official infrastructure is not designed for life but for death.  What we do locally, what we do together builds the future we desire. 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.  “So do I,” said Gandalf, and so do all those who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given.” J.R.R. Tolkien

How are you practising #mutualaid solidarity in the time of COVID-19?

Tools from our allies and partners on how to meet this time as activists:

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