Welcome to the Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network! In these fast moving and uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone. This mutual aid network has formed out of the COVID 19 crisis, but we come from and honor a long history of mutual aid organizing that looks different in different places and at different moments. We believe:
- Everyone has something to offer and everyone has things that they need. No one knows everything but together we know a lot.
- Needing things is not a personal failure – we are living in a profoundly unequal society without safety nets. This is not our fault but we believe in taking collective responsibility for getting everyone through times of crisis.
- Every person deserves dignity and stability in their lives. No matter why someone is reaching out, we do our best to support them.
- All flourishing is mutual: individual well-being is collective well-being.
- This is an experiment, and we are flexible: learning from our mistakes, redesigning our systems as we go, and building our muscles of decentralized organizing. We remain committed to each other, even when we mess up.
- We have to trust in and fight for people we don’t know. This kind of work moves at the speed of trust (a learning from the Movement for Black Lives) and we choose to slow down, through urgency, in order to build trust and maintain accountability to each other and our network.
- Mutual aid will only get us so far– we are in solidarity with organizers making large-scale demands of our politicians for an equitable world. We are just one community in a long history of mutual aid committed to collective surviving and thriving.