Mutual Aid on Lockdown
April 11th, 2020
This is the first episode of the Mutual Aid on Lockdown Podcast- a series that exists simply to address one question: How do we do Mutual Aid during a pandemic? In this episode, we’re joined by writer and organizer Cindy Milstein, and she shares inspiring and insightful stories about mutual aid during these difficult times. The energy and perspective that Cindy brings to this conversation are the perfect way to kick off a podcast about mutual aid!
Cindy Milstein is an anarchist organizer and writer long engaged in contemporary social movements and collective spaces. She is the author of “Anarchism and It’s Aspirations”, coauthor of “Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism,” and editor of the new anthology “Deciding for Ourselves: The Promise of Direct Democracy.” For the past couple years, Cindy has focused on doing support work for the J20 defendants and others facing state repression, touring extensively with her latest edited anthology, “Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief,” and co-organizing the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Currently, Cindy co-organizes the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking and its Anarchist Summer School, and is honored, when called on, to do death doula and grief care. We talk about ways to step into the promise of anarchy in the crisis of our current times, the need for deep grieving in our culture of unnecessary losses, and the history of Mutual Aid projects past and present including the Zapatistas, Black Panthers, and Underground Railroad, among so much more.