Linda Phan PO ‘24 argues that mutual aid centers the marginalized as organizers, creating a solution to the white savior complex posed by philanthropy.
5C Art for Liberation and the Claremont Student Workers Alliance have taken a different approach from other mutual aid groups on-campus and continue to grow as in-person organizing resumes.
Lack of action on the national level requires local communities to step up mutual aid efforts to protect the most vulnerable from the effects of climate change, argues Nicholas Black PO ’24.
NFAS began in response to a specific crisis: students wanted a universal pass grading policy for the spring semester of 2020 as a result of the then-nascent pandemic. Then, as student need became apparent, the group did a round of mutual aid fundraising before the fall 2020 semester, followed by another before spring 2021. Last semester, some organizers were unsure if NFAS would continue to exist past their graduation last spring.
Voting isn’t the only way to spur social change; those disillusioned with politics should turn to mutual aid, writes Gerardo Hurtado PO ‘24.