Talk:Mutual aid (organization theory)

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I don't have any sources to cite, so I can't keep this on the article page through proof; but in my experience, some groups seem to be mutual aid between charity organizations and don't form reciprocal community relations. They ask for volunteers who may get nothing out of the work and do not oppose the system that created the scarcity at all. Specifically, I'm talking about the Georgia Athens Mutual Aid Network ("AMAN"). "Athens Mutual Aid Network is a coalition of Athens organizations ... coming together to support the most vulnerable.... We aim to ... advocate for critical policy actions to address unmet needs."[1] They also rely on donations. Therefore, they violate a couple facets of anti-authoritarian mutual aid mentioned on the article page: "charity differentiates those who have from those who need" and "Whereas the charity funding model relies on the donations of rich individuals ..., mutual aid utilizes the resources available in their communities, often creatively seeking free supplies." This mutual aid between nonprofits rather than individuals makes sense if you know that the government also practices mutual aid; fire departments help each other and call it mutual aid, and when the national guard helped the Athens police, the police chief called it mutual aid.[2] Pittsburgh Mutual Aid looks similar to AMAN; it's "mutual aid", but it might not challenge the dominant paradigm. Ketef (talk) 10:44, 25 June 2020 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Open Letter". AthensMutualAid. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ Rawlins, Hadley. "Athens mayor, police chief discuss police actions during Sunday protest". The Red & Black. Retrieved 28 June 2020.