With the situation going on in the United States right now sparked by continual police brutality against black Americans, I have thought a lot about how important our right to free speech and assembly is. I actually think protests are a form of mutual aid because it shows how communities can come together to demand change. A lot of times it takes protests to get issues and voices heard. Change has been brought about in our country since even before the creation of the United States. Change is sought all over the world through protests and marches. …

We have learned about many examples of people coming together during times of crisis or times of need to help each other in any way possible. Mutual aid comes in many forms, both big and small. In Kang’s memoir we see mutual aid in the simple form of treating someone with respect and accepting them into our own family community even if others treat that person with contempt. We read about people volunteering their time to reconstruct homes for those who lost their homes due to Hurricane Katrina. …

A couple things that Solnit’s description of a community coming together post-Katrina, Cooke’s reflection on COVID 19, and the Disaster Archipelago blog have in common are the lack of government action or support, the lack of foods and supplies during an emergency/disaster, as well as the countless victims left dead or in despair. Solnit’s article mentioned how President Bush stayed on vacation for a couple days after Katrina, Cooke’s article mentioned how schools in the UK stayed open until Prime Minister Johnson called for them to be closed, and the Disaster Archipelago talked about how the Japanese government would only…

Vanessa Tirado

UCSD HIEA 114

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