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Mutual Aid Networks

by gmoke Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 02:51:03 AM EST

Mutual aid networks are being formed in the neighborhoods in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, and other communities.

My Nextdoor account (https:/nextdoor.com) is filling up with people offering help to others as MA goes into shut down.  Pause.....  and reset.

My notes on Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell:  The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, which shows how people often respond to emergency and disaster through mutual aid and community support but that "elite panic" is a term of art in disaster studies, are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/07/notes-on-rebecca-solnits-paradise-built.html

Cambridge Mutual Aid Network
Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network
Food for Free (for Cambridge and Somerville) volunteers

from State Rep Denise Provost
"Help Feed Others: These three Somerville organizations need volunteers to help distribute food during this emergency. All three food service organizations are practicing COVID-19 safety, which requires more volunteers than usual:
Contact: Lisa Brukilacchio at lbrukilacchio@challiance.org 
Food For Free ( https:
foodforfree.org ) is mobilizing a volunteer team via the google form below. They will be in touch with interested folks regarding opportunities as they arise:
Project Soup ( https:
www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/food-security ) is looking for volunteers to help at its community food center, and its food bank. It could also use assistance with toiletry drives, including diapers. Please contact: Ben at bwyner@shcinc.org or djacobs@shcinc.org or phone 617-776-7687."

These mutual aid networks are probably happening around your neighborhood too.  

More mutual aid networks?
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. don't understand the question? 0%
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Votes: 1
Results | Other Polls
No confirmed cases (attribute to casual contacts) in Baltimore City yet. State gov reporting focused on surrounding counties with peculiar emphasis on "imported" incidence--as if a hazard of international travel by the affluent. Begging the question of students' transience in this college town; local news detected suspect cases returning from Spring Break travel at Loyola U; JHU surveillance is a PR mystery, atm.

"Mutual aid networking" started up in Bal'more early last week by public school administrators who anticipated that the governor's "emergency management" messages, Bal'more City Hall power vacuum, and feckless hospitals' prep led by Hopkins Medicine celebrity stats left too much to imaginary mobilization.

Local media is just beginning to marshal PSAs and featured ad hoc neighborhood initiatives that will in due time weave comprehensive, volunteer services from the poverty of most residents. Bal'more is truly a city accustomed to volunteer institutions, b/c City hall has long been so thoroughly unreliable.


by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 01:57:57 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 03:14:16 PM EST
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Thanks.  I've passed these on to a friend who is currently homeless in Baltimore and called me last night.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 09:32:04 PM EST
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Was waiting on direction. Got some, but nothing solid. Slide me a little discrete info re: shelter/income boundaries, I'll pursue specific leads with informed contacts. Bal'more homeless predicament is a HOT mess and frankly is not now receiving urgent attention from City or state govs b/c of COVID19.

General: Mayor's Office of Homeless Services

Organizer of @unitedworkers (not a labor union) touched base late afternoon, with UPDATE on coordination of issue committees--fragmented by neighborhood--forming a political action (PAC) position vis-a-vis City hall intransigence. Inside city council just informed UW, mayor is sitting on a $90M slush fund and am so I irked now, I will not rest until #Baltimore has discovered every. pain. point incumbents have hidden until election day.

A 10-pt letter of demands circulate over weekend emerged today as PR. The overriding response to COVID19 economic adversity is securing from municipal gov existing housing and UI relief curing the working poor tenuous stock and dependencies. (Several HH fin solutions already packaged in Hogan EOs and Annapolis bill(s), that adjourned Fri. until further notice.) @unitedworkers facilitates "Fair Development" issues from affordable housing/land trust capitalization over the past 4 years to the Bal'more Zero Waste Plan, formally launched 9 March, to decommission Bal'more incinerator plant.

anyhoo, holla back anytime.

by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 01:42:08 AM EST
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I emailed my homeless friend the URL and told him to look at these comments.  We'll see if he gets back in contact.

Do you Judy Perlman, a homeless advocate who did some work in Baltimore over the last few years?

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 05:58:51 AM EST
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Mayor's Office of Human Services
city-owned shelters: full map, phone numbers, hours (servics legend); word is: all walk-in still operating, NGO at point of entry is prepped to screen for COVID19, but ...test kit availability unknown

client referrals

Health Care for the Homeless
Direct contact info, registration, resources

by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 05:39:43 PM EST
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Don't know J. Perlman. yet?

I cannot emphasize enough, Bal'more is populated with a lot of small, volunteer-based, community-action groups. Many are "single-issue", co-located with RRE, church, k-12 school, "NO SHOOT ZONE," or corp-villain-of-the-day. Ironically, it's difficult to meet ppl who identify any of these groups as political action committees (PACs). Bal'more gestalt is "healing." By contrast, of course, the machine has an entrenched donor-base to City hall. See Pugh, tears, sippy cup.

Social safety nets and social networking in the "real" is challenging personal and organizational work. Re-locating HH with employment is the most benign set of circumstances upon which to re-build or re-create mutual aid on which one has gratuitously relied.

I voluntarily moved to Bal'more in mid-'17, and my points of entry was a Poor People's Campaign chapter establishing NEW! to the world political ed, way too much "healing." Which is how I migrated into United Workers which has a better developed political ed/political action regimen to obtain PAC power. (I'm a New Yorker after all in search of rabble, not southern hospitality.)

anyhoo, this COVID19 civil emergency is another sort of once-in-a-100-years opportunity testing diverse assumptions. To be sure, expectations of US homeless and incarcerated are low, my contact informs: agitating  City Hall--which holds equity in diverse CRE--to commit hotel accommo for homeless singles and families by weekend. UPDATEs to follow.

by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 06:33:55 PM EST
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Attached doc.google list by neighborhood

by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 02:44:45 AM EST
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Total: 2
btw, the mayor's PR hosted by local news TV network is sketchy: one male, 60's (3/14), one female, 20's (3/16); disposition not publicized. The Loyola U. case (male, 20's) + 6 close contacts is excluded, suggesting BCity adopted MD state "imported case" accounting method? Hogan pulled that out in one of last week's confirmed case notice for MONTANA MAN, who presumably has not been deported from MD.
by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 07:20:08 PM EST
ooo, a baby CSSE. Doesn't every state have one now?

by Cat on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 02:47:19 AM EST
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MD Total: 85
Bal'more: 10 (local tweeters suspect more, based on ground/anecdotal tales from hospital workplaces. btw, 8 hospitals--private and investor-owned "medical systems", none HMO--with multiple facilities in city)

homeless safety PR
Organization finds way to help people in need amid coronavirus outbreak

[Catholic Charities'] Our Daily Bread has been able to serve 700 to 800 meals a day, thanks to an army of volunteers.

"They are our workforce. In the interest of protecting their health, we've asked them to stay home and so our nonessential employees who aren't working from home, in some cases have been redeployed to help with critical services," Collins said.

by Cat on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 11:31:44 PM EST
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MD Total: 190 (affluent, "epicenter" MoCo radiating "MoCorona Virus" to adjacent N-NE counties, DJT commuter-style, m'k.)
Bal'more: 15

Hogan-BC Mayor Young state and local news propaganda goes into overdrive overnight. (img spotted yesterday is believed to date from 2015 "riot")
by Cat on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 03:54:50 PM EST
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REUTERS twitterbait: California governor says 60,000 homeless in state could get coronavirus in next eight weeks | more mathematical modelling, Facebook notice --while L.A. and S.F. have barely broken with NYMBY barriers to tenant evictions, camp sweeps, or febrile affordable housing construction. 2008 MBS bubble/crash is still alive in CA, land of $450K middle-class HHs.

Newsom announces $150 million to address coronavirus risk for homeless people

Newsom said $100 million in funding will go directly to local jurisdictions -- including Los Angeles -- to boost shelter capacity and increase emergency housing.

An additional $50 million will be aimed at buying travel trailers and leasing hotels, motels and other facilities in an effort to provide space for those without homes to practice social distancing or be quarantined if they test positive for the virus or have symptoms of COVID-19.

With social distancing now the focus of the state's coronavirus strategy and about 108,000 Californians living on the street, homeless encampments present a significant problem for containing the spread of the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have released guidelines for handling the coronavirus in encampments and shelters, but cities and counties have largely been slow to act.
With social distancing now the focus of the state's coronavirus strategy and about 108,000 Californians living on the street, homeless encampments present a significant problem for containing the spread of the disease.

HUD interim guidance
prevention comms, cost shifting to "community-wide" public/private groups, no tangible supplies
CDC interim guidance
by Cat on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 01:51:02 AM EST
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Both BBC and PBS news did stories on homeless and corona yesterday.  My housemate works the Monday homeless lunch in downtown Boston at the Episcopal Cathedral.  They seem to be the only hot meal for the homeless still operating.  We'll see what happens next Monday but this week they did three rooms of about 25 people each with 5 foot spacing.  Fewer people came than usual.

Shelters have also adopted wider spacing which means fewer available beds.  I think there's one shower now available according to one homeless informant my housemate spoke to today.

This is going to be hell on the homeless, as if they didn't have enough hell already.

Stay safe, be well.  Thanks for all you're doing.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 07:58:50 PM EST
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You, too.
by Cat on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 10:24:18 PM EST
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There it is. Now under the press corpse. Lit, as the youngsters say.
Mr. Mayor: Do more now to help vulnerable Baltimore residents during this COVID-19 crisis
by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 01:46:54 AM EST
Meanwhile in man-bun country, model stronghold of US Democratic Party oppo to #TrumpVirus from Bay Area to LA ...

by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 01:52:05 AM EST
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