Our faithful frustration of the economic disparities in Connecticut need not limit our efforts. We are aware of efforts toward political change. Are you aware of networks that aid people without reliance on political support? Mutual Aid is one such network. Mutual aid doesn’t concern itself with politics, except for the shared recognition that there are needs created by a political system that the political system insufficiently addresses. Mutual aid says, “I see a need. How can we pool our resources to help each other out and share the load? We have more among us than we might know and we want to figure out a way to experience the abundance in our midst.” In mutual aid, people are both the giver and receiver, but often at different times.
The Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell and the Rev. Whitney Altopp co-chair the Resource Pooling working group which plans to focus on Mutual Aid. We’re looking for ten people who would like to be on a working group with the ultimate goal of creating a tool kit for people to utilize when they see a need in their community and want to create a network to respond to that need. Mutual Aid networks are usually hyper-local. They are a powerful and inspiring way to change the economic experience of those within the network.