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You're about the enter the world of mutual aid. Good on you, and thanks for helping out. It's people like you, moving up to take on this task, that will help to alleviate the stress in a crisis.
If you're not sure how to help, or you're just looking for more information, this page has background info, resources and stories that will be useful.
STEP 1: REDUCE RISK
STEP 2: USE GOOD PRINCIPLE
When offering help there are two concepts that have to be recognised; power and control. These two concepts fit seamlessly with 'helping' and can be abused. This can lead to an abuse of human rights. Be guided by mutual aid by letting the person being helped have power and control to choose how they are helped. When you offer help, make sure you are leaving any 'ism behind. Ableism, ageism, sexism, racism, classism. Leave trans and queer phobia behind. When you help, be present for the person in front of you. Everyone deserves help without judgement or predjudice.
It is also important to remember that our work is not to cover up the failings of the existing political or economic system. Whilst we are helping and building new social fabric keep an eye out for how the system has failed so that we can change it later. The time will come for us to seek answers to the questions we have now.
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