Mutual Aid

09–13 Mar 2022
Online, Online
In 7 weeks

Criminalisation & Risk
Care & Collaboration
Motherhood & Kinship

4 days of workshops, discussions and artists presentations exploring the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.
Featuring: Abolitionist Futures, Helen Charman, Eli Clare, Aura Roig Forteza, Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity, Kyla Harris, Peter Krykant, Carolyn Lazard, Legal Action for Women, Lou Macnamara, Hil Malatino, Not One Rogue Cop, Juan Fernández Ochoa, Daniel Oliver, Claricia Parinussa, Prisoner Solidarity Network, Nat Raha, Recovering Justice, Margaret Salmon, Dean Spade, Ubuntu Women Shelter, Mai’a Williams, Constantina Zavitsanos.
This project was developed by Arika along with a steering group of community organisers and artists from Glasgow and the UK. 
“Around the globe, people are faced with a spiralling succession of crises, from the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change-induced fires, floods, and storms to the ongoing horrors of mass incarceration, racist policing, brutal immigration enforcement, endemic gender violence, and severe wealth inequality. As governments fail to respond to—or actively engineer—each crisis, ordinary people are finding bold and innovative ways to share resources and support the vulnerable. Survival work, when done alongside social movement demands for transformative change, is called mutual aid”. 
Dean Spade - Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the next)
Join us to listen, chat and think together as we ask, amongst other things: 
How do we create durable movements to combat injustice, while also meeting the immediate needs of the people harmed by poverty, criminalisation, racism, transphobia, and ableism?
How do we think differently about criminalisation and risk, collectively working to find solutions to oppression, policing, incarceration and state violence?
How do mutual aid practices based on the lived and living experiences of people who use drugs help us to imagine the kinds of systemic change made possible when we prioritise people supporting each other?
If we follow Disability Justice practices that approach “care as an event” rather than as a "contract of exchange”, what becomes possible in how we know, care for, and appreciate each other? 
How do practices of revolutionary motherhood and queer kinship rethink, shift and radicalise care beyond the domain of the nuclear family?
Access Information 
Live Captions
All events will have live captions. This involves the verbatim transcription by a captioner of dialogue into text form as it is spoken live. 
When possible, this transcript will be available to download after the event. 
All films that are screening will have subtitles.
British Sign Language
All events will have British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation. One BSL interpreter will be pinned so that you will always be able to see them in each event. 
Audio Description 
Some of the events will be audio described. 
We are speaking to people who can best advise us on how to do this in early January, and will update this information once we have a more complete picture (later in January)  
Fund for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers
Support towards the cost of childcare, carers or support workers is available on a first come first served basis for those who need it to be able to attend any of these events. This is a limited fund that we will try to spread across different sessions.
We will pay you:
£15 per 1 hour session
£22.50 per 90 minute session
Unfortunately, due to high international banking fees, we can only offer this to people based in the UK. The money will be paid directly into your bank account or alternative arrangements can be made if required. We are unable to book childcare, carers or support workers on your behalf. Please make your own arrangements. 
To access this fund please email and let us know:
- Which sessions you need support funding for
- How you would like to be paid
- Your payment details
Fund for Phone Data Costs
Mobile phone top-ups are available for people in the UK who need it to attend the events. This will be provided at £10 per person, on a first come first served basis. 
To access this fund, please email and let us know: 
- Your phone company provider 
- Your contact details for passing on the data top-up information
Additional Access Support
If you require any additional access support not listed above, please contact us as soon as possible at and we will work with you to support you in whatever ways we can. 



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This project was developed by Arika along with a steering group of community organisers and artists from Glasgow and the UK. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who is contributing to this event.