It will be a long time before we know the full effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s already clear that its impact has been immediate and uniquely horrific for freelance artists, writers, and other gig workers in the US, many of whom read this site.
In recent days, those communities have gathered a number of resources for mutual aid. You’ll find some of them below, more on Twitter at #MutualAid, and we’ll continue adding to this list as we know more.
If you’d like to list a mutual aid effort on this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for gig workers and others who need aid
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hosting a call on March 18 at 7 pm ET on creating mutual aid networks in your own community. RSVP here.
This website has a list of local mutual aid groups in the UK.
Howlround hosted a panel featuring arts professionals (with a focus on theater artists) to discuss “shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.”
This is a list of resources for freelance artists impacted by COVID-19, including emergency financial resources and state-by-state legal help. It also links to helplines and mutual support networks in the UK, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. It also lists resources to help teachers whose courses have moved online.
It’s Going Down, a “digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements,” has organized a list of regionally specific mutual aid efforts, including LGBTQ- and anarchist-specific resources.
#Service2Service is a (both English- and Spanish-language) effort to connect New Yorkers working in the service industry or as freelancers with those who can offer financial help or other kinds of support.