MUTUAL AID AS MUTINY
Mutiny is usually reserved to describe a particular kind of crime. Mutiny is a crime used to communicate the actions of someone who takes control of a vessel from the authority and steers it in a new direction. This deed is often done by surprise and with careful yet strategic planning. A mutiny is an uprising, a rebellion, a revolution. Still, in the context of this country's current state of affairs, it seems a mutiny is necessary and, at this point, required for survival.
America is a vessel whose forepeak points in a dangerous direction. The leaders seem unaware, completely indifferent, or incapable of making equitable decisions to protect those aboard. A vast space lies between those whose ancestors were kidnapped and forced to work and those who benefited from their stolen labor. As the wealth continues uneven distribution, our ship steadily sinks. The concentrated wealth is held by very few, and those who guard the gates have allowed a gaping hole to form from centuries of insidious actions.
There is a tremendous disparity between the wealth of Black and white Americans, and the gap is filled with all measures of obstacles and issues for the most vulnerable amongst us - BIWOC*. From mental health challenges to the lack of access to clean air, food, and water, too many suffer without a buffer. These "disparate times" are a call for "disparate measures." In other words, it is time to do things much differently.
A way to rise up and take control of this ship is through an action program called mutual aid. Mutual aid is a reciprocal support system where those who need help can get help from those who stand in solidarity with them quickly and safely. Long gone are the days when folks could afford to sit around and wait for someone to pass a bill or piece of legislation that will truthfully address the issues at hand. So impatient are the people with a government that lacks the awareness and urgency to make a difference.
No more will we sit around and quietly watch our neighbors hurt. We have formed an action program in the form of a mutual aid fund for womyn artists, authors, and activists.
It is no coincidence that the words 'mutual' and 'mutiny' have similar roots. Mutual means 'to change,' and mutiny means 'to move.' So it makes natural sense that when we work together, change happens as movements form. When we move collectively, we raise up not only our voices but our collective energy. We set in motion the energy needed to gain velocity, to build, to grow, to get strong, and ultimately to power up!
Join us today as we support our sisters across the nation committed to using their art, words, and wisdom for the mighty revolution ahead.
This is mutiny with love. THIS IS A PROTEST!
*BIWOC stands for Black, Indigenous and Women* of Color, including all those self-identifying as women* and deliberately welcomes members of non-binary and transgender communities.
This is for the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things much differently.
They don't play by antiquated rules and flick a finger to the status quo.
You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who actually do.