On pandemic solidarity
Carla Panico on Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 by Marina Sitrin and Colectiva Sembrar
The book Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis (2020) comprises multiple accounts of horizontal and mutually supportive self-organisation that have emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic in different places throughout the world. The book gives a voice to activists who portray how lives in the margins contextualised within the midst of a global pandemic activate networks of material, emotional and artistic support in efforts to overturn the competitive logic of neoliberal society. This review highlights how the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated mechanisms of exclusion and social injustice that are not exceptional but structural to the global society in which we live, regulated by the triad of capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. The forms of resistance to this crisis are not extraordinary measures of self-organisation: they re-emerge from a long history of collectivity, pre-existing resistance networks and uncompetitive sociality, which were already part of the political life of those who inhabit the margins – from Rojava to the P.I.G.S.
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mutualism, solidarity networks, Covid-19 crisis, care