Mutual Aid Katarokwi /Kingston COVID-19
We are a project initiated by AKA Autonomous Social Center in Kingston ON. We formed to respond to a need we saw in our community to support those needing to self-isolate in relation to COVID-19.
Request for items from Unhoused Solidarity – April 2021
Thanks so much for the donations that have come in to AKA and also financially!! Some things that people need right now are:
candles (tall ones with long burning time)
Insulated pad for under sleeping bag
Old cellphones or tablets
Long outdoor extension cords
You can bring items to AKA at 75 Queen St up the ramp on Mondays from 3-7pm or Thursdays from 5:30-7pm (during Blue Heron hours) or msg MAKK to set up an alternative time. Money is helpful too. You can send e-transfers to MAKK at email@example.com and put Unhoused in the subject. Thank you!
Mutual aid is the belief that cooperation trumps competition when it comes to fulfilling each other’s needs. Mutual aid stands in opposition to the social Darwinian brutality of unfettered capitalism. Mutual aid is acting in a spirit of social solidarity through autonomous direct action, stepping-up and standing in opposition to the ruthlessness that the current system has set loose upon us. Mutual Aid Katarokwi/Kingston believes that we must simultaneously address people’s immediate self-determined needs for survival and organize for fundamental shifts in the way we relate to each other and the earth.
This is 100% a volunteer run initiative. We will do our best to meet the needs of those who sign up but please understand we have a limited capacity.
MAKK members are building a tenant solidarity network to build collective power against increasing evictions and landlord exploitation as the pandemic continues. The tenant solidarity network tries to approach issues of eviction and exploitation as a collective using different direct action phases depending on each unique case.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Donate via e-transfer: email@example.com
Find us on Social Media.
NEW: Community Gardening Space with MAKK
We are working on matching folks with unused yards/garden space with neighbours who don’t have access to space but are committed to growing food. If you have space you can provide or if you are looking for space to garden, please fill out this form and we will get back to you asap.
Mutual Aid Form Info:
This form is for folks who are offering or requesting support in Kingston during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fill it out! Be in touch! Act in mutual aid and help your neighbours and above all else stay safe! If you are able to use this form, please do so. If you cannot fill out the form, you can call us and leave a message at 613-665-2959 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred contact info and we will follow-up with you are our earliest convenience.
Please note that this initiative is entirely volunteer-run and we are limited in what we can offer, so we may not be able to meet all requests. We will do our best with our capacity.
JOIN THE NETWORK – FILL OUT THE FORM
Additional Resources and Links
COVID-19 Health Canada Infoline:
1 833 784 4397
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Public Health Kingston:
Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (AMHS-KFLA):
Crisis Line: 613-544-4229
Kids Help Phone:
1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868
Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
24 hr Crisis & Support Line:
613-544-6424 & 1-877-544-6424
Dial 211 for general information about public services and more numbers to call (i.e. library and community centre closures and crisis and counselling numbers)
Links with more information on staying safe and what to do if you get sick:
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Covid-19 info: https://rnao.ca/news/information-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Flatten the curve (lots of relevant info): https://www.flattenthecurve.com/
Article about Social Distancing: https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4
Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19: https://medium.com/@kittystryker/collective-care-is-our-best-weapon-against-covid-19-851e29568656
Keep Your Rent (a response to Covid-19 from Parkdale Organize)
Care-Mongering YGK/Kingston Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/621579155332412/