Rehearsing Solidarity – Learning from Mutual Aid

Mark Anthony Hernandez Motaghy (with CHMA and MAMAS)



  • Thick Press
  • 2022
  • 153 pages
  • risograph-printed; blue ink on white, blue, and yellow paper
  • 17.5 × 10.5 × 1 cm

This zine-book is an artifact of mutual aid organizing by Crown Heights Mutual Aid (CHMA) and Mutual Aid Medford/Somerville (MAMAS) from the beginning of the pandemic until early 2022. It contains transcribed interviews between Mark and mutual aid workers; the transcript of a conversation about food pods, convened by Mark (and sponsored by the Urbano Project) with members of the two mutual aid groups; an article by Lauren Hudson (CHMA member) about solidarity economies and mutual aid, reprinted from a digital publication by the Editorial Collective of Rethinking Marxism; and flyers from CHMA and MAMAS. The texts are interspersed with descriptions and reflections written by Mark, who has been involved with both groups. Important themes include, among others: solidarity, mutuality, needfulness, adaptability, and the role of technology in organizing.