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Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

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This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care took place on 16 December 2020. It featured artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom were at that time BAK Fellows [1]. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care. The roundtable’s contributors work in creative, insurgent, and strategic ways in the realms of housing rights, migrant justice, feminist alliance, strengthening local communities, and on several other fronts. These efforts directly address people and systems in the Netherlands, while reverberating to struggles beyond. The discussion also engages with means of working together as collectives, cooperatives, and interdependent structures to forge coalitional ties across different priorities and populations. 

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II takes place within BAK’s online forum, Prospections. The first focus of the forum, Tactical Solidarities, launched in May 2020, offers examples of practical and creative solidarity frameworks, considering what these have looked like in the past, and what they are becoming. Read more about the forum and these issues here [2].

Participants: Yasmin Ahmed (Revolutionaire Eenheid, International Women’s Alliance); Gerardo Gomez Tonda, Charli Herrington, Gizem Üstüner, and M.C. Julie Yu (Mutual Support Platform and No. More. Later.); Shay Raviv and Ana Bajt (De Voorkamer), Mitchy Mallorca Saturay (Migrante Utrecht, Linangan Willem Geertman Art and Culture Network). Moderated by Rachael Rakes (Curator of Public Practice, BAK)