Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis

In times of crisis, when institutions of power are laid bare, people turn to one another. Pandemic Solidarity collects firsthand experiences from around the world of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid in the time of the global crisis of COVID-19.

The world’s media was quick to weave a narrative of selfish individualism, full of empty supermarket shelves and con-men. However, if you scratch the surface, you find a different story of community and self-sacrifice. Looking at eighteen countries and regions, including India, Rojava, Taiwan, South Africa, Iraq and North America, the personal accounts in the book weave together to create a larger picture, revealing a universality of experience.

Moving beyond the present, these stories reveal what an alternative society could look like, and reflect the skills and relationships we already have to create that society, challenging institutions of power that have already shown their fragility.

First North-South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, México City 2018 – Mujeres en Movimiento en la perspectiva ecofeminista: descrecimiento y economía solidaria en Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

El diálogo entre descrecimiento y economía solidaria revela una potencialidad creativa de cambios a nivel local y regional, actuando en la microeconomía por la vía del ecofeminismo. Tal experiencia señala la imposibilidad de que exista libertad, si los medios de producción están enganchados a cualquier forma de explotación, colonización o subordinación del otro, incluidas ahí las mujeres.

Decrescimento, agroecologia e economia solidária no Brasil: em busca de convergências

Resumo
Identificar as possíveis convergências entre a ideia de decrescimento, defendida sobretudo nos países do Norte, a economia solidária e a agroecologia no Brasil para a construção de uma plataforma comum de conversação é a proposta do presente artigo. Por meio de pesquisa bibliográfica foram identificados sete elementos comuns entre decrescimento e economia solidária e mesmo número entre decrescimento e agroecologia. Conclui-se que a economia solidária e a agroecologia no Brasil possuem elementos para se constituírem em espaços de convergências para uma plataforma comum entre os grupos que defendem uma economia de baixo impacto ecológico, “decrescentistas” do Norte e movimentos socioculturais do Sul. Ademais, sugere-se a análise de princípios e práticas de grupos sociais do Sul como orientação adicional ao debate sobre relações entre os dois Hemisférios no contexto do decrescimento. Por fim, são feitas algumas sugestões para se aprofundar o estudo das relações entre o decrescimento, a economia solidária e a agroecologia no Brasil.
Palavras Chave: economia solidária, decrescimento, agroecologia, Brasil.

Abstract
The intention of this article is to identify possible convergences between the concept of degrowth mostly defended in Northern countries, solidarity economy and agroecology in Brazil in order to build a common platform of discussion. Through the use of bibliographical research this paper identifies seven common elements between degrowth and solidarity economics and seven between degrowth and agroecology. It is concluded that solidarity economics and agroecology in Brazil have elements to establish themselves in convengence spaces for a common platform amongst groups that defend an economy of low ecological impact, degrowth groups in the North and sociocultural movements in the South. Furthermore, this paper suggests the analysis of principles and practices of social groups in the South as additional orientation in the debate between the two Hemispheres in the context of degrowth. Finally, some suggestions are made in order to deepen the analysis of the relations between degrowth, solidarity economics and agroecology in Brazil.
Keywords: solidarity economics, degrowth, agroecology, Brazil.

(By the authors)