ami mehta
︎ ︎


like the ruins we leave we behind after we’ve extracted all that we can from the land,
skyscrapers, once monuments of greed and exploitation, have become abandoned urban ruins.

years in the future, the broken down structures become the homes of hundreds of people,

who reclaim them and create a life of their own, free from the powers that forced their ancestors into


“We are in the midst of a biopolitical situation in which diverse populations are increasingly subject to what is called ‘precaritization.’ Usually induced and reproduced by governmental and economic institutions, this process acclimatizes populations over time to insecurity and hopelessness”
- Judith Butler

At the onset of the pandemic, we saw mutual aid groups rise and grow as a reaction to the immense precarity. These collectives believe in “Solidarity, not charity”; people who contribute seek to provide whatever they can and take what they need to support one another, and stepped up to help their community during the crisis. Though millions more people in the U.S. suddenly found themselves experiencing insecurity, it’s not completely accurate to say the pandemic put millions of people into a state of precarity. The capitalist structures that make up our society failed us because they were never set up to help us.

“Millions of people right now, for whatever reason, are unable to fully live their lives. If we’re comfortable with the way things are, then that’s not really accounting for these folks. The product of imagining something else is vital to our collective existence”
-Cornel Grey

At such a point of widespread precarity, it doesn’t make sense to try to operate within the structures that oppress us. The systems that stand were not made for us; they were made for the privileged and the wealthy. The best thing we can hope to do is to dream of a better future, dream of structures that don’t wear us down but elevate us.

What could a society based on the principle of mutual aid look like? Based on the values of supporting one another rather than competing against each another (for scraps)?


growth (agriculturally, spriritually, physically, intellectually)
*Evidence by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

healing (from generational trauma caused by capitalism)
*Evidence by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

self-work (to embrace difference) *Practicing Love by Dr Jennifer Nash

queering hate (voicing dissastisfaction when needed)
*The Affective Commons by Eric Stanley


to foster interdependence 

The method of generating entanglements enables people to depend on each other, to lean on each other, and to provide for each other. It can be messy, and conflicts are bound to arise, but compromise and negotiation are sure to follow.

to allow for healing

Providing people with a personal, comforting space where they can care for themselves can enable healing from generational trauma and the feeling of precarity.

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