Edgewater Mutual Aid

We are a grassroots effort aiming to provide critical relief and engage in mutual aid practices with the Edgewater, Chicago community.

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Lilly Wachowski

$2k USD since Nov 2020

2
Ambika Seshadri

$500 USD since Dec 2020

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Jimmy Rothschild

$500 USD since Dec 2020

4
Sunjay Kumar

$420 USD since Jan 2021

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Bruce Gingras

$400 USD since Oct 2020

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Sunjay Kumar

$384 USD since Jan 2021

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Josephine Ryan

$350 USD since Dec 2020

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Krishna Kulkarni

$250 USD since Jul 2020

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L. Gingras

$250 USD since Jul 2020

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Guest

$200 USD since Jan 2021

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Incognito

$150 USD since Oct 2020

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Claire Bowens

$120 USD since Nov 2020

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Gina Spitz

$100 USD since Nov 2020

14
Udayan Das

$100 USD since Jan 2021

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Neil A Hynes

$75 USD since Oct 2020

Organizations

1
Edgewater Mutual Aid Network

$15k USD since Sep 2020

Edgewater Mutual Aid is all of us

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Everyone who has supported Edgewater Mutual Aid. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Krishna Kulkarni
Admin

Total contributions

$250 USD

Radical

L. Gingras
Admin

Total contributions

$250 USD

Radical

Edgewater Mut...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$15,076 USD

(1/5/21) We've received over 8K in Venmo donations after a fire at the Wilson tent encampment. Transferring funds to OC in smaller sums.

Lilly Wachowski
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,500 USD

Ambika Seshadri
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

Jimmy Rothschild
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$500 USD

Sunjay Kumar
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$420 USD

Bruce Gingras
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$400 USD

Sunjay Kumar
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$384 USD

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Supporting our Houseless Neighbors

Dear supporters and comrades, Edgewater Mutual Aid (EMA) and the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM) have been distributing food/supplies to houseless communities in Chicago since the beginning of the pandemic. This...
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Published on November 24, 2020 by Krishna Kulkarni

Update on Transferring Funds from Venmo

We still receive donations to our Venmo (@EWmutualaid), so we are donating those to our open collective as Edgewater Mutual Aid. Recent donations like this were for $111 and $500.We appreciate Venmo for its ease of use and the ability to sh...
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Published on October 4, 2020 by L. Gingras

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

UBFM 2 Man Tents

by Randy Schlesinger

-$230.58USD
Paid
Receipt #31749

UBFM Gloves

by Randy Schlesinger

-$192.70USD
Paid
Receipt #31753

UBFM Sleeping Bags and Pads

by Randy Schlesinger

-$458.52USD
Paid
Receipt #31751

Today’s balance

$11,225.81 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $31,625.35 USD

About


The Edgewater Mutual Aid Network began as a grassroots, community effort to provide relief through a mutual aid model to those being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. We are an autonomous mutual aid network, not a state-based charity effort. We believe mutual aid to be one strategy that works within a larger movement to dismantle capitalism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy. Our mutual aid efforts attempt to address the multiple crises that those in our community suffer from, doing what the government cannot or will not. 

We provide weekly groceries, hot meals, clothing, medical resources and personal protective gear to those in need. We distribute necessities to the houseless in Uptown and Edgewater and we support them in the fight for safe housing. Resources are provided by our weekly food drive, local restaurants, grocery stores, and community mask makers. Organizing alongside other neighborhoods we’ve started to implement infrastructure that would allow anyone to access free wifi from most city blocks. In addition, we organize a neighborhood copwatch to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the police accountable for their actions. In our reading group and political re-education groups, we discuss and integrate the tactics of those who have come before us: labor radicals, prison abolitionists, underground abortion and community health clinics. 

We acknowledge the Anishinaabeg, Niswi-Mishkodewin (Council of the Three Fires): Ojibwe, Odawa & the Potawatami and dozens of other tribes as the original stewards of this land who were engaged in mutual aid practices and molded and cultivated this land that we now reside on. 

By calling our hotline at (312) 324-4278 or filling out the online form, neighbors in the community can receive information on housing, eviction and rent/general strike support, financial assistance and ask for support with food, clothes, medical supplies and personal protective gear.

Food, Clothes & Supplies Drive 

We are collecting non-perishable food, clothes and supplies for our community in Edgewater. You can drop donations off Saturday & Sunday from 2-4pm through 12/19/2020 at Edgewater Presbyterian Church at 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

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