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Proposal for an XR Covid19 Mutual Aid Fund

Xavier Damman

Posted on March 19, 2020

Beyond the health impact, we shouldn’t underestimate the economic impact and the stress it puts on fellow rebels. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue to work remotely and to continue to get a salary. That’s not the case for everyone.

Here is a proposal to take care of each other. Feedback welcome.

If you still have an income
Consider donating 1 to 5% of your monthly income to this fund. You can decide to remain incognito if you want, use your name or your pseudonym.

If you don’t have an income
Claim what you need between 100 to 1000 euros per month (maybe we should start with 100 to 300 euros and increase the amount with capacity).

FAQ
What’s the approval process?
When you submit your expense, we ask you to share the local chapter and working group that you are part of. Then ask another rebel from that working group to comment on the expense to vouch for you.

Do I need to pay taxes?
This is a mutual fund. You are not receiving money in exchange for any work. You receive the money just because you are a human being rebelling for life on this planet and because you need it. As such, this is not a taxable income.

Help us
We need help to manage this mutual aid fund. If you are experienced processing payments, if you are an accountant or lawyer with experience in this, please join our working group.

Feedback
What do you think of this proposal? How should we manage claims? First in first served? Do people need to justify why they need financial help? Do we prioritise some people over others?

Xavier Damman

Posted on March 26, 2020

A channel on mattermost has been created to discuss this: https://organise.earth/xrbelgium/channels/mutualaidfund

We have also created an open collective on https://opencollective.com/xr-belgium-mutualaidfund to start raising funds.

We will iterate on the process as we go, the most important is to get started.

Monni

Posted on April 7, 2020


Hi Xavier & XR Belgium!
In XR Germany we distributed the follwoing Call to action. We hope, that with this, local groups / affinity groups might start their own mutual aid systems.

Here the link to the word docs:
- English version (quickly translated with deepl and some correntions): https://orga.extinctionrebellion.de/s/N3BCKNXT53FAFrb
- German version: https://orga.extinctionrebellion.de/s/38RS4eSr7kxLakA

Here the english PDF: https://orga.extinctionrebellion.de/s/82BYSijz55zR7z3

Feel free to use these documents in your group, change them, add stuff, ...

And here the MM link to the Global Project Group working on supporting branches to set up mutual aid initiatives: https://organise.earth/xrglobal/channels/pg-financial-mutual-support-structures


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