The Cambridge Mutual Aid Network is a movement by the people, for the people. We believe it is important to state our commitment to uplifting the community through our values of:
Solidarity not charity. We are all equal in worth and profoundly interdependent. And yet, we are affected by the pandemic in deeply unequal ways. We believe our well-being is dependent on the well-being of others, and we engage in a politics of solidarity that, unlike charity, rejects power imbalance and embraces our shared humanity.
We do not tolerate racism. We recognize the novel coronavirus has led to an increase of racist language, harassment, and bigotry towards our Asian neighbors in Cambridge and throughout the United States. We do not tolerate hate speech or bigotry of any kind. Additionally, we stand in solidarity with our neighbors who are disproportionately affected by the virus due to existing systems of inequality.
We choose trust. This whole network is built on trust, many of us do not know each other yet we are all working to meet each other's needs. If someone is reaching out for assistance, we are choosing to believe them. We do not engage in means testing. It is a choice to trust one another, and one we encourage everyone to choose to do so.
We balance transparency with the dignity and privacy of recipients of aid. We take financial transparency and accountability as seriously as the privacy and dignity of recipients of aid. All transactions—both contributions to the fund and distribution to recipients of aid—are tracked in a public spreadsheet that does not include any personally identifiable information.
We believe individuals get to decide what they share. No one will ever need to prove or demonstrate their need, nor share information they do not feel comfortable sharing. Our network can facilitate connecting folks anonymously should anyone desire, and we will always check with you before sharing any personal information including email address and phone number.