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Message to Membership: Mutual Aid in the Milestone Community
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Mutual Aid in the Milestone Community

Hello Milestone Members (students, families, staff, and Friends)!

We often talk about our school as a “learning community” -- this is both a reality, and also an aspiration. We rely on each other all the time to make our school work -- and we can also be more intentional about creating the culture we want to pervade and surround our school.

With that in mind, we are very happy to inform you about the Mutual Aid Project with the Milestone membership. Here’s the idea…

With this Project, we aim to address two goals:

  1. Help members meet their self-identified, short-term needs, as an act of community-building and shared care.
  2. Establishing a set of practices and values around which a larger Mutual Aid Project can evolve and grow.

Here are the values we are committing to as we get this work underway:

  1. Solidarity, not charity
  2. Building relationships based on trust and common interest
  3. Reciprocity: “Never take the first. Never take the last. Take only what you need. Take only that which is given. Never take more than half. Leave some for others. [Take] in a way that minimizes harm. Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken. Share. Give thanks for what you have been given. Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you…” (borrowed from the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Kimmerer, 2013)

What does this mean for you?

Direct gifting is one small part of the Mutual Aid Project we are envisioning. In the coming year, the Educators’ Co-op will facilitate the development of a Mutual Aid workgroup from among the membership to evolve a thriving system of care and support for our community. We will all be stronger, healthier, and better cared-for the more we share and support each other.

Some details to keep the lawyers, accountants, and IRS happy:

If you have any questions about the Mutual Aid Project, please contact EC member Rick Hammes, who is facilitating the Project.