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Technical support for Chicago Mutual Aid Groups #204

derekeder opened this issue Mar 23, 2020 · 3 comments

Technical support for Chicago Mutual Aid Groups #204

derekeder opened this issue Mar 23, 2020 · 3 comments


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@derekeder derekeder commented Mar 23, 2020

About the group

Chicago Covid19 Mutual Aid is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the greater Chicagoland region.

Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable. Most mutual aid projects are volunteer-based, with people jumping in to participate because they want to change what is going on right now, not wait to convince corporations or politicians to do the right thing.

This breakout group, also is here to serve the technical and data needs of the network and neighborhood groups. All the work we do is driven by the needs and requests of the neighborhood point people.

You can read more and get introduced to our group here:

Group leaders

Nicole Lopez (slack: @ni_lo)
Matt Hoffman (slack:@matt Hoffman)

Current projects

Who we're looking for

Here’s a list of the kinds of things that we do:

  • Website set up, maintenance, and domain management
  • Digital security, secure communications
  • Selecting and choosing tech vendors
  • Slack administration & onboarding
  • Setting up spreadsheets and databases
  • Automations and integrations like getting new form submissions to notify a Slack channel, etc.
  • Data entry, data analysis
  • Prototyping more advanced solutions
  • Keeping an eye out for shared problems across neighborhoods/areas and existing reusable solutions

Chi Hack Night slack channel



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@lorenanicole lorenanicole commented Mar 25, 2020

You want people to reach out to these mutual aid groups and report back what needs they have I take it?


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@derekeder derekeder commented Mar 25, 2020

hey @lorenanicole! Update on this project - the mutual aid groups I have listed have already connected to each other and we are in contact with them. Pop in to our slack - things are moving there! #chi_hack_night_tech_support


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@easherma easherma commented Apr 8, 2020

I am doing very similar work atm regarding putting resources up onto a website so I’d be interested to hear more about those plans! Maybe we can collaborate.

I haven’t looked at the code for this project yet but it but it also looked like a promising proof of concept:

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