We can use this thread to post ideas on what we would like to see Cooperation Birmingham do during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They can be super rough and pie in the sky. I’ll start off.
Solidarity kitchen and distribution centre
This is outlined here: https://cooperationbirmingham.org.uk/solidarity-in-separation-we-need-to-be-ready/
It would need to be linked up with distribution networks all around the city. We’ve already reached out to some people. We need to make a list of all allied projects.
Advice line for people on Universal Credit, ESA etc.
Advice line for people having problems with work related to the pandemic, need to self isolate. Linked to unions.
Advice line for housing related issues. There is an active ACORN renters union branch in brum that many of us are members of.
Brum has a severe lack of media organisations that aren’t kind of crap. We should possibly consider making weekly or daily podcasts with news about what is going on with brum. There is https://brumradio.com/
If there is a total lockdown, people will be isolated and we should perhaps provide free educational and physical activities via live streams/YouTube channel. This could be yoga, strength trainings, feminist learning, books clubs, arts performances, discussions etc.