It really does look increasingly likely, thanks to pathetic political posturing and point scoring, that we’re heading for a no deal Brexit with all of the chaos and disruption that will bring. Regular readers of our sister blog, the South Essex Heckler, will be aware that we think the so called, last minute ‘preparations’ by the government are a complete joke. We face being placed in a situation where at the grassroots in our communities, we’re going to have to rely on each other to pull us through the difficulties that could well be coming our way. We’ve already written a lot about this and intend to write more as the situation unfolds.

We’re not alone in arguing the case for neighbourhood solidarity and mutual aid at the grassroots. There’s this from Class War:

BREXIT CHAOS WILL GIVE ANARCHY ITS BIGGEST CHANCE TO WORK
Remember the scenes of chaos after the Grenfell Tower when local mutual aid came to the rescue after the state at local and national level failed completely to provide basic services. The same can happen on a much bigger scale as Brexit chaos takes hold. At a local level people should start their own emergency voluntary plans and start getting people together now. to plan for local services. CALL YOURSEVES a local name…Doncaster Community Defence or whatever…
THIS IS ANARCHY’S BIG CHANCE. GET READY.
WE ARE NOT IN THE LEAST AFRAID OF RUINS FOR WE CARRY A NEW WORLD IN OUR HEARTS.

Work from your block, close or street upwards. It’s about everyone looking out for each other, regardless of who they are or where they’ve come from. In a crisis situation, everyone’s in it together. Tell the reactionary divide and rule merchants who’ll be stirring things up for their own nefarious, divisive ends, that they’re not welcome in your community. Getting through what’s coming isn’t about the ‘survival of the fittest’ tosh – it’s about everyone working collectively to get through the situation. Start a foodbank for your street and get as many people as possible involved in it so it’s transparent and accountable. Look out for those in your area who are vulnerable – the elderly, disabled and the long term sick. Do whatever is possible to make sure that those relying on medication can get hold of it. Don’t wait until it’s too late – start organising and building now!

For the record, this is what we’ve already written on the South Essex Heckler blog about the issue of neighbourhood solidarity in relation to a no deal Brexit:

Brexit crunch time?
It’s getting closer to crunch time…
Neighbourhood solidarity – why we have to stand together
Prepare for a no deal Brexit
Neighbourhood solidarity and resilience

And for a longer term solution to the issue of securing at least some of your food in a sustainable way, there’s this:
Guerilla gardening… Just do it!

At this point we’d like to state that none of the working class Leave voters we know wanted the situation we’re now facing. What we don’t need at this point is Remain voters castigating working class Leave voters for the choice they made. We’re facing an emergency and an escalation of the slanging match between Remainers and Leavers will do nothing to help build the neighbourhood solidarity and resilience we need.

Lastly, whatever it takes in the way of mutual aid and solidarity to get us through the chaos and disruption that will come with a no deal Brexit should be seen as just the beginning. It’s time to take down the dysfunctional system that is dropping us in this chaos and build a new, egalitarian, just, sane and sustainable world.

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