Newsletter #136: Mutual Aid Will Feed Us When the Economy Won’t

Hello Recompilers,

Issue #11 of the Recompiler is out! This issue highlights how technology is used in and has an impact on our relationships, dating, and family experiences. It includes contributions by Thursday Bram, Jackie Kazil, Courtney Milan, Amelia Abreu, Morgen Bromwell, and Lilly Ryan.


Mutual aid networks are popping up all over at least the US to help people meet the needs that the government and capitalism are failing to meet. This is a master list of US projects currently underway. The basic idea is that people come together to organize grocery delivery to people who can’t leave their residences, financial aid to people suddenly at risk, and community organizing to defend people from eviction and the like.

Slack decided to fire baristas just around the time its employees went remote, and those baristas were able to organize to get 90 day severance to help them through this crisis. Faith in our economic system is crumbling and this is a good time to organize for our needs.
(Lauren Kaori Gurley for Motherboard)

Data caps are starting to go away as more people spend more time online. Afraid of looking like the monsters they usually are, some ISPs are raising or eliminating data caps and more are likely to follow.
(Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch)


Live Like the World is Dying: Smokey on Urban Preparedness and Better Organizing Models
In this week’s episode of my disaster preparedness podcast, I talk with a longtime activist, social worker, and anthropologist about how societies adapt to dramatic change and how with better organizing models we can help make oppressive systems obsolete.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Parsing Parsers

Jenna Zeigen at JSConf Hawaii 2020 talks about what a parser is and how to build one in JavaScript.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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