VIRTUAL TICKETS | Members and Visitors Free
LOCATION | Zoom
VIRTUAL DISCUSSION: Building Community through Mutual Aid
with Arielle Goldhaber and Priscilla Andrade
We’re celebrating Massachusetts Civic Learning Week with a conversation about mutual aid. Community organizer Arielle Goldhaber and small business owner Priscilla Andrade will explore the concept of mutual aid, including how communities use it to build connections between neighbors and meet people’s needs. They’ll speak about the establishment of the Roslindale Community Fridge, how it operates, and the benefits it brings to one of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Arielle Goldhaber, core Roslindale Community Fridge member and community organizer, was born and raised in Roslindale, leaving briefly to study in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked in a variety of roles, from the Cambridge Arts Council to loan servicing. Currently, she works from home for GBH, and manages the Roslindale Community Fridge’s ongoing efforts. She has been with the Fridge since its inception in October 2020, and has been fortunate to come to know her neighbors more intimately through hardships and ultimate kindnesses shared by the community.
Priscilla Andrade and Adam Hirsh started Exodus Bagels as a cottage business in 2014 serving the Egleston Square Farmers Market as well as pop-ups in local restaurants and breweries. After a year at Commonwealth Kitchen, Exodus took residence at 2 McCraw Street for bagel and food production. In 2018 they launched daily service at a cafe at 3346 Washington Street, which they have since closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2020 they pivoted to their service windows at 2 McCraw, Thursday to Sunday. Thanks to the talent and commitment of their team, they’re able to produce and serve thousands of bagels, sandwiches, and sweets to their neighbors and friends. Thanks to said community, they were linked to the Roslindale Community Fridge in December 2020.
The Roslindale Community Fridge is a mutual aid collective working to provide food accessibility to its neighbors by building a local network of resources and community partnerships. This effort is entirely volunteer based and community run. They focus on educating their neighbors about mutual aid versus charity; the idea of sharing, not giving, changes the timeline of access to food and resources, and tackles the issues of food insecurity and food waste at the same time. The need for programs like the Community Fridge, and the need for community organization and mutual aid has not waned. The pandemic acted as a magnifying glass for issues like food insecurity, the need for diverse community representation, housing insecurity, stagnation of wages, etc. They hope to continue to adapt and become rooted strongly within the community.
Exodus makes hand-rolled, cold-fermented, and kettled bagels. They serve a variety of sandwiches and sweets made onsite at 2 McCraw Street in Roslindale, Thursday to Sunday, 8 am to 1 pm. The vision at Exodus is to provide a quality food, inclusive community, and equitable employment.
Massachusetts Civic Learning Week seeks to empower all of us to see ourselves as participants and changemakers in our democracy. The week’s events, coordinated by the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition, highlight the voices of youth and teachers.