In this episode I speak with co-founders Xochitl Moreno and AshEL Elidrige. In the first half of the conversation we speak about Essential FAM as whole -- like the voids they are filling, how they built the partnerships needed to supply the resources, how they distribute the medicine, and then we start to talk about Cob on Wood, a community built with cob they co-created in a homeless encampment. It has a free store, free health clinic, kitchen, bathroom, and community events to empower residents and have a safer environment. We speak about the history of Wood St. benefits of building with cob, how they raised money to build, the impeding and rapidly increasing issue of homelessness in CA, why they are facing eviction and how you can help.
Living Earth Structures: Cob building company they collaborated with
Some organizations in the Bay Area that are engaging in amazing mutual aid work:
The Village in Oakland: Volunteer run grassroots non-profit organization and network of unhoused and housing insecure folks supported by housed allies.
Feed the People in Oakland: Group of community folks who provide hot meals, provisions, advocacy, and support for residents of homeless encampments when they are threatened with eviction or the theft of their property.
Poor People’s Bay Area Campaign: Movement to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.
The Anti-police Terror Project: Black-led multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.
Environmental Indicators Project: Resident led, community-based environmental justice organization dedicated to achieving healthy homes, healthy jobs and healthy neighborhoods for all who live, work, learn and play in West Oakland, California
 St. Louis Mutual Aid: Meeting Basic Needs Through CommunitySt. Louis Mutual Aid is based in St. Louis, MO. They are a network of organizers
 Looms of Ladakh: Women-owned Wool Textile CooperativeLooms of Ladakh is a women owned luxury wool clothing cooperative based in the H
 Fairmondo: Cooperatively Owned Online MarketplaceFairmondo is an online-marketplace owned by its local users currently based in G
 O+ Festival: Art for Medicine ExchangeO+ is a festival created in Kingston, NY to support the health of underinsured a