Getting Involved

Interested in helping out? Below are some relatively quick and simple measures you can take to improve the lives of your fellow humans.

1) Donate to mutual aid groups.

Allston-Brighton Mutual Aid:
Mutual Aid Brookline:
  • Venmo: @mutualaidbrookline
  • CashApp: $mutualaidbrookline
  • Personal checks: Refer to [this page]
Cambridge Mutual Aid Network:
Charles River Mutual Aid:
Dorchester Community Care:
  • Donations (PayPal, Venmo): Refer to [this page]
Mutual Aid East Boston/Chelsea:
Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury:
Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville:
  • Donations (Venmo, PayPal, CashApp): Refer to [website]
Roslindale Cares:
  • Donations (Venmo, personal check): Refer to [this page
South Boston Neighborhood Aid:
  • PayPal: Select "South Boston Aid Network" in the dropdown menu on [this page]

Jobs With Justice [complete list] of Massachusetts Mutual Aid Networks:
Arlington, Belmont, Berkshires, Beverly, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lexington, Lincoln/Sudbury, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medfield, Natick, Natick/Framingham, Newton, Plymouth Area (New Hampshire), Quincy, Revere, Salem, South Shore Mutual Aid (Rockland, Hingham, Abington), Southcoast Mutual Aid (Fall River / New Bedford), Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, Western Mass Mutual Aid (Springfield/Northampton/Amherst area and hill towns), Waltham, Worcester.

2) Contact your state legislators on behalf of our working group.

First, use this link to find your state representative/senator:

FIND MY LEGISLATOR

Then, create an email with the following subject & body. (You are welcome to word this more strongly if your rep sucks.)

Email Subject:

Comrade Rosie says: Adequate mental health care is a right!

Email Body:

[Senator/Representative] [Recipient Name],

I'm writing to you on behalf of the Comrade Rosie Project, a collective effort started by members of the Mental Health Working Group of the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. We believe in the universal right to health care, housing, and infrastructure, regardless of ability to pay, and that mental health care is a right - not a luxury - for those of us who struggle with mental illness and/or addiction. You can find out more on our website, https://www.comrade-rosie.org/.

I'm sending you this message to present to you and your colleagues our list of asks in regard to individuals who struggle with mental illness and addiction, all of which members of the state legislature have the power to work for:

  • Non-911 emergency response for mental health crises

    • Require establishment of teams (similar to Boston's BEST team) to serve other counties

    • Funding for such teams replace funding for unnecessary law enforcement intervention

    • Crisis intervention does not trigger automatic incident report w/ police dept

  • Treatment regardless of ability to pay

    • Increased access to novel therapies (e.g. ketamine therapy, somatic/neurobiologically informed trauma treatment) & safe injection sites

    • Consistent DRT/MAT -- doesn't place undue burden on patients

    • Minimal co-payments for psychiatric medications

  • Restorative and rehabilitative justice

    • Assisted outpatient for, e.g. those who struggle with schizophrenia, bipolar

    • Substance use disorders treated as disease rather than moral deficiency

    • Continuity of care, support for healthy societal reintegration [stable housing, medical & transit]

  • Protections for workers

    • Anti-discriminatory policies

    • Investigations into allegations of harassment (sexual and otherwise) in the workplace -- without conflicts of corporate interest

    • The right to earn a living wage on a consistent work schedule

For many of us with mental illness and substance use disorders, our daily struggles are quite literally matters of life and death. We implore you, our representatives, to do everything in your power to help make Massachusetts a safer and more supportive place for us and our peers.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

[Your Town]


3) Visit the National Alliance on Mental Health [NAMI] website.

They have a simple table of legislative actions that you can take [remotely, from your device].

NAMI Advocacy Headquarters

4) Talk to us.

We love welcoming new comrades into our project. If you feel up to it, please share with us your experiences with the for-profit healthcare system. Even if you just want some help, we are here for that, too.
Contact us [here].

5) Share this website.

Please share this site with your friends, family, colleagues and comrades. We will continue to update this section with new action items.