Hope Packages: Struggle, Unity, Solidarity

Make a one-time donation, become a sustainer, or purchase needed items directly from our wish list to be sent to the Indianapolis Liberation Center for our assemblies and distributions.

“Hope Packages: Struggle, Unity, Solidarity” is an independent organization sponsored by the Indianapolis Liberation Center. Hope Packages, founded by Indy10 Black Lives Matter and PSL Indianapolis in January 2021, is a political mutual-aid program providing necessary aid to people who are struggling in communities across our city.

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We rely on volunteers and community support to keep Hope Packages operating at and expanding our capacity. That depends on the support we get from everyone and anyone concerned about our unhoused and homeless neighbors. Interested in supporting our project?

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Why Hope Packages?

Volunteers and members do not need to agree on each and every one of these points. But if you share our core belief that all people deserve to live dignified lives, we encourage you to read on to find out more about the project, our mission, and how to get involved!

Members of Hope Packages share one key belief: All people deserve to be safe and healthy. This belief entails broader political transformations, however. Our new 10-Point Program outlines a list of demands and a vision for a new Indianapolis that can be met easily and immediately realized to achieve this goal and address the root cause of homelessness. You can see the demands on this page and read the full 10-Point Program here!

1. End Gentrification
2. Build Public Housing
3. Make Housing Accessible
4. Free Education for All
5. End All Food Deserts

6. Make Housing a Human Right
7. Implement a Living Wage and Close All Loopholes
8. Expand Public Space
9. Protect Tenants and Renters
10. Fund Real Public Safety

PSL organizer Doris Jones, who personally survived homelessness multiple times and spearheaded the foundation of this project, put it best: “it is very important to help those in need who are less fortunate. These people have stories just like me. It’s important to stop overlooking those in need and start hearing their stories.” If it wasn’t for these services, Doris wouldn’t be the leader she is today.

Our class, many of whom are homeless, housing insecure, and chronically homeless need the essentials of life to survive day by day. It is essential to keep the momentum going by helping the poor as much as possible. This is not charity, however; it’s a project to build solidarity, provide political education, and raise consciousness and struggle by building unity across the diverse sectors of our class.

This is the same ethos the Black Panther Party had with their “Free Breakfast Programs” and their numerous (over 200) programs they called “survival pending revolution.” While corporate history presents these programs as merely providing charity, they were always also aimed at building alliances, creating unity, and raising consciousness.

Hope Packages is where the people of working and oppressed communities come together to assemble care packages to distribute wherever they are: whether commuting or running errands. Whenever we see a homeless person or someone in need, that’s our chance to give the person the kit, ask their name, and talk to them. We build connections because every person has a story and a struggle.

Watch our project’s initial launch and assembly

Indianapolis’ radical media outlet, Critical Thought Critique, covered Hope Package’s launch and first assembly in January 2021, capturing the overall spirit, purpose, and significance of the project.

It is our duty to fight for our freedom!
It is our duty to win!
We must love each other and support one another!
We have nothing to lose but our chains!

– Assata Shakur

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