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Indy10 Black Lives Matter and the Indianapolis branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation initiated Hope Packages to provide direct aid and to build political consciousness and solidarity among the various communities across Indianapolis, but more specifically to provide aid to the deeply impoverished and unhoused, to build solidarity through action!
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: Building Unity Through Solidarity, 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; to build connections; because every person has a story and a struggle.
We launched the project in November 2020 and by the next month distributed our first round of packages. At least once a month, we meet to assemble the kits and then later to distribute them at various places throughout the city. Our services include not only distribution to unhoused neighbors, but also grocery drop-offs in our east side communities.
We continue to grow but can’t do so without your help! If you’d like to volunteer with us, or want to donate funds or materials, please click here!
We ask that you give what and when you can, that you help spread the word, and most importantly that you get involved! We urgently need to expand this project to serve the most economically and racially oppressed people across Indianapolis. Ultimately, we have more in common with the homeless person we pass on the street than we do with the billionaire in a high rise. Together, we will build a better world!