In emergencies like hurricanes and tsunamis, emergency response centers exist to provide services like temporary housing, food, water and information. We want you to join us in re-imagining response centers to take on the real and pressing social emergency that we are facing today--from state-sanctioned violence against Black communities, to gentrification, violent ICE raids and rampant Islamophobia, privatization, environmental devastation, and more.
In 2017, we created Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs) to help people understand the moment we’re in, from all different perspectives. Co-created with activists, artists and community members, SERCs are temporary, pop-up spaces that help us move from rage and despair into collective, radical action. SERCs are continuing and growing—a people-led public infrastructure sweeping the country from Utica, MS to Atlanta, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Chicago, Orange, NJ, Hartford, CT, etc. They are popping up in homes, community centers, schools, churches and conferences. SERCs function as both an artistic gesture and a practical solution. As such, they aim to find the balance between the two, answering questions like: How will we feed people--and their hunger for justice? How will we create a shelter--where it's safe to bring your whole damn self? What will reconstruction--of civil society--look like?