Symbiosis is a confederation of community organizations committed to building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up. We are fighting for a better world by building institutions of participatory democracy and mutual aid through community organizing, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

Our approach is a political strategy of building dual power through these radically democratic community institutions that can help sustain our communities under capitalism, channel our collective action to fight back more effectively, and steadily supplant the institutions of capitalism to become the governing structures of the liberated society. As an organization, we aim to develop neighborhood councils in our communities and confederate them to upscale their power into the fundamental institutions of municipal authority itself. Through the creation of autonomous social services and mutual aid systems, we can meet people’s basic needs and allow them to become more fully engaged in political struggle, all the while developing community and pushing back against our social atomization. We have written a thorough discussion of this revolutionary strategy, “Community, Democracy, and Mutual Aid: Toward Dual Power and Beyond,” which won recently first prize in the non-student category of the Next System Project’s national essay competition. If you would like to learn more about our framework and our vision for transforming society, we recommend reading it as a starting point.

Our mission as Symbiosis is not only to organize such projects and institutions ourselves, but also to network and confederate with existing community organizations already doing critical work that can be the foundation of this broader political strategy—to join into a powerful movement capable of affecting the entire political landscape, as trickles into a flood.

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