Oral History Interview
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Miguel Romero-Trejos is an artist and activist living in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Prior to the pandemic, Mr. Romero took part in the Coalition to Defend Lincoln Annex, which sought to prevent the sale of the Lincoln Annex School in New Brunswick. He describes being involved in local protests and organizing community outreach groups that changed course during the Covid-19 pandemic. These changes included the formation of a mutual aid group, consisting of members of the coalition, that sought to provide support for community members. He traces the development of the mutual aid group, from starting the initial Go-Fund Me to the distribution of funds and the factors that went into the decision making behind the distribution. He discusses the foundational ideas of the mutual aid organization in providing community-based support for those in need during the pandemic.