> In 2017, DS4SI 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? Read more at [DS4SI]( has helped support over 20 SERCs over 2017-18. Here's a diagram via DS4SI to help you imagine it! [![](]( ## The SERC Dispatch The SERC Dispatch is a collaboratively-written mini-newspaper based on [The Barnraiser](/the-barnraiser), a for the SERC at 2018's Equity Summit in Chicago. See our April 12th issue here: serc-dispatch-april-12-2018.pdf [![IMG_20180412_180210_533.jpg](]( [![IMG_20180412_180210_538.jpg](]( ## Resources Here's a worksheet for SERC Dispatch reporters: worksheet.pdf SERC-Intake-Form.pdf **** ## Past content This page was formerly used to organize the Somerville SERC in 2017; see [this page](/wiki/somerville-serc) for more info....

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