SOLIDARITY Principles

AND PRACTICES

What are your solidarity values?

Take a look at the solidarity values and practices below, which are works in progress and starting points. Do they resonate with your individual and organizational aspirations for solidarity practice?  

  • We practice solidarity to bring about collective power, mutual liberation, equity, inclusion, healing, and justice for all people.

  • Our work on solidarity is rooted in understanding and acknowledging that the laws, practices, systems, and institutions in the United States serve to advantage white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and xenophobia.Through our work, we recognize that these systems and attitudes have paved the way for institutional and systemic anti-Black racism, the genocide, displacement, and ongoing mistreatment of indigenous communities; patriarchal and heteronormative policies that endanger the lives of women, queer people, and transgendered individuals; and laws and attitudes that target immigrants, refugees, and Muslim, South Asian, and Arab communities.

  • We practice solidarity with an acknowledgement that our communities hold multiple identities beyond race – including, but not limited to, class, language, faith, gender, sexual orientation - which can result in multiple experiences of discrimination and exclusion.

  • We practice solidarity not only externally but internally within our communities. Addressing anti-Black racism within our communities is a cornerstone of our solidarity practice and our resistance to "wedge politics" that pit communities of color against one another.

  • Our work on solidarity seeks to understand and integrate ideas from other movements for change, both in the United States and around the world, as well as from ancestral wisdom and re-imagined futures.

What are your Solidarity Practices?

  • Clarity: Our organization will express with clarity our analysis and framework on solidarity. This means that we will engage in a process of articulating our organization’s solidarity framework and practices.

  • Centering: Our work on solidarity is anchored in the belief that communities who are most marginalized must be at the center of decision-making about the conditions that will change their daily circumstances. This means that we will ask ourselves whom we are speaking for, and whether we are making space for our local partners and members.

  • Connectedness: Our work on solidarity moves beyond remaining in issue and community silos in order to explore and exemplify interconnectedness. This means that instead of making assumptions about how an issue might affect various communities, that we engage in a learning process about historical and contemporary oppression.

  • Co-Liberation: Our work on solidarity will reflect our analysis of co-liberation. This means that we will refrain from engaging in racial wedge narratives that pit communities against one another, and that we will analyze how our stances on policies will liberate all communities.

  • Conflict, Credit and Control: Our work on solidarity will be based in accountability and transparency. This means that we must find effective ways to predict and manage conflicts that often stem from issues of credit and control. We pledge to hold ourselves in a place of trusting each other and being accountable to one another in our solidarity practices.