Join the Summer 2020 Solidarity School

A project of SolidarityIs and Building Movement Project


  • Have COVID and the acts of state violence and police brutality targeting Black communities increased your sense of urgency in how to engage politically in this moment?

  • Are you new to nonprofit or social justice work and want to connect with others engaging in transformative solidarity?

  • Are you an advocate for your community and invested in building bridges with other movements?

  • Are you looking to create healthy and sustainable practices and movement cultures? 


If so, apply to be a member of the Summer 2020 Solidarity School cohort!

what is the solidarity school?

The Solidarity School is a four-week online training intended to introduce social change activists to analyses, practices, and campaigns that are anchored in deep and meaningful solidarity. The four-week Solidarity School will introduce about 25 participants to analyses and frameworks, organizational practices, and cross-movement campaigns. We will explore the possibilities and tensions, the through-lines and the fault lines around solidarity practice.

When is the Solidarity School taking place?

The Solidarity School is happening on July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20 between 3 and 4:30PM EST/12 and 1:30PM PST via Zoom. The sessions will address:


    Solidarity 101: The 5 C’s of Transformative Solidarity Practice (July 30)

    Solidarity 201: From Allies to Co-Conspirators (August 6)

    Solidarity 301: Movement Culture (August 13)

    Solidarity 401: Your Roles, Ecosystems, and Solidarity Commitments (August 20)

What will I learn?

Through a series of interactive and individual exercises, presentations, and case studies by practitioners, you will develop a solidarity ethos and practice to transform your work and to strengthen our collective movements. You will gain knowledge, ideas, and tools to:


  • Move from reactive to proactive strategies in addressing crises

  • Develop a collective solidarity framework based on values and principles

  • Understanding your individual role in navigating a crisis in your social change ecosystem

  • Sharpen your individual and organizational solidarity practices

  • Navigate movement dynamics and culture 

Together, we will create an inclusive community of practice for cohort members to learn, share best practices, and build with each other.

Who is the Solidarity School geared towards?

We are looking to engage with:

  • People who are new to the nonprofit sector and/or movement work (if you are within the first 1 to 3 years of movement work, we encourage you to apply)

  • People with a genuine interest in utilizing and applying transformative solidarity practices at their organizations and in their movements to create systemic and structural change

  • People who display some knowledge of the issues, along with community organizing or advocacy experience. You don’t have to be an expert, but awareness of current trends and campaigns will be useful.

  • People who engage in community organizing, strategic communications, program development, or advocacy

  • People who are ready to engage with brave vulnerability, deep humility, and a readiness to learn

Who are the trainers?

The Solidarity School’s trainers include Deepa Iyer, Anna Castro, and movement leaders who have taken part in Solidarity Summits. Deepa is a Senior Advisor at Building Movement Project, and the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. Anna is a communications consultant who has worked for Transgender Law Center, Mi Familia Vota, the ACLU of California Voting Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

are there any costs?

The Solidarity School is free of charge. To participate, you will need access to a computer or phone, to download and install Zoom, and have a quiet place to join sessions on Thursdays.


If you have any questions about the Solidarity School, please contact

i want to apply!

Apply here by July 8.


We will contact you by July 15th to let you know if you’ve been accepted for the Summer 2020 series. In the meantime, please hold the dates on your calendar.