Principles of Transformative Solidarity Practice

Solidarity is...

a verb, a practice, and a strategy.

When we look to social change and movement work past and present, we can see the principles of transformative solidarity in action.

These pages are a work in progress. Read on to learn more and check back soon for additional stories and examples of solidarity practice as we continue to build on these resources. We welcome your feedback and suggestions here.

Evening lounging - Jonathan Soren Davidson for Disabled And Here


Transformative solidarity requires centering those most affected by systems of oppression, and shifting power to directly impacted communities.



Building connections across differences is a critical part of transformative solidarity. We recognize how interlocking systems of power and oppression compound to make those of us with multiple identities more vulnerable - and we commit to building connections across experiences and movements.

LONDON, UK - March 15, 2019:Thousands of students and young people protest in London as part of the youth strike for climate march


We identify the values and hopes we have in common. We build relationships through understanding our histories of oppression & resilience - without flattening or equating them.



We work together towards our mutual freedom and redistribution of power. This means dismantling the multi-generational legacies of white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and settler colonialism, and building toward a future where we all have what we need to thrive.



Co-conspirators recognize the need for co-liberation and by approaching solidarity with respect and humility. We practice active listening and follow the lead of those most directly impacted by systems of oppression.

Group sleepover - Jonathan Soren Davidson for Disabled And Here


We build and sustain our capacity at the individual, organizational, and movement levels to deal with conflict & tension, and to do this work for the long haul.