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

This means continuously inviting directly-impacted people and communities into spaces and making room for their critiques, guidance, and leadership – not just inviting folks in to talk about their trauma, without making any meaningful changes to the way organizing spaces are set up. It’s important to understand that people living at the intersection of multiple systems of oppression experience things you may not be aware of. This is an opportunity to learn and sharpen your political analysis, not a challenge to your identity or experiences.

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Solidarity Semester Spring 2021: Session 4
How Can We Center the Most Impacted by Climate Crises?
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How Do We Build Solidarity?

We spoke with five movement and social change leaders as part of the Fall 2020 #SolidaritySemester. Check out their insights and recommendations for how we can care for ourselves, hold on to hope, and find joy in this moment.