Activist Lilla Watson once said, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." We practice co-liberation by believing in the collective 'us' - by recognizing our liberation is inextricably connected, and we must work together towards our mutual freedom and redistribution of power. This means acknowledging the multi-generational consequences of white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and settler colonialism. Co-liberation also means that we develop an explicit commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism today. As Black leaders remind us: “When Black people are free, all people will be free.”

Solidarity Semester Spring 2021: Session 5
Building a Vision of Co-Liberation
Solidarity Semester Fall 2020: Week 2, Session 2

In this IG live, Deepa Iyer spoke with Janeen Comenote of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition. They discussed the impact of #COVID19 on Native communities, the voting power of Native folks, the ingenuity of youth activists and leaders, and the concept of co-liberation.