Action 7: Build solidarity to create the society you want

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7A. Reduce barriers to solidarity

  • When are your meetings scheduled? How easy is it for working parents to attend at such times and in such places? Can you help provide childcare, or change the times and locations?

  • If everyone in your gatherings is from the same demographic, contact opinion-leaders and organizers from other demographics to explain the value you’re adding and the acknowledge the value that your missing by not being in an alliance with them. Ask them what you could do for them, and explain what they could do with you in the fight against fascism and for a better society. That way you can build that working alliance.

  • Listen to people. You don’t have to agree at first or necessarily ever, but you’ll learn plenty by hearing and reading their ideas about what’s wrong and how to make it right. You might surprise yourself by how much insight you gain when you let your ears do the work for you.

7B. Create a fortress of justice

Support businesses, media, school, houses of worship, and other groups that are fighting fascism and other forms of extremism. Promote them so others can support them, too. Help them support each other in alliance.

See Hate-Free YEG and

Support Hate-Free YEG graffiti removal and similar ventures everywhere

7C. Learn your people’s history

Whatever your gender, background, faith, ideology, or language, people from your identity have fought fascists, extremists, authoritarians, and other villains. Learn it! Then share it with others, and let them do the same for you.

7D. Serve vulnerable people and other people doing that work

With your money, time, food, skills, or logistics, support and/or restart local chapters of groups such as Food Not Bombs, Doctors Without Borders, the Industrial Workers of the World, and other groups in your faith, gender, cultural, labour, and other communities. When people can meet their basic needs together through collective action, they see the meaning of solidarity in action. Then they’re far more likely to join the struggle for justice, because they directly experience how great it is when it works.

7E. Learn from people doing effective work

All the following is from the University of Winnipeg Race, Racialisation, and Racism Interdisciplinary Guide

Racism in Canada

Canadian Anti-Racism Community Directory of national and regional organizations.

Media

Critical Media Project

Racism and the Media

The Representation Project

Research and Advocacy

The Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society

Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

Facing History and Ourselves

Institute on Race and Poverty, University of Minnesota

 Solid Ground - The Anti-Racism Initiative