SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF FEMINIST ACTIVIST GROUPS FOCUSED ON TAKING ACTION TO RESIST TR*MP. ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, WE GATHER IN HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO:
ENGAGE WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS (VIA LETTERS, EMAILS, PHONE CALLS, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND IN-PERSON MEETINGS)
AMPLIFY THE ACTION ITEMS OF EXISTING PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS
BUILD COMMUNITIES OF EMPOWERED, EDUCATED, ACTIVE FEMINISTS WHO WILL RESIST THE TRUMP AGENDA AND WORK FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND EQUITY.
The basic premise is simple: On the second Sunday of each month, come to A solidarity sundays meeting to take ACTION on the immediate issues that matter.
We make phone calls and write letters and emails to elected representatives; we bring in guest speakers; we organize, educate, and empower on nationwide and hyper-local issues.
Each event has a host who provides attendees with a well-researched packet that provides background info on the issue/s at hand, along with lists of names, phone numbers, addresses, emails, and sample scripts to make the process of calling and letter-writing easy and unintimidating. (Packets are created by the core SolSun organizers, and are available to anyone; in addition to being handed out at events, packets are posted on the FB page and this site.) There are also snacks, drinks, conversations and childcare, because building community and supporting each other are essential to activism.
WHO WE ARE
We have an active online community of 6k+, and hundreds of attendees at our monthly meetings. We post Daily Actions in our FB group, as well as info about relevant issues and upcoming events.
Solidarity Sundays is led by woman-identified feminists, and the majority of our members and event attendees are women. Men are welcome, as long as they're down with the feminist agenda, and are committed to taking a backseat while women run the show. No mansplaining, bro.
We aim to be responsive to immediate political moments/needs, but are focused on Core Issues of: Racial Justice; Reproductive Rights; the Environment; LGBTQ Rights; Immigrant Rights; Gun Control; Protecting Civil Liberties; and defending those made most vulnerable by the Tr*mp administration. We believe that persistent engagement with elected officials; civic education; and the political empowerment of 'everyday people' are key to #TheResistance.
While members do not ascribe to identical ideologies, we believe that the following are unequivocally REAL, URGENT, and NOT up for debate:
- Racism and White Supremacy
- White Privilege
We are committed to resisting all of these.
The Core SolSun organizers are:
LESLIE DOTSON VAN EVERY
is a marcom maven/writer/crafter extraordinaire/mama/lover of all things vintage except vintage beliefs. As a woman of color, whose father was deeply committed to Civil Rights, I am picking up the torch and setting this shit on fire. I was also co-founder of the award-winning children’s design blog, Modern Kiddo, and have written for Huffington Post, Babble, and many other Websites.
is an author/educator/feminist activist mama. I'm the author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as the 33 1/3 book Rid of Me: A Story, based on the PJ Harvey album. Recent writing has appeared in LENNY, Buzzfeed, Signature, and the East Bay Express. As a white cis-gendered woman I am commited to anti-racist intersectional feminist practice, politics, and parenting. When I'm not smashing the patriarchal imperialist state, I enjoy cocktails, karaoke, excellent music, and my fam. Also I can deadlift 225 lbs.
is a content manager/writer/editor/mother/wife/daughter/sister/feminist/shit disturber. When I’m not creating content for one of the many travel brands I’ve worked for, I’m writing the next rally cry for Suffragette Sundays, reading feminist lit, hosting a Girl Scouts meeting or drinking champagne. Sometimes, I do all these things at once.
HOW WE STARTED
The idea for Solidarity Sundays came at the end of 2015, when Kate Schatz and Leslie Van Every, two fed-up feminist friends, got sick of having agonized political conversations and pointless social media arguments, and decided to just DO SOMETHING. For our first meeting, in January 2016, we invited friends and neighbors to come over and take action on gun control, in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting and Obama's Executive Order on gun control. Over 60 people showed up, and in one day we made almost 1,000 phone calls/emails to President Obama, VP Biden, AG Lynch, and many pro-NRA California Reps.
The following month we spent Superbowl Sunday acting on police brutality, and in support of #BlackLivesMatter—we contacted the San Francisco DA and Mayor to demand that the SFPD be held accountable for the murder of Mario Woods, and we made similar calls to officials in Chicago to demand justice for Laquan McDonald. We also used social media to thank activist April Reign for her #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and contacted the Colbert Show to thank them for bringing Deray McKesson on. In March 2016, we took on Reproductive Rights, calling Governors and elected officials across the country to protest TRAP laws—we also reached out and thanked people like Wendy Davis and Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder of Texas’ Whole Woman’s Health Care. In April we acted on Climate Change, demanding an end to "clean coal" in Oakland and fracking in California. We've supported the NoDAPL Standing Rock water defenders and demanded justice for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. We held voter info forums with NPR politics reporter Marisa Lagos; we phonebanked and canvased for Hillary Clinton; we organized in support of a local Alameda school funding measure; we attended an anti-racist workshop on whiteness. In the wake of the election we held an emergency meeting—almost 100 people attended, and with two weeks we'd organized chapters all over the country. We post Daily Actions on our Facebook page. We come together, we learn and educate, we act.
The group’s original name was Suffragette Sundays, as we were also focused on the 2016 election, and the idea of engaging women in political action. We heard feedback that the name felt problematic because of the racist history of many in the Suffrage movement; we listened, we agreed, and we changed the name to something more inclusive and indicative of what is needed most right now: SOLIDARITY and ACTION.