The leadership team:
is a lawyer, parent, and social and racist justice advocate with 25 years of nonprofit experience organizing for change. I work at the intersection of health, land use, and transportation, seeking to support community members in leveraging the power of government to support vibrant, equitable communities that allow everyone to thrive. With three kids, a spouse, two dogs, two cats, a garden, and a lot of activities, the chaos is constant and so is the fun.
Sol SUN STeering committee
We are advised + supported by an excellent Steering Committee. They are:
hannah burton laurison
is a Philadelphia-based social entrepreneur with a passion for making government work better for everyone. As a nationally recognized leader with twenty years of experience creating healthy, sustainable food systems, she brings together public officials, business leaders, and community members to find common solutions to pressing public health challenges.
is the principal of a small, woman-owned consulting firm in Oakland that provides facilitation/mediation/ public involvement services for environmental and public policy initiatives. Since 2001, her work has focused on water planning and FERC hydroelectric relicensing collaboratives, working with federal, state, local, and NGO stakeholders addressing many of California's major hydroelectric projects.
is a first generation Persian immigrant, feminist, and local advocate for community engagement, education, and equity. She worked in DC for a little over 3 years, at the Secretary's office for policy at US DOT and at the Management branch of OMB at the White House. She currently works on policies and planning around transportation, land use, and climate for the state of California.
is a black, queer, gender nonconforming, former foster youth, lawyer/advisor/activist who works at Tides and The Advocacy Fund (Tides’ 501c4). She is a member of Black Lives Matter Bay Area and a black liberation collective called black.seed, and is interested in building c4 power, helping organizations figure out how to do this, connecting mass bases, and working to build political power in the black community.
is a visual artist, mother and burgeoning activist who has played an integral role in the art scene of the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1990's. Rooted in early American folk art and craft, her work is in private and public collections across the country, including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, the One Archive, Facebook, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others. She lives with her wife, artist and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl and their daughter Hazel in Berkeley, California.
HOW WE STARTED
The idea for Solidarity Sundays came at the end of 2015, when three fed-up feminist friends (Kate Schatz, Leslie Dotson Van Every, and Jennye Garibaldi) got sick of having agonized political conversations and pointless social media arguments and decided to just DO SOMETHING. Our first meeting in January 2016 followed the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, and we invited friends and neighbors to come over and take action 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. Inspired by the feeling of working together to speak up and make a difference, we kept meeting every month to take action together.
In the wake of Trump’s election in 2016 we held an emergency meeting. Almost 100 people attended, and within two weeks we'd organized chapters all over the country. People across the country were inspired by the focus of Solidarity Sundays: creating a simple way to come together, learn from each other, and ACT.
The group’s original name was Suffragette Sundays, since we were focused on 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, agreed, and changed the name to something more inclusive and indicative of what is needed most right now: SOLIDARITY and ACTION.
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 committed 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, reading feminist lit, hosting a Girl Scouts meeting or drinking champagne. Sometimes, I do all these things at once.