The core solsun organizers:
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 the next rally cry for Solidarity Sundays, reading feminist lit, hosting a Girl Scouts meeting or drinking champagne. Sometimes, I do all these things at once.
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 Kate, Leslie, and Jennye, three fed-up feminist friends and neighbors, 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.