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Interested in being a Solidarity Sundays host? 

As a SolSun host, you become part of a nationwide network of people who are leading these meetings and building communities. You don’t have to be an experienced activist or expert facilitator to host. You just have to be passionate about building communities, and taking action. We work hard to make hosting SolSun feel streamlined, and uncomplicated, manageable (and fun!)

We do ask that SolSun hosts agree to the basic core values that SolSun puts forth, as well as a commitment to non-violence, and anti-racist, intersectional feminist action + organizing.

If you’d like to host, please fill OUT THIS FORM

If you’d like to find a chapter near you, please check the map (if an area is crowded, zoom in and reposition the map as needed). Send an email to the listed contact; because most meetings are in private homes, we don’t publish addresses, and only hosts give out that info.


Join our Facebook group, and sign up for our monthly newsletter

And please see our FAQs below!

 
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What exactly does being a host entail?

As a SolSun host you:

  • Host a gathering in your home on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You ideally pair up with one or two others in your area and agree to rotate homes and co-host (not necessary, but definitely easier!).

  • You invite whoever you want—most hosts create FB invites and share them in the SolSun FB page.

  • Before each monthly meeting, you receive the SolSun Infoscript; you can add actions or local info to it if you’d like.

  • You prepare materials to distribute to guests. This usually takes the form of printing out the infoscripts and any other materials.

  • Have people over, take meaningful action! Also talk and snack and drink (if ya want).

  • Use the hashtag #SolidaritySundays, and plan to report back to the main FB page to let us know what your group did.

  • Do it again the next month!

What do people actually do at the meetings?

We talk, we connect, we eat and drink, we read and discuss, we listen, we learn, we ask questions, we write letters, we make phonecalls, we plan, we make art, we strategize, we ACT!

How do SolSun Hosts communicate with the organizers, and with each other?

We use a few platforms for disseminating info and engaging in conversation:

  • We use a Google group and shared Google folder for sharing monthly infoscripts and other updates w/ hosts

  • We use Slack as a place where hosts can converse, exchange ideas, and ask questions

  • We have a FB page for hosts

  • We have a monthly conference call for hosts that takes place about a week and a half before monthly meetings. All hosts are notified in advance of the call, and are invited to join in, ask questions, and get SolSun updates.

  • Many chapters have their own FB pages as well, and we’re in the process of coordinating State/Regional Captains to facilitate communication among states and regions.

Once you are set up as a host, you’ll be added to all of these platforms and can use them as you wish.

I’m interested in hosting, but I don’t want strangers in my house.

Totally fine. As host, you determine who you invite, and who comes. If you want to just invite friends and neighbors, that’s fine. If you are open to have strangers attend, you can vet people via email—many hosts respond to emails from people who’d like to attend their meetings by replying with a few questions for potentials guests. “How did you hear about SolSun?” “What do you hope to get out of attending a meeting?” “What issues are you most concerned with right now?” “Please tell me a bit about yourself.” Etc, etc.

I’m interested in hosting, but I don’t want to do it at my home. 

There are chapters that meet at coffeeshop; bars; craft studios; rec centers; restaurants; and even a preschool that opens its space on the weekends for an Oakland group. If you pursue the coffeeshop/restaurant route, we suggest contacting the owner in advance. Make sure there’s good wifi, and enough room! Bonus points if it’s an independent business, triple points if it’s woman-owned!

What are some examples of other things that chapters do?

Many chapters bring in guest speakers, from lawyers who present on immigration rights to local activists to elected officials. We’ve had mayors and state senators and city council members come—no MoCs yet, but maybe someday! Some chapters organize events outside of monthly meetings (film screenings, demonstrations, fundraisers, etc), or plan to attend and meet-up at local marches, rallies, town halls, etc. Several chapters have decided to meet more than once a month, because there’s so much work to do!

 

 

 

What’s an Infoscript and how/when do I get it?

Each month the SolSun leaders create a national infoscript that we share (as a Google doc) with all hosts, so that all SolSun chapters are doing coordinated, simultaneous actions. Infoscripts are shared with all hosts (via a Google Group and a Slack channel) the Thursday before the meetings. Infoscripts have background info on issues, along with a set of coordinated actions (phonecalls, letter writing, etc) and contact info for MoCs (Members of Congress) and other elected officials. They also have suggested topics for faciliated conversations, which basically means that the host guides people through small and large group discussions on various topics. You can follow exactly what is on the infoscript; add additional info and actions; or do your own thing entirely. We strongly encourage SolSun chapters to act locally as well—add to the infoscript, create your own call scripts, or come up with your own local actions. For examples of past infoscripts, go here

How does childcare work? Does every chapter offer it? Do I have to?

We believe that offering childcare is an essential part of feminist organizing, and have always offered childcare at the Mothership meetings. For a while we had a few dads watching the kids, but as our group grew we decided to hire two local teenagers—our Solidarity Sitters—and we ask people to pay $10 per kid. Not per hour, just per kid. The kids are watched across the street, at a neighboring house on our block (a set-up that is definitely not an option for everyone!) Some groups have friends who volunteer to watch the kids, while other groups whose members have older kids work to actively engage the young people in the SolSun actions Basically, if you have the space, and there are members of your chapter who would benefit from childcare, we strongly encourage you to figure out a way to offer it, and to keep it as low-cost (or free!) as possible.

I’m already part of another group (Indivisible/Swing Left/Women’s March Huddle/etc)—can I still do SolSun?

Yes! We are collaborative and non-competitive—#TheResistance most effective when we all work together to share resources and coordinate. You can be an Indivisible group who meets as a SolSun chapter; you can turn your Huddle into SolSun; you can meet as an existing group and use our infoscripts but not call yourself a SolSun chapter. 

Can men come to my SolSun meeting?

That is up to you. SolSun is run by women, and meetings are hosted by women. Many groups have male participants, but some choose to be open only to those who identify as female. Hosts determine their own policy for their own groups. Men who support the feminist agenda are welcome in our Facebook group—but please, no mansplaining. Ever.

Do I have to meet on the second Sunday of the month/Does it have to be Sunday?

The majority of the chapters meet on the second Sunday, but it’s totally fine to change it if you need to. We like the consistency of second Sundays, and knowing that we’re all acting simultaneously. But Sundays don’t work for everyone, so as long as you want to get together regularly to take action, we don’t care what day you do it. There’s a group in Manhattan that meets after work on Fridays for Action Happy Hour, and they use our infoscript. Sounds fun! (Note that we do encourage groups to meet in the afternoon to accommodate folks who do church on Sunday mornings).

What groups/ORGS is SolSun affiliated with?

We aren’t officially affiliated with any other groups, but consider ourselves part of the New Resistance, and we share resources and amplify the actions of groups like Wall-of-Us, 5calls.org, Black Lives Matter, Movement for Black Lives, the Women’s March, SwingLeft, Indivisible, Color of Change, RISE Stronger, SIster District, Flippable, and the members of the Action Alliance. We also support the work of larger national groups who’ve been on the ground for a long time, including the ACLU, CAIR, Planned Parenthood, EMILYs List, SPLC, NARAL, 350.org, Sierra Club, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Meeting once a month doesn’t feel like...enough.

Cool. Meet more often!