Solidarity (definition)

Solidarity is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot, a term you’re just expected to intuitively know. And while its definition is in many ways intuitive (”unity or agreement of action”), it has a further meaning, which comes from its origins in early leftism.

We all face different struggles, and we all face our struggles differently.  Being in solidarity with another’s struggle doesn’t mean that you have yourself lived it, but that you struggle with them, that you fight together against a shared foe.  This idea has had widespread use through the centuries, and has been widely used by both anarchists and Marxists.

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Today in Solidarity (4/28/15): For the past day, Baltimore police and the governor of Maryland have tried to shift blame for the unrest in Baltimore off of themselves and onto the gangs that have joined together in solidarity against police brutality. Tonight, the Blood and Crips have spoken out against this falsehood, calling for calm in the streets and an end to the violence. This is the type of revolutionary action that terrifies the police. This is the unity white supremacy fears. #staywoke #farfromover 

Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.
—  Sara Ahmed
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7 Entities That May Boycott Indiana Over New LGBT Discrimination Law

In the wake of Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signing a law that essentially allows discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the state, companies are starting to consider pulling their business from the state.

Though Pence has tried to insist that the law is about “religious liberty” and not discrimination against LGBT discrimination in the state, that doesn’t seem to wash with many in the state — including the Chamber of Commerce, which has said the law will bring unwanted attention to the state. Many high-profile companies and entities that host major events in the state are starting to reconsider their business.