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The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Writers, activists and artists of color share their visions for, and struggles with, solidarity at the intersections of PoC identity in “The Solidarity Struggle”. How can we as Black, Indigenous and people of color, show up for each other? How are we succeeding and failing at that? Is there any hope for real solidarity between us? If not, what does that mean for us? If so, ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by BGD Press
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Rachel Sloot
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book thoroughly, then read it again, then read select chapters a third time, because that is how important the information within is. The Solidarity Struggle is written in short story format from a number of LGBTQ black and non-black POC perspectives on everything from class disparity to the (in)justice system to religion and more. The novel is written for black and non-black POC but I think anyone from any background would benefit from reading about the lived experiences shared by a ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great little book, one I'd definitely return to. Although it was not written "for" me as a white person--it is for and by people of colour working together in social justice movements--there is still a lot to chew on here for anyone interested in the complexities of solidarity and intersectionality. Although this book cannot represent the specificities of every geographical location in terms of racial politics, it does have representation from writers living in the US, Canada & UK. Th ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is terrific. Self-reflective and optimistic essays on the blind spots that people of color can have around social justice even when we have the best intentions. Recommended for anyone who strives to think and act in ways that center the oppression of the most vulnerable people in society.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this. As with most edited collections, some essays felt significantly stronger and more nuanced than others (hence the 4-star rating). But I found many of these pieces fascinating and I think this would be a rich resource for teaching (maybe as like an introduction to various subjects that students could research/explore in greater depth). I feel like as a white reader and teacher, one thing I’m trying to be more conscious of my own tendency to center whiteness or to thi ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really refreshing anthology that focused on the many intersections amongst different races/ethnicities in the activist community. The stories focused on how we can better serve our collective communities as a whole, and addressed some issues that we are struggling with currently.

I can't say much of these conversations were new to me, but some opened my eyes to others' points of view of the same issues. I also wish there were more having to do with disability, particularly representin
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED reading this book for class over the past few months. These stories are so raw and courageous and have opened my eyes to new ways of seeing the world. My program has given me the opportunity to hear so many amazing, important life stories of resiliance and struggle and this is a collection of some powerful ones.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful essays from a variety of perspectives. I picked it up for the essay on "calling in" by Ngọc Loan Trần, but found much of the work helpful. ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-justice
Important read; includes some classic essays, while others vary in quality.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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“How people of color succeed and fail at showing up for each other.” What a great series of short essays, from a true diversity of perspectives, including the LGBTQ POC community, non-Black POC community, and incarcerated POC community. But what I love most about this book is that it’s not a bunch of famous or well-known people speaking. It’s voices of people in the weeds, doing the work in their own space, being vulnerable, owning their mistakes (mistakes that I’ve also made), and giving concre ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, accessible and cohesive collection, that leaves the space of leaving the reader to learn more and integrate these essays into personal solidarity practices.
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Mia McKenzie studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She's a smart, scrappy Philadelphian (now living in the bay area) with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her writings.

Her short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review (Spring 2013) and make/shift (Spring 2013). Her recent l

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