Solidarity Quotes

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Malcolm X
“If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”
Malcom X

“We've got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Fred Hampton

Kamand Kojouri
“They want us to be afraid.
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
They want us to barricade our doors
and hide our children.
Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
They want us to hate.
They want us to hate 'the other'.
They want us to practice aggression
and perfect antagonism.
Their aim is to divide us all!
They want us to be inhuman.
They want us to throw out our kindness.
They want us to bury our love
and burn our hope.
Their aim is to take all our light!
They think their bricked walls
will separate us.
They think their damned bombs
will defeat us.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that my soul and your soul are old friends.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that when they cut you I bleed.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that we will never be afraid,
we will never hate
and we will never be silent
for life is ours!”
Kamand Kojouri

Samuel Beckett
“ESTRAGON: Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!
VLADIMIR: Did I ever leave you?
ESTRAGON: You let me go.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

“No daylight to separate us.

Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.”
Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Cheryl Strayed
“The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you're talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cormac McCarthy
“Here beyond men's judgments all covenants were brittle.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

“While we are threading our way through the vagaries of life, our shortage of reciprocity and solidarity may corner us into breaches of culpability. We can eschew this and kindle a dream of universalism that does not impose itself but emerges from the world's numerous cultural and topical particularities and enable us to compare, discern, and identify, allowing us to marvel at the diversity. In this way, we can embrace universal recognition, human understanding, peace of mind, and compassion with others and with ourselves. ("I only needed a light ")”
Erik Pevernagie

“We don’t think you fight fire with fire best ; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’re stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution.”
Fred Hampton

بلال فضل Belal Fadl
“سأظل واقفًا مع الطرف الذي يدين القمع وقتل المدنيين وضربهم وإهانة النساء حتى ولو وقف الكون كله في الطرف الذي يدين الضحايا ويتملق الجلادين”
بلال فضل

bell hooks
“As more people of color raise our consciousness and refuse to be pitted against one another, the forces of neo-colonial white supremacist domination must work harder to divide and conquer.”
bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism

Criss Jami
“The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball. When it comes to politics, adults and politicians do more finger-pointing and play more games than children ever do. Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Tao Lin
“Sometimes an alien would stand with a moose, not because of solidarity, but because of accidentally doing it.”
Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeee

James Baldwin
“If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impassable with our bodies the corridors to the gas chamber. For if they come for you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.”
James Baldwin

“To acknowledge the existence of the bully and his accompanying risks is not the same as accepting him as a permanent feature of our world. I know that if we accept trauma and fear, it wins.

"Bullies don’t just go away. Their legacies don’t just disappear. The bully must be confronted intentionally, his impact named and addressed. Even so, it seems there’s no clear consensus on how to deal with the bully on our blocks. Do we confront him? Match violence with violence? Do we ignore him, or try to kill him with kindness? I don’t think there’s a silver bullet to handling the bully, no one-size-fits-all strategy. But the right strategy has to be rooted in a context bigger than the immediate one, has to be rooted in more than aiming to end the presence of the bully himself. We must focus on the type of world we want to live in and devise a plan for getting there, as opposed to devising a strategy centered on opposition.”
DeRay McKesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Widad Akreyi
“Languages connect us and break down barriers when we unite to nurture the best in us and help each other succeed. Happy International Mother Language Day!”
Widad Akreyi

Guy Gavriel Kay
“A hand fought best when it made a fist.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

Srećko Horvat
“Solidarity is something much more than mercy: usually when you appease your conscience (donate money to starving children in Africa, to use the usual Starbucks example), you can go on with your daily life as if nothing really happened. However, once you are enacting solidarity you can even abstain from charity or mercy: even if you don’t give a dollar to every beggar, you can’t go on with your daily life as if nothing really happened. Why? Because you carry him in your life; you live with him not like with some “integrated reject” (as we live with immigrants or refugees today), but he is a part and even a presupposition for your very action: he can never be fully integrated, because injustice can’t be integrated in acts of love. This is why solidarity already contains love.”
Srećko Horvat, The Radicality of Love

“If solidarity is unity of purpose or togetherness, how to span this great divide of inequality, privilege, universal rights, political agency, and even our seeing things completely differently?
In constructing this great bridge of international solidarity across the globe, where do we even begin?”
Ramor Ryan, Zapatista Spring: Anatomy of a Rebel Water Project & the Lessons of International Solidarity

Chandra Talpade Mohanty
“Our minds must be as ready to move as capital is, to trace its paths and to imagine alternative destinations.”
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

Guy de Maupassant
“Entre pauvres gens, faut bien qu'on s'aide ... C'est les grands qui font la guerre.”
Guy de Maupassant

Andrea Dworkin
“Women intend to save themselves when sacrificing some women, but only the freedom of all women protects any woman.”
Andrea Dworkin, Right-Wing Women

Erich Fromm
“Solidarity isn't merely a task, it is a pleasure and the best assurance of security.”
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“Selective solidarity exposes the self-serving impulse to bolster ones ego (and ease ones conscience), all while avoiding the necessarily difficult and costly practices of allyship for the cheap knock-off of performative compassion.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

John M. Sheehan
“Social Distancing is Social Solidarity?

Strange is it not as the powers to say that "Social Distancing is Social solidarity" and yet "Social solidarity" means in it its basic form coming together!

Why do you think we were given Hebrews 10:25 and yet our Government and Big Corporations what us to be united on Social Distancing and in so doing we give up our power over them!”
John M. Sheehan

Abhijit Naskar
“Mi conciencia insiste that I can't stop walking,
Till I make the fallen rise to make their destiny.
Mi conciencia insiste that I can't stop working,
Till each human extends a hand out in solidarity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

“Individual safety and prosperity at the expense of solidarity can only ever replicate capitalist hierarchies and the violent means imposing them. If you view your emancipation as separate from mine, we will forever be locked in an unwinnable competition.”
Mychal Denzel Smith, Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream

Geir Gulliksen
“Godhet finnes, medfølelse og solidaritet er lett å observere for eksempel hos elefanter, aper, fugler. Noen ganger også hos mennesker.”
Geir Gulliksen, Ung trost klokken fem om morgenen i en brusende alm. Et dikt fra januar til september

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
“If everyone is my brother, I have no brothers.”
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Jason Hickel
“When people live in a fair, caring society, where everyone has equal access to social goods, they don’t have to spend their time worrying about how to cover their basic needs day to day – they can enjoy the art of living. And instead of feeling they are in constant competition with their neighbours, they can build bonds of social solidarity.”
Jason Hickel, Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

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