Create a Successful Solidarity Network

Use this guide to help build a solidarity network that is based off the success of the Seattle Solidarity Network (nicknamed SeaSol).

The Seattle Solidarity Network is made up of volunteers fighting for the rights of workers and tenants. They support “job, housing, and other problems caused by the greed of the rich and powerful” with a mantra to Agitate, Education, Inoculate, Organize and Unite.

Written by SeaSol organizers and turned into a guide by the Workers Solidarity Alliance, this resource shares helpful tips that cover the following bases:

-Defining the intentions/limitations of the network

-Tools and materials you need to start a solidarity movement

-Common challenges

-Suggestions for basic requirements of a solidarity movement (e.g. the ability to round of 15-20 people)

-The SeaSol process when entering a “fight” (conflict of a worker or tenant)

-Strategy/best practices

-Strategy and taking action

-Mobilizing supporters

-Details like funding, meetings, structure


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