Solidarity Is This is a podcast created and hosted by Deepa Iyer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Building Movement Project where she runs Solidarity Is, a multi-strategy program to deepen transformative solidarity practices, models, narratives, and ideas. On the podcast, we explore how individuals and institutions are experimenting with cross-racial and cross-movement solidarity in America’s changing racial landscape. Learn more at www.solidarityis.org
Solidarity: 20 Years Later, We Look Back and Chart A Path Forward
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Deepa Iyer and guests Kalia Abiade, Anirvan Chatterjee and Sahar Pirzada share reflections and provide insights for where we go from here.
Solidarity: Philanthropy’s Role in Social Change
Rickke Mananzala (Exec. Director, New York Foundation) joined guest host Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (Co-Director, BMP) to talk about how philanthropy can act in solidarity to support movements, build the power of communities of color, and advance social change
Solidarity: Beyond Pride Month
In this Pride month episode of Solidarity Is This, guest host Anna Castro talks about the End Trans Detention campaign with Jorge Gutierrez, executive director of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.
Solidarity: Centering and Uplifting Asian American Communities
Bo Thao-Urabe (Coalition of Asian American Leaders) joins Deepa Iyer to discuss how Asian American communities are experiencing racism and building their solidarity muscle in Minnesota, one year after the murder of George Floyd.
Solidarity: One Year Later
After more than a year of living in a global pandemic, how do we make meaning out of what we have endured? In this episode of Solidarity Is This, host Deepa Iyer explores this question and more with Fatima Goss Graves (National Women’s Law Center) and Kevin Kahakula’akea John Fong (Elemental Partners).
Episode Webpage: https://buildingmovement.org/solidarity-is-this-april-2021/
Solidarity: One World and COVID-19
In this episode of Solidarity Is This, learn about the ways in which activists in South Africa and Northern Ireland are addressing the inequities laid bare by the pandemic. Deepa is in conversation with Phumeza Lungwana and Nicola Browne.
Thoughtful and notable for its specificity
Deepa’s work for justice is compassionate, thoughtful, and built in relationships in a way that clearly comes across in this podcast. The relevance and specificity of each episode feels particularly poignant in an era where there are a multiplicity of tactics being employed across movements. Listeners might not agree or identify completely with every perspective a guest brings to the table, but can frequently understand the reasons behind the lane they choose for themselves in working to build a better world and undo oppressive power structures. In a time full of superficial calls for unity, Solidarity Is This allows people to share their own specific stories, while asking bigger, often difficult questions about the conditions necessary for people with varying degrees and frames of power to really find solidarity with one another.
Insightful, Highly recommend!
I've always found Deepa's analysis, especially in these turbulent times, to be insightful and as she engages a variety of activists and organizers from across multiple identities and sectors, I'm continuously reminded of just how thoughtful she is. Even as someone who knows Deepa and has had the opportunity to work with her, I am finding myself learning something new and never hesitate at the opportunity to listen and share. Whether you a new to activism and organizing or are a vetern, I highly recommend the Solidarity Is podcast.
A light in the darkness!
I’ve learned so much from this podcast. Deepa’s honest, thoughtful conversations with activists from across the country are eye-opening and deeply reflective. These podcasts dive into a range of issues, from disability solidarity to climate justice, and they lift up the voices of leaders who have been working hard on the frontlines of these movements for years. Every episode is engaging and so enjoyable to listen to, and they also help build road maps for the future with clear, actionable steps for building solidarity. Thank you, Deepa!