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 Narratives in Crises: A Practice Guide
Deepa Iyer and Shanelle Matthews discuss how organizations can shape solidarity narratives in a time of crisis.
Solidarity: Mothers of Gynecology transform our history and future
In this episode, Michelle Browder from the More Up Campus speaks with host Adaku Utah about how reclaiming the history of gynecology can transform our conditions and teach us how to center empathy and dignity.
Solidarity: Truth Telling From The Banks of the Ohio River
In this episode, Hannah Drake and Josh Miller from the (Un)Known Project speak with host Deepa Iyer about how sharing the names of stories of enslaved Black men, women and children in Kentucky transforms our understanding of history.
Solidarity: Reclaiming Our Collective Memory
In this episode, host Adaku Utah is in conversation with Mariame Kaba about transformative spaces and practices to reclaim our interdependence and collective memory.
Solidarity: How Sites of Conscience Can Transform Us
The new season of Solidarity Is This begins with an introduction to the power of sites of conscience. Host Deepa Iyer speaks with Braden Paynter and Ereshnee Naidu at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Solidarity: Introducing The Next Season
Deepa Iyer, Adaku Utah, and UyenThi Tran Myhre of the Building Movement Project/Solidarity Is team introduce the themes addressed in the next season of Solidarity Is This
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!