Basic guidelines for solidarity activists

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10. Oppressed groups are not a charity case. They are people fighting for dignity and justice. Consequently, the humanitarian approach only reduces the symptoms of the oppression itself and does not delve into the roots of it.

11. Do not become a spokesperson for the respective struggling community. If you are approached to comment on a struggle you express solidarity with…

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مدوّنة مريم

Solidarity  often translates into a saviorship complex, whereby the so called solidarity activist views the oppressed group with pity and aims to help through saving them from their turmoil.

Pity as a sentiment stems from feelings of supremacy and arrogance. They enforce subconscious feelings of inferiorizing and othering. Rather than extending arms for support, individuals with the saviorship complex instead run in front of oppressed groups holding their palms behind them asking the oppressed groups to “catch-up.”

As we experience uprisings and resistance all over the globe, it is essential that allies understand their privileged position and instead follow the choices and decisions of the resisting groups rather than dictating.

The basics of solidarity:

  1. You are not there to save the oppressed group.
  2. Oppressed groups are not inferior to you, and are not searching for sympathetic pity.
  3. No nation is “free” in the utopic sense. Therefore do not bring your nations…

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