By Tas Kronby, TasThoughts LLC
“Solidarity is a voluntary collective action by different people based on finding objectives and solutions. Solidarity work happens when you show up to help and support others experiencing some form of harm by centering their leadership, decisions, needs, requests and ideas.”GLSEN
Solidarity helps eliminate the feeling of inequality. If you are viewed as “different,” you are met with challenges that others are not. LGBTQIA, BIPOC, disabled and neurodiverse communities face obstacles in their day to day lives, that those outside the communities cannot understand.
For this reason alone, it is so very important to stand with them. Give them the feeling of solidarity like we all want to feel. We all are human beings. Differences exist but should not dictate allyship.
If you have privileges because of neurotype, gender, sexuality or disability status, you should stand with those that have been forced into silence.
Self advocating versus solidarity
Self-advocating is always important, but having the help of others goes a long way. One is stronger together than standing alone. Seeking groups to help advocate for yourself and others gives one a sense of a community. Through this, you can help to spread awareness and educate others. Sometimes, it is a simple as people’s lack of education and understanding that makes them closed off to accepting others.
The Day of Silence is a great example of spreading awareness. It was started in the mid-90s by two college students. People from all walks of life come together to share their stories. It has now become so large it has reached hundreds of thousands of students.
Day of Silence is Friday, April 22. The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country — and the world — take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. Day of Silence is a powerful event each April where students go the entire day without speaking. They end the day at Breaking the Silence rallies, where they are able to share their experiences and share how they feel their communities can become more inclusive.
There are many different ways to participate in this event. You can attend a rally, choose to attend virtually, host your own Breaking the Silence Rally or even host a viewing party.
Autism Acceptance Month
Another great example to touch upon is April being Autism Acceptance Month. The Autism Society is celebrating their fourth annual #CelebrateDifferences campaign.
“Every day, we work to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully. We believe that acceptance is creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.”Autism Society
Acceptance, advocating and a strong support system are just a few of the ways to bring a feeling of solidarity to marginalized communities. Every little act of kindness, accepting act and helpful gesture go a long way.