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Solidarity with the Victims of Domination

1. Learn their stories/realities

  • Invite/listen to them speak (e.g., immigrants, victims of sexism & domestic & hate violence)

  •  Read their stories (e.g., Maryknoll Magazine and News Notes, Christian Peacemaker Teams, biographies of Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez...

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  • Watch videos about their struggles (e.g., LONG WALK HOME, DEAD MAN WALKING, CRY FREEDOM, ROMERO, MALCOLM X, PLATOON, PHILADELPHIA …)

  • Taste their realities (e.g., fasting, urban plunges, solidarity trips & work projects)

2. Read/view stories of advocates for these victims for inspiration

  • Dorothy Day (LOVE IS THE MEASURE by Jim Forest)

  • Jean Donovan (SALVADOR WITNESS by Ana Carrigan)

  • Dr. King (“Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” STRENGTH TO LOVE, TRUMPET OF CONSCIENCE)

3. Stand with them and develop personal & mutual relationships (“doing with” vs. “doing for”)

  • Join their worship community, community organization, project, or events/actions as “allies"

  • Correspond with prisoners (contact your local criminal justice ministry office)

  • Direct service opportunities where relationships can develop (e.g., Meals on Wheels, mentor at risk students or ex-offenders, Habitat for Humanity, include others in holiday celebrations)

  • Accompany them (e.g., sanctuary, Witness for Peace, death row inmates & victims of crime)

4. Economically support/empower groups struggling against their domination

5. Political action on their behalf

6. Live more simply and share the savings

  • Fasting, public/church libraries for books & videos, recycle shops, neighborhood/church coops

  • Donate a similar older item for each new item you buy (e.g., clothes, books, computer, appliances)

  • Renounce economic privileges (e.g., “voluntary surcharge,” i.e., taxing ourselves 10% for goods involving exploited labor & donating it to groups working for economic justice; include groups working on behalf of the poor in our wills)

7. “Solidarity Days” - 1 day a week/month focused on a specific group, fast/pray for them, read about them, write letters and make an economic sacrifice on their behalf, invite others to respond.