The online community project, Solandres, is an important component in Soulforce’s continued efforts to sustainably confront oppression against Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans*, and Queer individuals.
The purpose of SolandRes [Solidarity + Resistance] is to broaden the scope of our outreach. We hope our online community will evince the analysis that many oppressions (sexism, racism, transphobia, ageism, sizism, homophobia, xenophobia just to begin) share common roots in fundamentalism in the United States. Those ideologies and political forces are not, of course, limited to this country, but their history here has shaped how oppression manifests in diverse communities.
Another purpose of Solandres is to provide a platform for the many constituencies struggling against fundamentalism to grow their capacities as movements by sharing best practices, interacting across social sectors to share skills, building a shared analysis of fundamentalism, and identifying alliances out of the shared understanding that many oppressions have a common root.
Specifically, Solandres is an online community, a resource site, a home for all of the information, stories, experiences, and technical skills in activists’ localized endeavors to achieve equity and dismantle oppression. By gathering young leader’s input, experience, and desires for a more inclusive community, school, or church we can better maximize deconstructing the roots of oppression.
It is our hope that by developing and nurturing an online community of young adult activists, the opportunities to engage conversations of activism will create a sustainable season of justice. This is not a one-time period of activism – we desire to motivate young people into valuing activism as a way of life that creates equal access to equality, freedom, and social justice.
Solandres grew out of Soulforce’s desire to grow its sphere of influence in the conversation around inclusivity, equality, and social justice. The Solandres retreat will bring together 7-9 young social justice leaders who can best inform the efforts of the Solandres online community. After selecting the best, young adults from across the country, we will gather for 3-4 days with a focus on anti-oppression work and then tackle the logistical and creative challenge of creating and developing what Solandres will look like (with an expected launch date of October 1, 2013.)
From understanding content creation, editing, branding, messaging/consistency, leadership development, story boarding/editing/producing multimedia content, blogging, social media, web analytics, and how to create an online community and movement to engaging in powerful dialogue around the importance of this work in the broader conversation of social justice. Solandres is youth driven and all ages serving with a heavy emphasis on videos, multimedia platform reach, and how-to instructionals.
Our stories and experiences woven together will be the armature of Solandres.
Our leadership group must be willing to commit to 9 months of committed service to the project, with an opportunity to continue after.
The end user groups we would ultimately like to involve in this project include, but are not limited to:
1. LGBTQA people at schools where religion is an obstacle to queer liberation (to include CCCU schools, HBCU’s, supposedly secular schools in conservative areas)
2. LGBTQA people doing racial and economic justice work
3. LGBTQA people working on reproductive justice
4. LGBTQA people working on justice for indigenous/Native American justice
5. LGBTQA people working on immigration justice
Soulforce is looking for 7-9 twenty-something, engaged future leaders that are representative of the diversity of identities that make up the fabric of modern America. Solandres is helmed by Soulforce’s Director of Online Community, Zachary Pullin, who identifies as a Native American, gay, male. Our hope is that the Solandres leadership group will be made up of diverse individuals, as well.
Soulforce is looking for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans*, and Queer people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, all education levels, People of Color, all abilities, all gender identities and expressions, all faiths, all sizes, and all citizenship statuses to make up its Solandres leadership group. It is imperative that our group is diverse to better accommodate the unique needs of anti-oppression and social justice work.
Orientation Dates – If you intend to apply, please make sure
you can attend this required orientation! May 31, 2013 – June 4, 2013 We may finish our orientation a day early, so please watch for a confirmed end date/time.
Interested? download the application.
Completed applications may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org