The Syracuse Solidarity Network

The Syracuse Solidarity Network (SSN) is a network based on mutual aid, communication and solidarity between anti-capitalist, anti-oppression and anti-authoritarian groups coming together to make connections while maintaining their autonomy and difference.

Just recently, the SSN has taken on a few different projects. Folks within the network have created an anti-oppression working group, which acts as a place to share resources and have discussions about oppression and white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Another project we are working on is political prisoner support. In the next month we are planning a dinner where we will watch a film on Assata Shakur and also write letters to political prisoners.

We encourage both members of groups and individuals to come and get plugged in! Our monthly meetings are a great way to meet folks who already work with local groups and for members to spread the word about what their group is working on. The meetings are set up so you can just drop in for a few minutes to hear local announcements. At the next meeting we will be discussing how 2008 can be a year of resistance!

The Syracuse Solidarity Network meets every second Monday of the month at 5 pm at the Women’s Information Center (601 Allen St. Syracuse). We base our affinity with one another around points of unity created out of the Northeast Anarchist Network and People’s Global Action:

1) A rejection of capitalism, imperialism, and authoritarianism (hierarchy/the State).

2) A rejection of all systems of oppression, including but not limited to sexism, white supremacy, heterosexism, and capitalism. We recognize that all forms of oppression are interconnected and support the self-organization and autonomy of oppressed groups. Respecting different priorities, we will reject imposing a hierarchy of oppressions in our organizing and will recognize the leadership and resistance of communities directly affected. We will be accountable for power and privilege within our network and work towards a holistic anti-oppression culture of resistance.

3) An organizational philosophy based on decentralization, autonomy, and mutual aid.

4) An attitude of active resistance towards all state, corporate and other oppressive institutions.

5) A call to direct action, support for emancipatory social movements across Syracuse and the world, advocating the liberation of all as well as the construction of alternatives in Syracuse. You can contact SSN via email at SyracuseSolNet@riseup.net. Our next meeting is January 14th at 5 pm.

–Sera Brown is a local activist and organizer.