The New Solidarities: Experiences of Rural Organizing

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Since November of 2016 many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of towns, cities, villages and communities have come together and formed loosely organized groups based on solidarity and care of those most vulnerable in this historic moment. These groups tend to focus on issues of support and protection, ranging from people without legal status to those at risk of loosing their health care. "Sanctuary" has become a focus of many, while popular education and access to legal and medical support is the focus of others. Deportation prevention and interference is especially common as well as "up stander" trainings, to learn together how to not be bystanders in cases of harassment and direct attacks against vulnerable people. In this panel, a few women from the Delaware County Solidarity group in the Catskills will share what we have been doing and why the focus in on support and care, and not ideology or politics with a capital P. We have found that our experiences organizing are consistent with those dozens of groups in the region and around the country. We hope to open a conversation on what is taking place, how we can better network and connect our various organizing efforts, and what might be other ways to deepen solidarity and more beyond response based organizing.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Marina
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Sitrin
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Marina Sitrin is a community activist, writer and teacher. She is the author of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina, and the co-author of They Can't Represent Us!: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy. She is completing a book on contemporary autonomous movements, in particular rethinking - together with the movements - the meanings of societies in movement. She will begin teaching Sociology in the fall at SUNY Binghamton and has been active in her local community in the Catskills of NY.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Juliette
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Consigny
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Juliette Consigny has been a resident in Delaware County since 2004. In her years there she has raised her two daughters and worked in various settings locally and most recently as an advocate and crisis counselor for victims of domestic violence in a local safe house. She currently is a graduate student in University at Buffalo's MSW program and plans to pursue social policy as a concentration. Juliette is one of the initial organizers of Delaware County Solidarity, a grouping to emerge after the election of Trump.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Anna
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Moschovakis
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
One of the initiators of Delaware County Solidarity, Anna Moschovakis is a poet, a translator, and an editor. Her books of poetry include I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (2006) and You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (2011). Moschovakis is a member of Ugly Duckling Presse, where she has been an editor, a designer, an administrator, and a printer since 2002. She founded the Dossier Series at the press in 2008 and edits both poetry and translations. A core faculty member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Moschovakis is also a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Molly
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Stevens
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Molly Stevens is an artist, French translator and student of zen who divides her time between the Catskills and New York City. She became politically aware at Sarah Lawrence College. Molly has been active in Delaware County Solidarity, organizing workshops and trainings with the Solidarity and Sanctuary working group.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Marina
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Sitrin
 

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