Rundown of Solidarity Networks

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Nov 8 2010 14:35
Rundown of Solidarity Networks

Just wondering if anyone has a list of the various established and or emerging solidarity networks. Websites, please, too. We're gettin one started in Iowa City and i think im tasked with makin the blog, so Id like to link up the other solnets.

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Nov 10 2010 05:54

888 has a google map i believe????

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Nov 10 2010 06:32

re: websites... I've seen (these are all on SeaSol's 'links' page):

http://seasol.net/
http://olysol.net/
http://gritsolidarity.wordpress.com/
http://www.scsolidarity.blogspot.com/
http://glasgowsolnet.wordpress.com/

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Nov 10 2010 07:49

Cool thanks, for some reason I didn't think to check SeaSol's site.

I've heard of one in Tacoma and also New Zealand as well....but not much.

edit: nvm thats what grit city is (tacoma)

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Nov 11 2010 13:27

Wellington Workers Solidarity Network
http://wellingtonsolidarity.wordpress.com

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Nov 11 2010 17:07

There is also a solidarity network in Auckland and networks forming in Christchurch and Dunedin, so thats four that I am aware of in NZ.

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Nov 13 2010 02:56

Are not these different from the Seasol model though. As in they are not direct action grievance work?

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Nov 14 2010 09:35

yeah, at least that one in Wellington is a little different than the seasol model. I don't know much about the ones in new zealand. i know the called us a while back when they were starting. someone have some websites for them?

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Nov 14 2010 11:28

The Wellington one does plan to do direct action grievance work, although it hasn't built up enough contacts to do any thus far.

The Dunedin and Christchurch groups bootsy mentioned are still very much in the formative stages as far as I know, and certainly don't have websites yet (AFAIK I don't think either are having meetings or have any structure / name yet either). The Auckland one has a website at http://www.solidarity.org.nz and is more of a networking tool for various Auckland activists, rank and file unionists and fulltime union organisers AFAIK.

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Jan 19 2011 04:54

Boston Solidarity
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002005113677

Cooperative Action Project (CAP NYC)
http://capnyc.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002003673710

Rhode Island Solidarity & Equality (RISE)
http://www.tinyurl.com/risolidarityandequality
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhode-Island-Solidarity-and-Equality/148454921874945

San Diego Solidarity
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001955617977

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Jan 13 2011 16:51

Mutual Aid Sheffield (MASH)

First meeting was yesterday; haven't heard anything about how it went yet but Sheffield AF were pretty heavily involved in setting it up:

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Jan 17 2011 02:14

We're slowly getting up and running...

Iowa City Solidarity Network
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-City-Solidarity-Network/190142467665376
http://iowacitysolidarity.net/ (Under Construction)

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Jan 18 2011 15:17

This is pretty exciting. I'm glad to see the model spreading. There was an ISO article that mentions more branches like Pensacola?
http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/17/no-justice-no-pasta

I know Seattle Solidarity is an affiliate of the IWW, I'm curious about the relationship of these other groups to the IWW?

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Jan 18 2011 22:07
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I know Seattle Solidarity is an affiliate of the IWW, I'm curious about the relationship of these other groups to the IWW?

I don't know if they're officially affiliated:

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SeaSol was started by the Seattle IWW GMB, and many SeaSol members are in the IWW. Participating in SeaSol builds the kind of organizing skills needed to form a successful IWW workplace branch—something that we hope will come out of future SeaSol organizing, when we build up enough to have a concentration of members in a particular industry, such as restaurants.

Lot's more info here: http://libcom.org/library/seasol-interview

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Jan 19 2011 05:10

Interesting that the ISO finally picked up on the model.

The thing I like most about the model is it makes lots of people "happy" everyone from insurrectionists to more traditional revolutionaries, in that it is not a union or a party but it is still a mass struggle based organizational model. I do also hope in the future these groups can grow into longer lasting more ambitious campaigns, etc but don't we all?

Of course it will be important to keep these groups distinct from relationships with unions, because of laws around secondary action, but it becomes successful I could foresee the Law trying to frame these as "labor associations" shrugs…

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Jan 19 2011 14:55

Chilli Sauce, I could be wrong but on their website it says they're loosely affiliated and take money from the Seattle GMB for flyering sometimes. Which actually coming to what sabotage says, it's unclear whether they could avoid that. Not having a treasury helps, but when truckers wildcat-ed in the ports they were sued as a union. 2 or more people in the US taking collective action is considered a union, and so not officially filing for status doesn't imply immunity. The best defense is not to have money in which case they may just try injunctions, but if you do directly tie back to a union somehow they may try to seize the treasury.

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Jan 19 2011 22:42

it's nice how they use that section of law when it is convenient for them but barely recognize it otherwise the (2 or more people taking collective action thing)

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Feb 6 2011 18:04

Collective action is happening on a large scale in London and this may be seen as a mass struggle, so we can realise the potential of the class struggle, which has its own impetus. In other words, when we can bring the skills of organisation to the people we can see the growing campaigning skills becoming a part of bigger campaigns. But, I might sound like a bit of a David Cameron (dodgy fascist, principally) so what is needed is new horizons, valuable relationships, no exploitation and organic growth of the organisation for resistance to the austerity cuts.