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The Solidarity Encounter

Women, Activism, and Creating Non-Colonizing Relations

An indispensable resource for organizing solidarity in diverse communities.

On the heels of recent revelations of past and ongoing injustices, reconciliation and solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are even more urgent. But it is a complex endeavor. In The Solidarity Encounter, Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis takes readers into the fraught terrain of solidarity organizing, bringing together insights from both interviews with activists and current scholarship. Multi-issue coalitions such as Idle No More, #NoDAPL, MMIWG2SQ, Black Lives Matter, and Fridays for Future all depend on the collaboration of diverse communities, even as tensions emerge in the encounter between groups of unequal power. The Solidarity Encounter offers strategies for respecting boundaries, providing a constructive framework for non-colonizing solidarity that can be applied in many contexts.

Table of Contents

1 White Women, Proximity and Settler/Liberal Self-Making
2 Transgressing Cherished Spaces: Indigenous Women on the “Impulse to Solidarity”
3 Risky Romanticization: Cultural Difference, National Belonging and Indigenous Resistance
4 Making Exceptions as the Rule: “Good/White Settler Allies” and the Politics of Declaration
5 Towards Non-Colonizing Solidarity
Conclusion: The Solidarity Encounter in Relief
Notes; References; Index

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