Welcome! The Tidewater Solidarity Center is a coalition of organizations, communities and individuals committed to radical solidarity with incarcerated workers and activists. Our primary project is to build inside/outside alliances and to strengthen our coalitional commitments by reducing the amount of people held in unjust cages. We support currently incarcerated people with access to funds that reduce the harm of state power (e.g. surveillance, detainment, and incarceration) through practical means such as pre-trial bonds/bail and legal representation. We also collectively create means of safety and support for people impacted by the prison industrial complex.
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OVERSIGHT & GOVERNANCE
The Solidarity Fund is governed by a spokes-council composed of people who are representative of the people and communities organizing in support of racial, social, gender, economic, and environmental justice. As such, the composition of the spokes-council will center the voices of people of color and those directly impacted by incarceration. The spokes-council can designate a trusted person to coordinate the bond/jail solidarity.
For Offering Funds for Bail & Legal Costs
o Priority for those who have not accessed funds within the last 30 days
o Priority for those with low financial resources
o Priority for people who are most targeted by state violence along axes such as race, gender expression and sexuality, mental and physical health, migration status, etc
Recipients will be encouraged to join our efforts to raise money for the Solidarity Fund by participating and organizing in ongoing fundraising campaigns or events.
PRINCIPLES OF UNITY
Recipients of funds will be asked to abide by following principles of unity:
o We think of solidarity as a verb
o We value the voices and leadership of those most impacted by injustice
o Our solidarity is based on respect for a diversity of tactics; our actions and tactics will be organized to maintain separation of time and space
o We come when called: we believe in building long-term relationships based on broad solidarity and putting goals of the movement first, above any organization, conflict, or personality.
o Any debates or criticism will stay internal to the movement avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events
o We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.