Collective Liberation: Anti-Racism and the Solidarity Economy
Presented by Lydia Pelot-Hobbs (OC '07) and Esteban Kelly of AORTA, the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance, a collective of educators devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy.
Part I: Towards Anti-Racist Solidarity
In Part I of our series on collective liberation, this session will be a space for straightforward, compassionate, and critical dialogue about racism’s impact on our society, on Oberlin campus, and on our lives. Through participatory education techniques, we explore how systemic white supremacy, racism, and settler colonialism play out interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally. From an intersectional vantage point, we will unpack some of the invisibilized manifestations of racism; develop a better understanding of power, privilege and inequity; and explore strategies to move beyond anti-racist “ally-ship” toward a deeper politics of racial justice and solidarity.
Part II: Solidarity Economics for Collective Liberation: Replacing Accumulation with Cooperation
What does it mean to build economic systems outside of capitalism? How can solidarity economics work in alignment with movements for economic, racial, and gender justice? Adding to the foundational framework from Part I, Part II will unpack how the structures and logics of racial capitalism produces exploitative power hierarchies and fosters competitions versus collaboration. In order to envision collective liberation from interconnected systems of oppression, capitalism must be understood, critiqued, and rendered obsolete by a new politics of economic solidarity. We will share how people are crafting solidarities economies based in principles of interdependence and mutual aid that center people and bravely tackles systems of oppression from the globe to the home to the heart.
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