We Oppose and Propose

About Us

We are a worker self-directed nonprofit organization that builds solidarity economy ecosystems using data science, story-based strategy, and action research. We work at the intersection of racial justice and solidarity economies.

Our values are based on those of the solidarity economy, including:

  • Solidarity
  • Direct democracy
  • Equity in all dimensions
  • Sustainability
  • Pluralism (not a one-size fits all approach)

We were founded in 2014, initially as the research arm of the Industrial Workers of the World. We supported worker-led organizing campaigns, such as incarcerated workers, with strategic research.

We then broadened our scope to partner with grassroots groups outside of the union, such as farmworkers, and to take on applied research consulting work with organizations, such as the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

We became very interested in what we were for, not just what we were against. And, how we can create the conditions within our organization to carry out fulfilling work.

We established an affiliated worker cooperative, Solidarity Research Cooperative, in 2015. That cooperative was dissolved in 2017, and some of the members went on to create a new entity, Research Action.

Today, we are committed to resisting and building, opposing and proposing, and to building a new world in the shell of the old. In addition to our social movement building work, we partner with community organizations, cooperatives, advocacy groups, worker centers, and labor unions to provide quantitative and qualitative research. We invite you to contact us if you are interested in partnering with us.

Our mission remains the same as it has been since we incorporated in 2015:

What is solidarity research?

We consider lived experience to be a form of knowledge. We blur the line between subject and object; we are not neutral. Anyone who professes to be objective is just shilling for the status quo.

We conduct research with the intent of challenging the normative social order and creating a new sense of who we are as individuals, with each other, and as a collective. We don’t hide our point of view, and we are rigorous, meticulous, and careful in our research so fault cannot be found in our methods.

In movements, we follow the leadership of frontline actors, be they contingent workers, labor excluded from social protection, bodies considered disposable within racialized and gendered capitalism, or life that continues despite existence in a world that denies their being.

Also known as research justice, militant research, convivial research, and workers inquiry.

The domain for Solidarity Research Center was once connected to the book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists Over a Half Century, 1950-2000 (Africa World Press, 2007), which detailed the linked struggles between North American activists with African liberation movements. We are grateful to William Minter and proud to steward this history of transnational solidarity.

Solidarity Research Center

1920 Hillhurst Avenue #V920
Los Angeles, California 90027
United States of America

[email protected]

+1 (323) 539-7654

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