What is Solidarity? It seems to be what our world needs more of.
When we look up the word ‘solidarity” in the dictionary this is the definition. Solidarity: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. The most recent solidarity is the one of the Women’s march on January 21 in Washington D.C. and several states throughout the nation. Marching for respect and equality that women that is feared will be gone with the new presidency.
Solidarity in action can best be remembered when Cesar E. Chavez with Dolores Huerta organized group of famers to come together for better working and living conditions. Cesar’s inspiration came from reading about St. Francis of Assisi, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.
Through out the world and in the nation we live in we need to consider solidarity in order to produce respect among each other and peace. Solidarity is a community of interdependent people ready to do something good and positive. Solidarity is democracy.
Keep in mind the following quotes when you come together as a community to face those that do not respect democracy and most important human rights regardless of race, gender or religion.
We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other's dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live. S
- Saint John Paul II
"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world ... the Brazilian people, particularly the humblest among you, can offer the world a valuable lesson in solidarity, a word that is too often forgotten or silenced because it is uncomfortable ... I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity"
- Pope Francis
So in 2017 and the years to come let’s make a effort to support or participate or develop solidarity in our communities toward building this world a small world where we all are family under God.