We are building a Baltic-wide regional network of organizations and individuals who share similar values and are fighting the systemic and structural injustices through their various initiatives and platforms.
We are grateful to Guerrilla Foundation for their support.
Who are we?
Solidarity Network Y?! started in 2019, when we started organizing Festival Y?! 2020, the first ever festival for the young activists in the Baltics.
In August 2020, we invited activist organizations and groups from across the Baltics to gather in Estonia for a four-day event – Festival Y?! 2020.
Lucky to have been able to squeeze the festival in between the lockdowns, we were thrilled to see the enthusiasm of the participants when discussing the issues that we all feel so strong about.
After the event, joined by new members, our team established ourselves as a Baltics-wide Collective Y?!. Our goal remains connecting grassroots movements and organizations within the region.
Naturally, we didn’t want to let go of the momentum and decided to start building something even bigger: a network.
While the pandemic still holds the region on hold, we are not organizing the festival for a bit. Instead, we are building a region-wide Solidarity Network Y?!, consisting of organisations and individuals who share the same values and are fighting the systemic and structural injustices through their various initiatives and platforms.
Join our Network
We are always open for new members, be they groups or individuals. So if you are interested just click join!
We at Solidarity Network Y?! strongly believe in looking past individual responsibility when addressing societal injustices. We try and apply an intersectional framework into our activities and initiatives.
We value teamwork, collaboration and we believe in the importance of exchanging ideas.
We continuously challenge our own preconceived notions of the power dynamics present in society, continuously learn about building inclusive movements and intersectionality. At our network, we try our best to foster an environment fit for compassion, inclusion and long-lasting support.
We do not welcome:
Political and personal ideologies which are built on discrimination, patriarchy, racism, ageism and other oppressions of individual rights, as well as green ideologies that do not take into account the liberation of others and are oppressive to marginalized identities.
How we see it
We believe that by joining our forces we can build a regional movement and make more noise together! As a result – hopefully – we can attract more attention to our cases and create the much needed change in our society.
How we do it
Spread across our region, there are numerous amazing people, doing inspiring work when fighting patriarchy, economic, climate and social injustices, questioning heteronormativism and other outdated discourses currently still strong throughout the Baltics. We believe in working for justice across the social spectrum, therefore we aim to create possibilities for these amazing people to meet and work together.
Are you organising an action to draw attention to an urgentq issue? Or to react to sudden political or societal developments? And weren’t you able to apply for funding sooner because your action has to be organised immediately? In that case we can treat your application as an urgent application.
Considering that the emergency fund is fluid and constantly changing, we are not setting any limits on the amount you can apply for. After we receive your application we will let you know with what amount we can support you.
A decision concerning your request will be made within days. Please note: this option is specifically meant for unforeseen situations (for example, changing political contexts, actions/protests facing unforeseen obstacles, arrests, etc.), not for last minute funding for actions that are already prepared.
Criteria for funding
- Support politically controversial projects that have difficulty finding financial aid elsewhere.
- Actionable (protests, direct action, revolutions, other creative forms of confrontational action, legal interventions, legal help, etc.).
- Supports groups, organizations or social movements that fight for a honest, just and ecologically sound society.
- This fund won’t fund structural costs like wages or rental costs.
- This fund won’t support conferences, seminars, debates or other meetings.
- We don’t support political parties.
- This fund doesn’t support cultural or educational projects that only aim at raising awareness.
Building solidarity in the Baltics since 2019
Projects of 2021
Last year, members of the network’s Participatory Fund distributed €2,342 amongst ourselves. How did it work?
~ network members thought of ways on how to bring our communities together and create change
~ everyone met up (online) and shared the money to make it happen (offline)
During the year, some of us encountered urgent challenges that demanded funding. To meet the need, we established Emergency Fund, open to everyone. Two initiatives ended up using the total of €550 to help the refugees at the border and save the trees from being cut down in Vilnius.
Read more about what we have been up to below:
ULWC is all about building community and growing queer cultural scene through DJ workshops, mixtape series and parties. The first party Take Back The Night was organized in collaboration with Vilnius Queer Festival Kreivės, and since then the party movement is...
Throughout August and September 2021, Apeironas theatre in Klaipėda facilitated three events dedicated to building a local LGBTQIA+ and allies community. The organizers used the theatre space to facilitate a discussion on LGBTQIA+ wellbeing with a mental health...
SapfoFest is non-commercial, independent, community-initiated festival in Lithuania, which seeks to empower & connect the queer-feminist community since 2014.
Do I need to be a part of an organization in order to participate?
Not at all! The Network is open to participants of all shapes and sizes. You can be an NGO, a collective, a group of friends or you can come on your own! Here, what matters is our shared values and respect for each other.
What will be my responsibilities, if i decide to join?
Joining the Network doesn’t involve any responsibilities on itself. It will be up to you how much you want to get involved with your, or others’ initiatives. The whole network is voluntary and no one can make you take the responsibilities you don’t want; however, if you do decide to take up a task, we expect you to make that choice responsibly and be a team player. And remember, you can also hang out with us at our events and have fun with no responsibilities involved!
I dont have enough capacity to participate, but I would like to help from the side, as I am passionate about these issues. Is there anything I can do to help?
Glad you asked! Sorry to hear about your capacity, but if you still want to participate from the side, we absolutely love the idea already! Reach out to us and share your ideas, we are almost certain there is something we can come up with and collaborate. Thanks for popping in!
Where did you get the money from?
Good question! Last year, we sat down and wrote a project on behalf of our collective and applied for funding at Guerrilla Foundation. They liked the idea well enough to support us, so here we are sharing the money pot with you all with a goal of building solidarity in the region.
Do I have to pay to be in the network? Or maybe I can gain some cash?
No, we don’t take fees of any kind, so it’s all free of any charge for you to join. On the other hand, we also don’t pay wages, so you shouldn’t look at this as a job opportunity. The money we offer is there to take any financial burden off your shoulders when organizing all the amazing initiatives and making ideas take shape.
Are there any age restrictions for the participants?
Everyone is welcome to join, we simply don’t agree with ageism here! Right now, most of the events (or rather all of them, really!) take place online anyway, so all you need is an internet connection, we are not going to be checking your age at Zoom waiting room.
We provide Zoom access!
We want to support as much as we can. In the spirit of the same, we are happy to provide with access to premium Zoom video calling application, to whom may need in our network 🙂
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