About Solidarity Kashmir

Mission Statement

Solidarity Kashmir is a small Minneapolis-based group that has been convened to stand and conduct actions in solidarity with the Kashmiri people’s right to freedom and self-determination. Its platform is based on the aspirations of the Kashmiri people’s quest for social, political, and economic justice in resisting decades of militarism and state-repression.

We demand an end to all forms of militarism and state-repression in Kashmir that can then pave the way for the people of Kashmir to determine their own future in a truly democratic fashion. We believe that those who face oppression are the best judges of what liberation from said oppression should look like on the ground.

We call on all justice-loving people who wish to stand against oppression and agree with this mission statement to join our group and stand in solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

We extend our solidarity to all anti-oppression struggles for social/political/economic justice around the world. Our actions are firmly based on the principles of non-violence, civil disobedience, and egalitarianism in struggle in order to enable participation across contours of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and nationality.

 

Proposed Actions

Our proposed actions are US-centric and aim to make interventions in American public discourse and media. They include online petitions, conducting educational events, raising awareness, making interventions in public discourse, publishing written material, organizing solidarity delegations to the South Asian subcontinent,  and highlighting/disseminating critical sources of information (such as those mentioned below).

 

Solidarity platform

First, do no harm. At a baseline, SK is determined to ensure our actions don’t harm those we are in solidarity with, which is why we are explicitly focused on making interventions in American public discourse and media – because that is where our members reside.

Second, follow an anti-oppression framework to solidarity work. We believe that liberation from one form of oppression can only happen when intersecting with other forms of liberation. To that end, while we are a group in solidarity Kashmiri liberation, we are also of the firm belief that our solidarity work is and must always be consistent with liberation from all forms of oppression rooted in patriarchy, racism, sexism, colonialism, religious fundamentalism, ethnic/national chauvinism, homophobia/transphobia, ableism, ageism, and more.

Third, build community with other Kashmir-solidarity groups and the broader social justice community. We can’t do this alone (it’s not a lot of fun either). So we’re definitely keen on building solidarity and community with other like-minded groups.

 

Sources and Suggested reading:

Tariq Ali, Hilal Bhatt, Angana P. Chatterji, Habbah Khatun, Pankaj Mishra, and Arundhati Roy. (2011). Kashmir: The Case For Freedom. London/NY: Verso

Indian People’s Tribunal. (2010). Independent People’s Tribunal Report On Human Rights Violations In Kashmir. http://www.countercurrents.org/ipt130910.htm

Indian People’s Tribunal. (2010). Kashmir: Incarcerated Land and People. http://www.iptindia.org/2010/02/kashmir-incarcerated-land-and-people/

International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir. (2009 to 2011). Tribunal Reports and Memoranda. http://www.kashmirprocess.org/reports.html

 

 

Contact and Website

solidaritykashmir@gmail.com

https://solidaritykashmir.wordpress.com/

 

External Links and Resources

International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir: http://www.kashmirprocess.org/

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society: http://www.jkccs.net/

Kashmir Solidarity Network: https://kashmirsolidarity.wordpress.com/

Jashn-e-Azadi, a documentary engaging with the idea of Azadi (freedom) in Kashmir: https://kashmirfilm.wordpress.com/

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