The Solidarity Squadship is an intensive movement accompaniment cohort program, organized by Highlander Center’s Economics and Governance and Cultural Organizing programs. The program engages “squads” – groups of three or four organizers from communities across the South – in a cohort learning community over the course of several months. Participants are paid stipends, provided with funding and assistance around organizing actions and people’s assemblies, and gathered together on-site and virtually for workshops, restoration, and check-ins.

El programa Solidario de Becas para Equipos es un programa por cohorte intensivo de acompañamiento del movimiento, organizado por los programas de Economía y Gobernanza y de Organización Cultural del Centro Highlander. El programa integra “equipos”, o grupos de tres o cuatro organizadorxs de comunidades de todo el sur de los EE. UU., a una comunidad de aprendizaje compuesta de cohortes durante varios meses. Lxs participantes reciben estipendios, reciben financiación y ayuda para organizar actividades y asambleas populares, y se reúnen presencial y virtualmente para asistir a talleres, restaurar y hacer check-ins.

Check out this video created by Videographer / Director Kristan Woolford hyping up the Squadship and sharing helpful info to folks who might want to apply! Find Kristan at  @analog_detoxanalog_detox and on facebook at:

Southern Beyond Survival 2022 Fellowship

La Beca Southern Beyond Survival 2022 

Southern Beyond Survival 2022 Fellowship


Access the full Call for Applications Here!


Apply with your squad to be Highlander Southern Beyond Survival Fellows!

 Get paid to strengthen your solidarity organizing. 

 Connect with Highlander and other squads in the South.

 2022 Theme — Resist + Build + Heal:
Transforming Culture, Economy, and Governance

La Beca Southern Beyond Survival 2022


Puedes ver la convocatoria completa aquí


Presenta una solicitud con tu equipo para ser Becarixs Southern Beyond Survival (Sureñxs Más Allá de la Supervivencia) de Highlander.

Recibe un sueldo para fortalecer tu trabajo de organización solidaria. 

Conéctate con Highlander y otros equipos del sur.

Tema para 2022 — Resistir + Construir + Sanar: Transformar la Cultura, la Economía y la Gobernanza

Highlander‘s Economics and Governance and Cultural Organizing programs will select fellows from up to six communities. The Fellowship runs May 18  through October 2, 2022, with the possibility to extend through December 11, 2022. Fellows will join a cohort to deepen their cultural organizing, community governance, and solidarity economy work.

Access the full Call for Applications Here!

Deadline to apply: April 10, 2022. 

Highlander‘s Economics and Governance and Cultural Organizing programs are selecting fellows from up to six communities (3-4 fellows from each community) now through Highlander’s 90th Homecoming (Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2022), with the possibility of extending through December 11, 2022. 

The purpose of the “Solidarity Squadship” is to support teams organizing in communities and organizations in TN, KY, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, AR, MS, LA, TX, or WV to maintain, deepen, expand, and/or strengthen their organizing to resist, build and heal while connecting with Highlander and other communities in the region. We are excited to work with fellows and squads focusing on solidarity economy work, experimenting at the intersection of culture, governance, and economy.

When we say solidarity economy organizing, we mean a plurality of approaches across the resist and build and heal spectrum: community governance (people’s assemblies, participatory budgeting), cultural organizing, care work, mutual aid, cooperatives, land justice, eviction defense, housing cooperatives and land trusts, people’s assemblies, police accountability and/or defund police campaigns, study groups, participatory budgeting, tool libraries, savings pools, transformative and/or restorative justice, relational organizing, place-based organizing, etc.

Communities can choose to send teams of at least three and up to four fellows, who will be compensated $4,200 for 20 weeks (based on $21 per hour for an expected maximum of 10 hours per week). In addition, fellow squads will have access to a small budget to support a community action.

Apply by email before April 10, 2022. Don’t wait! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as they are received.

Read the full Call for Applications, which includes a detailed timeline, eligibility requirements, list of commitments, and instructions for how to apply.

Los programas de Economía, de Gobernanza y Organización Cultural seleccionarán becarixs de hasta seis comunidades. La beca durará desde el 18 de mayo hasta el 2 de octubre de 2022, con la opción de prolongarla hasta el 11 de diciembre de 2022. Lxs becarixs entrarán a una cohorte para profundizar en su trabajo de organización cultural, gobernanza comunitaria y economía solidaria.

Puedes ver la convocatoria completa aquí

Fecha límite para presentar tu solicitud: 10 de abril de 2022. 

Los programas de Economía y Gobernanza y Organización Cultural seleccionarán becarixs de hasta seis comunidades (3-4 becarixs de cada comunidad) desde ahora hasta el 90º aniversario de Highlander (30 de septiembre – 2 de octubre de 2022), con la opción de prolongarla hasta el 11 de diciembre de 2022. 

El propósito del “programa solidario de Becas para Equipos” es apoyar a equipos que hacen trabajo organizativo en comunidades y organizaciones en TN, KY, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, AR, MS, LA, TX, o WV para mantener, profundizar, expandir, o fortalecer su labor de resistir, construir y sanar a la vez que se conectan con Highlander y otras comunidades de la región. Nos emociona trabajar con becarixs y equipos que se enfocan en el trabajo de economía solidaria, que experimentan en la intersección de la cultura, la gobernanza y la economía.

Cuando hablamos de organización de la economía solidaria, nos referimos a una serie de enfoques que cubren todo el espectro de la resistencia, la construcción y la sanación: gobernanza comunitaria (asambleas populares, presupuestos participativos), organización cultural, trabajo de cuidados, ayuda mutua, cooperativas, justicia agraria, defensa contra los desalojos, cooperativas de vivienda y fideicomisos de terrenos, asambleas populares, rendición de cuentas y/o campañas de desfinanciación de la policía, grupos de estudio, presupuestos participativos, bancos de herramientas, fondos de ahorro, justicia transformativa y/o restaurativa, organización basada en las relaciones interpersonales, organización basada en el lugar, etc.

Las comunidades pueden optar por enviar equipos de un mínimo de tres y un máximo de cuatro becarixs, que recibirán como compensación 4,200 dólares por 20 semanas (basado en 21 dólares por hora con una media máxima prevista de 10 horas semanales). Además, los equipos de becarixs tendrán acceso a un pequeño presupuesto para realizar una actividad comunitaria.

Presenta tu solicitud por correo electrónico antes del 10 de abril de 2022. ¡No esperes! Evaluaremos las solicitudes de manera continua conforme las vayamos recibiendo.

Lee la convocatoria completa, que incluye un cronograma detallado, los requisitos de elegibilidad, la lista de compromisos que se deben hacer y las instrucciones para presentar la solicitud. 

Check out the inaugural 2021 Solidarity Squads to learn more!

Highlander‘s Economics and Governance and Cultural Organizing programs were excited to launch the 2021 Solidarity Squadship! Highlander provided accompaniment to squads organizing in four Southern communities as they maintained, deepened, expanded, and strengthened their solidarity economy infrastructures. 

Check out this Solidarity Squadship Showcase featuring the 2021 Squads at Highlander’s 89th Homecoming!

Knoxville, TN: Jazmin Witherspoon, Sylvia Scull, and Ty Murray 

SICK (SERVICE INDUSTRY COALITION KNOXVILLE) and THE BOTTOM teamed up to hold a People’s Movement Assembly about housing justice in Knoxville and to support each other’s projects. The Bottom recently purchased its own building to preserve Black community space for building community, celebrating culture, honoring history, and engaging the creativity of Black people. They’re looking to build on this Black community space by establishing community housing nearby. During the pandemic, SICK organized mutual aid among restaurant workers who were facing layoffs and unsafe working conditions and established a worker center affiliate with Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC). SICK is now organizing restaurant workers to establish criteria for equitable, worker-friendly restaurants and aim to hold a equitable restaurant jobs fair.

Lexington, KY: Emma Anderson, Jamila Green, and Jessica Bowman

LPD ACCOUNTABILITY organized to demand accountability from the Lexington Police Department and won their campaign to successfully ban No Knock Warrants in Lexington. Read the PEOPLES BLUEPRINT to learn more about their work. They are looking to establish Harm Free Zones in Lexington and will be organizing a People’s Movement Assembly as a first step toward that goal.

Mobile, AL: Albert Terry, Asia Smith, Kiongozi Mapinduzi Tiffany Trotter

Black Empowerment Team organized during the pandemic to meet the immediate needs of public housing residents threatened with displacement, feeding 1,000 people regularly through their food distribution efforts. They are organizing to hold city officials accountable for how COVID relief funding is spent and building organizational infrastructure to create Black-owned community spaces in Mobile.

Gadsden, AL: Kolbey Freeman, McKenzie Clark, Robert Hunter, Shunbrica Dozier

RACE AGAINST INJUSTICE NOW (RAIN) invests in impoverished BIPOC communities through mutual aid, mentorship, and community outreach programs. During the pandemic they established pop up free-stores and eventually opened up a storefront with clothing, supplies, and food – all free to whomever needs. They run a youth program, free fridge, and provide support and supplies to folks released from the jail across the street. They are working toward the sustainability of their space and programs.