Grassroots International

Donor Engagement Opportunities

Solidarity Encounters

A Donor and Community Engagement Program at Grassroots International

In 2022, Grassroots International piloted a new donor engagement program — Solidarity Encounters — and we are now pleased to announce the formal launch of the program! 

What are Solidarity Encounters?

Solidarity Encounters are virtual, live forums where donors, funders, prospective supporters, philanthropic advisors, and other members of our community can learn more about the work of Grassroots International and our frontline partners, and can build community with one another. The Solidarity Encounters are one of several donor and community education/ organizing programs that Grassroots International offers. 

The Solidarity Encounters:

  • Connect participants with our partners to learn about their visions, and approaches, as well as their cultures
  • Bring thought and movement leaders in the United States into dialogue with our movement partners and grantees, fostering an internationalist lens on intersecting oppressions and on transformational system change work
  • Provide spaces where participants can explore how to deepen their active solidarity with social movements, particularly those movements Grassroots International is in partnership with
  • Provide spaces for participants to learn about and from one another, as well as deepen their relationship with Grassroots International staff and partners
  • Steep learning in mística, a social movement practice that engages the heart and spirit, and that deepens political commitment
The format

Some Solidarity Encounters are lectures or panel discussions. Others are hands-on workshops. All have participatory elements and language interpretation is provided when we expect multiple languages to be used. Each session lasts between one and two hours. Participants can join one session, multiple sessions, or an entire series. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend at the time of the event and actively engage, as a major focus is the co-creation of knowledge and of community-building.

The Goal

Our hope is that participants will leave these sessions with: 

  • A deeper, more embodied understanding of the social movements Grassroots International accompanies and their vision and analysis 
  • A deeper understanding of the role we play in their work as a movement support organization
  • A more fully developed internationalist perspective
  • A desire to actively support Grassroots International and, by extension, the frontline movements in the Global South with which we are partnered
  • A deeper understanding of Solidarity Philanthropy, and a desire to be co-creators with us of this radical praxis

Next Encounter:

Healing Justice in Black Feminist and Palestinian Liberation Movements

Speakers: adrienne maree brown, Devin Atallah, CURCUM; Trina Jackson and Ayman Nijim, Grassroots International
Date: October 25, 2:00- 3:30 PM ET

This Solidarity Encounter will be a dialogue between adrienne maree brown, who grows healing ideas in public; Devin Atallah, a member of the Indigenous Palestinian decolonial healing collective CURCUM*; and Grassroots International staff.

The conversation will explore the meaning and significance of the praxis of healing justice in Black Feminist, Palestinian, and other interconnected social movements working for decolonization and collective liberation. The apocalyptical violences of colonialism have created conditions that seek to make life unlivable for the colonized, in ways that are deeply racialized, gendered, sexist, ableist, and classist. Although different, both adrienne’s and Devin’s works center collective efforts that are re-imagining ways of living and healing through border-defying radical relationalities, and the promise of decolonial love. Trina Jackson and Ayman Nijim, who coordinate Grassroots International’s US Internationalist and Middle East programs respectively, will facilitate the conversation and tie it back to Grassroots International’s healing justice and Black and Palestinian solidarity work.  

Photo credit Anjali Pinto
adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music and her podcasts. Informed by 25 years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship and her work as a doula, adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author/editor of several published texts, and cogenerator of a tarot deck and a developing musical ritual.
Devin G. Atallah is an Diaspora Palestinian, a father and caregiver, a healer and guest living in Boston upon lands of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, colonized by the USA. He is a member of an Indigenous Palestinian decolonial healing collective, called: CURCUM كركم. Together with his colleagues at CURCUM كركم, he has co-written “CURCUM’s Trees: A Decolonial Healing Guide for Palestinian Community Health Workers.” He is also an Assistant Professor with the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a leader in the Decolonial Antiracism Research & Action (DARA) Collective for Healing & Liberación (

As an activist, scholar, and practitioner, he focuses on striving towards understanding and directly contributing to intergenerational resistance, healing justice and decolonization/decoloniality.

Trina Jackson is the Senior Solidarity Program Officer – US Internationalist Program and works to support environmental justice social movements in the United States and Puerto Rico. Trina also coordinates the Martín-Baró Initiative for Wellbeing and Human Rights at Grassroots International.

In her organizing work, Trina seeks to explore the intersections of identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives that bring about social transformation, cultural shifts, and radical imaginations.

Trina serves on the board of directors for the Center for Story-based Strategy and Haymarket People’s Fund. She is the producer of Grown By Herself, an independent multimedia project that honors the gardening and farming traditions of black women. She has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy program.

Ayman Nijim is the Solidarity Program Officer for the Middle East at Grassroots International. Nijim is originally from the Gaza Strip, where he worked with traumatized children to articulate and radically imagine a praxis for their healing, reparation, and liberation. Nijim created a project, “Let the Children Play and Heal,” to showcase their inalienable rights amidst consecutive offensives in a tiny enclave: Gaza Strip, and the project, “let the children practice their rights” to dismantle the cycle of oppression in which internalized oppression is mostly related. Nijim is on the advisory board of Gaza Mental Health Foundation. Nijim is a doctoral student of Transformative Social Change with an emphasis on Liberation Psychology at Saybrook University in Pasadena, California.

*Together with the Lajee Collective in the Aida refugee camp in Palestine, CURCUM Collective is a grant recipient of Grassroots International’s Martín-Baró Initiative for Wellbeing and Human Rights.
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2023 Program

May 25, 2:00- 3:15 PM EDT
Ecological Crisis: False Solutions & Climate Justice Frameworks
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June 20, 2:00- 3:15 PM EDT
Community-Led Agroecology
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July 26, 2:00- 3:15 PM EDT
Grassroots Feminisms
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October 25, 2:00- 3:30 PM EDT
Healing Justice in Black Feminist and Palestinian Liberation Movements
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