##OccupyUN

The peaceful occupancy of United Nations office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights by people from Apaa continues to yield more power Today marks one month for #OccupyUN in Gulu, where 234 victims of brutal land grabs have camped in protest of continuous killings and other abuses at the hands of the Ugandan state. […]

Return Our Computers, Cameras Now!

Dear friends who believe in justice, Our cameras and computers were confiscated by the state of Uganda when we were arrested December 6, 2014 and charged with unlawful assembly, meaning state authorities weren’t happy about the alleged conversation we were having about peace! For the past year, we’ve had trouble keeping in touch with you all, […]

What Does It Mean to Reclaim MLK Day?

When I was in fourth grade, a teacher at our school placed a transparent picture on an overhead projector (remember those?) depicting a white man walking alongside Martin Luther King Jr., explaining that “the Civil Rights Movement started to make a big impact once white people joined them.” The take-away for the entire class of […]

NOT YET FREE: A STATEMENT FROM PHIL AFTER ARREST

There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth. You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you […]

Radio Interview with a Co-Founder

A quirky 15-minute chat between Rick McVicker of Ink in Stereo and Phil Wilmot, a co-founder of Solidarity Uganda, discussing a range of topics ranging from romance to central Pennsylvania racism to human rights in rural Uganda. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Two Solidarity Uganda Co-Founders Recognized at Torch of Global Enlightenment

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg (WACH), an organization focused on global diversity, interfaith cooperation, and peacemaking hosted the 2nd Annual Torch of Global Enlightenment Awards to honor organizations and individuals who have demonstrated the values to which WACH ascribes. On the list of individual nominees were Suzan and Phil Wilmot, two of Solidarity Uganda’s […]

I am selling (giving away) all these books:

The time has come to rid myself of books.  All profits will support Solidarity Uganda.  Must at least be able to pick them up (in Hanover or Harrisburg, PA) or pay for shipping.  Make all offers to phil [at] solidarityuganda [dot] com or call/text 717 six-zero-eight 2960.  Books listed in italics are those which you should consider […]

The Importance of Anger

Development workers and mediators, amongst others, tend to want to cool down the flames, to lighten the mood, to diffuse loudness and verbal aggression, to “resolve conflict” and “restore beauty.”  Yet without conflict, tension, and anger, we make very little progress, except for a short time at the surface.  Anger is authentic when experienced as […]

How a Documentary Film Will Protect Land in Uganda

Solidarity Uganda recently announced its documentary film project “Our Feet Are Rooted,” a film which will highlight Amuru residents’ nonviolent resistance to the theft of their land by oil and sugar corporations.  The film will chronicle the history of the land conflict through the eyes of local communities and residents and will be produced using […]

Why “Empowerment” is not really better than “Charity”

“Give a man a fish to feed him for the day” is bad advice, but not for the reasons we like to believe. In the world of nonprofit development initiatives, especially in the international scene, charity has been slammed into the ground in recent years.  Critics of child sponsorship programs, food distribution projects, and all […]