Our single of the week comes from our sisters in Solidarity Not Silence, who today drop their collective single ‘This is Sisterhood’ as a fundraiser for their campaign.
The song was created by The Tuts and Ren Aldridge from Petrol Girls, sung by Nadia Javed, and features Personal Best‘s awesome Katie Gatt doing the rockingest of rocking guitar solos.
Gang chorus vocals provided by, well reader, I was there and I can tell you it felt like the entire London DIY scene squashed into a small room (recorded back long before social distancing was even a thing!). The video captures the spirit of solidarity of that day beautifully – and opens with the campaign getting an on-stage shout-out from none other than shero Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.
If you’ve not heard of Solidarity not Silence before, read on. This campaign is raising money for the legal costs of a group of women who are fighting a defamation claim made against them, after each of them spoke up about their accuser’s alleged abuse of women. A number of his former partners, as well as feminist musicians who spoke out in support, including Nadia Javed and Ren Aldridge, are facing a libel claim.
The group of women has been fighting this case for over four years, and is desperately trying to fundraise enough money to maintain their legal representation. Since launching their crowdfunder – and again since identities were made public – they have received an extraordinary amount of support. It seems that their case resonates with many people who have had similar experiences of being silenced by someone with more power, fame or financial backing.
However, they have now reached a crucial point in the case, where costs are escalating rapidly. Therefore, in an attempt to reach out beyond their usual networks they wrote and recorded this powerful single, which tells the compelling story of their legal battle, in 2019 and are now releasing it into the world. Their strategy in releasing the track is twofold: firstly they hope to raise money directly through digital downloads and merch sales, but ultimately the goal is to tell their story and get as much attention, and therefore donations, to their crowdfunder as possible.
“At the end of the day, we’re musicians not lawyers. We can’t fight this case without the help of our lawyers, but what we can do, is use our skills and resources as musicians to tell our story, and build the momentum that we need to expand our fundraising campaign and keep covering our legal costs.”– Solidarity Not Silence collective
The single is out today via Alcopop! Records.