Solidarity Apothecary Values & Principles

The mission of the Solidarity Apothecary is to materially support revolutionary struggles and communities with plant medicines to strengthen collective autonomy, self-defence and resilience to climate change, capitalism and state violence.

Values & Principles

  1. Rooted in struggle – The Solidarity Apothecary was started to serve movements for liberation, be they anarchist, abolitionist, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-fascist, feminist, or working for queer and trans liberation, animal liberation, ecological defence and all struggles against domination. The Solidarity Apothecary must be responsive, needs-led, internationalists and intimately rooted in struggle. This work draws strength from fallen comrades and legacies of resistance through generations.
  2. Care – Recognising care work is community defence. Developing models of collective care, caring for myself doing this work, resisting exploitation of self and others. Recognising relationships as revolutionary. Dedication to comrades and beloveds.
  3. Joy – Living well is revenge. Ensuring the Solidarity Apothecary is liberating and pleasurable. Care vs martyrdom.
  4. Land-based – Care, reciprocity and spiritual relationship to place. Harvesting medicine is a sacred act.
  5. Anti-capitalist – Intersectionality and class consciousness, no one turned away for lack of funds, experimenting with alternative economic models that disrupt consumerism, meeting my economic needs without hoarding or exploiting others, constant dedication to redistributing economic, social and cultural power and capital.
  6. Autonomy and self defence – Mutual aid, constantly sharing resources, tools and knowledge to build infrastructure for resistance and survival. Building a revolutionary culture.
  7. Resilience, preparedness and practicality – While working for collective resilience, the Solidarity Apothecary is also resilient. Being able to do this work for the long haul. Practical preparedness for revolution, repression and climate chaos.
  8. Do no harm – Committing to safe clinical practice, working from a place of integrative healthcare (while acknowledging the harms of the medical industrial complex), always striving for a more welcoming and empowering space for folks seeking support.
  9. Always learning – Continuous political, medical, herbal and ecological education. Resisting professionalisation and the hierarchy of ‘expertise’.