“The word ‘solidarity’ is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creating of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few.” -Evangelii Gaudium
The non-profit publishing organization Solidarity Hall launched in 2013 as a group blog created by a circle of friends based in Chicago, New York, Washington DC and abroad. We share a communitarian vision that includes themes of localism and an interest in new economic models while also grounded in traditional wisdom of the kind found in social theorists such as G.K. Chesterton, E.F. Schumacher, Jane Jacobs, Wendell Berry, and Dorothy Day. (Thus we are neither “left” nor “right,” but both “old” and “new.”)
The core contributors to The Dorothy Option include original members of Solidarity Hall: Elias Crim, Mark Gordon, Daniel Schwindt, Grace Potts, and Michael Stafford.
Elias Crim is Publisher at Solidarity Hall. A native Texan, Elias studied classics and medieval Italian at UC Berkeley before spending several years in financial journalism around Chicago. He has written for the American Scholar, the American Conservative, the Washington Times and the Chicago Observer and is the co-author of a textbook on character education. He briefly published something called The Armchair Historian. He writes from Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is active in community development through a Solidarity Hall initiative called “C-Lab.”
Mark Gordon is a member of the Solidarity Hall board of directors. He is a business owner, writer, and president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Diocese of Providence. Mark formerly blogged at Vox Nova and acts as editorial director for The Dorothy Option. He has written for Aleteia, National Catholic Register, Mars Hill Journal, and other publications, and is the author of Forty Days, Forty Graces: Essays by a Grateful Pilgrim.
Daniel Schwindt is Editor-in-Chief at Solidarity Hall. A metaphysical nomad, he hails from the plains of central Kansas, and from there hurls his literary lighting bolts far and wide. His books include Catholic Social Teaching: A New Synthesis, Letter to my Generation: On Identity, Direction, and Disbelief, The Pursuit of Sanity, and Holocaust of the Childlike. Daniel also blogs at The Mad Papist, his utterly unique and endlessly fascinating online store.
Michael Stafford is a member of the Solidarity Hall board of directors. He is a 2003 graduate of Duke University Law School and a former Republican Party official. He works as an attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, and writes a syndicated op-ed column. Mike’s writing has been featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Religion & Ethics Portal, MSNBC, ResPublica, and FrumForum.
Grace Potts is a member of the Solidarity Hall board of directors. She is a Roman Catholic wife and mother of six children. Politically, she’s so conservative that she’s progressive; or is it so progressive that she’s conservative? No matter, you probably get the idea. She like hiking and camping, quilting, cooking, antiques and contra dancing.