Justice in June: Open-Source Lessons on Becoming an Active Ally

created by Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta


 

Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. On this document are links to the learning resources and a schedule of what to do each day. Click on the following to jump directly to that info:

 

Additional Resources:

 

Important Note: 

This should just be the beginning. Please do not stop learning after you complete this month. Each section (10/25/45 minutes) has somewhat different material and the links under “Additional Resources” also include new content, so go above and beyond to educate yourself.

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As an example: 10-minutes a Day 

Over the course of the month, you will have spent 5 hours intentionally learning how to be an active ally of the black community. (That’s less than the amount of time it takes to watch all of Tiger King ~ 5.5 hours.) Remember, the black community lives the reality of the information you will learn- they have a lifetime of fearing for their well being versus 5 hours of you being uncomfortable. All the action items listed in the calendar have linked information below the weekly schedule (see sections Watch, Read, Listen, and Act).

DAILY

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1st Read “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” 2nd & 3rd Read America’s Racial Contract is Killing Us” 4th Listen to “Your Body Being Used” podcast 5th Sign the petition “Justice for George Floyd” 6th & 7th Watch “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” TED Talk
8th & 9th & 10th Explore and read the articles that are part of The 1619 Project from the New York Times 11th Listen to “When Civility is Used as a Cudgel Against People of Color” podcast 12th Write/call local gov rep & police chief asking for all officers to be outfitted with body cam. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. 13th & 14th Watch “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TED Talk
15th Read “The Intersectionality Wars” 16th & 17th Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” 18th Listen to “The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Anger” podcast 19th Write/call local gov rep & police chief advocating for police de-escalation training. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. 20th & 21st Watch “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” TED Talk
22nd Read “The Case for Reparations” 23rd & 24th Read “Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups” 25th Listen to “Opinion: My Father Stood for the National Anthem for the Same Reason Colin Kaepernick Sits”  and “When Calling the Po-Po is a No-No” 26th Donate to anti-white supremacy work (see below links) 27th & 28th Watch “How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and others for prison” TED Talk
29th & 30th Buy books, materials, supplies for educator friends featuring POC (see below links)

 

WEEKLY

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
Watch “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” TED Talk “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TED Talk “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” TED Talk How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and others for prison” TED Talk
Read “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Ibram X. Kendi and America’s Racial Contract is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer The 1619 Project from the New York Times “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and “Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups” developed by Craig Elliott
Listen “Your Body Being Used” “When Civility is Used as a Cudgel Against People of Color” “The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Anger” “Opinion: My Father Stood for the National Anthem for the Same Reason Colin Kaepernick Sits”  and “When Calling the Po-Po is a No-No”
Act Sign the Petition Justice for George Floyd [1]Google whether your local police department currently outfits all on-duty police officers with a body-worn camera and requires that the body-worn camera be turned on immediately when officers respond to a police call. If they don’t, write to your city or town government representative and police chief to advocate for it.The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. [2]Google whether your city or town currently employs evidence-based police de-escalation training. Write to your city or town government representative and police chief and advocate for it. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. [3]Donate to anti-white supremacy work such as your local Black Lives Matter Chapter, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, the NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, United Negro College Fund, Black Youth Project 100, Color of Change, The Sentencing Project, Families against Mandatory Minimums, A New Way of Life, and Dream Defenders. [4]If you or a friend is an educator, buy said friend books that feature POC as protagonists and heroes, no matter the racial make-up of the class. A few good lists are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. And/or purchase educational toys that feature POC, such as finger puppets, Black History Flashcards, etc for their classroom. Use these items year-round, not just in February.

All the links:

Watch

Read

Listen

Act

  • Sign the Petition Justice for George Floyd
  • Google whether your local police department currently outfits all on-duty police officers with a body-worn camera and requires that the body-worn camera be turned on immediately when officers respond to a police call. If they don’t, write to your city or town government representative and police chief to advocate for it. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. Multiply your voice by soliciting others to advocate as well, writing on social media about it, writing op-eds, etc.
  1. (Source: 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice)
  • Google whether your city or town currently employs evidence-based police de-escalation training. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. Write to your city or town government representative and police chief and advocate for it. Multiply your voice by soliciting others to advocate as well, writing on social media about it, writing op-eds, etc.
  1. (Source: 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice)
  1. (Source: 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice)
  • If you or a friend is an educator, buy said friend books that feature POC as protagonists and heroes, no matter the racial make-up of the class. A few good lists are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. And/or purchase educational toys that feature POC, such as finger puppets, Black History Flashcards, etc for their classroom. Use these items year-round, not just in February. The racial make-up of students doesn’t matter — kids of every race need to know American history and be exposed to people from different races, religions, and countries. If the friend is interested, buy them for your pal’s classroom. Don’t be shy to ask Facebook friends that you haven’t actually talked to in ten years.
  1. (Source: 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice)