"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."

– Angela Davis

Welcome to day 10

Topic: Allies and Advocates: Edition 1

Challenge yourself to grow your allyship. Review the 5 Tips for Being an Ally resource below and make the commitment to become or remain an ally.

Reminder, no matter who you are or where you are on the journey, you will not be perfect. Try to digest the information slowly and go at your own pace. Allow time for reflection and avoid feeling pressured to tackle everything.

Advocates and allies alike embrace the essential beliefs that our lives are interconnected, and that progress is possible.

When we think about our own potential, we believe it to be endless. We must also extend that belief to those beyond our closest friends and family. Our community can create and support opportunities for all children regardless of race or zip code to reach their full potential.

Change is possible, and there are many tools and approaches we can employ as individuals and organizations to drive transformation. We may not have created them, but we are all impacted by the policies and practices of racism in our country and therefore we are all responsible for dismantling the structures that allow it to persist. We must assemble more allies. We must show our work beyond our social media posts. As John A. Powell says, “We must hear other people’s suffering and stories… and ask, ‘How can we build bridges?’”

Remember, being an ally is not an identity, it is a continual process — something you must work at, be intentional about and commit to day-in and day-out.

Challenge Menu

5 Tips for Being an Ally

You wouldn’t volunteer to help build a house, show up and just start cutting wood. Would you? Being an ally requires listening and doing your own work to prepare. This short video offers a lighthearted, quick checklist of tips for being an ally for racial equity. (3 minutes)

The Importance of Showing Your Work 

“A more just and equitable world is also a more fun world.” Emmy Award-winning comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell says that, “Right now, a lot of white people are frozen by the (feeling), ‘I don’t know what to do, so I’ll do nothing.’” In this interview with Conan O’Brien, Bell offers up that being a white ally doesn’t have to be so serious. There are benefits for white people and their children that should motivate them to do some homework. (34 minutes)

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

Explore what active support looks like as an ally in Paul Kivel’s “Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies,” adapted from his book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice.”

Tips for Rebounding After Mistakes

Being an ally (or an advocate, or a human) inherently comes with making mistakes. Read the Dos and Don’ts of Allyship to help you evolve in your role and handle situations when you make mistakes. Don’t give up. Progress over perfection. The Child Well-Being Movement needs you.

Safety-Pin Solidarity: With Allies, Who Benefits?

Listen as NPR’s Code Switch explores the complexities of allyship. (30 minutes).

Being an Active Bystander

Even though it may feel difficult at times to do so, use these active bystander strategies when faced with the emergence of bias in interpersonal interactions.

Get involved and keep the conversation going.

We may not solve it overnight, but we can’t make progress if we don’t come together. That’s why each of United Way’s affinity groups is continuing the conversation about the importance of racial equity in our efforts to make sustainable improvements in child well-being across Greater Atlanta.