This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.
Note: Though the training course is titled "Justice in June" you can use this for any month.
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:
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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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).
On the 1st - Read “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?”
On the 2nd & 3rd - Read “America’s Racial Contract is Killing Us”
On the 4th - Listen to “Your Body Being Used” podcast
On the 5th - Help reallocate city budgets by defunding the police Automatic Email Template Link On the 6th & 7th - Watch “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” TED Talk
On the 8th & 9th & 10th - Explore and read the articles that are part of The 1619 Project from the New York Times
On the 11th - Listen to “When Civility is Used as a Cudgel Against People of Color” podcast
On the 12th - Register to vote! If you are serious about real change, your individual vote does matter. Use this link to register to vote, check your registration, vote by mail, get election reminders, etc.
On the 16th & 17th - Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
On the 18th - Listen to “The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Anger” podcast
On the 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.
On the 20th & 21st - Watch “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” TED Talk On the 22nd - Read “The Case for Reparations”
On the 23rd & 24th - Read “Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups”
On the 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) On the 27th & 28th - Watch “How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and others for prison” TED Talk
On the 29th & 30th - Buy books, materials, supplies for educator friends featuring POC (see below links)
Watch - “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” TED Talk
Listen - “Your Body Being Used”
Act - Help reallocate city budgets by defunding the police. The following link leads to Defund12.org which generates an email template pre-populated with elected officials emails. Simply fill in some of your information and the body of the message (advocating for defunding the police in that city) is automatically filled in for you. Automatic Email Template Link
Watch - “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” TED Talk
Read - The 1619 Project from the New York Times
Act - Register to vote! If you are serious about real change, your individual vote does matter. Use this link to register to vote, check your registration, vote by mail, get election reminders, pledge to register if you are <18, find the nearest polling place, and fill out your 2020 census form. Take today’s action a step further by sharing this link with friends and planning time into your schedule to vote in the closest upcoming election - city, state, or national. (Thanks to Pamela Duncan for this suggestion!)
Watch - “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” TED Talk
Read - “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh
Act - 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.
Watch - “How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and others for prison” TED Talk
Act - 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 C