30 Days of Action: For Our Allies in this Movement

Love can’t be conditional and neither can justice.

-A. Stratulat

Day 1:

Say out loud:

I AM AN ALLY!

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Boycott businesses that don’t support equality and justice - research who they are

Watch: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Day 2:

Write down microaggressions you’ve used or witnessed

Watch: “Fruitvale Station”

Day 3:

Sign-up to attend a workshop on racial justice

Watch: “The Hate U Give”

Day 4:

Read “Between the World and Me”-Ta-Nehisi Coates

Watch: “Selma”

Day 5:

Study your local and national politician’s records on mass incarceration and excessive use of police force and brutality

Watch: “Queen & Slim”

Day 6: 

Take inventory of your community and workplace - answer the question: is it diverse?

Watch: “When They See Us”

Day 7:

Talk to your family and friends about what you’ve learned in the past week

Watch: “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Day 8:

Speak out on social media against racist and intolerant posts

*Anytime you witness this*

Watch: 

“13th” and

“Time: The Kalief Browder Story”

Day 9:

Shop at a

Black-owned business

Watch: 

Harriet”

Day 10:

Research your local and national candidates views on equality, justice, policing, and contributions from police PACs and associations before you VOTE!

Watch:

“The Murder of Fred Hampton”

Day 11: 

Read about black history in America

Watch: 

Malcolm X”

Day 12:

Light a candle and for 8 mins and 46 seconds sit in silent reflection

Watch: “ReMastered:The Two Killings of Sam Cooke”

Day 13:

Name an injustice you’ve witnessed and how you felt and responded

Watch:

“Just Mercy”

Day 14:

Write down a time you spoke out against racism, add to this list each time you take this action

Watch:

PBS: Finding Your Roots

Day 15:

Listen 

to a TED Talk on social justice or race

Watch:

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”

Day 16:

Say Her Name

Read an Anti-racist book to a child in your life.

Watch:

The Urgency of Intersectionality, TED Talk

Day 17:

Get involved and support the campaign of a local or national candidate who embodies equality and justice

Watch:

“Stranger Fruit”

Day 18:

Organize a watch party and viewing of a movie you’ve watched this month. Invite your friends to stay/zoom for a discussion post movie

Watch:

BlackKklansman”

Day 19:

Write and call your local representatives and advocate for change

Watch:

12 Years a Slave”

Day 20:

Talk about

Race. Read any books by: Bryan Stevenson; Angela Davis; Audre Lorde; James Baldwin, or any work by a black writer

Watch:

Whose Streets?”

Day 21:

Watch MBK Alliance town hall on reimagining policing.

Watch:

“Do the Right Thing”

Day 22:

Spend time in a space where you are the minority

Listen: 

This American Life, podcast

Day 23:

Order from a Black-owned restaurant

Listen:

The Danger of a Single Story,

TED Talk

Day 24:

Volunteer at a local community organization

Listen:

Ear Hustle

podcast 

Day 25:

Donate to Donorschoose.org and support a classroom in need 

Listen:

1619, podcast 

Day 26: 

Watch: “Amistad”

Listen:

We Need to Talk About Justice, TED Talk

Day 27:

Donate to a grassroots organization

Watch:

“Bastards of the Party”

Day 28:

Research your state’s criminal justice data and ranking on mass incarceration of Blacks. Learn more here. Or here. Or here.

Watch:

“College Behind Bars”

Day 29:

Attend (or organize) a conversation in your community which address the injustices faced in your community

Listen: 

Code Switch,

 podcast

Day 30: 

Say out loud:

I AM AN ALLY!

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

REPEAT these action steps over and over!

Starting means:

Begin with an open mind and be willing to listen 

Question your biases 

Get to know the history of this country

Meet with people of color and work to understand us

Understand differences in style and behavior

Don’t judge behaviors even though it may be different than yours

Accept and enjoy the diversity among us and

Don’t expect that we all behave like you

 Ensure justice is delivered the same for all

Let the activism continue

TOGETHER, WE CAN DO THIS

Thank you: SK, GA, AS, RD, NH, DA, CA, RD  for your contributions to this project!