June 11, 2020

Written by Dom Merritt, Buildout’s VP of People.

Right now, we're all thinking about how we can show up for our Black co-workers, family, and friends without being tone-deaf or exhausting them. 

We want to be allies but what does that mean?

“Allyship is the continuous process in which someone with privilege and power seeks to first learn about the experiences of a marginalized group of people, and then ultimately empathize with their challenges and build relationships with that group of people” – Hubspot

Education, awareness, and action are key to combating systemic racism. As you’re trying to figure out what to do, how to help, where to give, and even where to start—there is so much information that it can undoubtedly feel overwhelming.

The following is a journey of education, reflection, and action that you can embark upon over the next 30 days and beyond.

These are small steps that anyone can take right now and every day to help fight systemic racism and stand with our friends and families of color and turn allyship into a verb.

Week 1

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  • My Block, My Hood, My City: Chicago organization running relief funds for small businesses affected by looting, supporting seniors in response to COVID-19, and providing teenagers with new experiences—exposing them to possibilities beyond their own communities

Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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  • Black Youth Project 100: A youth organization with community organizing, voter mobilization, and other social justice campaigns focused on black, feminist, and queer issues

Week 5

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  • Color of Change: Color of Change challenges injustice, holds corporate and political leaders accountable, commissions game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advances solutions for racial justice that can transform our world

Week 6

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A friend shared the general framework for an Allyship Challenge with me, and then I worked on what was provided to make the resources more relevant to Buildout. I hope it helps you in the beginning of your continual journey of Allyship.

- Dom Merritt