"Ally" isn't an identity, it's an action.

"Allyship is not supposed to look like this, folks...It’s supposed to be about you doing the following things:

  1. shutting up and listening
  2. educating yourself (you could start with the thousands of books and websites that already exist and are chock full of damn near everything anyone needs to know about most systems and practices of oppression)
  3. when it’s time to talk, not talking over the people you claim to be in solidarity with
  4. accepting feedback/criticism about how your “allyship” is causing more harm than good without whitesplaining/mansplaining/whateversplaining
  5. shutting up and listening some more
  6. supporting groups, projects, orgs, etc. run by and for marginalized people so our voices get to be the loudest on the issues that effect us
  7. not expecting marginalized people to provide emotional labor for you

 "...Because, as I and countless others have said many, many times, allyship is an every day practice. The work of an ally is never ceasing. As long as the isms are functioning–and they are functioning at full capacity every hour of every day–then the action of allyship must function just as perpetually, just as fully, just as tirelessly."

Your Name, Your Story

Your name is an essential part of your story. We want to hear it, we don't want to change it.

 

Funding provided by: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting National Endowment for the Arts In partnership with POV Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez was raised in a small farming community in southern California in the 1950s. As was common practice at that time, teachers at his local elementary school Anglicized the Mexican American students' names.

Little By Little, We Can Get a Full History Lesson

Little By Little, We Can Get a Full History Lesson

 

Its important to learn everyone's history.  Unfortunately it takes laws to make it happen.  

 "In 2011, state legislators passed a controversial first-in-the-nation law requiring California public schools to teach students about the contributions of LGBT Americans in state and U.S. history.

So controversial was the law that some parents across the state quickly pulled their children out of public schools.  "

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An Island Divided, A History forgotten

An Island Divided, A History forgotten

"Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, where Christopher Columbus established the first European settlement in 1492. Despite their shared history of colonialism and slavery, dictatorship and oppression, a physical and emotional border has long separated them."

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Hispanics with Academic Credentials Find Themselves Stretched Thin with Many Projects

Hispanics with Academic Credentials Find Themselves Stretched Thin with Many Projects

“Ignorance is a tremendous privilege for a certain group,” says Guerra, stressing that minorities at the top of the academy must constantly fill the void created by those in the academy who have no serious interest in studying, documenting and teaching about other cultures and oftentimes question the work of those who do."

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