Active-Allyship: Awareness, Action, Integration

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The Active-Ally Model is a guide to a process. It offers a different lens to do life through. It asks us to live in the honesty that is not about locating Truth. To, more often, exist in the space between. To be honest and vulnerable. This lens requires sitting in the unknowing, the discomfort of not understanding, the fear of being witnessed; to reject the understanding of right or wrong. It asks us to acknowledge and love ourselves in ways many of us have never experienced. To love others in ways many of us think we are not capable of. This model asks us to hold grace for ourselves and for others. It asks us to risk intimacy and embarrassment.

Awareness

Awareness is both the first phase and the intermittent step for the other two phases. Without Awareness, Actions will often be misguided, and Integration has the potential to be a stopping point. The Active-Ally model asks us to continue; Awareness is the offer of a path.

Action

Action is relying on our awareness to witness and challenge ourselves, the systems, institutions, and individuals who maintain injustice. Asking, “What’s different? Are you thinking differently? Behaving differently? Do you notice yourself making different choices?” In this way, action and awareness are in conversation with each other.

Integration

Integration is what propels us through the cycle and into new ways of being. Integration is what allows us to grow and become in ways we otherwise would not have been able. Integration is a culmination of our Awareness through Action. And it is also a beginning.
 
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What Happens If We Do Something Different?

06/24/2020

This is an application of The Active-Ally Model in response to the uprisings happening in Minneapolis, across the US, and the protests around the world. The focus is on race, and specifically Black lives. The Active-Ally Model offers a grounding, guiding and holding process to move through our individual and collective resistance to understanding our role in the cycle of complacency of upholding white supremacy – and breaking it – in order to change the system.

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Turning White Privilege Into Change – In Practice

05/27/2020

These questions were asked during our online workshops. This document will continue to grow as more questions come in. The hope is this offers support, guidance, clarity, a reorientation, inspiration, or anything else you might need as you continue this work.

What is The Active-Ally Model?

10/31/2019

The Active-Ally Model is a guide to a process. The Active-Ally Model offers a way to think differently, to move and be differently. It does not offer a destination. It offers a different lens to do life through.

What are the Three Foundational Understandings?

11/10/2019

To step into Active-Allyship, there are three foundational understandings we must embody: understanding privilege, utilizing an intersectional lens, and exposing our implicit biases.

What are The Five Tenets?

11/03/2019

The Five Tenets offer a space to come back to, a space to inhabit, a space to hold. They are a space to set our struggles and confusions, a place in which we can work with others. The Five Tenets offer a hand, a shoulder…

Phase One: Awareness

11/17/2019

Awareness is both the first phase and the intermittent step for the other two phases. Without Awareness, Actions will often be misguided…

An active-ally is someone who witnesses injustice and responds to it in any situation.