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If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out our first round-up; it offers a lot of solid foundational information on how to start your journey towards being a good ally. (It is a journey, so get ready to put in the work.) Additionally, here’s last week’s round-up. This week we continue with important things to read and do in the fight for racial justice:

“Although well-intentioned, many of these tips for allies are devoid of any substantive understanding of the process of self-discovery you have to go through before you can ‘show up’ in a more authentic way in the lives of your Black friends, family members, and colleagues.” Via Fast Company.

Here’s a conversation with diversity educator Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. about his 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.

“Here are 9 things every corporate leader can do to improve Black lives.” Tips from Darren Walker.

“I view this problem much like personal goal-setting. You’ve named the place you want to go. Now, you need to break things down and build a step-by-step plan to get there. Otherwise, your statements of allyship and advocacy are at risk of seeming disingenuous and empty.” Donald Thompson writes “How to turn statements about racial equity into actionable strategies”.

“As we continue to push progress forward, we must embrace racial justice and think about climate action in a systematic way or it’s not going to work. This is not a side issue; this is the world we live in. It’s not about light bulbs or cars. It’s about our neighbors’ health and whether they can live whole lives.” Gina Walker writes “Reflections from My Conversation About Racial Justice with EJ Champion Rev. Yearwood”.

“The fight for racial justice can feel like an uphill battle, so while you continue to engage through social media — by signing petitions, or reading or watching informative interviews, for example — it’s essential to take care of yourself.” Activist burnout is real; here are four ways to reduce stress.

“Use your platform! In obstetrics and gynecology, it’s way past the time to provide better and improved health care for all, not just for the haves but for the vulnerable in our communities as well.” Washington Hill, MD writes about how to ensure racial justice and equity in OB/GYN.

“The biggest mistake some of my non-Black friends make trying to be allies is getting caught up with how they are perceived by others.” Via KQED.

“Are we doomed to a vicious cycle of performative, knee-jerk allyship, encountering the inevitable backlash, and then retreating to lick our wounds? Or is there a way to actually embody the change we want to see?” Via Medium.

And check out British Vogue’s important conversation about activism and allyship: 

Thank you – please stay safe, mobilized and vigilant out there.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, which is why we’ll be continuing to update on a weekly basis. If you have suggestions, or experiences you’d want to share – we have this platform, and would like to offer it up to you – please feel free to get in touch anytime by emailing [email protected]

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