To be a restorative justice ally, we take action both inside and outside ourselves to work toward wholeness. On the outside, this means investing our resources--time, space, money, words, etc.--toward actions which increase equitable treatment under the law for all people. On the inside, this can mean being willing to look honestly at ourselves, receive feedback from others, tolerate discomfort when people say things we disagree with, and be kind with ourselves when we feel shame for making a mistake. Listening is an important part of allyship, for in the telling of complete stories about ourselves and our history we become more able to see what restorative justice will look like in each situation.
As allies with US Freedmen on Code we must stop talking and start acting!
Why do we need to take action? When we allow ourselves to feel the effects of injustice as a whole on others and on ourselves, we can’t sit by without action. Recognizing injustice is a necessary but insufficient condition for change to occur. For change to make progress, we must also be engaged in practical action.
Allyship can mean different things to different people, but it is always about using our personal resources to center the truth of those experiencing oppression.
We are looking for allies who are RAW = Ready, Able & Willing.
What does action look like? Action can be anything that affects the people or systems around us toward equity or justice. Taking action toward restorative justice can include, but is not limited to, using your words to help others understand what restorative justice is, or contributing to efforts which establish more equity in your community, or physically participating in meetings supporting justice activism, or investing money to support others who are doing work to establish equity.
We are always accepting donations to cover expenses towards the fight for reparations and protective policies.
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