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We can’t call ourselves allies. “Allies” do not share the same stakes as communities that are experiencing marginalization. Allies have little to lose, and in some cases, they receive much of the credit without bearing the consequences of systemic inequity or for participating in social justice movements. 

“Ally” is not a button or pin that we can wear. It’s not an identity, either. Allyship is a verb, an ongoing practice, that should be described based on our continual actions and commitments to the communities we seek to support. For those of us wishing to dismantle systems that we benefit from, we must unlearn, listen, and act. So let’s focus less on labels and more on what people need from us. Here are a few ways to start acting in solidarity.

  1. Understand your privilege. Those of us with privilege are often unaware of the perspectives we silence. Reflecting on our privileges means being critical of the things we observe every day and using our privilege to make space for others.
  2. Uplift others. Uplift people experiencing marginalization by engaging in their learnings, highlighting their work, featuring them on your platforms, hiring them in positions of authority, consulting with them, and paying them for their time. Learning when to support is an essential act of solidarity.
  3. Apologize when you mess up. For example, “I apologize for [what you did], I’m going to do better, and I recognize that I have work to do. I now understand [insert what you’ve learned]. Thank you for taking the time to explain this to me.”
  4. Repeat. Working in solidarity is a never-ending commitment. 

Use the following resources to continue learning, holding yourself accountable, and acting in solidarity with others.

It’s Not About You ❌

When working in solidarity with others, try your best to manage your emotions in ways that don’t silence others. Your feelings are valid, but this movement isn’t about you. Try asking yourself: how do I feel? And what am I going to do about it?

Active Allyship, Not Passive Shame

Identifying and Preventing Performative Allyship 🔍

If you notice that someone around you is engaging in performative allyship, call them in and allow them to learn. Performative allies can be detrimental to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts because they usually uphold the oppressive systems they claim to dismantle. Take time to guide a performative ally’s efforts in the right direction and don’t forget to continuously hold yourself accountable as well. 

Performative Allyship Is In Your Workplace. Here’s What To Do

Social Media’s Role in Performative Activism 📱

Social media is one small way to show support and share information, but it does not replace active participation in movements. When engaging online, make sure that you’re adding to the conversion rather than reposting and re-sharing content from others without intention. Engage in meaningful conversations online, and take your learnings and actions beyond the digital world.

Your Performative Activism is Showing Again

How to be an Active Bystander ⚙️

Learning to act as an active bystander is an impactful way to exercise your privilege and act in solidarity with others. Use the resource below to help you understand the potential positive impact of an active bystander and how you can transform apathy into action. 

Be an Active Bystander

Resources for Solidarity 📚

Digital Land Acknowledgement

Feminuity was founded on land that is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples and is home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.  

As a remote team, we encourage our team members, clients, and partners to reflect on colonialism’s enduring legacy and engage in reconciliation meaningfully. We encourage everyone to action the Indigenous learnings of this web page and this Indigenous Ally Toolkit by Dakota Swiftwolfe.

Creator Feature 🎨 

Jocy Bird (she/her) is an esteemed Fancy Dancer who has gained a significant following on Instagram for her stunning images and videos of her Powwow performances. She is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Dakota descent and has been performing for over ten years. Check out her social media for dance videos, super cool brand collaborations, and posts about Indigenous culture! 

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