What is Allyship?
Allyship is a constant learning process about others and about ourselves. It’s about listening and believing someone’s truth. It’s about using our voices to speak out and speak up for others. It’s about action. The Anti-Oppression Network describes allyship as an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person of privilege seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group of people. I offer allyship with all races, genders, and affiliations- anyone who seeks a safe place for self-discovery. All of us. All are welcome.
Why Is Allyship Important?
Mia McKenzie speaks about the active work of allyship in her article “No More Allies”. She describes that as long as oppression happens, the work of an ally must function at the same capacity, if not more. Identifying privileges can help increase awareness about being a part of and contributing to an oppressive system. With that awareness, conscious decisions can be made to intervene in the continuation of that oppressive system and be in solidarity with marginalized communities.