White Allyship means more than acknowledging community differences - it means being brave enough to not only stand up for what you believe in, but to stand up for others in the same way.  That can be scary, but there are many ways to prepare yourself for excellent allyship.  Listed below are several resources.

Allyship can take many forms and is often based on principles such from organizations such as Anti-Defamation League, Restorative Justice practices both in the legal systems and classrooms, and Liz Lerman's Critical Response Practice, among others. The main goal is for everyone to be able to take responsibility in order to solve the problem, create stronger friendships, and know that moving forward there are good tools in place to address anything that comes along.

“Restorative justice is a fundamental change in how you respond to rule violations and misbehavior,” said Ron Claassen, an expert and pioneer in the field. “The typical response to bad behavior is punishment. Restorative justice resolves disciplinary problems in a cooperative and constructive way.”


"Statistics show that using restorative practices keeps kids in school. Punitive systems often remove students from the classroom, even for minor offenses. With restorative justice, everyone works together to keep kids in the classroom where they can learn. Children who are expelled from school often end up in what education reform activists call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Restorative justice wants to stop this cycle and keep kids on track with their education."

"Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process

is a method for giving and getting feedback on work in progress, designed to leave the maker eager and motivated to get back to work."

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