A four week course to deepen relationships, understanding, support and commitment.
If you want to do the work,
we want to work with you!
You’ve heard the term ally, and you want to be there for people. You don’t want to unconsciously contribute to sexism, ableism, racism and other forms of systemic oppression in your life and community. But what to do? What to say? We’re here to help.
Acting as an ally can feel and be complicated. We specialize in breaking down challenging topics and complex concepts into manageable and illuminating pieces. We prioritize intimacy and make learning to act as an ally deeply personal. Our goal is to build the confidence in our participants to address difficult topics with empathy and understanding.
To do so, we investigate the ways in which folks have been socialized to behave, unpack privilege and why it not only enforces unhealthy power dynamics but also limits you, personally. Plan and practice how to respond when you are called in or out, and how to do that for others. Learn about cancel culture, tone policing, radical love, and so much more. This course will be an opportunity to do some inner work, grow as a person, ask hard questions, and be a force for change in your community. Join Justice Movement founders, Natalie and Danya as they guide you through a deep dive into allyship and accountability.
What to Expect
In addition to the 3 hour sessions once per week, for a total of 12 hours of facilitated learning and connecting, participants can expect to make time for homework in the way of journaling, reflection, reading and/or listening assignments between session as well as ‘pod’ or small groups - that meet up once/week between meetings.
At Justice Movement we strive to vary our teaching methods and keep things interesting and accessible for a variety of learning styles. We rarely lecture or talk for a long time, and lean heavily on intimate small group sharing, images and tools, and a variety of media (podcasts, articles, videos, poems, etc) for homework. We take breaks during long sessions, and encourage everyone to do what their body needs in order to focus. We also welcome your participation, and love to share the mic. Please let us know if you need specific accommodations, learning tools, or support in order to stay engaged and participate as comfortably as possible.
We offer investment options based on your personal circumstances. This course is offered at a Sliding Scale of from $0-$720+. For a breakdown of where you might fall, go here 'How much should I pay for a sliding scale course'. These options are suggestions and your contribution allows us to continue practicing radical hospitality and offering all of our courses completely sliding scale. If you are unable to contribute financially, or if there is a different amount that works better for you, feel free to choose a custom amount to contribute. Payment plans are also welcome. All investment options are integrated into the registration form below.
Sliding scale $0 - $720+
Redistributive: $720+ (pay it forward and help another participant's ability to partake. If you are able and keen to pay for more than one guest pass let us know.)
Guest Pass (based on financial need)
Payment Plan (choose this option and write us with a plan that will work for you)
* Participant Witness (see below for details)
Custom: An amount that honors the value of the course based on your budget
How much should I pay for a sliding scale course?
Sliding scale takes into account your financial situation and circumstances when setting tuition. Sustaining is the higher end of the scale and intended for those with stable incomes and the ability to save. Your ability to support at the higher end allows the course to offer sliding scale tuition! If the "sustaining" option is not a good fit for you, select general, the default investment amount or accessible, intended for students, and others who are getting by but don’t have much extra in their budget. For those with little-to-no income, especially in these difficult economic times, Guest passes are available. If a payment plan would make the course more accessible to you, select Payment Plan and write to us with what will work best for you. If you have the ability and are keen to pay for your spot and one or more others select the Redistributive option.
Next Training Dates
We have the following Aiming for Allyship Courses scheduled, all times are in Pacific Time:
Tuesdays: 6:00-9:00pm pacific time
Jan 16, Jan 23, Break, Feb 6, Feb 13
Keen to join this course but the dates above won't work for you? Fill out our contact form and mention which courses you are interested in and you will be the first to know when new dates are set.
LIVE ON ZOOM - these discussions will not be recorded, as recording can limit some folks desire to engage. Presentations will be available for each session.
* Participant Witness
Are those who feel they are entering the space with more experience living with marginalized identities. We recognize that for those in this role, sharing those lived experiences is deeply valuable, and requires more emotional labor. We honor that labor. It is always invited, never expected. As you sign up, please select the “participant witness” option in the registration form, and let us know what feels best for you to contribute from zero on up. We benefit from your added voice. We like to remind everyone that all of our identities are intersectional - by this we mean that we are all a combination of our many identities (race, ethnicity, gender-identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, physical and mental ability, body type, body size, religion, political beliefs and etc.). Most of us are not fully marginalized or fully privileged in society. Most of us experience a combination of both privilege and marginalization as we move through life. We believe that all of us have something to gain from working on Allyship and delving into areas in which we are less aware.
We alternate offering this online course for gender focused groups some months, and then one group for everyone in other months.
When we separate groups, the first group is for women (cis and trans) and non-binary people, including those who are or identify as women, female, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, two spirit, third gender, and/or questioning.
The second group is open to all who would like to participate with a focus on the experience of men. Folks who may find this course relevant are cis-men, trans-men, those who have been socialized as men or live in the world as men. There will be attention to the more glaring attributes of privilege in a patriarchal, andro-centric and cissexist society, which will highlight most the privilege of cis-men. There will be 4 designated participant witness spots for women/trans/genderqueer and non-binary people to contribute and help with group accountability. We welcome all who are drawn to this course.
If you have a strong preference to join us in a month when we offer this course in two groups let us know.
Ariel Mihic- She/Her
Occupied Territory of Coast Miwok
aka Sonoma, California
Aiming for Allyship - 4 week Course
I wish this course was required for anyone participating in movement practices. If we all knew how to relate to each other through the lens of what is taught in this course around privilege, intersectionality, allyship, and holding each other accountable, our community spaces would feel much safer and welcoming. To stand outside of this work, is to stand outside of envisioning spaces of true belonging.