Allyship + Antiracism Resource Kit

Cooley’s Black Attorney Affinity Group

For those asking, “How can I help?” and “What can I do?” – the answer is that you can help by becoming an antiracist ally and agent of change. You can help by making a difference in our lives as your Black colleagues, in the lives of the Black individuals whom you know and interact with, and in the lives of those in the Black community at large. Let us dare to be ambitious.

We compiled this resource for non-Black persons. It is intended to deepen and expand understandings of antiracism and allyship work. We hope that it will guide your efforts toward gaining understanding of these issues and facilitate your desire to take immediate action. We encourage you to use it to educate yourselves and others, to allow empathy to guide your engagement and to actively become an agent of change. This resource may be shared wherever you think most helpful, including other organizations, social media and with your friends, family and colleagues.

Suggested places to start

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Books + articles

Education

Podcast for kids

Podcast for parents

Police reform + know your rights

  • Black Lives Matter: An organization with the mission of bringing justice, freedom and healing to Black people across the globe
  • Campaign Zero: Developed with contributions from activists, protesters and researchers across the nation. This data-informed platform presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and former US President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality: This Minneapolis-based organization accepts donations for office costs, copwatch equipment, court filing fees and other expenses
  • Dignity and Power Now: A grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families and communities
  • Know Your Rights Camp: Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp’s mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. KYRC has established a legal defense initiative to provide legal services for protesters on the ground in Minneapolis
  • Reclaim the Block: Reclaim the Block organizes the Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety

Voting + voter education

  • Americans Civil Liberties Union: Following the 2016 election, the fight for voting rights remains as critical as ever. Politicians across the country continue to engage in voter suppression, efforts that include additional obstacles to registration, cutbacks on early voting and strict voter identification requirements. Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU is fighting back against attempts to curtail an essential right in our democracy – the right to vote
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Asian Americans Advancing Justice advocates for an America in which all Americans can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. AAJC and Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Vote run a hotline where voters can get answers to their questions about voting and receive assistance in nine Asian languages
  • Brennan Center for Justice: The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize and, when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center’s reforms are modernizing American elections, starting with automatic voter registration and measures to ensure election security
  • Campaign Legal Center: The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center advances democracy through law at the federal, state and local levels, fighting for every American’s rights to responsive government and a fair opportunity to participate in and effect the democratic process
  • Common Cause: Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. It works to create an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process
  • Election Protection: The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote
  • FairVote: FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. FairVote has a proven record since 1992 as a trailblazer that advances and wins electoral reforms at the local, state and national level through strategic research, communications and collaboration
  • HeadCount: HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. It reaches young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law works to protect access to democracy every day. Its election protection coalition is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection program
  • League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters of the US encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy
  • Let America Vote: Let America vote was founded to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. Whether it is extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voters from the polls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote is there to lead the fight
  • More Than A Vote: More Than A Vote is a group of Black athletes and artists working together to combat systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing and protecting its community
  • Represent Us: Represent Us is a powerful movement of independents, progressives and conservatives building on America’s long tradition of pursuing federal reform through the states
  • Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power
  • Spread the Vote: Spread the Vote helps members of its communities empower themselves to be heard at the polls with IDs, registration, education and turnout
  • Vote.org: Vote.org is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get out the vote technology platform in America. It has registered more than 3.3 million new voters, verified 8.2 million voters’ registration status and helped 30+ million website users by providing registration links and deadlines, polling location details and other essential voting information for each state. Vote.org also leverages its SMS-based get out the vote program each year, targeting low-propensity voters in regularly scheduled and special elections
  • Voto Latino: Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, Voto Latino shepherds the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power
  • Voter Participation Center: The Voter Participation Center in a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2003 to help members of the Rising American Electorate register and vote. Since then, the organization has helped more than 4.6 million people register and cast ballots
  • When We All Vote: When We All Vote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy and through strategic partnerships to reach every American. Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections

Protesting

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund: Organized by Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, the fund was created to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and to assist the family in the days to come as they “continue to seek justice for George.” A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd, which benefits his children and their educational fund
  • I Run With Maud: This fundraiser was designed to assist Ahmaud Marquez Arbery’s mother and her immediate family with financial support in their struggle for justice for his murder
  • Justice For Breonna Taylor: Launched by Breonna Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, the fund was created to support Breonna’s mother and sister in their struggle for justice
  • List of Regional Bail Funds – Teen Vogue
  • Minnesota Voice: A member-based coalition of nonprofit organizations working toward permanent change in racial, social and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state
  • National Bail Out: A Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support its folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration
  • The Loveland Foundation’s Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls: The Loveland Foundation is raising money to offer free therapy sessions for Black women and girls

Based on the compilation of Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020 and further supplemented by Tanisha James, Jayme Staten and the Cooley Black Attorney Affinity Group in June and July 2020.

Black Attorney Affinity Group
DeAnna Allen Partner, Washington, DC
Joseph Drayton Partner, New York
TJ Graham Partner, Palo Alto
Tanisha A. James Partner, New York
Travis LeBlanc Partner, Washington, DC
Phil Mitchell Partner, New York
Yvan-Claude Pierre Partner, New York
Christopher Andrews Associate, New York
DeVon Barnett Associate, New York
Rachel Boyce Associate, San Francisco
Melissa H. Boyd Associate, San Francisco
Greg Brown Associate, San Diego
Kyle Canchola Associate, Los Angeles
Dennis F. Craig II Associate, Washington, DC
Nicole Adamson Duda Associate, San Francisco
Charles George Associate, London
Courtney Gladstone Associate, Boston
Gaël Y. Hagan Associate, Colorado
Reza Harris Associate, Palo Alto
Alicia Johnson-Cole Associate, London
DéJeune O'Garro Associate, Reston
Kemilia-Jean Ogunmuyiwa Associate, London
Jennifer Sayles Okorn Associate, Los Angeles
Sarah Oliai Associate, Washington, DC
Seth C. Pearson Associate, Boston
Danielle C. Pierre Associate, San Francisco
Ariana Shaffer Associate, San Francisco
Jayme Staten Associate, San Diego
Sky Taylor Associate, Los Angeles
Dionne A. Thomas Associate, San Diego
Cameron C. Vanderwall Associate, Palo Alto