Take Your Power Back Weekend: Allyship As an Organizer

The Andrew Goodman Foundation held its first annual “Take Your Power Back Weekend” on August 1-2, 2020. The two-day virtual video conference featured musicians, artists, athletes, actors, elected officials, partners, our very own Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, and other influential voices to equip students with the necessary tools to go out and take their power back ahead of the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. The event was divided into four main themes: Take Back Your Voice, Take Back Your Moment, Take Back Your Community, and Take Back Your Truth. This segment on Day 1, “Allyship as an Organizer,” discussed how student organizers can be allies to students of color and actively practice anti-racism.

Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, Director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, engaged in a conversation with Andrew Goodman Ambassadors Lidya Woldeyesus (Tufts University) and Eowyn “Wyn” Garfinkle Plymesser (University of Louisville) on positional power, privilege, and allyship in movements. The discussion touched on the importance of educating yourself, listening, giving space, and making space for those whose voices aren’t being heard. Watch this clip to hear more about the importance of not only speaking out, but also showing up and physically demonstrating your commitment as an ally.

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 About The Author

Nicole Jefferson is The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Communications Intern and a student at Yale College where she is majoring in Political Science.