Allies for Change is a network of educators and activists who share a passion for social justice and a commitment to creating and sustaining life-giving ally relationships and communities.
Resisting a hierarchy of oppressions and working as allies across difference, we seek to create new patterns of relating and transform unjust structures.
Allies for Change was founded by Melanie Morrison, who serves as Executive Director. Melanie’s organizing vision was to gather a diverse network of ally trainers committed to the life-long work of understanding where they stand in relation to privilege and oppression and to building authentic relationships across difference. Born of the conviction that personal and institutional change are inseparable, Allies for Change provides innovative programs that seek to address the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
Action and reflection form the heart of every Allies for Change program with the goal of equipping participants to become effective, knowledgeable, and compassionate agents of structural change in their local communities. We invite participants to engage in rigorous social and historical analysis and to practice strategies for interrupting oppression. Recognizing that we need spiritual resources to sustain this work, Allies for Change programs utilize a creative array of teaching models and media. Through storytelling, music, meditation, laughter and deep listening, we seek to cultivate a loving and truth-telling community that allows us to explore the complexities of our own experience and open our hearts to others.