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We have seen in North America the impact and influence that citizens wield when we decide to put our differences aside and work together to solve problems.

What we have not seen, is enough of that united front between heterogeneous groups to aid in one another’s problems, and without that cultivation of Camaraderie, we become divisive, fragmented into a millions of lowered voices, none of which are loud enough or sustainable individually to make meaningful change.

The underlying concept that Allies attempts to purvey is bring divisive and heterogeneous groups to work together. The intended effect is to create safer communities through better communication, guided education, and collective problem solving through collaboration. 

We all have a vested interest in keeping our loved ones safe, and while some of us have state of the art tools to keep our home protected, many of us don’t have the same luxury to keep our loved ones safe when they are in public, especially if we’re not around to protect them.

Allies, cultivates a coalition of concerned witnesses to communicate and form a group, to collectively work together to de-escalate the situation, with the intention to pull victim(s) out of harm’s way while documenting the incident to aid in providing evidence and information on the incident.

The current prototype of Allies utilizes a map to allow witnesses to pin incidents. As incidents are reported, others in the vicinity are able to communicate through chat to organize and strategize. The idea is to provide context to the situation for either authorities or others that are responding to the incident to quickly formulate the situation, reducing risk of potential confusion, and error which may put witnesses themselves in danger.

What we don’t encourage is to “attack the attacker”, because that puts more witnesses into a dangerous situations, especially if the perpetrator is concealing a weapon.

But by communities becoming better Allies against hate crimes, the end result creates the perception that these communities are NOT a low hanging fruit for opportunities of crime, while the facilitation of communication and organization adds uncertainty and potential complications to a perpetrator’s rash actions and their ability to escape consequence. 

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

– Charles Darwin

You have a responsibility to make the community you live, more welcoming for your loved ones. But it starts by you making it welcoming for others, and in reciprocity, having that peace of mind knowing someone else has your back. If enough communities become involved, then we achieve that deafening solidarity that forces change.

So whether you can only call the authorities, pin an incident, document a situation or scream loudly to distract, you have the power to create stronger and safer communities with your accountability.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

– African Proverb
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