ARE began as the White Anti-Racist Allies Caucus of DRUUMM, a UU People of Color Organization. In 2005, the leadership of DRUUMM decided that a new relationship was needed between DRUUMM and its allies in order for all of us to be able to do the racial identity work that strengthens our multiracial coalitions. They requested that white allies get together to form a partner organization rather than a caucus.
In response to this request, thirty-six individuals who identified as white people committed to anti-racism work gathered in Tom’s River, New Jersey, in November 2005 to develop a formal organization with a clear leadership structure. The planning team who organized the conference (Minton Brooks, Beth Dana, Julian Sharp, Annette Marquis, Hannah Stampe, Diane Martin and Gini Courter), asked the Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris, then the Director of Congregational Services for the UUA, to facilitate the business meetings to help accomplish the ambitious goals.
By the end of the weekend, the group adopted a vision, mission, and organizational structure; affirmed DRUUMM's understanding of our relationship, adopted an organizational structure, developed a proposed list of short term and longer term objectives, elected a steering committee, and began a membership drive. The new organization was named Allies for Racial Equity.