Talking to her daughters — and her son in a few years — about those issues has become a mandate in their house.
"You have to have these conversations that feel difficult when it comes to equality and social justice," she says. "All these conversations can be had and you can start early with them. I did. Because that's how you're going to give them the fire to make sure that that isn't their reality."
For more from Jessica Alba, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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- Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
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- National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.
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