We Stand in Solidarity
1 June 2020
We are outraged and sickened by the murder of #GeorgeFloyd at the hands of the state machine in Minneapolis and stand in solidarity with all who protest against this barbarism. #BlackLivesMatter
We stand in solidarity with our Black writers, artists, communities, friends & audiences here in the UK and elsewhere. We will ensure our platform is used for your voices to be amplified, your work to be shared & your communities represented.
George Floyd’s murder is relevant to us in the UK. There have been deaths in police custody in the UK. There have been "go home" vans, Windrush deportations, differential policing, and there continue to be different life outcomes.
Even though these are dark and draining days, there are organisations you can support whose work tackles racial injustice, and who fight for equality.
- Here's an excellent list of ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK > https://docs.google.com/document/d/10iIz_pFB8DzPkwddc8dcmJdJ0ZMITfTs7lvs4uyusZk/preview
- Here’s a twitter thread from Black Ballad highlighting organisations whose work tackles racial injustice, and who fight for equality > https://twitter.com/BlackBalladUK/status/1267034356444430337
- Support Black Minds Matter in making Mental Health services accessible to Black people in the UK > https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
- With thanks to Gaylene Gould, here is a growing crowd-sourced list of organisations led by Black people and people of colour whose central aim is to support racial justice in the UK and the healthy lives of black people and communities > https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mZu6UAxnanWUMHGz3m6zgsFSEQE3IXG8AfuGxV_PuTM/edit
- A list of Black owned businesses building resilience and investing in communities > https://www.instagram.com/p/CA2fvXnAMD5/
- Campaign for a curriculum which carries Black British history throughout the year > https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/action
- The current English GCSE reading list consists of very few non-white authors, and modern prose shows only a little diversity. Although the literature young people read as part of the curriculum span a wide range of content, they do very little to reflect our current society. Help to change that by signing this petition to call for Good Immigrant (Nikesh Shukla) and Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge), on the GCSE reading list > https://www.change.org/p/department-of-education-battle-racism-by-updating-reading-lists-at-gcse
- For further resources visit the BLM movement > http://blacklivesmatter.com
- Urge companies to step up for Black employees, customers and communities > https://twitter.com/nirushika/status/1266805531710296070
- Talking to white friends (we know) > https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/racism-talking-about-race-white-friends-silence-whatsapp-social-media/395707
Guides and tools
- How to protest safely during a pandemic (via VICE)
- Five points to consider before going to a Black Lives Matter protest in London or the UK (via @VARAIDZO)
- Know your rights (via @initialola on Twitter)
- Tool for quickly scrubbing metadata from images and selectively blurring faces and identifiable features (via @everestpipkin Twitter)
- Free flyer printing (via The Photocopy Club also here)