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How To Help The Black Lives Matter Protests From The UK

Below is a list of ways you can support the Black Lives Matter movement from the UK. We need to educate ourselves, learn, shout, protest and get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable – and we need to do it every single day. Here’s where we can start:

What to sign

You can find a comprehensive list of petitions to sign through this google document, including US postal codes to use if you have to submit one. Here are a few key petitions to support:

  • The Minneapolis Police Officers to be charged for murder after killing an innocent black man: here.

  • #JusticeforFloyd: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder: here.

  • Justice for Breonna Taylor: here.

  • Justice for Belly Mujinga: here.

 

How to write to your MP

  • Find your MP’s contact details here.
  • Use this link if you need a template to copy (please try and switch up the wording so it does not get lost in a spam filter)

 

Where to donate

 

What to Read

  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Reni has requested that you borrow a book, or buy one secondhand, and donate the money you would have spent to a Black Lives Matter charity or fundraiser.
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke
  • Do The Work course by Rachel Cargle.
  • Anti-Racism Resources by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad.

What to watch

  • When They See Us – Ava DuVernay (on Netflix)
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien (on Netflix)
  • Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi
  • Hollywood – (Netflix)
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • The Hate U Give – George Tillman.Jr
  • See You Yesterday – Stefon Bristol (Netflix)

Who to follow

Goddess Platform – by Munroe Bergdorf

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

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During my public address yesterday one of the intentional action items I suggested was holding your employer or organization accountable for how they are showing up for racial justice. With this document you can copy, paste and edit for your details, sign and ship it off to the email inbox who needs to see it. • Head to the link in my bio for a free template you may find helpful in addressing the need for accountability from the leaders in the places you work and could also be applied to the leaders of the vendors where you spend your money. • Thank you to @whitevaz for volunteering to draft this for our use. We all must do our part in every way that we can. This is work that needs to be enacted in all situations not just upon the death of yet another black life. • #RevolutionNow • If you find value in learning with me please consider joining us over at @thegreatunlearn. Link in bio 🙏🏾 • Tag a co-worker, friend, neighbor, colleague and anyone else whom you would like to suggest make use of this document as well. • Edit: you have permission to share this in spaces that may find value in this tool.

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Layla F. Saad

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To the folks with white privilege reading #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, but not putting pen to paper to do the journaling: You’re cheating. This is not a book you Read. This is a book you Do. And it is easy to tell the difference between someone who has read the book vs someone who has done the book. ••• Reading the book will give you an intellectual understanding of white supremacy and a mental understanding of racism in general. You’ll be able to call out other people’s racism, but not your own because you haven’t truly looked at yourself. Doing the book will require you to put yourself inside the framework of white supremacy, pull deep from your subconscious your racist thoughts and beliefs that lay in the shadows, recall deep memories of how white supremacy manifested in your life, and actually change how you show up because you understand your white privilege and your racism on a *visceral* level now, not just a conceptual one. ••• If you’re just going to read the book but not do the journaling, what you’re saying is – I want to be part of the solution, but I want to risk nothing. Not even examining my own complicity in this system from the safety of my own home, in the privacy of my own journal, in the comfort of my own privilege. Simply read the book if you want, but don’t kid yourself that you’re practicing anti-racist allyship. You’re still complicit, now you just have the racial justice jargon to pretend to others that you’re not.

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Chanté Jay

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LINK IN BIO Please sign and share this petition to get #JusticeForBelly #REPOST – @prophetsofrock . ⚫️ This is Belly Mujinga. She was a railway worker who was made to work at London’s Victoria Station during the pandemic. . . ⚫️ A commuter approached Belly and proceeded to interrogate her as to why she was working during the pandemic. The unknown commuter then told Belly he was infected with Covid-19, before spitting on her and another female colleague. Within days, Belly and her colleague fell ill. Belly died 3 days after the incident. . . ⚫️ In spite of this information, the British Transport Police have said, following "extensive enquiries" by detectives, no further action will be taken in relation to her death. Belly is survived by an 11 year old daughter, and husband. . . . . ⚫️ @sadiq Belly deserved better than this. There needs to be another investigation. An investigation that is thorough and transparent. A nationwide search by the police for who spat on Belly. No thorough investigation could result in no compensation awarded to the family, or arrest(s) made. The lacklustre treatment of Belly’s murder, and the investigation sends a clear message to people of colour in this country, that black lives do not matter. Racism needs to be treated as a punishable act of violence. . . . ⚫️ Belly worked for Govia Thameslink Railway. Ask their CEO Patrick Verwer, why they ignored Belly’s requests to work away from crowds during the pandemic as she had underlaying health issues Email: ⤵️ Patrick.Verwer@gtrailway.com . . ⚫️ To help get Belly and her family justice, sign the petitions below: ⤵️ https://t.co/Q75xPy1Q3p?amp=1 https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/323577/sponsors/new?token=oCX8ehQdH5aDCagVxE1N . . . . ⚫️If you have the funds to do so, Belly’s family have set up a #gofundme page that is open for donations: ⤵️ https://t.co/e6by39kwux . . #bellymujinga #sayhername #justiceforbelly #blackout #blacklivesmatter #london #england #uk #justice #the #britishtransportpolice #police #parliament #african #british #sadiq #sadiqkhan #google #instagram

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Emma Dabiri

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Taylor Gravesande

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I usually wake up with all of this on my mind. I just want to say I see all my peers and people at the protest fighting and I’m really nothing but proud. We are getting killed but i take so much pride into being black right now. I hope this energy continues. Some things to remember: • • • 🧡(1): we will always be thugs whether we are peaceful holding hands or looting. If you are supporting the cause support however people choose to express their passion and anger. If you choose to loot, loot businesses like Target and H&M’s. ❗️but do not loot BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES ❗️do your research before you burn down a cooperation that’s black owned and/or supports BLM… • • • 🧡(2): Take notice of your non-black friends who want to be around you when it’s beneficial to them. Again take note, but don’t be surprised. Understand that a lot of y’all non-black friends ain’t cut out to really be your friend if they do not move with the urgency as if this is also their problem. ❗️But also…do not congratulate someone for not being racist…you do not clap for a dog when they bark. Shit should be that way ❗️ • • • 🧡(3): stop letting the media and the history books tell you that all the protest in the past were like @dom_hazel said, “peaceful marches and bus boycotts”. It wasn’t and never has been JUST that. We are ALLOWED to be mad, we are allowed to be upset, we are allowed to express ourself in anyway. Let yourself be heard. ❗️ But be careful every time you go out to protest. Go out keeping in mind that you may or will get hurt. If you aren’t comfortable with that use your voice in another way. ❗️ • • • 🧡(4): I want these protest and post, all this to continue. But for real change we need to come for the pockets of these people. I’m not saying if ur in danger do not call 9-1-1 but like @nosidammckinney said places like Wendy’s, CFA, Olive Garden, Target, H&M’s…they do not support us. They do not care if blood is on our backs because our dollar is in their cooperation. It’s about having the discipline to find alternatives to your “fave” places. The government only gonna care once they see their money being fucked with and that’s the sad truth.

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Stephanie Yeboah

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I was going to make this into a series of IG stories but decided this needed to be a bit more…evergreen. In the last 24 hours, we’ve seen a lot of brands come forward to post about George Floyd, the protests and racism and how they “stand in solidarity with black people” in general. Some seem genuine, a lot seem performative, but now that you have made these grand decelerations, how are you going to uphold your solidarity? How are you going to make sure that the products and service you are selling are inclusive for all? How are you going to help dismantle hundreds of years of institutional racism and systematic oppression that you have been complicit in? How are you going to help change the standard of beauty? 1) OPEN YOUR PURSE. Donate to relevant charities and organisations. Pay black models and influencers the SAME as white ones. 2) If you’re working on a campaign and notice that all the models/influencers are white, question it. Look around your office and count how many black people & POC are working there. Question why that is. Bring it up with your manager. 3) if you’re a brand who bases their marketing output & aesthetic in black culture (@boohoo @missguided @misspap @nastygal ) use black models. Use black influencers. Make them visible. 3.5) Two days ago I had an in depth phone conversation with Pretty Little Thing about this, so here’s hoping they take my suggestions into account. 4) STOP ASKING BLACK INFLUENCERS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A LIST OF MINORITY INFLUENCERS. Stop asking us to do your job for you, for free. I have been asked to consult for free for a lot of brands re: using a more diverse range of ppl. You do not get my labour for free. Do the work yourselves. Here’s a thought: hire a black PR/marketing executive. It’s time for you to show up and do the work.

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Danielle Prescod

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guys, I made this video to remind you that we have been talking about the racism that we experience FOR YEARS. In 2018 @lpeopleswagner wrote a whole article interviewing over 100 black people in fashion about the daily racism that we see. Nothing changed. THIS YEAR I told you guys that the real real let a white woman host a black history month panel and then went back and forth with me to defend their actions. I showed you that the editorialist produced a whole Mother’s Day tribute and included no one black. And you all likeD and shared it and THANKED THEM for including you. YOU SAW NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. That’s when we needed your “allyship”. What are you going to do in the next few days weeks and months? We are begging not to be killed, yes, as that is the most EXTREME thing that can happen but I have been asking for you all to not be shitty racists for the last 4 years of my life. All is that other stuff, that escalates to killing. And you all ignore it. You don’t help when BOF throws a fucked up party and you say nothing, when you say that someone is only included in something because they are Black, that’s racist. You are not helping when you could be. So great job posting on Instagram. I am personally having some really uncomfortable conversations in my personal life but I am also willing to cut people out of it because I am ok NOW but I haven’t been ok for years when I’ve been trying to navigate working and living in this industry with the way you guys have been behaving. So WHITE WOMEN fix it. Fix yourselves. Realize that your micro aggressions are the problem. Talk to your children. Find them some Black friends. SHOW me you care instead of telling me. I am hoarse from screaming. We have been telling you guys this for years. YEARS. I’m glad you decided to wake up but now get out of bed and do something. And for the love of god stop giving people a follow if they don’t deserve it.

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