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How You Can Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

George Floyd, Belly Mujinga and Breonna Taylor are just a few names which you’ve probably read a lot about in the past couple of weeks in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement. We’ve been taking the time to educate ourselves further about everything that’s been going on, both in America and here in the UK, by reading, watching and listening to others. We want to do everything we can to support the movement and as such have decided to put together this source of information listing different resources you can look at and find useful. We know this isn’t an exhausted list, so if you have any additional recommendations of ways people can show support please drop it into the comments section below!

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1) Write to your local MP. Please see draft email/letter links below which can be edited and sent.

To find your local MP please see here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/

To demand the UK government publishes and delivers actionable results relating to the BAME COVID report.

To demand justice for Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died from coronavirus after she was spat on by a man claiming to have COVID-19.

To suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets, and riot shields to the USA.

 

2) Donate

 

To the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.

To Belly Mujinga’s family

To the Minnesota Freedom Fund . All donations will be used to expand legal support for those arrested or incarcerated protesting the murder of George Floyd.

To The Bail Project.  All these donations will be helping post bail for people who can’t afford it.

To Black Lives Matter. These donations are used to support the movement and ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

To The Movement for Black Lives. These donations go towards supporting over 150 organizations in the movement for Black Lives Matter. Click on the link to check out who these organizations include.

To the Unicorn Riot. These proceeds go towards primary source reporting and on-the-ground coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement.

To the Black Visions Creative. BLVC is a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems 

of violence.

To Say Her Name. This campaign has been ongoing for 5 years now. It brings awareness to the often invisible names and stories of Black women and girls who have been victimized by racist police violence and provides support to their families.

Can’t donate? Watch this video on YouTubeand don’t skip the ads. All the ad revenue is being donated to Black Lives Matter charities.

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3) Sign the petitions

To demand justice for George Floyd.

To demand justice for Belly Mujinga . The railway worker who died from coronavirus after she was spat on by a man claiming to have COVID-19.

To demand justice for Breonna Taylor. The black emergency medical technician who was fatally shot in her apartment by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

To demand justice for Tony McDade. A transgender black man was got killed by police in Tallahassee.

To suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets, and riot shields to the USA.

 

4) Support black-owned businesses 

Check out this website to see a comprehensive directory list of hundreds of black-owned businesses here in the UK.

 

5) Support one of these charities

The Runnymede Trust

Show Racism the Red Card

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Race Equity First

Stand Against Racism and Inequality

Southall Black Sisters

UK Black Pride

Black Minds Matter

 

6) Educate yourself through reading a book or two.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

White Tears, Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color – Ruby Hamad

Diversity – June Sarpong

Are Prisons Obsolete? – Angela Y Davis

The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

Between The World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Andre Lordes

Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks

We Live For The We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood – Dani McClain

How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X Kendi

They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives – Wesley Lowery

Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon

Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children – Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala

Brit-ish: On Race, Identity and Belonging – Afua Hirsch

Becoming – Michelle Obama

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)– Elaine Welteroth

 

7) Educate yourself by watching one or more of the following films.

 

When They See Us – Netflix

13th - Netflix

Fruitvale Station - Netflix

12 Years A Slave – Amazon Prime

If Beale Street Could Talk – Amazon Prime

I Am Not Your Negro - Amazon

Selma - Amazon

The Hate You Give - Amazon

Just Mercy - Amazon

Malcom X - Amazon

Get Out - Amazon

Hidden Figures - Amazon

Fences - Amazon

A Birth of a Nation - Amazon

 

8) Go out and march at one of the Black Lives Matter protests.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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