We have a responsibility to be active allies and to be constant in our effort to combat all forms of racism. You can read our full statement about this here. Women have asked us what they can do to inform themselves and help affect change, and we have started to put together a list of petitions, fundraisers and resources below. Please let us know of any more that we can share.
About Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
“By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
Please visit the Black Lives Matter website to learn more.
How can you help?
Signing petitions is a free and easy way to show your support for the issues you care about. Take some time to look through the petitions below and add your name.
- Color of Change: #JusticeforFloyd: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.
- org – Justice for George Floyd
- org – The Minneapolis Police Officers to be charged for murder after killing innocent black man
- org – Justice for Breonna Taylor
- org – Prosecute the murderers who killed George Floyd
- org – Justice for Belly Mujinga
- org – Justice For Tony McDade
- org – Hands Up Act
- org – Justice For Tamir Rice
- org – RAISE THE DEGREE
- org – Make false 911 calls a criminal offense
Making a donation is a powerful way to show your support and affect change. If you are able to contribute financially, here are some links you may find helpful.
- Gofundme – RIP Belly Mujinga
- The Action Network – Demand justice for Tony McDade
- Donate to Black Lives Matter
- Donate to Black Visions Collective
- Know Your Rights Camp
Want to donate but don’t have any money? Stream this video – 100% of ad revenue goes to BLM groups (look at comments for rules on how to properly watch and rewatch). There is also a playlist of other similar videos.
There are of course many more petitions you can sign and causes you can donate to. Click here for a more comprehensive list.
Educate yourselves and others:
Watch videos and documentaries:
- Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement documentary (2016) – Youtube
- The Rise of Black Lives Matter | VPRO documentary (2016) – Youtube
- Black Lives: Trap. Why civil rights aren’t enough to make the American Dream come true (Youtube)
- List of “Six powerful documentaries about race and criminal justice” (Dazed)
Books to read:
- Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to be Less Stupid about Race by Crystal M. Fleming
- This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Browse the Black Cultural Archives
- The Black Cultural Archives on Google Arts & Culture tell the story of the Black British experience. “A celebration of Black History is a celebration of British History”.
- If you want to look even closer to home, the Nottingham Black Archive researches, collects and preserves Black history, heritage and culture in Nottingham, from the earliest time to the present day.
Spread awareness! #BlackLivesMatter
The links and resources above are just a starting point, and are by no means exhaustive. The internet and social media give us an incredible opportunity to learn more and spread awareness, so keep researching and listening and sharing.
Follow the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media to engage with the discussion. Amplify black voices, share resources and petitions and encourage your friends and family to learn more and get involved themselves.
Look after your mental health
“Racism is a mental health crisis”. Now more than ever looking after your mental health is critical. Please see the links below for organisations in the UK that can help:
- Black Minds Matter UK. This organisation will cover the costs if you require a therapist, mentorship or a support group.
- Young Black men programme. This programme from Mind works with Black 11 to 30 year-old boys and men, offering a range of tailored local services.
- The Siwe Project. A global non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global black community. They aim to encourage more people to seek treatment without shame.
- Victim Support. If you’ve been affected by crime, Victim Support can give you the support you need to move forward, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.
- Black, African and Asian Therapy Network. Home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK
- Community Health Awareness Training (CHATS). Nottingham-based culturally competent and faith sensitive mental health services.
- Take a break from social media
- Listen to music
- Talk to your friends and family
- Read a book
“A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take our rightful place in it.” – Malcom X