A Collection of Anti-Racism Resources #BLM

Written by Anushka Kumar

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Reading everything on social media, it can be hard to know where to start and how to help. It’s important to take your anti-racism beyond just posting on social media and following the ‘trend’. Below you will find a list of ways that you can help, from donating, signing petitions, protesting and educating yourself. Whatever you choose to do, remember the most important thing is educating yourself. Please don’t rely on the black people around you to educate you on what to do, it’s not their job and it’s a great deal of emotional labour. 

If you want to donate and help right now: 

Donations are important, and Zoe Amira has created a video which anyone can watch - all of the advert revenue from this video goes to supporting various BLM organisations. You can have this on in the background, and watch it multiple times! You can watch this here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM&feature=youtu.be

If you’re able to, donations can really help right now in a number of ways. Knowing where to donate right now can be hard, and if you’re at a loss then we’d love to help you find the right organisation for you to support. Make sure that you check the organization’s website before you donate, because many of them are receiving more donations right now than they know what to do with (including the Minnesota Freedom Fund) and have asked that people donate elsewhere for now.

If you’d like to donate to bail funds for protestors, you can find a few here: 

National Bail Fund Network - https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

The Bail Project - https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project

ActBlue will split any donation you make between 38 community bail funds - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd?refcode=cwg

If you’d like to support organisations in America who are fighting for POC rights, you can find a selection here: 

Black Visions Collective - https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

The ACLU has chapters across America, which you can find through their website: https://www.aclu.org/

Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com/

NYC Black Mutual Aid - https://twitter.com/NYCBlackAid

Campaign Zero - https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Reclaim the Block - https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home

My Block, My Hood, My City - https://www.formyblock.org

This list of organizations specifically in Minneapolis/Minnesota which you can donate to instead of the Minnesota Freedom Fund - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yLWGTQIe3967hdc9RSxBq5s6KKZHe-3_mWp5oemd7OA/preview?pru=AAABcpUiX3k%2AY6Q4I6UBtkH3lLz9GVLg0A

If you’d like to support organisations helping POC in the UK: 

Black Minds Matter UK - https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk?

Stop Hate UK - https://www.stophateuk.org/fundraising/

Show Racism the Red Card - https://www.theredcard.org/fundraise

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust - https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/what-we-do/

HOPE not hate - https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/

Saheliya - http://www.saheliya.co.uk/saheliya/support-us/#.Xtfa-J5KjfY

You can find a spreadsheet of more charities and organisations supporting POC in the UK here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15gBiGqIB5ViNtfl__jlER0qNNRkxX8R0GGuryMu2k4A/edit#gid=0 (Sourced from Crack Magazine) 

As helpful as donations can be, there is more that can be done. There are a number of petitions going around at the moment to further causes, which you can find here:

The UK currently exports rubber bullets, tear gas and riot shields to the US. You can sign a petition to end this here - http://chng.it/N6xgsNJ2

Justice For George Floyd (White House) - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/justice-george-floyd-0

Justice For George Floyd (Change.org) - http://chng.it/vsp8bbzhHj

Justice For George Floyd (Color of Change) - https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis/?sp_ref=.176.207236.o.1.2&referring_akid=.9710586.HGvPnq&source=c2c

Raise The Degree (White House) - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/raise-degree-remove-bail-derek-chauvin-murderer-george-floyd

Raise The Degree (Change.org) - http://chng.it/dnJYFMZFQy

Arrest The Other Three (White House) - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/arrest-other-three

Justice For Breonna Taylor (MoveOn) - https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/justiceforbre-police-officers-who-killed-breonna-taylor-must-be-fired

Justice for Breonna Taylor (Color of Change) - https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforbre-breonna-taylor-officers-fired/?sp_ref=645176587.176.206799.o.1.2&referring_akid=.9710586.HGvPnq&source=c2c

Disbarment of George E. Barnhill (Change.org) - http://chng.it/pSNt5YPKXy

Justice for Ahmuad Arbery (Change.org) - http://chng.it/4SJHkq4yGY

Pass Georgia Hate Crime Bill (Change.org) - http://chng.it/cg7Csrx4wx

Life Sentence for Police Brutality (Change.org) - http://chng.it/qydMHbgNqy

Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Change.org) - http://chng.it/w2kxRXyd79

Justice for Tony McDade (Change.org) - http://chng.it/VdSWjVY5Vd

Justice for Joāo Pedro (Change.org) - http://chng.it/DPtqmvbjK4

Julius Jones innocence (Change.org) - http://chng.it/59GsHfXkYS

Justice for Belly Mujinga (Change.org) - http://chng.it/6yFSvHkrDB

Free Willie Simmons (Change.org) - http://chng.it/2pkQs7NFKJ

Hands Up Act (Change.org) - http://chng.it/hbrNqmDHRV

National Action Against Police Brutality (Change.org) - http://chng.it/5Jvvrt4yW2

Free Kyjuanzi Harris (Change.org) - http://chng.it/SQXT5YKHj9

Justice for Alejandro Vargas Martinez (Change.org) - http://chng.it/CPXTktTf4J

Censorship Of Police Brutality In France (Change.org) - http://chng.it/rgrWPBqyD7

Justice for Sheku Bayoh (Change.org) - https://t.co/he1KgHb32N?amp=1

Make white privilege and systemic racism a compulsory part of the British education course (Change.org) - https://t.co/FQS7L768lu?amp=1

For Edinburgh University students - you can sign this letter to Peter Mathieson asking the University to become more proactively anti-racist - https://www.change.org/p/university-of-edinburgh-s-actions-against-racism?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_22581575_en-GB%3Av11&recruiter=968100446&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

There are also protests and marches that are happening in the UK that you can attend to show your support: 

June 5th: 

  • Bristol - College Green, 1pm 

June 6th: 

  • London - Parliament Square, 1pm 

  • Manchester - Piccadilly Gardens, 1pm 

  • Leicester - Clock Tower, 1pm 

  • Sheffield - Devonshire Green, 1pm 

  • Ipswich - Town Hall, 2pm 

June 7th: 

  • London - US Embassy, 2pm 

  • Nottingham, Market Square 12pm (organised independently of Black Lives Matter UK - Nottingham Activists) 

  • Manchester - St Peter’s Square, 2pm 

  • Edinburgh - Holyrood Park, 1pm 

  • Glasgow - George Square, 2pm 

  • Bristol - College Green, 2pm 

  • Norwich - Haymarket, 2pm 

  • Coventry - Godiva, 1pm 

  • Derby - Derby Council House, 2pm 

  • Colchester - Castle Park, 1pm 

June 8th: 

  • Dublin - The Spire, 1pm 

June 10th: 

  • Hull - Queens Gardens, 1pm 

June 13th: 

  • Reading - Town Hall, 12pm 

  • Kings Lynn - Town Hall, 2pm 

Please remember to wear a mask, carry hand sanitiser, water and food if you’re attending any protests. Please also remember to carry ID, and memorise a phone number for someone you can call in case of emergency/arrest. Stay safe and remember that anyone has the right to protest. 

Please remember that you can also always contact your parliamentary representatives to ask what they’re doing about racial issues, both within the UK and condemning the situation in America. It’s important to remember that the UK is not innocent, racial issues may not be as public here as they are in the US, but that does not mean that people of colour are not being harmed, prejudiced against, and excluded across the country. There is always more that can be done, and there is always more that you can be doing. If you are confused about what you can say to your parliamentary representative, who they are or how to get into contact - this article by Vice is helpful, you can access it here - https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/4aywy3/write-to-your-uk-mp-demand-action-solidarity-anti-racism-protestors?fbclid=IwAR05CGiWSLvrGdqDyuAthf1ZaIQO_UTZE9JR65q4rdIDx4kw5yZM6xMRn9E