10 petitions to sign today that support Black Lives Matter in the UK

This weekend saw cities around the world take part in protests in support of Black Lives Matter and the anti-racism movement. The show of solidarity amongst communities was huge, but it’s just the beginning; there’s so much more work to be done in the fight against racial injustice, and it’s crucial not to lose this momentum. One of the most accessible methods of activism you can take part in is to sign petitions that draw attention to the cause.

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There are a number of petitions calling for justice for individuals – if you haven’t already, please take the time to look into the cases including George Floyd, Belly Mujinga, Shukri Abdi, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and Ahmaud Arbery. However, if you’ve already done this and are looking for even more ways to support Black Lives Matter with your signature, these UK-specific petitions are a good place to start.

Black Lives Matter petitions to sign in the UK

Suspend UK Export of Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets and Riot Shields to USA

Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty International UK’s military, security and police programme director, says: ‘After the shocking images of the police and national guard using excessive force against Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis, the UK should immediately freeze all policing and security equipment export licences to the US where there’s a clear risk of further misuse – something the UK is obliged to do under its own laws. Given the evidence emerging from numerous US cities, there’s a very real risk of UK-manufactured tear gas or rubber bullets being used against George Floyd protesters in dangerous and highly inappropriate ways – something that ministers need to respond to.’

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The UK Government Must Condemn Trump’s Response to George Floyd’s Murder #speakupBoris

This petition, started by Sasha Lawson, directly addresses our prime minister’s reaction the murder of George Floyd, a man who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. ‘We must not only condemn Floyd’s death but also Trump’s threats to protestors, and the sales of riot gear to the US,’ she says. ‘Boris should not be congratulated on simply being able to admit that Floyd’s murder was appalling when asked directly. The UK continues to turn a blind eye to racial hatred in the country of one of our closest allies.’

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Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the UK

In the UK, black women are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to white women. This petition to parliament requests that urgent research is done into why this is happening, to inform recommendations to improve health care for black women and address this disparity.

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Medical Schools Must Include BAME Representation in Clinical Teaching

This petition is designed to advocate that ‘course material in all medical schools must include ethnically diverse examples of case presentations – especially in clinically relevant instances where disease presentation differs between white and black and minority ethnic (BAME) patients. The duty to deliver the highest quality of care extends to all members of the public and if medical education does not actively prepare students for this, this is inconsistent with such values.’

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Anti-Racism Education to be Compulsory in U​K Schools

‘On June the 2nd 2020 it seemed the world took part in #blackouttuesday to take a day off of posting personal content and spread the word of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many took this day to educate themselves on Black history, political events and learn of individuals personal experiences of racism. However, it became apparent that much of what we learnt had not been taught at school,’ says Liv Parker, the creator of this petition. ‘We should all be taught from an early age how to respect one another, the struggle the black community has faced throughout history and why racism should be completely intolerable.’

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Teach British Children About the Realities of British Imperialism and Colonialism

The Department for Education says that the curriculum is intended to for pupils to ‘know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day’. However, those behind this petition argue that ‘by excluding the evils of British Imperialism, along with how members of the African Diaspora contributed to the British nation-state, British children are robbed of understanding how colonialist ideology was implemented. This stunts the growth of racial equality in the UK and hinders the racial esteem of Black British children.’ The petition is directed to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education.

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Battle Racism by Updating GCSE Reading Lists