How to show your support for the anti-racism movement in the UK

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on Monday 25 May has caused outrage around the world. Video footage that emerged showing the officer restraining the 46-year-old and kneeling on his neck, despite his protestations that he couldn’t breathe, have provided a shocking reminder of the systemic racism that is still so prevalent in society, and has led to civil unrest across the globe.

Social media is awash with posts in support of the anti-racism movement, and this is important to raise awareness and prompt discussion, but it’s only the start of what needs to be done. Donating to the following organisations is an effective way to show your solidarity and actively support the Black Lives Matter campaign. It’s time to listen, learn, speak out and show up.

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SUPPORT & DONATE⁣ Donate to Belly Mujinga's Family" https://www.gofundme.com/f/rip-belly-mujinga Email your local MP to ask them to support further investigation into Belly Mijunga’s death https://docs.google.com/document/d/104yD-J54nAukfU04QYAMjHJtWOFhCxNs53yaxzwK3Us/edit Donate to the #SayHerName campaign https://aapf.org/support Donate to Black Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 Justice for George Floyd⁣ https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd⁣ ⁣ Colours of Change⁣ https://www.winningjustice.org/directory⁣ ⁣ Official George Floyd Memorial Fund⁣ http://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd⁣ ⁣ The Bail Project Fund⁣ https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project⁣ ⁣ Unicorn Riot (supporting Journalists on the frontline)⁣ https://unicornriot.ninja⁣ ⁣ Black Visions Collective⁣ http://www.blackvisionsmn.org⁣ ⁣ Reclaim the Block⁣ http://www.reclaimtheblock.org⁣ Minnesota Freedom Fund⁣ https://minnesotafreedomfund.org⁣ ⁣ Justice for Ahmaud⁣ https://www.runwithmaud.com⁣ ⁣ EDUCATE YOURSELF ⁣ ⁣ – When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors – Say Your Mind Podcast – Kelechi Okafor – Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper⁣ – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo⁣ ⁣ BLACK PEOPLE LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – Feel! Everything you're feeling is valid, you have every right to feel rage, to feel drained, to be tired, to want to run away from it all. – Talk to other black people. – You don't have to explain shit, remember racism is a white people problem it's not up to you to always explain things to them. – Indulge in the things that bring you joy. – Set boundaries! – Remember you matter, even in a world that tries to make you feel like you don't you matter SO MUCH! #blacklivesmatter

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Donate in the US

George Floyd Memorial Fund

George Floyd’s siblings are raising funds for funeral and burial expenses, grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and as assistance as they continue to seek justice for George. You can donate here.

Black Lives Matter

Money given to Black Lives Matter will go towards ‘the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.’ You can donate here.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

NAACP is a legal organisation fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. You can donate here.

The Bail Project

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George Floyd should be alive today, like so many others whose lives have been taken by the brutality of our criminal legal system, from the policing practices that reflect America's history of institutional racism to those dying in jails because of cash bail. We must not allow this to continue. Now, more than ever, we must organize and raise our voices, not only for systemic reforms but for real accountability. We must do so for our Black communities, for our children, for the generations of Americans who deserve a future better than the past. It starts with each and every one of us demanding justice and holding the elected officials who represent us accountable for doing what is necessary to end racism in our legal institutions and impunity in police departments. Black lives matter. We demand justice for George Floyd and stand in solidarity with our partners and community members across the country fighting every day for racial justice.

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The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund posts bail for those who can’t afford it, as part of its mission ‘to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States.’ You can donate here.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund

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Our cities and communities are in anguish and outrage over the brutal daytime murder of George Floyd, who lost his life to the deeply ingrained racism and historic violence of the Minneapolis Police Department, and monstrous actions of former officer Derek Chauvin. Three other officers remain uncharged. The world has shown up in support for those who are taking to the streets to demand the long-overdue end to police brutality that has taken the lives of too many of our black, brown and Native people. With solemn gratitude, we have been flooded with tens of thousands donations large and small, totaling around $20 million dollars. We did not ask for or anticipate this massive outpouring of support. We simply said yes to the call to support and bail out people jailed for protesting for justice for George Floyd. We will walk with transparency and accountability to use those funds to first and foremost pay bail for those who have shown up in love and grief and rage to demand justice for the murder of George Floyd, and then to post bail in our community for those who are held pretrial simply because they cannot pay and to post bonds to free people from ICE detention. We are dedicated to staying true to our central mission and the intent of these donations–which is freedom. We now encourage people to generously donate to George Floyd’s family and other local organizations, especially those which are Black and BIPOC led, and which are working to lift up communities, end police brutality, and build a more just future. George Floyds family —https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd @blackvisionscollective 🖤 @reclaimtheblock 🖤 Please see our full statement on our website. 💙 #justiceforgeorgefloyd #BlackLivesMatter #FreeThemAll

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund has been overwhelmed with donations in the wake of George Floyd’s death, receiving upwards of $20 million. They are now encouraging those who wish to support their cause to donate to George Floyd’s family and Black and BIPOC led organisations in their local area. More information can be found here.

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Hello 🤍 I asked on my stories if anyone would be interested in some pointers on how people in the UK can respond to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and overwhelmingly the answer was yes. This is just a small collection of ways you can take action. I would like to make it clear that I’m not an authority on this issue and the people to turn to and follow are the people mentioned throughout the post. This is simply a way of summarising small steps you can take if you’re feeling as useless as I am at the moment. We can always do more. These are some of the ways. EDIT: you can email the county office at citizeninfo@co.hennepin.mn.us 🤍 EDIT 2: I have been alerted that Robin Diangelo is not a person to support. I apologise for including her in the list of recommended books and she will not be promoted on my page.

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The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Established in memory of Stephen, who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993, the trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to help them gain skills and qualifications to pursue their chosen career. You can donate here.

The Runnymede Trust

The leading independent race equality think tank challenging and overcoming racial inequality through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. You can donate here.

Resourcing Racial Justice

A coalition of people of colour innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change. Their funding pool supports individuals and communities working towards racial justice. You can donate here.

StopWatch UK

Since 2010 StopWatch has worked to promote effective, accountable and fair policing, and inform the public about the disproportionate use of stop and search. You can donate here.

Liberty

An organisation designed to challenge injustice, defend freedom and campaign to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly. You can donate here.

Operation Black Vote

Fighting for greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK in areas including education, health and employment. Work includes voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes. You can donate here.

Stream to donate

This video was created to offer a way to donate to #BlackLivesMatter, even if you don’t have the resources to give physical money right now. 100 per cent of the ad revenue made through AdSense will be donated to the associations that offer protester bail funds, help pay for family funerals, and advocacy that are listed in the beginning of the video. Hit play and leave the ads running, and you’ll be making a donation as it streams.

Other ways to show your support

Spend your money with black-owned businesses

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More listed below in caption and comments. Some brilliant black-owned businesses mostly from the UK that you can buy/follow right now. Compiled with help from resources online @ukjamii @blackwomensdirectory @IamKristabel 🙏 please add anymore suggestions #supportblackbusiness Cookbooks  1. Original Flava @originalflava 2. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by @ghanakitchen 3. Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo @lopeariyo 4. Ethiopia by Yohanis Gebreyesus @chef_yohanis 5. Belly Full by Riaz Phillips @Belly.full ✨ Food & Drink 1. Chikas snacks @chikasfoods 2. Grazing Boxes @berryandbrie  3. Yard Confectionary @yardconfectionery 4. Cabby’s Rum @cabbysrum 5. Cham Cham hot pepper sauce @nimsdin 6. @patandpinkys 7. @theblackfarmer ✨ Beauty & Haircare Brands 1. Liha Beauty: skin oils, shea butters @LihaBeauty  2. BeautyStack: discover and book treatments @beautystack  3. Bouclème: afro and curly hair products @boucleme  4. Afrocenchix: Hair products @afrocenchix  5. The Afro Hair and Skin Company: shampoo bars, hair masks, face masks @afrohairandskinco 6. @radswan (launching soon) ✨ Fashion & Accessory brands  1. Wales Bonner: menswear and womenswear @walesbonner 2. Casely-Hayford: suits @caselyhayfordlondon 3. Daughter of a Bohemian: upcycled pieces and workshops @daughterofabohemian 4. Daily Paper: menswear and womenswear  @dailypaper  5. Aaks: basket bags @a.a.k.s  6. Martine Rose @martine_rose 7. Nubian Skin @nubianskin  8. Sincerely Nude @sincerelynude ✨ Home & Lifestyle  1. Prick: cacti and plantcare  @prickldn 2. Bespoke Binny @bespokebinny 3. New Beacon Books : Specialists in African and Caribbean Literature @newbeaconbooks 4. Bonita Vie Stationary @bonitaivieprints 5. Reset Travel @Resettravel ✨ Publications / Platforms @galdemzine @theirinjournal  @womenwho  @forworkingladies @thy.self @blackgirlfest @azeemamag @modernlit @prim.black

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Sign the petitions

The following petitions are demanding justice for George Floyd:

Further your education

 

why I'm no longer talking to white people about race
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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Swipe to read // @mnfreedomfund

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when they call
Amazon

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors

 

eloquent range
Amazon

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper⁣

 

so you want to talk about race
Amazon

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo⁣

 

they can't kill us all
Amazon

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

 

Beloved
Amazon

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

the new Jim crow
Amazon

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

the good immigrant
Amazon

The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today edited by Nikesh Shukla

 

between the world and me
Amazon

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

freedom is a constant struggle
Amazon

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

 

the hate u give
Amazon

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

a more beautiful and terrible history
Amazon

A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis

men we reaped
Amazon

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

 

how to be an antiracist
Amazon

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

 

The bluest eye
Amazon

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Have difficult conversations – with others and yourself

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…but because she is RIHANNA, she is beyond proud of her blackness but she is also a palatable enough black woman that I knew most white people would listen to over me. She would grab your attention, perhaps provoke more thought.⁣ ⁣ If you “follow” me, enjoy my work, aesthetic, however you process me. You must understand that I am a WHOLE BLACK PERSON. I can’t “oh blimey unfollow” myself, nor do I want to. If you are uncomfortable with what you read today, ask yourself why? If you’re not down with me, don’t announce it, just unfollow and keep it moving.⁣ ⁣ I love blackness, it is STUNNING, MAJESTIC, INSPIRING but it is also not here to serve non black people when it suits them via sports, music, hairstyles, entertainment etc, it should be respected in the workplace and shouldn’t be ignored when it’s crying out in fear of being killed.⁣ ⁣ You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti racist more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too.⁣ ⁣ If so, then DO the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER . ⁣ Link in bio if you’re about it. 🖤 ⁣ #BLACKLIVESMATTER⁣ #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER

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Tell your friends to pull up.

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I'm sure there are many of you doing the work too, but I have a big platform and I don't feel comfortable enabling performative allyship and drowning out the #blacklivesmatter channel. ❤️ ⁣ ⁣ If the end of my tweet rings true with you: If you posted a #BlackOutTuesday and have not made anti-racism a part of your life, be honest with yourself, and then go and do these three things: ⁣ ⁣ 1) Donate to the 39 bail out funds in my bio link 💰⁣ 2) Follow @theblackcurriculum and email (swipe ▶️) asking for black history to be taught in schools. Our whitewashed education is one of the cornerdstones of how systemic racism thrives.⁣ 3) Start reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking To People About Race' quickly followed by 'White Fragility' by Robin DiAngelo and don't stop there. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣I am now muted. ⁣

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