BLACK LIVES MATTER: What you can do to help fight racism

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In response to the horrific scenes we are witnessing across the waters, we will be altering our social media presence this week, in order to open up space for discussion surrounding racism and thoughts / emotions on current events by sharing recommended reading whilst promoting accounts that allow us to educate ourselves on anti black suppression and racial injustice.

It is not the responsibility of our black friends to simply tell us what we can do to help, we must educate ourselves. It is not enough to simply say we are not racist, we must be actively anti racist.

Every single one of us can play a part and make a difference, show up, make a stand, protest, share resources, sign petitions, make noise. Don’t be silent.

Black lives matter.

#blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused

 

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW IN THE UK

  1. DONATE
  2. SIGN PETITIONS
  3. PROTEST
  4. SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM IN YOUR INNER CIRCLES
  5. DO YOUR RESEARCH

ACCOUNTS you can follow

CBE817FD-9C55-4913-96DF-F0C1390DF5F9Black Lives Matter – @Blklivesmatter on Instagram.

Layla F. Saad – @Laylafsaad on Instagram Layla is the author of Me and White Supremacy.

Chrissy Rutherford – @Chrissyford on Instagram. Chrissy uploaded a very helpful IGTV titles “It’s not enough to just say “I’m not racist”

From Privilege to Progress – @Privtoprog on Instagram.

Janaya Future Khan – @Janayathefuture on Instagram. Janaya has uploaded a live-stream to her IGTV aimed at white people only, to teach and educate, for people wanting to know what else they can do to help.

Munroe Bergdorf – @Munroebergdorf on Instagram

The Conscious Kid – @theconsciouskid on Instagram. If you are a parent take a look at this post discussing the idea that children may be ‘too young’ to learn about race issues and how racism can be reinforced by the silence of white care givers.

Mona Chalabi – @MonaChalabi on Instagram

Asai Takeaway – @AsaiTakeaway on Instagram

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Lee Merrit (Civil Rights Lawyer) – @leemerrittesq on Instagram

BlackVisions

NO WHITE SAVIOURS – @nowhitesaviours on instagram

Donté Colley – @Dontecolley on Instagram

Stephanie Yeboah – @StephanieYeboah on Instagram – be sure to check out Stephanie’s IGTV ‘I’m tired of the white tears’ Her blog, her book, and her Patreon here.

Nicole Ocran – @Nicoleocran on Instagram. Nicole’s BLM highlight is really insightful and points out the emotional labour that POC go through when white people continually ask for help/directions/resources.

Jameela Jamil – @JameelaJamilOfficial on Instagram

Florence Given – @Florencegiven on Instagram

Nova Reid – @Novareidoffical on Instagram Nova runs in depth and comprehensive anti racism courses. For anyone in a financial position to do so the knowledge you gain about becoming a better ally to POC is invaluable.

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – @Rachel.cargle on Instagram. 

Dom Roberts – @Domrobxtrts on Insgagram.

The Grief Case – @Thegriefcase on Instagram. Specifically, take a look at this post about supporting black communities.

Mireille C Harper – @Mireillecharper on Instagram. Be sure to read her post on education and advice regarding non-optical-allyship.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – @AOC on Instagram congresswoman for NY has been sharing helpful information for those protesting.

Gal-Dem Magazine – @galdemzine on Instagram. 

Yazzie – @Standforhumanity on Instagram.

 

PODCASTS you can listen to 

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Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.

Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.

Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid

 

BOOKS and Articles you can read

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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.Reni is also asking people who buy her book to purchase from small independent sellers or better yet borrow from a friend and spend the money on donating.

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad. 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Find Robin’s other literature, podcasts, articles and more here.

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Race Matters by Cornel West

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” By Rachel Cargle

10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black

How to be a white ally by Stephanie Yeboah (Patreon)

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color
DOCUMENTARIES, films and Ted Talks you can watch

When They See Us – Netflix – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story”

I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary Amazon – “The memoir recounts the lives of James Baldwin’s close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.”

Dear White People – Netflix

The Hate U Give -Hulu

What happens when I try to talk race with white people – YouTube – Insightful short video ft Renni Eddo-Lodge (author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race) that really succinctly sums up the issues at play when discussing racism with white people. Easy and accessible language amongst maybe some of the more academic content online.

White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control | Jaelyn Coates | TEDxCSU

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier

Not all Superheros wear capes-how you have the power to change the world | Nova Reid | TEDxFrankfurt

 

PETITIONS you can sign

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List of petitions you can sign from Black Lives Canada – This includes area codes you can use if you are not based in the US

Petition to Defund the police

Colour of Change petition to charge all officers involved with George Floyds murder be charged with murder

Change.org petition for jusitce for George Floyd

Black Lives Matter, two petitions you can sign to help black communities dealing with coronavirus and demanding racial data.

Black Lives Matter petition to defund the police

 

CHARITIES you can donate to

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Official George Floyd Memorial Fund Go Fund Me Page

List of funds for victims from Black Lives Matter

List of ways you can donate to help protestors

Important places you can donate to including the BLM Fund

Black Lives Matter

The Bail Project

The Liberty Fund

Reclaim the Block

I Run With Maud

Campaign Zero

Unicorn Riot

American Civil Liberties Union

Stand Up To Racism UK

 

PROTEST Information Guides / tools

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Important information and numbers for those protesting in the US

UK Protest Information

What to bring and wear to a protest 

Brighton Protest Information

How to protest safely during a pandemic (via VICE)

Five points to consider before going to a Black Lives Matter protest in London or the UK (via @VARAIDZO)

Know your rights (via @initialola on Twitter)

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Free flyer printing (via The Photocopy Club also here)