Resources to Educate
Please find some websites & resources below that may help. Contribute where you can,
educate yourself & others, write to your elected official & amplify voices where you cannot.
These sources have all been credited where possible.
Ways to protest:
Non violent Protest
Further examples of civic disobedience can be found online. As a rule of thumb, ensure your protest could in no way be misconstrued or used against the cause you are marching for. Information is one of the most valuable forms of protest and education is stifled as a result. Without critical thinking of issues presented by the media or a thorough understanding of how local and national government works, it is difficult to incite people to enact change as they are unaware of the blood on their hands through the complicity of their inaction.
As recent action in the US and more locally in Bristol has shown peaceful protest does work. If you are attending a BLM protest or a protesting an injustice that does not directly affect you remember you are a guest, you are needed but do not escalate, keep it peaceful, do not use it as a photo opportunity as this can lead to other protesters being identified, record police if need be and follow community guidelines on how to behave and what to bring.
Find out your local MP
How to write a letter to your MP
Please note that to ensure effectiveness is it best you write your own email to avoid spam filters, there are places that provide templates but ensure to reword it sufficiently to avoid being unnoticed. Also worth keeping tabs on what issues you have spoken to your MP about and following them up as well as emailing (again) once the issue is out of the current news cycle.
Though the system is broken there is, as yet, very little way to effectively & consistently enact change. Ensure you are voting for policies and demanding your representatives put forward those policies that secure your vote. Look for alternative voting methods and urge your local MP to implement them these are regularly shunned in parliament due to the fact that they would wreck the power balance as it currently stands.
Organisations to donate to:
Black Lives Matter UK
List of bailfunds to contribute to
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Show Racism the Red Card
Black Minds Matter
Stand Up To Racism
Southall Black Sisters Trust
Stand up to Racism and Inequalityt
Various Articles on Anti Racism courtesy of @hood_biologist
Black Lives Matter: donate by watching
Sitting in Limbo
Natives Race & class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - Afua Hirsch
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
How to argue with A Racist - Adum Rutherford
Surge - Jay Bernard
The Good Immigrant - Edited by Nikesh Shukla / various authors
Show Racism the Red Card
How to talk to Kids about Race and Racism
Racism in Schools
Anti-Racist Resource Guide
(courtesy of Victoria Alexander @victoriaalxndr on twitter)
Petitions to sign:
Justice for Belly Mujinga
This list is far from exhaustive and will be updated with further details of ways to help and protest. Please let me know if there are any omissions and I will be happy to update it..
I am a cis white man. I am complicit in my own privilege. Only by actively addressing the systems of oppression that benefit me can I be of any use to society. Everyone needs to do everything they can to assist in dismantling the structures which are fundamentally oppressive and confront their own privilege in effective ways without centring themselves.
If you are in a position of privilege, I believe you have a duty of care to yourselves and the world at large to educate yourself and assist others to see their own prejudices and unlearn their own shitty behaviours. This may be tiring and require a vast amount of emotional labour, of self correcting, of patience, of protest, but our privilege necessitates the work involved.
We are living in terrifying times. They are also revolutionary ones. Creating art at times like this is hard but necessary. We are honour bound to amplify the voices of those least heard or most ignored. This means taking a back seat, learning our place and not taking up space where we are not needed or where white privileged people have taken up too much space before us. If we have a platform we must use it to acknowledge the constant atrocities, barrage of hate, micro aggression's and ways in which society is structured to oppress Black, Indigenous, Asian and PoC and fight it.