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BLM: Where We Stand

Like many others, we have been at a loss for words over the devastating murder of George Floyd by a person of authority, put in their position to defend and protect and yet let their ignorance and prejudice take away a man's life in such a brutal and disgusting way. George Floyd isn't the first, but we will do what we can to help ensure that he is the last. We want to give voices to the unheard and help anyone who has ever felt discriminated against for the colour of their skin feel empowered and equal. We don't understand and we probably never will, but we stand with you.

Staying silent isn't an option, STAND UP AND SPEAK UP.


Ways that you can help:


Black Lives Matter UK is the official UK part of the global Black Lives Matter movement.Their mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes”.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund


Black Minds Matter UK is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower communities to take charge of the change and improvement they want to see.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk


George Floyd Memorial Fund: Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, has set up a Go Fund me page to raise money for Floyd’s funeral and burial expenses.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd


Stand Up To Racism is an anti-racism campaign group who asked Brits to #TakeTheKnee on their doorsteps on Wednesday, June 3 at 6pm. The idea is to show your solidarity with George Floyd and the BLM movement.

Donate to their campaign here: https://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/join-donate/


The Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit human rights group in the UK.

Donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1012780&stop_mobi=yes


There are also protests scheduled to occur on:


Saturday 6th June

London - Parliament Sqaure, 1pm

Manchester - Piccadilly Gardens, 1pm

Newcastle Upon Tyne - ONLINE, 1pm

Leicester - Clock Tower, 1pm

Sheffield - Devonshire Green, 1pm

Ipswich - Town Hall, 2pm


Sunday 7th June

London - US Embassy, 2pm

Nottingham - Forest Recreation Ground (changed from Old Market Square), 12pm (organised independently of Black Lives Matter UK - Nottingham Activists)

Manchester - St. Peter’s Square, 2pm

Edinburgh - Princes Street Gardens, 1pm

Glasgow - George Square, 2pm

Bristol - College Green, 2pm

Norwich - Haymarket, 2pm

Coventry - Godiva, 1pm

Derby - Derby Council House, 2pm

Colchester - Castle Park, 1pm


Monday 8th June

Dublin - The Spire, 1pm


Wednesday 10th June

Hull - Queens Gardens, 1pm


Saturday 13th June

Reading - Town Hall, 12pm

Kings Lynn - Town Hall, 2pm


To find events in your local area, try searching “BLM [AREA]” or “Black Lives Matter [AREA]” on Twitter.


When taking part in these protests, organisers are circulating information and advice as follows:

  • Remain peaceful

  • Bring protective masks and gloves, and if possible wet-wipes or anti-bacterial gel

  • Observe two-metre social distancing guidelines

  • Pack food and water

  • Bring identification and emergency contact information

  • Wear comfortable shoes

  • Take sun-protection

  • In case of arrest, carry essential medicines (e.g. inhalers) on your person

  • Women on periods are advised to wear pads instead of tampons in case toilet access is restricted by events or arrest


FACT CHECK TIME

  • In the US, police killed 1,098 people in 2019.

  • Black people were 24% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.

  • There were only 27 days where the police did not kill someone.

  • In the US, black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people despite being 1.3x more likely to be unarmed compared to white people.

The following names are of black people who fell victim to and died at the hands of a police officer over the 2 year period of 2014 and 2015 alone. The vast majority of these killers continued on with their lives and did not face the justice they deserve.


Let's get these victim