What can I do to help?


Petitions to sign:


Protests:

See this twitter thread for dates and locations of UK based protests.
If you plan to join a protest, you should take extra precautions due to the ongoing pandemic. Assess your risk and the risk of the people you live with before deciding whether to join in-person action. Equip yourself with a fitting face mask, gloves and hand sanitiser.

Alternatives to in person protests include taking virtual action, sharing information, and donating to funds that aid activists. More resources available here.

NOTE: It is still currently ILLEGAL to meet in groups of over 6, we cannot condone you breaking the law. Please stay safe and take care of yourself and others if you choose to protest.

Donate:

If you can afford to, there are numerous organisations supporting various different facets of the BLM movement.

  • You can support and split your donations to Bail Funds here 

  • Here is a spreadsheet containing other organisations currently seeking donations.

NOTE: The Minnesota Freedom Fund currently urges people to donate elsewhere, check out the spreadsheet for suggested groups to make the most impact with your donation. 
 

Support Racial Equality Charities:

Here is a twitter thread of UK based charities, organisations and platforms whose work aims to eradicate racial injustice.

There are also more well known groups such as 

 

Write to Your MP:

You can write to both your home based MP, and your York based MP - utilise this!

Credit to @perkin_amalaraj - a fellow York student for this letter template, used with permission. See his list of other resources here.

Look around and see if your MP has spoken out to protest the murder of George Floyd. Check Twitter, Facebook and local news to see if they have spoken out against it.  Go to https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mps/ to see how your MPs vote on different issues. If they haven’t spoken out against the murder of George Floyd, ask them why with this email template. You can find their email addresses at: https://members.parliament.uk/constituencies 

 

Dear [MP’S NAME], 

My name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m a(n) [OCCUPATION] who has lived in [YOUR CONSTITUENCY] for [LENGTH OF TIME]. Over the past [X] days, the riots in Minneapolis have not only shown the world the systemic racism that is still pervasive in modern societies, it has also exposed the indifference that people in power have towards it. Many who claim to represent the people of the UK have not made any motion to show their support for black people who still suffer from the institutionalised racism that still exists in the UK. Since you are my MP, I want to ask why you have not yet taken a stance on the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Is there anything preventing you from speaking out against it? Can the people of our constituency expect to hear you speak out on this matter soon? I am expecting a detailed response to these questions.

It is easy for people in the UK to look at what happens in the US and say “it’s not as bad in the UK, so there’s no reason to complain”. But this simply isn’t true. According to the Institute of Race Relations, police are 28x more likely to use Section 60 stop-and-search powers, where officers don’t require suspicion that a person has been involved in a crime, against black people than white people (http://www.irr.org.uk/research/statistics/criminal-justice/). On top of this, BAME people die disproportionately as a result of use of force or restraint by the police (https://www.inquest.org.uk/bame-deaths-in-police-custody). As an MP, it is your duty to serve and help the people in your constituency. And as a member of your constituency, it is my duty to ask what you’re doing to help. So, what exactly have you done to combat racism in the UK on a national and local level? Have you introduced any legislation in parliament that actively aims to either fight racism or lift people of colour out of a disadvantaged position? What measures have you taken to ensure that racism within our community isn’t allowed to thrive? I would also like detailed responses to these questions. 

I want you to understand how important the issue of racism is to me. The systematic oppression of nonwhite people needs to be actively fought against if we as a country truly believe that all people are born equal. The inaction of politicians to fight racism is not something that any reasonable person can stand for anymore. If you set out to make a change, it can happen. But it won’t happen if you stand by and let it happen.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I hope you take the issues I have raised seriously. I look forward to reading your response. 

Black Lives Matter.

Sincerely, 

[YOUR NAME HERE]