How to support Black Lives Matter in the UK
As we observe Black History Month in the UK this October, we must continue to support organizations fighting against structural and systemic inequality
By AXS Staff
After the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May, thousands worldwide took to the streets to convey their shock and outrage. Beyond a travesty, it was a wake-up call to people of all races for the need to acknowledge and fight against anti-Black racism.
As we observe Black History Month in the UK this October, we must continue to strengthen our anti-racism efforts and advocacy against structural and systemic inequality. Below is a list of UK-based organisations working to effect change in the ongoing fight against racism in the UK and abroad. You can also check out a comprehensive list of petitions to sign here.
The Resourcing Racial Justice fund is a coalition of people of colour (POC) innovators, change makers, activists, artists and social leaders dedicated to social change, who, together, have established a new UK-wide funding pool to support individuals and communities working towards racial justice.
The West Yorkshire Racial Justice Network brings together over thirty organisations and individuals from across the region to proactively promote racial justice and address legacies of colonialism.
Since forming in 2010, StopWatch has led a wide-ranging campaign against the disproportionate use of stop and search, the increasing use of exceptional stop and search powers and the weakening of accountability mechanisms. Its unique mix of academics, activists, young people and lawyers has proved effective at challenging the current use of the tactic and drawing attention to the realities for those on the receiving end of police powers.
INQUEST is the only charity providing expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Their specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.
Kids of Colour works to inform society on the diverse experiences belonging to young people of colour and challenge the racialised, dehumanising narratives that uphold negative stereotypes.
Born out of the viral #CharitySoWhite hashtag, which sparked a conversation about racism in the charity sector, the movement’s aim is for charitable organisations to have candid and critical conversations about racism, publicly acknowledge that institutional racism exists in organisations and prioritise anti-racist work by dismantling the institutional mechanisms that are preventing change.
UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. The organisation produces an annual celebration during pride month, as well as a variety of activities throughout the year in and around the UK that promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and wellbeing of the communities they represent.
Operating as a broad inclusive non-partisan, unifying arm for racial and social justice within the UK, BLM UK is currently focussed on breaking down the wall of silence that upholds and sustains racism in Britain by providing a voice for all people to support the cause.
This social enterprise aims to deliver black British history all across the UK through a variety of virtual and in-person programmes at schools and corporations. They also have curriculum and develop free and licensable resources for schools to teach students about Black history.
Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit, secular and inclusive organisation established in 1979 to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. For more than three decades they have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender-related violence locally and nationally, and have campaigned for the provision of proper and accountable support services to enable women and their children to escape violent relationships and live in dignity.
Established in direct response to the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, Stop Hate UK started as a service for victims of racial harassment. Relaunched in 2007 to reflect its wider remit of supporting people affected by all forms of Hate Crime in locations across the UK, the organisation works alongside local strategic partners to tackle Hate Crime and discrimination, encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects.