Like so many people around the world we were horrified by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.
His death has sparked international uproar and the rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement. The reality is that this movement never went away because the injustices never went away for black people, whether in the US or across the world.
We are proud to see so many Islington people stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and speak out against racism whenever and wherever it occurs.
We are proud to support Black Lives Matter and encourage as many people as possible to do the same.
But we have to go further than warm words and gestures. We encourage you, if you possibly can, to dig deep to donate to the following causes:
We are also keen to support important UK-based organisations. Due to the Coronavirus, many Pride events, due this month, have had to be cancelled. We encourage you to donate the price of any refunded Pride event tickets - or simply the cost of a pint - to UK Black Pride who do amazing work.
If you want to learn more, Londonist has listed other organisations to donate to, a number of key resources, as well as petitions you can sign.
To all black people in the UK and across the world, our friends, our partners, our neighbours, our colleagues:
while there’s hope that the outrage at this killing and all the protests will bring about change, it will also bring trauma, grief and hurt. The social media feeds we’re all becoming so reliant on during the COVID lockdown are flooded with videos and stories of police brutality against black people. These are hard to witness. If you need help, and your feelings are completely valid, and there are mental health resources out there to help:
- Free therapy from the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
- Community empowerment for 13-25 year olds: Black Minds Matter
- Mental health charity, MIND's resources
- Mental health resources from Heads Together
- NHS Mental Health resources
- Access to the Samaritans
Finally, if you’re planning to join a protest we encourage you to look out for each other and to stay safe as well as respect the rules on social distancing to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
There is no ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. There is only us. All of us. Together.