By Julie Ngalle, Tobi Dada, and Bethany Dawson
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu
Not speaking out is siding with the oppressor. Keeping out of it because it is ‘not your place’ is inherently unhelpful. Being quiet helps nobody.
The following lists give just some examples of how you can actively show your support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, and help push forward the anti-racist movement in the UK.
We’ve got information on where to donate, on petitions to sign, and who to contact.
Where to donate
Belly Mujinga was a rail-worker who died after being spat on by a man claiming to have Covid-19. This money will go to support her family, including her young daughter.
This fund is to support the payment of the bail charges of people arrested within the Minnesota Freedom Riots. This Twitter thread contains more opportunity to fund bail. This google doc lists all the bail funds in the cities where protests have erupted.
The North Star Health Collective provides medical support and supplies to those protesting.
George Floyd Memorial Fund
These funds are for the family of George Floyd, the man murdered by a police officer in Minnesota on May 25th 2020. These funds are to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling for the family, and to go towards cost associated with court proceedings.
This fund is to support Black homeless transwomen in Atlanta.
Donate directly to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tony Mcdade was a Black trans man killed in Tallahasse, Florida, allegedly by police (this is still yet to be confirmed). His death is believed to be the at least 12th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S.
The Black Visions Collective is an organisation centering Black queer and trans people, campaigning to dismantle systems of oppression and violence.
Here is a Twitter thread full of GoFundMe posts.
We wish we could put every single fundraising page on this post, but alas that is not possible. As we work to grow this list, please look into this Twitter thread to find more places to donate.
And, if you can, share them.
This petition is run by Belly’s family to get an explanation as to why she, and her colleagues, were not equipped with adequate PPE, a measure that led Belly to lose her life.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed in her home in Louisville, KY on March 13th when officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department barged in without a warning nor announcement and broke through her door, firing off more than 20 bullets. This petition is calling for their arrest and to be charged with murder.
Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with the third-degree murder and mansalughter of Derek Chauvin. This petition is to put pressure on County Attorney Michael Freeman to press murder charges on the three other officers involved in his killing, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng.
Derek Chauvin, the man who killed George Floyd, has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. This petition is calling on his charge to be raised to first degree murder.
This petition is calling on police in the USA to get a maximum life sentence for killing a civilian.
Who to contact
Contact your MP for UK related issues, in Guildford our MP is Angela Richardson. If you’re not registered in Guildford, you can find you MP here.
This template is designed for you to send to your MP calling for an inquest into the death of Belly Mujinga, who was killed after a man spat on her who claimed to have Covid-19. She worked at London Victoria.
This letter is a broad call to action for your MP to signal their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and to ensure they are taking an actively anti-racist stance.