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Following the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed African American man, killed by now ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on 25 May, mass protests in cities across America and the world have erupted. Floyd’s death was closely followed by the tragic news of the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, shot in separate incidents, as well as Tony McDade, a Black transgender man fatally shot by police on 27 May. With a focus on fighting for change, furthering empathy and urgently broadening our educations, Something Curated has compiled a list of resources to help support critical causes and stay informed.


Donate

R.I.P Belly Mujinga — for Belly Mujinga’s funeral and to support her young daughter

Black Immigrant Collective — amplifying and making visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota

Black Visions Collective — working to develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns

Reclaim The Block — a grassroots organisation that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive

Say Her Name — a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes

The Bail Project — providing funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests

UK Black Lives Matter — a coalition of Black activists and organisers working across the UK, coordinating activity since 2016 for justice

Emergency Release Fund — working to ensure that no trans person at risk in New York City jails remains in detention before trial

National Memorial Family Fund — for the families of victims of police brutality

The Movement For Black Lives — a global initiative which aims to support Black organisations to conduct conversations about current political conditions

North Star Health Collective — coordinating healthcare services, resources and training to those protesting in Minnesota

UK Black Protest Legal Support — a hub of lawyers and legal advisors providing free legal advice and representation to UK Black Lives Matter activists and protesters

Unicorn Riot — supporting journalists on the front line


Sign & Write

Justice for George Floyd — sign the petition here. Demand that the police officers involved with George Floyd’s death are arrested and charged with second degree murder — sign the petition here.

Demand a sweeping reform mandating a zero-tolerance approach in penalising and/or prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals in an arrest — sign the petition here.

Justice for Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died from coronavirus after she was spat on by a man claiming to have COVID-19 — sign the petition here. You can also email your MP to ask them to support further investigation into Mujinga’s death — find the template here; you can find your local MP’s contact details here.

Demand the suspension of UK exportation of crowd control weapons to the US — sign the petition here. You can also write to your MP using this email template here.

Justice for Breonna Taylor, the Black emergency medical technician who was fatally shot in her apartment by the Louisville Metro Police Department — sign the petition here.

Write to your MP to demand the UK government publishes and delivers actionable results relating to the BAME COVID report — find your local MP’s contact details here.

Demand the UK takes a stand against police brutality and racism — you can use this email template to write to your MP here.


Listen

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw — “When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Learn from the Black scholar and activist about what intersectionality looks like in practice and how to continue the fight for justice for Black women.”

All My Relations “Before and during the enslavement and exploitation of Black Americans, there was the genocide of Native Americans. If America cared about indigenous lives, Officer Chauvin—one of six officers who killed Wayne Reyes, a Native American man, in 2006—would’ve never been in a position to kill George Floyd almost 14 years later.”

Seeing White — “Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this 14-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.”

New York Times’ 1619 – “The past is never the past, and we can never forget this country’s foundation of subjugating Black people and people of colour. This podcast is part of an extensive New York Times project offering insight into the four centuries since American slavery began and the legacy that continues to plague Black Americans.”

NPR’s Code Switch“Racism is omnipresent in American society, and until we name it we can’t address it. Code Switch shines a light on the pervasive nature of racism, from language and workplace culture to social norms. First we identify the problems, then we work to dismantle them.”


Read

Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman

Brit-ish: On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch


Watch

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

When They See Us (2019)

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Let the Fire Burn (2013)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Malcom X (1992)

13th (2016)

Just Mercy (2019)

Mississippi Masala (1991)


Follow

Reni Eddo-Lodge — British journalist and author; her writing primarily focuses on feminism and exposing structural racism

BlackVisions — an organisation dedicated to Black liberation, committed to a long term vision in which all Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive

Munroe Bergdorf — British model and activist

(F)EMPOWER — Miami-based art and activist collective broaching global issues, from incarceration to climate change

Indya Moore — American actor, model and activist

Gal-dem — a British online and print magazine produced by Women of Colour and non-binary People of Colour

Color Of Change — a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organisation in the United States

Ibram X. Kendi — one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices; he is a #1 New York Times bestselling author

NO WHITE SAVIORS — an advocacy campaign led by a majority female, majority African team of professionals based in Kampala, Uganda

The Great Unlearn — a platform curated by Rachel Cargle, a public academic, writer, and lecturer whose work is rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood




Feature image: James Baldwin / Photo: Ted Thai (via Pinterest)

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