BLACK LIVES MATTER: Ways we can all help right now

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Ways we can all help right now

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the events unfolding across the world, years of injustice have led to this. There is no way we can sit back and watch as innocent people fall victim to racism. Action speaks louder than words so we have put together a list of ways we can all be helping to support black communities all over the world. Join us in educating yourself and taking action today.

 

Educate yourself : Three books to read 

 

They Can’t Kill Us All : Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement — Wesley Lowery

If you are looking for a book covering the Black Lives Matter movement from its evolution, this is it. A reporter for The Washington post, Lowery covered the deaths of unarmed Black men, and recounts personal experiences in this book.

 

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race — Reni Eddo-Lodge

History textbooks often leave out critical points of Black history and voices. Make up the difference yourself. Read Eddo-Lodge's words on the history of racial bias in the UK.

 

Beloved — Toni Morrison

Inspired by a true story, this Pulitzer-prize winning book captures the trauma felt by slaves and their descendants. It is extremely powerful in evoking empathy, something absolutely necessary right now.

 

Educate yourself : Three films to watch

 

13th (Watch on Netflix)

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. This is currently being circulated in lists of recommendations, and we definitely agree why.

 

Belle (Watch on Amazon Prime)

If you are looking for something with a focus on the how racism has operated in UK history, this film addresses the Zong massacre. Inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle (in Kenwood House, London) — the illegitimate mixed-race child of Sir John Lindsay — it speaks to Dido's relationships with her family and the wider society.

 

The Hate U Give (Watch on Hulu)

This movie, based on the book by Angie Thomas, is an essential film for all ages. Although a "teen" movie, the story of Starr Carter, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by police, is one that should be heard by all.

 

Take Action : Three petitions to sign 

Please join us in demanding justice for these victims of police brutality.

 

Justice for Big Floyd:

https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/#petition

 

Stand with Breonna Taylor:

https://www.standwithbre.com/#petition

 

Ahmaud Arbery Deserves Justice:

https://www.runwithmaud.com/#petition

 

Take Action : Three Places to Donate 

 

Black Lives Matter UK

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

This is the official UK chapter of the global Black Lives Matter movement. Donate here to help end white supremacy.

 

Runnymede

https://www.justgiving.com/runnymede-trust

Donating to UK’s leading independent race equality think tank will help them to continue engaging with policy makers to make changes.

 

Community Bail Funds

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

When donating here, you can choose whether your donation will be split between 40 bail funds or go towards specific funds of your choosing.

 

Black - Owned Sustainable UK Sustainable Brands to Support

 

Monad London

Daniel Olatunji focuses on slow fashion and creating “meticulously imperfect” with Monad. High quality tailoring, artisan, and soul can be seen in every piece. 

 

Earth Toned Collective

 

A sustainable and ethical women’s apparel brand, ETC is “for women who dare to Set The Tone.” The brand uses recycled and dead stock materials and perfectly merges service and style to empower women everywhere.

 

EDAS

Founded with an innovative sustainability angle of using unusual home-goods and refurbished elements, EDAS now offers handmade jewelry, bags, and accessories. Each piece is unique and full of love.

 

Cee Cee's Closet

A New York City born brand by sister design team celebrating West African prints. They have pieces handmade in Nigeria, transforming the lives of their artisan partners.

 

Galarie.LA

Founded by celebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian, Galerie LA curates sustainable fashion from emerging brands from around the world. 'Our mission is to work as a community, building a platform devoted to the highest quality of sustainable fashion'.

 

House of Aama

Founded in 2015, House of Aama explores black experience through timeless pieces. Telling a story, the brand sparks conversation surrounding heritage and history.

 

Lemlem

Artisan driven, Lem Lem products are made entirely in Africa. Founder Liya Kebede says, 'by employing traditional weavers, we're trying to break their cycle of poverty, at the same time preserving the art of weaving while creating modern, casual, comfortable stuff that we really want to wear.'

 

Proclaim

Prcolaim is a lingerie brand made in LA from conscious materials such as Tencel and recycled polyester. Representing all women, Proclaim is extremely inclusive.

 

Sindiso Khumalo

Based in Cape Town, Sindiso Khumalo studied at Central St Martins where she received a masters in Textile Futures. She founded self titled label focused on creating modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African story telling.

 

The Tiny Closet

All the garments from The Tiny Closet are hand sewn from start to finish. Their founder says, 'I take every action necessary to minimise my carbon footprint, support ethical wholesalers, source and use only dead stock fabric, and eliminate waste with made-to-order production'.

 

Two Days Off

Two days off is a sustainable clothing brand based in Los Angeles. All the garments are either made to order or available in limited quantities to avoid waste, with materials locally sourced from deadstock textiles.

 

These are just handful of ways you can support Black Lives Matter. We must all come together in solidarity against racism. Educate yourself, information is power. It isn't enough to sympathise we need to take action and do it quickly - sign petitions, donate if and where you can. Black Lives Matter today, tomorrow and everyday... we cannot ever forget this.

 

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