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June 2, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Credit: Selina Nwulu, Postcards In Isolation #7

 

To remain silent is to be complicit. There can be no such thing as a neutral arts institution – large, medium or small.

Counterpoints Arts’ mission is to mobilise the arts as a powerful catalyst for social justice and change. We are committed to anti-racism and to exposing structural inequalities and the deep-seated legacies of colonial violence.

We join other organisations and cultural activists across the globe in speaking out in solidarity and to loudly condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd and the many others who have died tragically because of State aggression.

In the words of rap artist, Killer Mike: ‘Now is the time to plot, plan, strategise, organise and mobilise’.

We’ve collated a list of resources to spark conversations with your friends, family, and networks.

#BlackLivesMatter

 

Donate:

The National Memorial Family Fund is a resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody in the UK.

A list of bail funds across North America

Split a donation across 38 community bail funds in the US

Belly Mujinga memorial fundraiser

Official George Floyd memorial fund

Minnesota Freedom Fund suggests donations to Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block in Minneapolis

Act:

Ways you can help, a master list of donations, petitions, and resources from the US

How to support Black Lives Matter from the UK is a doc with links to templates and guidance for contacting your MP regarding George Floyd

The Impact of Ommission, a survey to investigate the extent to which British Imperial history is explored in the curriculum of compulsory education in the U.K

George Floyd: how can I help from the UK? is a list of resources and suggestions for white UK residents by @das.penman

If you’re attending any of the protests, know your rights. Liberty UK has advice and information on lockdown, protests, and stop & search

How the George Floyd Killing Is Just as Relevant in the UK, and What You Can Do About It by Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

Educate:Anti-racism resources for White People, a live doc of articles, podcasts, and videos collated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

A thread of books exploring race and racism from a UK perspective, from the Jhalak Prize

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship, a Twitter thread by Mireille Cassandra Harper

Me and White Supremacy, a 28-day workbook by Layla Saad

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