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We are always here to help you live better, feel better and do better. Doing better includes being actively anti-racist. If you don’t know where to begin, we have curated some global resources and information in this article, so you have somewhere to start, continue and carry on being an ally to Black, Indigenous And People Of Colour (BIPOC) communities.
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Educate yourself with these resources
One of the best ways you can be an ally is to educate yourself. Whether that’s through reading books and articles written by BIPOC authors, listening to podcasts or interviews with BIPOC representatives from all over the world, or watching historical documentaries, dedicate time to actively listen and learn. And at the very least, make sure your social media feeds are full of diverse voices from the BIPOC community.
Read these books…
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Road Map for Revolutionaries by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
All About Love by Bell Hooks
Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P Newton
Unapologetic: a Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A Carruthers
Assata by Assata Shakur
I Write What I Like by Steve Biko
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Note: Reni Eddo-Lodge is asking people to make a donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund if they buy her book, or to rent the book from the library and use the money to donate instead.)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
How to be an Antiracist by Ibrihim X Kendi
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Natives by Akala
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia by Anita Heiss
Welcome To Country by Marcia Langton
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Australia Day by Stan Grant
And these articles
I am not your negro
The Central Park Five
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Rachel Divide
Dear White People
See You Yesterday
When They See Us
(Australia) SBS NITV
Write to your local MP, mayor or representative about the most pressing issues in your community – whether that’s:
- Supporting a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans
- Taking action to prevent police violence
- Taking action to prevent death in custody
- Supporting a criminal justice reform
- Providing an allocation of taxpayer funds towards community services
- Calling for civilian oversight of police
- Supporting young BIPOC people to move into ambitious careers as professionals
- Calling for businesses to be more inclusive of diverse talent through their management structures
Or simply to voice your anger and outrage at the ongoing violence, brutality and discrimination of and towards BIPOC communities in your own country and across the world, and asking what your local representative is going to do to address this inequality.
Another way to use your (digital) pen is to sign every petition that supports BIPOC rights and the BLM movement. Here are some to get you started:
#blackouttuesday saw Instagram flooded with black tiles, as users muted their personal posts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the idea failed when the use of the #blacklivesmatter hashtag meant it was flooded with black tiles, drowning out important anti-racist resources and messages from people’s feeds.
Social media, and particularly Instagram, can be a powerful tool of activism when it’s done well. Make sure your feed is filled with diverse voices. Here are some to follow today.
Every BIPOC voice. Actively. Don’t ask what to do, how to learn. Don’t ‘drop into a BIPOC person’s DMs’ asking for advice. Teach yourself.
“If you have compassion for the black people in your life you need to know they are suffering deeply now..you may be able to move on from this but this trauma has changed their universe..It is your responsibility to support them..on their terms and as they need.” – Kalkidan Legesse, Managing Director at Sancho’s.
Some podcasts you can listen to:
Our interviews with indigenous rights activists and conservationists on The Ripple Effect Podcast:
- Conversation 4: Understanding indigenous and women’s rights with Kirilly Lowcock. Recorded alongside the shores of the river in Brunswick Heads, this conversation explores women’s rights, indigenous rights and bridging the cultural gap between western medicine and traditional birthing. Listen on mobile here
- Conversation 5: Ocean conservation and aboriginal culture with Madison Page. Murriyan founder Madii Page talks about tackling climate change and bridging the cultural divide between aboriginal and colonial Australia. Listen on mobile here
- Conversation 7: Indigenous Rights With Nidala Barker. Djugun woman from the Kimberley, Nidala Barker has a Masters in sustainability, is a bush woman and an academic committed to empowering Indigenous women to reinstate their voice of authority as protectors of the land. Listen on mobile here.
About race with Reni Eddo-Lodge. From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
1619 @nytimes. An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
We Need To Talk About The British Empire with Afua Hirsh. Through six intimate conversations with a new generation of writers and historians, journalist Afua Hirsch tries to break through old cliches, and unpick the true legacy of this complicated and difficult inheritance.
Good Ancestor Podcast with Layla E. Saad. Layla E Saad in conversations with change-makers and culture-shapers.
Indigenous-X – an online platform that actively challenges stereotypes of the Indigenous community. Utilising the opportunities of the emerging digital ecosystem, its hosts become publishers, distributors and creators of news and information.
Share Our Pride – a website developed by Reconciliation Australia, designed to give non-Indigenous people a glimpse into the lives and cultures of Australia’s First People.
Gal–dem – a new media publication, committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour online and in print.
Precious Online – a digital platform, network and resource that champions ambitious women of colour by shining a light on their achievements and building their professional networks through powerful sisterhood. Launched in 1999 by Foluke Akinlose MBE it was the first publication of its kind in the UK.
“Every black person I know right now is exhausted. They are exhausted by the two pandemics disproportionately hurting and killing black people: Covid-19 and white supremacy. Covid-19 is a new sickness that hopefully we’ll soon find a cure for, or at least learn to live with. But white supremacy is a disease as old as time, for which we’ve been waiting generations to see a cure.” – Layla F Saad writing for The Guardian
Connect with BIPOC organisations
Use your vote
Make your voice heard and spread the word.
Vote for people who prioritse equality and represent positive and necessary changes in your communities, like reformative legislation and justice. Vote out all who don’t.
Vote with your wallet too
Buy from businesses that pay workers properly and provide them with fair working conditions. Particularly when it comes to fashion.
“Of the 74 million people who make your clothes, over 80% of them are black and brown women who are paid in poverty wages so that you can buy a polyester top off an Ad online […] wealth is extracted from whole nations by the billions and then paid to a handful of men in board rooms who use it to host influencer parties and get hair implants. And after spending years extracting all the value they can these men refuse to provide any sort of support during a global pandemic. Paying it forward is your tool to ensure fair and safe wages and working conditions to literally millions of people around the world.” – Sancho’s @wowsanchos
Support BIPOC-owned sustainable businesses
Find plenty more at: https://buy-indigenous.com.au/
https://www.ukblackowned.co.uk/ and https://www.oonablackbritishbusinessdirectory.com/ are directories of black-owned businesses throughout the UK.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organisation in the UK, UK and Canada, founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot afford to pay it. The United States and the Philippines are the only two countries in the world where someone has to put up cash to avoid being imprisoned before their trial. The MFF stands against cash bail as unjust and identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence. People of colour and immigrants face higher rates of arrest, harsher sentencing, and disparities in the setting of bail compared to white citizens.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is America’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice. LDF seeks equality for all Americans.
The National Bail Fund Network is a national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund was established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist his family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
Color Of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council. Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are fighting to defend their lands from Adani – a multi-billion dollar company – and the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. Donations support their campaigning efforts.
Justice for Yuendumu: Inquiry on Police Shooting. Kumanjayi Walker was shot by police three times in his home at Yuendumu on Saturday night 9 November 2019. He was 19 years old. The police had not come to the house to resolve a dispute or because they had been called to deal with an emergency. They were simply there to arrest this teenager for breaching parole. The funds raised through this campaign will be used to pay for lawyers to travel to Yuendumu to facilitate an independent inquiry into the shooting.
FreeHer – Western Australia refuses to change the laws where people who have no criminal convictions are imprisoned if they do not have the capacity to pay a fine. Single Aboriginal mothers make up the majority of those in prison who do not have the capacity to pay fines. This campaign has been set up by Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside Inc. The funds raised will be used to release people from prison and pay warrants so they are not imprisoned.
Justice for David Dungay Junior. David died whilst being held at Long Bay Gaol in Sydney, as his sentence was just coming to an end. He died surrounded by six guards, gasping for air as he screamed “I can’t breathe!”.
Justice 4 Tane. Tane Chatfield died in police custody in 2017 and his family still don’t know how he died. This fund is raising money for his family can attend a court hearing.
Day Family Fundraiser. An Emergency Fundraiser to Support the Family of Aunty Tanya Day for her death in custody coronial inquest.
In Memory of Joyce Clarke #JusticeforJoyce. On the 17th September 2019 young Yamatji woman Joyce Clarke, who was 29 years young and a mother, was shot and killed by police on a suburban street in Geraldton. Funds donated are for Aunty Anne and family to travel and be accommodated and pay for associated costs so that they can be present during all the court matters of the police officer who has been charged with Joyce’s murder.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. We also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.
UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, which promotes and advocates for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and wellbeing of the communities it represents.
The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum.
We are sure this list is only a start, and by no means finite. If you have something to add, please email our editor firstname.lastname@example.org.
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