Here at The Record our mission is to amplify student voices. We have heard your anger, and we are angry at the recent events in America, and the ongoing racism across the world. We would like to use our platform today to highlight some of the fantastic resources below. We also want to encourage everybody to stand together against racism by supporting the protests (whilst maintaining social distancing), donating where possible, and lobbying our representatives for change.
Donate what you can, if you can.
Reclaim the Block: https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Community Bail Funds: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd (this will allow you to split your donation across 38 different community bail funds, but you can also donate to bail funds in specific locations with this link: https://bailfunds.github.io/)
It only takes a minute of your time to sign a petition and every single name counts!
Change.org Petition – Justice for George Floyd: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd
Change.org Petition – Charge All Four Officers: https://www.change.org/p/change-org-the-minneapolis-police-officers-to-be-charged-for-murder-after-killing-innocent-black-man
Google Doc with links that should work for all in the UK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-He4uzB2k0oBybIfQZ_B9uulDYlmfv3GzRkILdSUQNw/edit
We understand that protests are not always accessible, and that people may have safety concerns related to COVID-19. If you don’t feel comfortable attending because of this, please share to your own circle of friends/family as they may be able to attend!
Edinburgh BLM Protest: https://www.facebook.com/events/2750549898497895/
Google Map of George Floyd Protests: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=39.9173850482511%2C-51.729808485859905&z=3&mid=1W3fsF5-Mz3_KaBgVt2pU8BDY5GkawUN_ (this map is not officially from Google, but it should help you find more protests happening in a city near you, wherever you are!)
Advice from Amnesty on Protesting Safely: https://medium.com/@amnestyusa/safety-during-protest-bd557b2fc983
Advice for safe protesting and online security for protesters (thank you to Calum Esler for sending me this!): https://mutualaiddisasterreliefsite.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/security-culture-a-handbook-for-activists.pdf
BLM Masterpost: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Resources collated by Wondaland, Janelle Monae’s Record Label (thank you to Emily Baxter for sending this to me!): https://linktr.ee/wondaland
Refinery29 – 8 Ways To Be A Good Ally In The Era Of Black Lives Matter: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2016/07/116740/ally-racial-justice-black-lives-matter
Refinery29 – 10 Books About Race Non-Black People Should Be Reading Right Now: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9848927/black-lives-matter-books
You can also email your representatives and call for them to support and create meaningful action against racism.