Protests, marches and vigils are taking place around the world, after the murder of George Floyd on the 25th May, in a bid to enforce change as the Black Lives Matter movement gains support and momentum from communities globally.
Today, on Tuesday the 2nd June, the world is hosting #BlackoutTuesday in honour of the movement and in remembrance of all the lives lost to police brutality and racial profiling. At The Sole Supplier and The Sole Womens, we are taking part in the blackout and remain in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which has our unwavering support and encouragement.
If you want to join us in support of the anti-racist movements happening across the world right now, here’s how you can help:
Below is a list of funds you can donate to in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Donations to the GoFundMe set up by George Floyd’s family will cover funeral expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and the care and education of Floyd’s children.
The Bail Project
With a simple goal in mind, The Bail Project works to “secure freedom for as many people as possible and fuel momentum for equal justice.” This fund pays bail to prevent systematic incarceration and fight against racial economic disparities.
Black Lives Matter
This fund supports the organisation’s ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, put a stop to racial profiling, liberate black people and end white supremacy forever.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Named after Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager who was killed in South East London in a racist attack, this fund supports your people to transform their loves by overcoming disadvantage and discrimination by encouraging diversity in businesses and continuing to fight for justice and fairness.
The Movement For Black Lives
This fund supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement’s ecosystem. This fundraiser is made up of hundreds of organisations that enforce actions, messages and campaigns.
Reclaim The Block
Reclaim The Block works to ensure that communities have the resources they need to thrive in Minneapolis. It helps out in crisis’ such as housing shortages, addiction and violence and uses the funds to invest in violence prevention, resources for youth and emergency mental health response teams.
Below is a list of books you can read, podcasts you can listen to, documentaries you can watch and Instagram accounts you can follow that support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Taking a look at the structural racism that exists in the UK, this book by Reni Eddo-Lodge picks apart the nature of white privilege and racial bias.
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle – Angela Davis
This book compiles Angela Davis’ thoughts and essays on everything from the ways in which racism has clouded feminism through the years, to the legacy of Apartheid.
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement – Wesley Lowery
Lowery is a reporter for The Washington Post and spend most of Obama’s second term in office travelling to cover the deaths or unarmed black men by white police officers. This book starts with Lowery’s own aggressive arrest then goes on to describe the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines.
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu, the protagonist in Adichie’s Americanah, gives a sharp-eyed look at the non-American black experience in the US, in Nigeria and beyond.
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
This novel by Evaristo follows the lives of a dozen British people, mainly female and mainly black. The characters range between 19 and 93 and each of their stories are empathetic, imaginative and show perseverance and portraits of struggle.
This podcast by Bethaney Wilkinson explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity.
Pod Save the People attempts to better understand the issues surrounding news, culture, social justice and politics.
This podcast tells the story of the history of slavery and how it shaped America as we know it. It shines a light on racism, dispossession and misinformation.
DOCUMENTARIES AND FILMS
When They See Us & The Central Park 5
This is a four-part series on Netflix based on the lives of five teenagers-to-men who were wrongfully convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a Trisha Meili – a woman who was jogging in central park. When They See Us is the series and The Central Park 5 is the documentary, both available on Netflix.
This documentary features previously unseen footage that’s shaped into a fresh retelling of the 1992 Rodney King trial and the verdict that caused civil unrest. Watch on Netflix.
The Hate U Give
In this film, Starr Carter witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police and struggles with the decision of whether to testify or not. You can watch The Hate U Give on Amazon Prime and HBO.
King In The Wilderness
Told through the stories of the people who were around him, this film follows Martin Luther King Jr. during his last years from the passage of the Voting Rights Act to his assassination. You can watch this on HBO.
Following Michelle Obama’s book tour after the release of her bestselling biography, Becoming, this documentary looks at Obama’s life, hopes and her effortless connection with other. You can watch Becoming on Netflix.
This documentary explores the history of racial inequality in the US and, more specifically, the fact that the country’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans. Watch now on Netflix.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
This documentary explores the origin and rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and the impact it had oh civil rights and american culture. You can watch this on Amazon Prime!
Exploring the inspirational story of American civil rights activists’ peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s, this documentary is available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Shame in the Game: Racism in Football
This documentary explores incidents of racism in football in the UK and looks at the players at every level of the game who are calling for drastic action. Watch on BBC Three.
SPEECHES & YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Black Parents Explain How To Deal With The Police – By Cut
Let’s Get To The Root Of Racial Injustice – By Megan Ming Francis – TEDxRainier
INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
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“Whatever you do right now, remember it is enough. As black people, when we centre self-preservation we let the world know that #BlackLivesMatter. So take care of yourself and get organised if you have the capacity.” We’ve seen guide after guide instructing white people on how to finally take appropriate action. For black people who are feeling the weight of this exhausting news cycle yet still feel driven to do what they can, @melzdot has provided some helpful and beautifully written steps on alternatives to physical protests, that also crucially centre our care and wellbeing during a time like this. Click our link in bio to read in full.
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We stand in solidarity with the Black community. Our SoHo flagship will serve as a beacon of awareness for the injustices and systemic racism the Black community has experienced for hundreds of years. We chose to turn our store into 5,000 feet of inspiration during this time of severe distress and pledge to use our platform to make real change. Words to live by No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela
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As we start this post we would like to acknowledge that we know we have no legitimacy or authority to have a voice on recent events, we know we are only a retailer but we are a retailer with a community. a community we really care for and respect, a community that wants us to support and provide a platform to be seen and heard and most importantly respected. Now, we have spoken to many of you, either on phone or through our dms this week and we want to acknowledge that we hear your pain, we sense your frustration we understand why you’re angry. This last week has shaken anyone with a conscious and for people not part of the black community it’s been highly uncomfortable and it needs to be. In these same chats we have also been told that we can never truly understand how it feels, we can never ever have experienced what you have had to go through. This therefore feels the moment to educate those of us who don’t understand how it feels, those of us who were born privileged not because of wealth but because of the colour of our skin. This then leads us to the discussion we want to have on Sunday, but with a massive difference. We want our black community to share with us what you want the rest of the community and the world to know. We want to thank @debailey72 and @kaff_official_insta who we have asked to help kickstart this and we would like you to use the above as an example of what we are looking for. A pic of yourselves in black and white, a quote on top on how you feel, and below on what you want from society. We would then ask you to post up on your stories and tag us on Sunday. We will then put on our stories for all to see. The objective of this is ignorance can sometimes be due to a lack of awareness, we want you to take that excuse away, we want people, us included to hear it, see it and feel it. It may Make us all uncomfortable it may embarrass us but maybe that’s what we all need. We can’t affect global change, what we can do is start here in our own community and start to at least try to raise awareness to us all. The time for us to listen learn and change is now #addresstheuncomfortable #timeforchange #blacklivesmatter
Here’s how you can effectively communicate with those around you.
Talk to those around you about their struggles, listen to the stories of the Black Lives Matter movement and, if you’re not in a position to donate, sign and share important petitions that will work to enforce global change and attitudes. Below are some petitions you can sign and share with your community:
Petition To Seek Justice For George Floyd
This petition aims to get the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to call for officers involved in the murder of George Floyd to be fired and charged.
Petition To Defund The Police
This petition calls for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black Lives Matter throughout America.
Donate. Educate. Communicate.