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Standing in Solidarity with BLM: Transforming support into ACTIONS

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

Standing in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterUK

Transforming support into ACTIONS

Systemic oppression erodes the fabric of society when perpetuated, ignored by those not directly impacted by it. If you're not impacted, if the system IS working for you then you must be part of the solution. The below information and resources will enable white people who desire to be allies to begin or deepen anti-racism work and take effective action.

Anit-racism events and news

Black lives are varied, nuanced and span generations, on 22nd June 2020 we observe #WindrushDay, a day to celebrate the #Windrush generation’s indispensable contribution to the UK. Explore a Windrush focused collection of oral histories, photographs and more to mark the day; here:

UK support BLM Take The Knee event: 10th June 2020

Across the UK at 6pm all who support BLM will #TakeTheKnee +/ hold a sign on their doorstep to say #BlackLivesMatter all who stand against racism will be heard. Share your images taking a knee in solidarity and follow up actions with @museum_detox

Image credit: Stand Up To Racism‎

ONLINE RALLY Sunday 7 June 6pm (GMT) Organised by Stand Up To Racism. For those who want to take a stand but are shielding/unable to protest on the ground.

Image credit: Stand Up To Racism‎

Online Rally Live streams (Sunday 7 June 6pm):

Speakers include: • Diane Abbott MP • Claudia Webbe MP • Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP • Dr Zubaida Haque, The Runnymede Trust Interim Director. Member of Independent SAGE • Rokhsana Fiaz (Mayor of Newham) • Roger McKenzie (UNISON Assistant General Secretary) • Charlie Williams, co founder of Windrush movement campaign, justice for Kingsley campaign movement campaign. Further information here.

UK support BLM Take The Knee event: 3rd June 2020

Across the UK at 6pm all who support BLM will #TakeTheKnee +/ hold a sign on their doorstep to say #BlackLivesMatter all who stand against racism will be heard. Share your images taking a knee in solidarity and follow up actions with @museum_detox

Top Tips for 🖤#BlackOutTuesday

Below is a collection of anti-racist books, videos, toolkits and more (with rolling updates):

Disclaimer: MD is not actively endorsing any specific retailers- the below items/services can be acquired from any reputable retailer.


Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Link here.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

FREE ebook:Policing the Planet Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

Homecoming Voices of the Windrush Generation by Colin Grant

Essential Essays, Volume 2: Identity and Diaspora - Stuart Hall: Selected Writings.

Stuart Hall (author), David Morley (editor)

Exterminate All The Brutes by Sven Lindqvist

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality by Adam Rutherford

No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey through the American South by Gary Younge

Wellness/Health and wellbeing

Black Minds Matter UK

Black Minds Matter UK supports and illuminates mental health topics for all black people in the UK and seeks to enable black people to gain access to specialised help by connecting black individuals and families with professional mental health services across the U.K.

The Black, African and Asian Network (BAATN)

The UK’s largest independent organisation specialising in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean. BAATN's primary focus and area of expertise is supporting people from these heritages. However, they are open to other People of Colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin.

The Chi Collective is a multifaceted cultural platform for creative expression, spiritual growth, and wholistic wellness.

The Happiness Trap (Video/s) by Dr. Russ Harris, free resources

Act Mindfully (audio) by Dr. Russ Harris, free resources

Video content:

Hamilton's Obioma Ugoala explains How to be a true Ally to #BlackLivesMatter

by JOE.

Systemic racism explained by

Fireweed Collective

Fireweed Collective offers mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice lens. They Support the emotional wellness of all people, and center the needs of those most marginalised by society. Seeking to disrupt the harm of systems of abuse and oppression, often reproduced by the mental health system.

Healing Legacies: A panel on Intergenerational Trauma with panel: (moderator) Agustina Vidal (The Icarus Project), Cara Page (Audre Lorde Project, Kindred Southern Healing Justice), Julia Bennett (Harriet's Apothecary, Third Root Community Health Center), and Jes Kelley (Dismantling Racism). Making The Ask For Help (with transcript and prezi presentation) Dealing With Triggers: A Webinar For Survivors by Jacks McNamara How To Start A Care Team Emotional First Aid Street Therapy: Emotional Resistance in Action Care lab: How The Hell Do I Actually Do Interdependence?


10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For You. Link here.

Toolkits and education

Anti Racism Resources

The link provides (US focused) anti-racism resources, created by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein; they have advised this resource can be circulated/shared as and when needed, across all platforms.

BEAM: Black Emotional And Metal Health

A collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Healing Justice Toolkit

Toolkit created by Black Lives Matter (BLM) Healing Justice Working Group for building healing justice into direct actions. pdf here.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

The NMAAHC is the only national (US) museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, and opened to the public in 2016 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

NMAAHC Talking About Race: Information and tools to help create an equal society

The Feelings Wheel

Developed by Dr. Gloria Wilcox, to help expand emotional intelligence and vocabulary, pdf here.

Racial Equity Tools

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. Pdf here.

Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives (US focused)

The guide to allyship

Carry our weight

Anti-racist resources for non-Black allies

Anti-Racist Self-Education guide by The Collective for Asian Psychological Therapists


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