BLACK LIVES HEARD

IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION!

 

For a full week the main subject on the news and social media was some of the incredibly unfair situations POC (people of colour) still face daily.

 

We all learned about many occasions of police brutality and posted everywhere our support and wish to make a change.

 

Some people bought books, others watched documentaries, and our white guilt was brought to the surface, causing much needed discussions. 

Now we (Perceptions Warehouse) wonder how much transformation is truly occurring, as the protests slow down and our instagram feeds are not filled with black squares anymore. 

We recognise how much distance a lot of us have to the subject. We recognise the lack of action many of us have taken as companies and community building entities. 

By acknowledging we have been asleep to such a crucial movement, we understand IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION. We understand that perhaps saying the wrong thing is much more valuable than not saying anything at all. 

Our first goal is to have as many people as possible taking at least one action towards a more just and fair world. List at the end of the email.

Our second goal is giving a voice to POC. We will be sharing and promoting on our instagram People Of Colour's creative work (with their consent). If you are familiar with the work of an inspirational POC, send us an email with a link, and we will share it on our platforms. We want to create a garden of inspiration, support and elevation by acknowledging the power, capability and talent present in this movement and the incredible people involved. We encourage all to do the same, by using the #blacklivesheard. 

White people have been speaking for too long, and it is time we listened! 

Jana Stanfield — 'I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.’

 

  • BOOKS TO READ:

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram Kendi A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Brit(ish) by Afua HirschI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Self Made by A’Lelia Bundles
Mouth Full of Blood by Toni Morrison
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
My Past is a Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani
A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
 

  • CHARITIES TO DONATE TO:

Minnesota Freedom Fund - https://mnfreedomfund.org/donate
Bail Project - https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project
Reclaim the Block - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yLWGTQIe3967hdc9RSxBq5s6KKZHe-3_mWp5oemd7OA/edit
North Star Health Collective - https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate
Black Lives Matter UK - https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust - https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/support-us/donate/
The Movement for Black Lives - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/movement-4-black-lives-1
Stop Watch UK - https://www.gofundme.com/f/StopWatch-Campaign-for-Fair-Accountable-Policing?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet
NAACP - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
 

  • MOVIES / TV SERIES TO WATCH: 

13th (Ava DuVernay) 
American Son (Kenny Leon) 
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 
Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) 
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) 
Dear White People (Justin Simien) 
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) 
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) 
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) 
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) 
King In The Wilderness  
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) 
Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) 
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
 

  •  POLITICAL ACTIONS TO TAKE: 

Write to your MP
 

  • PETITIONS TO SIGN: 

Color of Change - https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis
Justice for George Floyd - https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd?utm_source=brand_us&utm_medium=media&use_react=false
wecantbreathenational.org - https://www.wecantbreathenational.org
NAACP - https://naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/
More petitions - https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions
 

  • MEMBERSHIPS TO JOIN:

ROTA - https://www.rota.org.uk/rotamembership
 

  • COMPANIES/ ORGANISATIONS TO SUPPORT:

Campaign Zero - https://www.joincampaignzero.org
Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.com
Reclaim the Block - https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
CRER - https://www.crer.scot/copy-of-about-crer-1
Antiracism Center - https://www.bu.edu/antiracism-center/
Audre Lorde Project - https://alp.org
Black Women’s Blueprint - https://www.blackwomensblueprint.org
Color Of Change - https://colorofchange.org
Colorlines - https://www.colorlines.com
The Conscious Kid - https://www.theconsciouskid.org
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) - https://eji.org
Gathering For Justice - https://www.gatheringforjustice.org/donate
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights - https://civilrights.org
The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL) - https://civilrights.org
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org
SisterSong - https://www.sistersong.net
 

  • PODCAST TO LISTEN TO:

Throughline - https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510333/throughline
Ear Hustle - https://www.earhustlesq.com
Revisionist History - http://revisionisthistory.com
On racism in economics - https://www.npr.org/2020/06/01/867466515/racism-and-economics
On systems that protect that police - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/podcasts/the-daily/george-floyd-protests.html?action=click&module=audio-series-bar®ion=header&pgtype=Article
1619 (New York Times) - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html
About Race - https://www.showaboutrace.com
Code Switch (NPR) - https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/intersectionality-matters/id1441348908
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast - https://www.raceforward.org/media/podcast/momentum-race-forward-podcast
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights) - https://civilrights.org/podforthecause/
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) - https://crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-people/
Seeing White - https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
 

  • FURTHER RESOURCES: 

How to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest - https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.nme.com/blogs/support-black-lives-matter-anti-racist-organisations-cant-protest-2681727%3famp75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice - https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
Anti-Racism Project - https://www.antiracismproject.org/resources
Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow) - https://www.jennaarnold.com/resources
Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources - https://www.rachelricketts.com/antiracism-resources
Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism - https://blog.fracturedatlas.org/resources-for-white-people-to-learn-and-talk-about-race-and-racism-5b207fff4fc7
Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac - https://tatianamac.com/posts/save-the-tears/
Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits - https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/resources.html
“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie - https://www.100yearhoodie.com/why
Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials - https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/page/2/cond%5B0%5D=levels_str:Grades+Pre-K-2&s=
Anti Racism Guide - https://www.victorialynnalexander.com/antiracistresourceguide
Black Lives and Voices Matter: an art exposition (fundraiser closed!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM
Reflecting on the Color of My Skin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GRJ-hhuxjY
State of america: a visual expression by Morgan Cooper + Brandon Porter - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_-7UEGmdVV5RCJ5LTY4CMg
A #SmartBrownGirl Question for Michelle Obama - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ-M-zOfsgM

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