Black Lives Matter

Here is a list of organisations that Cambridge ACS are supporting and want to highlight. While we are aware that we don’t all have the means to support every single cause listed here, we encourage you to give where you can and to support the petitions that we have listed below. If you are planning on attending a protest in the UK, we have a list of links to help. However please remember that there is no moral obligation to protest in these conditions, especially if you or members of your household are vulnerable.

If you have any suggestions for more petitions or fundraisers that we can add to our list, please get in touch, either through dm or email. We’ve also linked more extensive lists that have been circulating the internet at the end of this document.

Where we can donate:

Fundraiser by Nnadozie Nwokocha : RIP Belly Mujinga

Belly Mujinga passed away after being attacked as she carried out her duties as an essential worker during the coronavirus national lockdown. She was purposefully spat on by an infected member of the public at London’s Victoria Station and quickly came down with the virus shortly after. All donations go towards supporting her family.

The British Transport police have decided not to prosecute the man who claimed he had coronavirus as he spat on a railway worker. Click here to see a post that highlights the further actions we can take to demand justice.

Exist Loudly Fund to Support Queer Black YP organized by Tanya Compas

Tanya Compas in an award winning youth worker, community organiser and founder of Queer Black Christmas. She has set up Exist Loudly as an official organisation that creates programming for Queer Black Young People in London, with the intention to explore how to support young queer Black people outside of London digitally. Funds raised will be put towards creating tangible change for Queer Black Young people in London and also nationally/internationally digitally.

 Fundraiser for Shukri Abdi’s Family

This gofundme has been set up to help support Shukri Abdi’s Family, Shukri Abdi was just 12 years old when she was drowned by her racist classmates. She was bullied multiple times and her school didn’t take any action. The Greater Manchester Police have failed to properly investigate the murder of Shukri Abdi due to institutionalised racism. #JusticeForShukriAbdi

Students in Support of National Lawyers Guild Inc

A student-led fundraiser in support of the National Lawyers Guild, who provide legal support to advance Human and Civil Rights. They are currently working alongside the Minnesota Freedom Fund and other charities to provide essential support to protestors across America.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund organized by Philonise Floyd

This is the official memorial fund that is being run by George’s brother. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, 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.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

The Minnesota Freedom Fund works around the clock to ensure community members and advocates for justice are released from custody, and they will continue to work non-stop to ensure freedom for our communities from both pretrial and immigration detention.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, they are creating immediate improvements in black lives. Donations will support the movement and the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

The Bail Project, Inc.

The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Since bail money comes back to them when cases close, they are able to recycle every dollar donated at least twice per year.

Black Protest Legal Support UK

Black Protest Legal UK: Is a hub of Lawyers and legal advisors providing free legal advice and representation to UK Black Lives Matter activists and protesters.

Petitions to sign:

Petition · Justice for Shukri Abdi

Shukri Abdi was just 12 years old when she was drowned by her racist classmates. She was bullied multiple times and her school didn’t take any action. The Greater Manchester Police have failed to properly investigate the murder of Shukri Abdi due to institutionalised racism.

Here is a link to a template of a letter that you can send to your MP: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xE9MBia5knSDxxxLGXwsCpi8ok4FUY2iOX9tybruioc/mobilebasic

#JusticeForShukriAbdi

Criminal Charges for Travis & Greg McMichael in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, while jogging in his neighbourhood.

Justice for Tony McDade

Tony McDade was a black transgender man who was killed by police in Tallahassee. Little information is available about his death and the police department has refused to release the name of the officer.

https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/

A petition calling on County Attorney Michael Freeman who has the power to hold these police officers accountable for the murder of George Floyd.

https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Justice for Breonna Taylor. Officers of the Louisville Police Department conducted an illegal raid of her home. They did not announce themselves or give reason for this raid and fatally shot her. These officers have not been charged.

https://t.co/WCf0gjfZJ9

A petition for justice for Joāo Pedro. He was a 14-year-old Brazilian boy who was shot dead by Brazilian Civic and Military Police in his cousin’s home.

If you are thinking of attending a protest (UK):

UK Pro Bono lawyers:

https://twitter.com/fufuisonme/status/1267119224255918080

Thread about preparing for a protest:

https://twitter.com/honeycesca/status/1266706286013489157

Website about your rights & what to do when you’re arrested:

https://greenandblackcross.org/action/know-your-rights/

More tips on what to wear:

https://twitter.com/NaureenAkhter/status/1266807851860836352

Useful people to follow:

  • Francesca Gilbert on Twitter

Points to consider before going to a protest:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5YPZBnlBe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Useful resources:

https://twitter.com/nusBSC/status/1267727176079736833

More petitions and donation links: