Turn knowledge into action
While knowing may be half the battle, to know is not enough. We need to turn that knowledge into action, understanding that if we act collectively and bravely, we can begin to change the world.
There are actions we can take right now to work towards a world that is more just: write letters to government officials, schools, and local newspapers. Come together with others who want to work on this issue. Stand up for those affected by racism. Support organisations working for racial equity through donations, volunteering, participating in their actions or amplifying their messages. This list is, of course, incomplete and should only be considered one place to start.
We always welcome suggestions for additional resources--and need to know if a link doesn't work!--so please feel free to contact us at: 846Solidarity@gmail.com.
TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER
Letters can be written to show support, to raise the issue, to talk about being anti-racist in your town, and/or area, and/or country. Newspaper websites will have a "Contact" section that will tell you where to send letters to the editor.
TO YOUR SCHOOL
You can write letters to teachers, the principal/headmaster, the school board, an open letter, etc. You might want to talk about your own experiences, ask for anti-racist curriculum, guest speakers, or other actions. The Education Institute of Scotland has published this Anti-racist Education paper, which provides concrete actions and resources.
TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS (UK)
Here are links to contact information for the Prime Minister, the First Minister of Scotland, and to find and contact your local MP and your local MSP. Councillors from Argyll & Bute can be found here. For other areas, you can search on your local council website for contact information.
TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS (US)
Write to anyone who is either doing something you are angry about / disappointed with or are glad of. It is as important to let people know you are upset at there actions as it is to let someone know you appreciate what they are doing. You can usually google their contact info, or tag them on social media such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you have a letter you've written you would like to share, email us at 846Solidarity@gmail.com.
BLACK LIVES MATTER LIST
This doc provides contact information, templates and more for writing to elected officials and agencies about various issues related to police violence against Black people. It is focused on the US, but messages can also be adapted for the UK context.
JOIN THE ANTI-RACISM FIGHT
An ongoing list of ways to join the anti-racist fight list from AnOther magazine.
ALLIES & ACCOMPLICES
As Roxanne Gay has said, "Black people don't need allies. We need people to stand up and take on the problems borne of oppression as their own, without remove or distance. We need people to do this even if they cannot fully understand what it’s like to be oppressed for their race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion, or other marker of identity. We need people to use common sense to figure out how to participate in social justice." This is one guide on how to do that.
ACTIONS TO TAKE FROM THE UK
VICE has created a list of practical things you can do from the UK to support the George Floyd protests.
Young Scot offers ways to combat racism
BEING AN UPSTANDER
Bullybust has steps on how to be an upstander rather than a bystander
ORAGANISATIONS IN THE UK
In Scotland, Sheku Bayoh's family has also set up a fundraiser.
Show Racism the Red Card are running a fundraising a campaign: #RunDonateEducate.
Also check out the organisations listed below in the "Support and Get Involved" section.
ORGANIZATIONS IN THE US
The Minnesota Freedom Fund, Reclaim the Block and other organizations that have been getting a lot of attention have received massive donations. While they are still accepting donations, they are also pointing people to other organizations that are doing good work and not getting as much attention. Here’s one list.
Additional organizations include:
Black Visions Collective; Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); and Campaign Zero (they are focused specifically on ending police violence in the US through evidence-based policy changes). You can also join their “8 Can’t Wait” campaign.
IF YOU CAN'T DONATE
Not everyone has the funds to donate. The Independent has a list of ways to support anti-racist orgs if you can’t donate.
SUPPORT AND GET INVOLVED
These are Scottish organisations; descriptions are theirs
HOW TO SUPPORT BLM FROM SCOTLAND
A list in The Sunday Post (5 June 2020) on things to do in Scotland.
COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights works to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and to promote racial justice across Scotland.
Their key mission is to:
Protect, enhance and promote the rights of Black/minority ethnic communities across all areas of life in Scotland; and
Strengthen the social, economic and political capital of Black/minority ethnic communities, especially those at greatest risk of disadvantage.
CRER takes a rights-based approach, promoting relevant international, regional, and national human rights and equality conventions and legislation.
THE ANTI-RACISM EDUCATOR
Based in Scotland, The Anti-Racist Educator is a collective of educational stakeholders (including students, teachers, parents, academics and activists) working toward building an education system that is:
free from racial injustice
It’s easy to think you’re not-racist by treating everyone equally, regardless of race. But educators need to consider what it means to actively be anti-racist. Anti-racist education acknowledges that just following the status quo is not enough to truly counter the deeper roots of racism.
Anti-racist educators need to constantly reflect on their teaching, realising their power to inadvertently reinforce racial hierarchies. With that power to perpetuate racism (be it implicit/explicit, interpersonal, internalised, institutional or structural) comes the power to intentionally dismantle those racial hierarchies.
SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity. It was established in January 1996, thanks in part to a donation by then Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. SRtRC continues to utilise the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society and has also expanded into other sports. The majority of the campaign’s work involves the delivery of educational workshops to young people and adults in schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums. Across the UK, SRtRC provides educational sessions to more than 50,000 individuals per year.
BEMIS is the national Ethnic Minorities led umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the communities that this sector represents.
As a strategic national infrastructure organisation, BEMIS aims to empower the diverse Ethnic Minority third sector. We are committed to promoting inclusion, democratic active citizenship, recognition of diversity, human rights education, and wider representation, as well as effecting a proactive role in maintaining and enhancing pathways to influence government policy in regards to equality and human rights at local, Scottish, UK and EU levels.
UNISON Scotland is at the forefront of campaigning against racism in Scotland. UNISON members care for the whole community – we won’t allow racists to wreck Scotland’s economic and cultural future.
SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MINORITY ETHNIC EDUCATORS
SAMEE is a community-led organisation providing support to educators and those in support and guidance roles across the Scottish Education system – nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. SAMEE offers a platform for parents, students and educators to discuss key changes in education in Scotland. Our activities and initiatives aim to support the vision of the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030, in particular, teaching and learning, community engagement, employability and diversity at all levels of society.
SAMEE provides a strong voice to social and professional communities, empowering parents,to support young people and students and practitioners to progress in their learning and career journeys. The Board work tirelessly, to provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue and celebrate the ‘added value’ we all bring to our environments.
AMINA MUSLIM WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE
Amina is an inclusive organisation that empowers and supports Muslim and BME women to create an inclusive Scotland in which they can contribute fully.
One Scotland believes in equality for all. One Scotland celebrates the progress we've already made on equality whilst recognising the work still to be done to achieve a truly inclusive society.
One Scotland embodies the inclusive society we want in Scotland, where equality and human rights are respected and every individual and minority group feels valued.
Despite the great progress made to date, discrimination and prejudice do still exist in Scotland. The Scottish Government continues to work hard to promote equality in Scotland, realising the full potential of human rights in all areas of life.
STAND AGAINST RACISM & INEQUALITY
SARI is a service user/community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate, and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law. Most SARI staff have some direct experience of dealing with hate motivated behaviour and all staff have a clear understanding of and commitment to the objectives of SARI. The Board of Trustees, most of whom have personal experience of hate crime and inequality, are responsible for approving SARI's working policies and procedures.
SARI employs a total of around 25 staff; our single largest activity is casework. In design, this service primarily supports victims of hate crime, but also works with children, young people and schools, providing support to pupils facing racist and other hate incidents in and around schools. We also deliver anti-hate based behaviour and cultural awareness sessions to pupils and school staff. Our work also extends to perpetrators and young offenders.
INQUEST provides expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Our specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question. This includes work around the Hillsborough football disaster and the Grenfell Tower fire.