On Tuesday 2nd June 2020 Semble took part in #BlackoutTuesday, standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Following this, the Semble team has begun to discuss how we can do more to help support the fight against racism.
For those of us wanting to learn, donate and support this grassroots movement, we’ve signposted to resources shared by organisations better positioned than us to advise on how to take action. This is by no means a comprehensive guide – please share any suggestions you may have by tagging us on social media (@SembleUK) or emailing us here.
The Semble team will be using the links in this blog (alongside other materials) to inform discussions on what we can do to help make change happen.
Haaniyah Angus shared a collection of academic resources on critical race theory, including work on Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, MENA Studies (Middle East/North African), South/South East/East Asian Studies and academia on Whiteness.
Writer Mireille Cassandra Harper took to Twitter to share ’10 Steps To Non-Optical Allyship’, “a simple and elegant distillation of the principles outlined in key anti-racist works such as Me And White Supremacy by Layla Saad and How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Harper has generously allowed British Vogue to reproduce it in full here – opting to donate her writer’s fee to the GoFundMe campaign for the daughter of Belly Mujinga, a railway worker who died from Covid-19 after being spat at by someone who claimed to be infected with the virus in Victoria station. (You can also sign a petition to demand justice for Mujinga’s family via Change.org)”.
It’s Nice That have published a list of petitions to sign, funds and charities to donate to, and resources for educating yourself and those around you.
“In the charity sector, especially, it’s important for us to represent the communities which we serve. Lived experience is key to our success, after all, and our understanding of the causes that we work on.” Krislyn Tan shares practical steps towards a more diverse team to help make sure you can get it right.
On Monday 8th June, Hustle Crew gave a fantastic webinar on ‘How to discuss race at work’, sharing “the tools to become an agent of change in your workplace & community“. You can watch a recording here.
For further reading, gal-dem is an award-winning online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour. “We’re addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of our community across essays, opinion, news, arts, music, politics and lifestyle content“. They have recently started a membership service, which you can find out more about here.
Gaylene Gould has put together a growing list of UK organisations doing year-round racial justice work. There are links to their websites if you would like to learn more about their work and support them.
Cicely Creswell has also put together a list of resources to signposting to ways you can take action by signing petitions, donating and more.
#EqualPower is a campaign to get more women in all their diversity into politics. This summer, they’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on community organising and leadership, getting into politics and using your voice online. “The programme includes spaces specifically for woman who are Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnicity“. Sign up here.
What is Semble doing?
We’re taking time to listen, learn and reflect on how Semble can support the change that needs to happen.
We recognise that there is a lack of representation of ethnic minority communities in the Semble network. We’re reviewing the policies that govern our practices as an organisation. And we’ll be working to ensure that we provide adequate resources to support community groups and individuals who work to promote racial justice and support ethnic minority communities.
Further reading on Semble:
Find resources for community groups and individuals working for racial justice here
Find a celebration of community action here