These charities are working to improve the lives of black people in the UK and you can help.
On Sunday 21st June 2020, the Leeds chapter of Black Lives Matter UK is hosting a peaceful, socially-distanced, demonstration against racism on Woodhouse Moor. But in the midst of a pandemic, not everyone feels comfortable protesting, so if you’re looking for other ways to show your support, these five charities are a great shout. This is your chance to educate yourself, raise awareness, and if you’re able, make a donation to the cause.
Stand Up to Racism
Stand Up to Racism is a national charity that campaigns against racism, fascism, Islamophobia and antisemitism in all their forms. They organise mass marches around the UK and work with their fellow anti-racist organisations to drive positive change for vulnerable people across the country. You can sign up to be a member for a monthly fee or make a one-off donation. If you want to get involved on a local level, they have chapters in Leeds and Bradford that organise events, rallies and workshops across Yorkshire.
Racial Justice Network
This West Yorkshire-based charity brings together over thirty local organisations and individuals from across the region to proactively promote racial justice. Through campaigns, research and training, they address the legacy of colonialism and challenge racial injustice in the 21st century. You can help them by becoming a member of their network, sharing their content over social media or donating to the cause, so they can continue their important work.
Black Lives Matter UK
Black Lives Matter UK is a coalition of black activists and organisers across the UK. They’ve been fighting for justice in our communities since 2016. They’re guided by a commitment to dismantle imperialism, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and state structures that harm black people in Britain. By building relationships in the local community, they’re able to highlight the problems faced by the most marginalised people in society. Your donations will help them deliver training, force changes in the law and collaborate with other anti-racist groups.
Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate works with local authorities to drive real change in the communities that need it most. It started in 1995 as a service for victims of racial harassment and relaunched in 2007 to support people affected by all forms of hate crime. They promote community cohesion, encourage youth engagement and offer an alternative route for people to report crimes if they don’t wish to go through the usual channels. If you want to help, you can make a donation or become a Stop Hate UK volunteer in the community.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
On 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. His death and the investigation that followed led to profound changes in the law and to policing to protect against discrimination. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was set up by his family to help young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds succeed. They want to create a fairer society for everyone by supporting communities, improving job prospects and creating a more inclusive country. You can donate both time and money to support their work.