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5 Black Lives Matter Petitions You Need to Sign Today

You can support Black Lives Matter by signing petitions. By petitioning the UK Government you can encourage debate on solutions to systemic racism and white privilege.

Here are five petitions you can sign today!

1. Refund taxes used to pay slavery abolition debt to British descendants of slaves

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Photo by British Library on Unsplash

When slavery was abolished it was the slave owners, not the freed slaves who received reparations. The UK Government gave 20 million in compensation to slave owners. They took out a loan of 15 million to pay, a loan that taxpayers continued to pay off until 2015.

The descendants of slaves who lived and worked in the UK up to 2015 were forced to contribute to paying off the debt. This petition asks for this wrong to be righted. It proposes that the descendants of slaves are refunded the tax contributions that helped clear the debt.

Sign the petition here.

2. Suspend future sales of tear gas and other crowd control equipment to the USA

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

The UK continues to supply tear gas and other crowd control equipment to the USA. These supplies are allegedly being used against peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors.

The petition argues that since we suspended sales of such equipment to Hong Kong for alleged police brutality, we should do the same for the USA.

Sign the petition here.

3. Broaden the GCSE & A-Level English curriculum to include more BAME authors

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Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

The UK national curriculum for English Literature has received criticism for its focus on white male authors. Studying the work of BAME authors can help provide BAME students with a stronger sense of identity and recognition. It can also help White students develop an understanding of BAME history and cultures.

This petition proposes enriching the English Literature curriculum with more BAME authors.

BAME stands for ‘Black, Asian and minority ethnic’.

Sign the petition here.

4. Require all police officers to take Anti-Racism education

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Photo by James Eades on Unsplash

Racial profiling remains an issue for the BAME community. People of colour are more likely to be stopped and searched than White people.

This is especially true for Black people. A report found just 4 stop and searches for every 1000 White people, compared to 38 for every 1000 Black people.

This petition proposes mandatory anti-racism education for all UK police officers. It requests that this training is carried out or informed by Black people.

Sign the petition here.

5. Making the UK education curriculum more inclusive of BAME history

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Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

The UK curriculum has been criticised for presenting a biased view of British history.

Racism is learnt. It stems from a lack of education. This petition proposes that the UK curriculum is restructured to be inclusive of BAME history. The revised curriculum should educate students on institutional racism, White privilege, BAME history and culture.

Sign the petition here.

How to Sign Petitions in the UK

The UK Government will only accept petitions submitted on their website. Once a petition gets 100,000 signatures, Parliament will consider it for debate. Petitions hosted on sites like change.org will not be considered by the UK Government.

Do Petitions Work?

Petitioning can encourage debate in Parliament. But petitions are rarely successful on their own. Successful campaigns include petitions alongside emailing MPs, fundraising, and protesting on the streets.

Laura Coryton’s campaign against tampon-tax brought about change in 2016. Coryton set up a petition, organised street protests, and raised motions at universities

Other Ways You Can Help

Signing a petition is an easy and free way to add your voice. But more action is needed to truly make a difference. Here are some other ways you can help dismantle systemic racism and White privilege.

Email your MP
After signing a petition, email your MP to let them know. This helps your MP know the issue is important to you.

You can find your MP here.

If you don’t know what to write, Amnesty International UK has an email template you can use.

Support Black-owned businesses
By supporting Black-owned businesses you strengthen Black communities.

Check out our article on 5 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Need to Know About.

Donate to projects supporting Black communities

By donating to projects that support Black communities you can directly contribute to action. Here are four brilliant projects you can donate to today!

The Black Curriculum National Program

A social enterprise that aims to teach Black history to UK students. They deliver art-focused Black history programmes across the country and provide teacher training.

Your donations will be invested in training, venue hire, resources, recruitment, and staff employment.

Donate to support the project here.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Find out more about The Black Curriculum here.

Black Thrive Community Therapeutic Fund

Black Thrive is a partnership designed to support Black communities in Lambeth, London.

Their Community Therapeutic Fund aims to:

“provide free and affordable culturally appropriate mental health support to Black people affected by institutional violence and racism.” Black Thrive Community Therapeutic Fund

The project aims to create healing spaces run by Black health and wellbeing practitioners, including trained therapists. Services provided will be on a pay as you can afford basis, to prevent low-incomes being a barrier to mental health support.

Donate to support the project here.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Find out more about Black Thrive here.

FroHub: Empower Black Women Through Hair & Beauty

FroHub aims to make it easier for Black women to find afro hairstylists and beauticians in the UK. Many hairdressers in the UK do not cater to afro-haired women, so FroHub helps you find the ones that do. Their website also provides helpful tips for afro haircare and styling.

Your donations will go towards revamping their platform.

Donate to the project here.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Find out more about FroHub here.

Operation Black Vote – A Covid19 Race Equality Strategy

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on BAME communities. Black people are 4.2 times more likely to die from the virus and a high percentage of key worker deaths have been BAME. Racial inequality in health and employment make BAME communities more vulnerable to the economic hardships caused by COVID-19.

Your donations will help Operation Black Vote to train young activists and continue their campaign for a Covid-19 race equality strategy.

Donate to the project here.
Follow them on Instagram here.
Find out more about Operation Black Vote here.

Hannah Utley

Hannah has a First Class degree in English with Creative Writing and enjoys writing on many subjects including articles about Home & Garden, Marketing, Education & Lifestyle.

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