From a quick donation to signing a petition: Here are a few simple ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement from home all over the world.
Written by Jelien Moerman
Two weeks after the tragic death of George Floyd in the US at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, global unrest shows no signs of cooling down. In a strong global act of solidarity, hundreds of thousands of people all around the world have taken part in protests to fight violence and systemic racism towards black people. Europe, in particular, has seen a sharp rise in protests in recent days against police brutality and racism, and Spain is no exception.
Brussels - photo source: @mynameisyanick
Spain “Can’t Breath” - Joins Protests To Support Black Lives Matter
Numerous cities and towns across Spain have joined the global wave of vigils and protests to denounce racism and mourn the death of George Floyd. According to the Spanish television station RTVE, around 3,000 people gathered on June 7th in Barcelona to take part in demonstrations under the message of #BlackLivesMatter and “We Can’t Breath”.
The protest started at 11 AM and was held around Plaça Sant Jaume. This is the square where both the City Council and the Catalan government are located. A similar protest was seen in Madrid, which took place just outside the United States embassy. The Spanish government had initially given official permission for just 200 people to participate in the said protest, but that number was highly exceeded by hundreds of people turning up to show their support.
Barcelona - photo source: AP Foto/Emilio Morenatti
Help Black Lives Matter Even If You Can’t Protest
If you want to join the Black Lives Matter movement but aren’t able to physically protest in the streets, don’t feel bad. When fighting for justice, not everybody can play an identical role. There are various ways in which you can engage. From spreading awareness to donating funds, the sky is the limit. Let’s take a look at what you can do from the comfort of your home to support the movement right now:
1. Donate To Organizations That Fight Racism
Following the murder of George Floyd and the numerous protests around the globe, various fundraising drives have been established to support the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism related causes. Donating funds to organizations that serve to fight racism and injustice allows them to keep on serving their missions. A few of them include:
- Black Lives Matter: works for a world where black individuals are no longer targeted for demise.
- Black Visions Collective (BLVC): wants a future where all black individuals have autonomy. - Loveland Foundation: is a group committed to supporting black communities in powerful ways, concentrating particularly on black girls and women.
2. Sign An Online Petition
Signing an online petition is an easy, quick way to support Black Lives Matter from home. There are numerous petitions floating around online in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, allowing you to easily join the online protest. Justice for George Floyd and #JusticeforFloyd demand that all police officers present at the scene of Floyd’s killing be arrested and officially charged with murder.
3. Support Black Business Owners in Barcelona (or your location)
If you truly want to help black people directly, your best bet is to begin by supporting their business endeavors. Promote and employ black people where possible in Barcelona (or wherever you are); buy their music, films, or books; and purchase from their shops, bars, or restaurants. To follow the latest updates on what's going on in Barcelona, you can take a look at this Facebook page, or CNAAE's Instagram account.
Conclusion - There’s Always A Way To Help
There will always be new ways to help the black community. Keep your eyes open and try to do as much as you can. Engage in anti-racism work, teach your kids about Black history, educate yourself (there are interesting books to read and documentaries to watch from home) and have difficult conversations. Remember, even doing something small is better than doing nothing at all.
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