Let’s get to the root of the problem. Click the image to sign this petition.
Although many schools choose not to use the National Curriculum, objectives are often based on them as schools develop their own schemes. The fact that none of the below is detailed in the current National Curriculum is wrong. As schools tailor their curriculum to their own children, this should be front and centre as a human issue.
Imagine growing up armed with knowledge of facts that aren’t covered up or denied access to by a whitewashing of the curriculum – being opened up to real histories that impact directly on current affairs that affect children’s families directly, often with an injection of fear – rather than revelations as an adult via social media. The country owes that to its children, now more than ever.
Manchester Tribute by Akse
In the 1860’s Manchester, known as Cottonopolis, imported up to 3/4 of all cotton grown on southern US plantations; but millworkers refused, at great personal sacrifice, to touch raw cotton picked by US slaves despite facing starvation and destitution in order to support President Lincoln’s embargo. Lincoln acknowledged the self-sacrifice of the working men of Manchester in a letter he sent in 1863. Black Lives Matter. Manchester will always show its support against injustice. RIP George Floyd.
Manchester BLM Protests: When and Where?
You may not feel comfortable joining hundreds of people at close quarters – coronavirus is very real and has not gone away.
We know, for whatever reasons, people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds are at greater risk, which is another reason to be overly cautious. The risk of a second spike is on the horizon and there are already quarters looking to blame BLM protests for that, despite the widespread pictures seen from crowded beaches and the fact that Cummings’ antics have almost single-handedly facilitated an anti-lockdown paradigm.
Although the protests below encourage social distancing and are vitally important reasons to leave the house, if you’re unsure or need to shield for others, perhaps consider making a difference online by donating, writing to your MP to react to the research findings, or speaking up against those that don’t get it (but not the bots and trolls, don’t waste your time).
Don’t feel imaginary peer pressure or that you’re a bad person if you choose not to go – we live in unique times fighting against an eternal inequality.
If you do attend – please enact social distancing out of respect for others.
If you’ve landed here and are wondering what any of this has to do with Manchester or the UK, or why it’s offensive to counter with ‘all lives matter don’t they?’… maybe head to the Education tab.
SAT 6 JUN / 1PM / PICCADILLY GARDENS
Static socially distanced peaceful protest.
*SUN 7 JUN / 2PM / ST PETER’S SQUARE
Who can I donate to?
The protests are making waves and are badly needed, but many may not feel comfortable given we’re in a pandemic. Should you wish to donate somewhere, here are a few ideas.
Where can I petition?
The ‘whatabouters’ are out in force but the upside to them posting their ‘whatabboutery’ is that they may actually learn something in the process. Some useful links for those that may or may not want to confront their own ignorance.
It’s not a Black person’s job to teach white people how to be less racist, but advocates like Layla Saad continue to guide people through the process.
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#Perspective: People who deny that police brutality happens here, There have been over 1,500 deaths in Police custody since 1990.. with little justice served for families of victims (Chris Alder, Edson Da Costa, Rashan Charles and Mark Duggan to name a few. Please familiarise yourself with the struggle before you speak and understand the perspective. When living in a society that constantly undervalues your contributions, your worth and your identity it is important that we challenge these structures @kennybrownphoto #blmuk #blacklivesmatter
Protests happening in Manchester on 5th, 6th and 7th June to stand in solidarity with those facing injustices in America. #BlackLivesMatter #letusbreathe #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #MCRBLM #StandTogether pic.twitter.com/TiT7vI2wL1— R (@ryasmxn) June 1, 2020
SAY THEIR NAME (a UK thread)— Shan (@illh0eminati) May 29, 2020
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Yesterday, in yet another act of anti-black police violence causing mass outrage, George Floyd yelled “I can’t breathe” and pleaded for his life as a white Minneapolis police officer violently pinned him down with his knee on his neck. George died after. He was murdered in broad daylight. His death is reminiscent of the death of Eric Garner. Even with a crowd yelling at him to stop and while folks filmed the murder, the cop did it anyway, showing the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the “criminal justice” system. Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. May George Floyd Rest in Power. Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 to demand the officers be charged with murder. You can also call Mayor Jacob Frey at (612)-673-2100, DA Mike Freeman at (612)-348-5550 and demand justice. #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #justiceforgeorgefloyd
Based on this article, https://t.co/58LKAkLCNt, I’ve consolidated some highlights as to how white folks can be anti-racism allies:— Chanel Matney, PhD (@ChanelMatney) May 31, 2020
#Manchester is having another #BlackLivesMatter protest in Piccadilly gardens on Saturday 6th June. I’m taking a calculated risk to go. It will be my essential item for this week. pic.twitter.com/8loFg4JTlm— IGLAM – Jass Thethi (@JassKThethi) June 1, 2020
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Tonight/Tomorrow (and moving forwards) I will be focusing on reading some literature and watching some docu-series around white privilege and racism in the US and U.K. to further educate myself on the oppression faced by our poc friends/communities so that I may better support them where I can. I owe it to them, as my friends, and to the black culture which has given me so much joy through music, art, sport, food, etc, etc. I will shortly post the lists that I will be working from (thank you to @unity.celeste) as well as some information on ‘How to be actively Antiracist’ (thank you to @goodgoodgoodco) on my stories. I love having a series buddy at the best of times, so let me know if you’d like to watch one together so that we can learn together? The DMs are open (and dusty so bring a face mask with you). It’s a weird feeling to realise that just not being racist isn’t quite enough. It’s uncomfortable for those of us who care for human lives equally. But I’m getting used to those feelings now. I’m accepting them and seeing this moment as an opportunity to better understand myself, love my neighbours and become an ally in time. Thanks to @missloujasmine and @carltonmcfarlane for taking the time for me on this. #alwaylearning #theshowmustbepaused #justiceforgeorgefloyd