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This newsletter takes a focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact this week on social. It’s important we give marginalised voices the floor right now.
This week has really been a focus to learn more, think about how I am going to educate myself and others, and finally how we can take action to make a difference for equality in life, our industry, and the creative we put out into the world for marginalised people to ensure their voice is heard and their story is seen. Representation and inclusivity are paramount.
This isn’t intended as virtue signalling, I’m not looking to capitalise on the movement, I’m re-sharing what I have seen and found on my way to educating myself on a complex topic and trying to share this with people who may also find this information of value.
I have credited all sources and used original embeds, but if you see something amiss that needs credit or referencing, let me know.
Please Reshare it with someone who might find it insightful 📧
The #BlackLivesMatterUK Twitter account is an invaluable resource, there is an online training event tonight for those who are planning to attend the protests this weekend.
@CharlotteSevenSix speaks about on her experiences with racism, Charlotte Williams is Founder of social media & influencer marketing agency SevenSix
I made this video today as a response to some questions I’ve received from my white friends and family. I talk from my personal lived experience and do not to speak on behalf of the entire black population, but I hope this helps with a little understanding of what is currently going on and how you can help!
If you find it difficult to talk about race, maybe think about why that is. And remember if you don’t want to talk about the issues at hand, you can always do something instead! #actionsspeaklouderthanwords
My article on how black people can be supported right now: https://bit.ly/2TRXgaQ
Articles & books on white fragility/ why white people find it difficult to talk about race:
A list of anti-racist resources:
Places to donate:
https://runwith maud.com#blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonnataylor #justicefortonymcdade #supportblacklives
@Das.Penman is a great sharer of information on social justice and highlights great sources for people to educate and take action.
Hello 🤍 I asked on my stories if anyone would be interested in some pointers on how people in the UK can respond to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and overwhelmingly the answer was yes. This is just a small collection of ways you can take action.
I would like to make it clear that I’m not an authority on this issue and the people to turn to and follow are the people mentioned throughout the post. This is simply a way of summarising small steps you can take if you’re feeling as useless as I am at the moment. We can always do more. These are some of the ways.
EDIT: you can email the county office at citizeninfo@co
EDIT 2: I have been alerted that Robin Diangelo is not a person to support. I apologise for including her in the list of recommended books and she will not be promoted on my page.
#BlackLivesMatter & brands
Some of the brands showing their support for the movement; donating, educating and showing how they’re supporting their communities and customers with action.
Take action. Things won’t change unless we create that change.
Strength has no identity, only unity. We’re working closely with our team, our athletes, and our entire community to unite against injustice and make a genuine difference, not just a statement.
In our world of sports, strength and conditioning, we’re used to seeing black athletes as icons, heroes and teammates. We should not be used to seeing injustice against black friends, family and strangers.
We thank our friends in the industry - from @Nike
- for their outspoken commitment to the cause. Because silence is not impartiality. It’s ignorance. And tomorrow is not soon enough. We must push for change today.
We haven’t always got it right. Over the years it made us question if we had a right to speak up.
And we are privileged to have a voice and a platform.
Know we are not indifferent. Far from it. We are passionate about every single human being valued.
For this to happen we need to take action.
We are making a $100,000 donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. And we know that to be a stand against inequity and injustice of any kind, we all need to do so much more.
You have our commitment we will.
The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy.
Read our full statement with the *link in bio*
This week’s industry news 🗞
Artwork: Natalie Narh and Amie Snow, Ogilvy Roots
Adland leaders have signed an open letter to commit to equality in media and creative industries via Campaign
How social media platforms and its leaders have responded to #BlackLivesMatter via SocialMediaToday
Twitter’s record-breaking week for new downloads due to demand for unfiltered protest news and Covid-19 information via TechCrunch
I’d love to hear what you think or suggestions of alternative sources on education and resources for diversity and inclusion that you have found useful.
I will continue to update with post with useful info as and when I find it.
Slide into the comments and let me know if you have suggestions for things to include in future posts.