All of us at Pilton Community Health Project would like to express our support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The police brutality that sparked the recent protests is shocking and must be challenged, but it is only one part of the systemic racism that still plagues our society.
Systemic racism is far from unique to the United States. To give just one example from closer to home, our Living in Harmony action research group has found significant barriers to Black and Minority Ethnic people accessing services in North Edinburgh. We will continue to challenge this and strive for equality and justice for every member of our community.
However, we recognise there is always more we can do. In the near future, all PCHP staff will undertake training to ensure we are informed and equipped to stand up for equality and deal with issues of racism wherever they arise. If we are to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone, that means continually educating ourselves and taking real action to make change in our society.
If you would like to learn more about Black Lives Matter and how you can take action against racism, we have gathered some useful resources below.
Thank you to the Equality and Rights Network for their help and advice in putting this together – you can find out about their important work here.
- A running list of anti-racism resources – Dazed
- How to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest – NME
- How to support Black Lives Matter, wherever you are – Time Out
- 7 simple ways white queer people can be allies to Black people in the fight against racism and police brutality – Pink News
- Black Lives Matter UK Fund – GoFundMe
- #TakeTheKnee Campaign – Stand Up To Racism
How to take safe action and be an active ally
- You can protest through social media platforms, through trusted Black organisers.
- Donate if you can.
- Sign petitions.
- Educate yourself, listen and learn.
- Write to your MP.
- Support Black owned businesses.
- Check in and listen to your Black friends (not to educate yourself but to be a friend).
- Step up for Black colleagues.
- Keep the momentum going, show solidarity on social media.
For Black people:
- Remember to rest and soothe. This is an extremely emotionally exhausting time and has already been a lifetime of fighting for rights and social justice. This is a time that may reactivate trauma in many Black people’s lives and can be triggering and overwhelming. For advice and support: https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
Edinburgh charities working with People of Colour:
- SCORE Scotland – based in Wester Hailes. “Mission: Work in partnership with others to address the causes and effects of racism and to promote race equality. We will break down barriers to the full participation of minority ethnic communities in all aspects of civic life.”
- Shakti Women’s Aid. “Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/or other members of the household.”
- Saheliya. “Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.”
- Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB). “We are a social work organisation that believes in early intervention. This means working with children and families before problems/issues become entrenched. We work to support children and parents dealing with important transition points – this can be the birth of a child, the move into primary school or the move to Edinburgh for families who are new migrants. We help children and families deal with issues of identity, loss, displacement and trauma. We know it is important that all children develop a sense of belonging and purpose in their lives. We work in partnership with families, listening to their views and adapting our practice to these views.”
- Living in Harmony at Pilton Community Health Project. “Living in Harmony aims to create more opportunities for friendships between different ethnic communities in North Edinburgh, and to tackle any barriers which may prevent people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds from accessing local services.”