A guide to the Black Lives Matter Movement

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How you can help do your part…

I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand.

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In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we want to combine a comprehensive list of ways to help. It is important to stay conscious to this important conversation and continue to listen, learn, donate, sign petitions and EDUCATE ourselves on the gross inequality being experienced by members of the black community today. #BlackLivesMatter

A message from Biscuit Marketplace founder Tara Prendergast:

I feel overwhelmed, upset, mad, confused, scared, guilty… so many emotions at the recent killing of African American George Floyd….the one I may add, we could see. 

I have been digesting what has happened, what is happening, and what has been happening to so many people not because they did something wrong, not because they caused harm or threat but because they were in a certain demographic.

This world is so far away from me in my lovely little bubble where I fear nothing, I feel no threat or have to respond to any form of racial or aggressive comments about who I am and what I look like.

And then I ask myself…

How does that feel?

What can it do to a person’s spirit and confidence?

How much anger and hate can this repeated treatment cause a percent of our population…

I don’t know what to say…

What is important?

Discussion.

I do not know how to help but surely recognition even if it feels minor in comparison to what is happening in the US, surely it is important to call it out and share how it feels.

Isn’t knowledge everything for us to make decisions and take actions that can help or understand a situation?

I don’t know what else to do but I know one thing…

Ignoring it feels wrong for me.

Tara x

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a few recommended resources listed below.

Books to read…

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

‘White Supremacy and me’ by Layla Saad

‘White Fragility’ By Robin DiAngelo. 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Black Feminist Thoughts by Patricia Hill Collins

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Petitions to sign…

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The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking supporters to email senior Fine Gael Ministers with their proposals on keeping people seeking asylum safe during and after COVID-19:

https://action.uplift.ie/campaigns/email-your-td-to-enddpFG-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR3vVNNxpbNWwu0Dzr9fVEps00Em4WiWVa0rbo17uaPOsn_prkCvuwK9HNE

Demand Racial Data on Coronavirus:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/petitions/

Justice for George Floyd:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd/u/26761203

End Direct Provision in Ireland:

https://www.change.org/p/people-power-end-direct-provision-in-ireland?source_location=search_index&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAFfS9wAAAAAAXt%2BpY%2BzQ9FUyZmM5ODNhYg%3D%3D

And many more on Change.org following the link below:

https://www.change.org/search?q=black%20lives%20matter

Series and movies to watch…

13th – Netflix

Dear White People – Netflix

If Beale Street Could Talk – Hulu

King In The Wilderness – HBO

Selma

When They See Us – Netflix

Who Killed Malcom X? – Netflix

Podcasts to listen to…

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

The Echo Chamber hosted by Jade and Ez

‘Intersectionality Matters!’ hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Witness Black History’ by BBC World Service

Still Processing hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris 

Floodlines from The Atlantic

Throughline from NPR

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