We stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters in America and we will do all we can to support the work happening on the ground there. We want to amplify the letter and petition from The Movement for Black Lives (a collective of Black organisations from across America including Black Lives Matter) to defund the police in the United States. In their letter they state:
According to the Urban Institute, in 1977, state and local governments spent $60 billion on police and corrections. In 2017, they spent $194 billion. A 220 percent increase. Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer.
Read their letter in full and sign the petition here
By signing the petition you are joining our American family in demanding local American officials take the pledge to:
- Vote no on all increases to police budgets
- Vote yes to decrease police spending and budgets
- Vote yes to increase spending on Health care, Education, and Community programs that keep Black people safe.
It’s also important that it is acknowledged that systematic and institutionalised racism against Black people is not just an American issue.We have our own longstanding issue with these injustices in the UK from racial profiling to police brutality and murders.
Alongside this the UK government repeatedly fails us from allowing Grenfell to happen to more recently delaying the report with findings about why COVID-19 is disproportionately causing deaths of Black and Brown people.
This is a time for us to speak out, support the organisers on the ground and educate ourselves and each other. Art has always been one of our most powerful forms of protest and activism and we will always use the OWN IT! platform to shine a light on the voices working to make our world a more just and equal place for all.
We want to show our support with more than just words so we will be donating all of our publishing profits for the month of June to George Floyd’s family.
We are also open to hearing from any UK Black owned organisations fighting against police brutality and racial injustice about ways we can support.