RCASU would like to express its solidarity with the Black Lives Matters movement and protests taking place across the globe. The demand for an end to structural racism and oppression facing black people is an issue that we should all be engaging with in some way or another. The struggle for change is also a collective and individual one, so we would like to share the following resources with you in the spirit of transformation that strives for equality and justice for all:
*Click here for resources for black students.
*Click here for Black Led LGBTQIA organisations.
Race & Racism
Ain't No Black In the Union Jack - Paul Gilroy
Assata: An Autobiography- Assata Shakur
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley
Black Power, The Politics Of Liberation - Charles V Hamilton and Stokely Carmichael
Black Skin,White Masks - Frantz Fanon
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
This Bridge Called My Back - Rosario Morales
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination - Robin D.G Kelley
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle - Angela Y Davis
Here to stay, here to fight: A Race today anthology - Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan and Margaret Peacock
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa - Walter Rodney
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and The Combahee River Collective - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals - Aurora Levi Morales
Moving Towards Home: Political Essays - June Jordan
Policing The Crisis - Stuart Hall
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Wretched of The Earth - Frantz Fanon
Black Study, Black Struggle- Robin D. G Kelley
Building The Anti-Racist University - Tate & Buggeley
The Combahee River Collective Statement - Combahee River Collective
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies - Courtney Ariel
From Minneapolis to London - London Campaign Against Police and State Violence
How to be an ally if you are a person with privilege - Frances E. Kendall
The Intersectionality Wars - Jane Coaston
We Should Be Afraid, But Not Of Protestors - Melvin Rogers
White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack - Peggy Mcintosh
Black British Designer - Timi Oyedeji
RCASU Decolonising the Institution talks 2018
The Prison Industrial Complex & Prison Abolition
Abolition now: 10 years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex - Critical Resistance
Are Prisons Necessary? - Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Are Prisons Obsolete? - Angela Davis
Discipline and Punish - Michel Focault
Dying for Justice - Institute for Race Relations
The End of Policing - Alex S. Vitale
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
Prisons and Universities Are Two Sides Of the Same Coin - Eli Meyerhoff
Who do you serve? Who do you protect?: Police Violence and Resistance In The United States - Joe Macare, Maya Schenwar, Alan Yu Ian-Prince
What to watch and listen to
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution
The Black Power Mixtape
A Place of Rage
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Millenials Are Killing Capitalism
With Friends Like These
Racial Justice Organisations in the U.S.
Black Vision Collective: A black, trans and queer led organisation that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression an violence.
Campaign Zero: Online Platform and organisation that utilises research based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.
Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community based non profit that pays bail & immigration bonds for individuals how have been arrested while protesting police brutality.
Reclaim The Block: Coalition that advocates and invests in community led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighbourhoods.
Unicorn Riot: Non-profit organisation that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues.
Racial Justice Organisations In The U.K.
Akwaaba Social Centre: Akwaaba is a Hackney-based social centre for migrants. They offer a space for rest, play, learning and mutual support.
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC): Campaigning organisation against racism, injustice & disproportionate impact of cuts on black communities & workers.
The Black Curriculum: A social enterprise that delivers Black British history through the arts, in schools and out of schools to all young people in the UK.
Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK): A coalition of people from across the UK who believe deeply that Black Lives Matter.
Community Action On Prison Expansion (CAPE): network of grassroots groups fighting prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland.
ICFree: A group of young black and brown south London kids fighting to end the criminalisation young people in the education and criminal Justice system.
INQUEST: combines specialist support for bereaved people following a state related death, with the influence to achieve change in legislation, policy & practice.
Kids Of Colour: Organisation exploring race, identity and culture, and challenging the everyday, institutionalised racism that shapes young people's lives.
London Campaign Against Police and State Violence (LCAPSV): London Campaign against Police and State Violence: community organising against police and state brutality in South London and beyond.
Runnymede Trust: UK's leading independent race equality think tank.
United Friends And Family Campaign (UFFC): The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. They support others in similar situations and organise yearly marches commemorating the lives lost at the hand of state.
Windrush National Organising Group: A african-Caribbean political movement for Justice Or Else & fighting the Hostile Environment & all forms of Racism.
Wretched Of The Earth: Grassroots collective for Indigenous, black, brown & diaspora groups/individuals, demanding climate justice + in solidarity w/ our UK & Global South communities
There are Black Lives Matters protests taking place across cities in the UK over the coming weeks. Keep an eye on #LDNBLM on social media for updates but key London Dates are:
At Home Protest: Thursday 4th June, 7pm
Organised by Black Lives Matter UK. They are asking that people acknowledge that racism is a public health crisis. Show your support from your doorstep by playing Jimmy Cliff’s ‘The Harder They Come’ out loud.
Peaceful Protest: Parliament Square, Saturday 6th June, 1PM
Peaceful Protest: US Embassy, Sunday 7th June, 2PM
If you attend one please keep safe. Organisers advise you to: wear protective masks, bring food, water and wear non identifiable clothing. It’s also important you are aware of your rights. Check out the bust card below for up to date information on covid-19 police powers and general stop and search information.
We know that this is a particularly difficult time. We are working to create online spaces where students can connect and share experiences and feelings. Please remember we are here to help you, email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.