Like the rest of our global community we have been devastated by the recent events in America.
If Covid-19 has shown us anything, it is that we can rapidly mobilise to make self sacrifice and group together for the greater good.
The events of last week in the U.S with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, the racist act of Amy Cooper in Central Park and the countless other injustices faced by BIPOC people that have come before them provides us with a stark reflection of the changes that still need to happen to make the world a fairer place for everyone. Systemic change is the only way forward. This is the time for dismantling old ways of the world which we as a global community will no longer tolerate. While it is a painful moment in history we find ourselves in, we have hope for the future that things can change and it is up to all of us to be active participants in the change we want to see. Things can not go on as they have been.
We can not help but to also reflect on the history and treatment of our own First Nations people especially during National Reconciliation Week. We stand in solidarity and support of all those fighting for justice and equality.
Here are some resources and ways our community can help:
Here's ways you can take action from home to show your support for George Floyd:
Sign a petition
This petition aims to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to achieve justice.
Organized by Philonise Floyd, George's brother, the fund was created to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings and to assist the family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd, which benefits his children and their educational fund.
Protesters during the Black Deaths in Custody Protest at Town Hall in Sydney in 2018, via sbs.com.au
Here's ways you can take action from home to show support for Indigenous Australians in need:
A Gofundme founded by the Leetona Dungay the mother of David to fight for justice after his death in custody in 2015.
A Gofundme founded by campaigner Lisa Watts for the legal fees in finding justice for the shooting of 19 year old Kumanjayi Walker.
A charity which works towards systematic change through health, education, social and economic development in Indigenous communities.
Yalari is an Indigenous education charity that offers full boarding school scholarships to Indigenous children from regional, remote or rural communities.
The Healing Foundation works with over 7000 members of the stolen generations and their communities to assist with ongoing and inter-generational trauma.
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020
Stay well, from all of us at Arnsdorf X