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We stand in solidarity

As a community-based landlord, people are at the very heart of everything we do, and like so many we are appalled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and recognise the anger and grief it has caused.

We are proud to be part of a diverse community in Greater Manchester and are committed to challenging discriminating behaviour, injustice, and championing equality.

If you are a victim of a hate crime or have concerns regarding racial prejudice, discrimination, or harassment please contact us.

We're here to listen, offer advice, and support. All reports will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Here are links to resources you may find useful: 

DO YOUR RESEARCH

We should all take personal responsibility to learn more about systematic racism, white privilege and the history of oppression against black people in the UK and elsewhere.
You can find a host of resources here.

TALK TO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

This is an emotional and traumatic time for many, check in on your friends, family, partners, loved ones and colleagues. Signpost people to mental health support if they need it.
Download the Hub of Hope app to help you find services nearby.

Not everyone has or uses social media where a lot of information on the #blacklivesmatter campaign can be found.
Take the time to talk to friends, family members and colleagues about what’s happening so they’re informed.

CHALLENGE RACISM

It’s all of our responsibilities to stand up for each other in some way or another.
It’s important to challenge racism head on and ensure that racist attitudes, beliefs and behaviours don’t go unchecked and potentially lead to more serious acts of hate and violence.

Here is information from Citizens Advice on how to report a hate crime.

SIGN PETITIONS TO SUPPORT BAME COMMUNITIES

Battle racism by calling for updates to GCSE reading lists, join the call for an independent public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s BAME communities or help get justice for George Floyd and his family. More petitions can be found on the Black Lives Matter website.

WRITE TO YOUR MP

Changing legislation is one of the most tangible ways to help improve black lives in the UK. Many policies in this country negatively impact people of colour, such as cuts to welfare or policing of the lockdown guidelines. Your MP represents your voice in Parliament. Write to them and let them know how you feel about racism and police brutality in the UK. You can find a template to get you started here.

DONATE

Stand Up To Racism UK, Stop Hate UK and The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are three national charities working to combat the oppression of BAME groups in the UK. You could also donate to Black Lives Matter (a global movement) or to one of the many bail funds set up to help protestors in the US. Consider setting up a regular donation to show your continued commitment to ending systemic racism.

 

5th June 2020

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