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UCU - standing proudly against racism

23 July 2020

Yet another black person has been killed at the hands of the police in the USA. The events taking place there are the latest bloody chapter of centuries of racism and oppression of black people. The magnitude of his death can be felt across the world by black people who experience the violence of state and other racism every day.

Here in the UK, as in the USA, black communities face structural inequalities resulting in disproportionately high numbers dying as a result of Coronavirus, unprecedented levels of unemployment and ongoing race discrimination in the workplace.

UCU stands in solidarity with George Floyd and we send our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

UCU stands in solidarity with protestors across the world seeking to address generations of injustice.

UCU stands against racism.

UCU stands on the side of justice.

UCU stands for #blacklivesmatter

From the Coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis we are facing, it is evident that inequality and systemic racism is on the rise. You can find a range of tools to challenge all forms of discrimination on the UCU's equality webpage.

How you can help:

  • Sign: add your name to the Justice for George Floyd petition
  • Donate: in the US, a fundraiser has been set up in George Floyd's memory by his brother Philonise Floyd to cover funeral costs and counselling as well as expenses during court proceedings, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund helps to support those in custody who can't afford bail. In the UK, UCU is affiliated to the United Family and Friends Campaign, supporting the families of those who have died in custody, which also welcomes donations.
  • Inform: UCU is encouraging black members to complete this TUC survey on the treatment of BME workers during the Covid crisis.
  • Organise: information on UK based solidarity events can be found here. Please also let us know what is happening in your branch or community.
Last updated: 23 July 2020