All of us at Cardboard Citizens have been profoundly shocked by the killing of George Floyd. We are challenged and inspired by the way Black people across the world have come together, and galvanised others to take action to tackle ongoing racism and systemic oppression.
We believe that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with all those who face racial oppression. We are making space as an organisation where we can listen, share and reflect with our Members, staff and colleagues. We are also listening to the powerful voices of activists from across the arts and more widely. From these conversations, we will take action – we acknowledge that there is significant work to be done.
We are working to address the way we as individuals and as an organisation can listen, learn, heal, build, discuss, grieve, celebrate, and do better. We want to play our part.
Reading and action
Here are some of the resources we’ve been sharing as a staff team.
We’re currently reading:
- Update and resources from Talawa Theatre
- Update and resources from Contact Theatre
- Rebekah Prance: “The uncomfortable reality of talking with my white friends about George Floyd“
- Diane Abbot: “British politicians must act decisively to fight institutional racism here in the UK“
- Here’s a link to Black Lives Matter in the UK – and internationally.
- And Black Lives Matter are running a crowdfunder – donate here »
- Here’s a list of resources to support Black organisations and activism from It’s Nice That
- Here’s a campaign to update the UK curriculum with Black UK history »
- Petition to update GCSE reading lists with books that speak of our society’s inequality – sign here »
- Here’s a collection of anti-racist resources for white people »