#TakeTheKnee and stand up to racism – a doorstep protest tonight

Following a large number of protests across the globe, which all 50 US states participated in, Stand Up To Racism has organised a doorstep protest for tonight June 3, to honour George Floyd and raise awareness for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. The campaign has gained massive traction following the tragic death of George Floyd, whose life was taken by the actions of a white police officer in Minnesota. 

Taking place at 6 pm tonight June 3, supporters have been asked to ‘take the knee’ on their doorsteps, peacefully safely protesting against racism during the pandemic.

SUTR said: “We are outraged that yet another black person has been killed at hands of police in the USA. The events unfolding in the USA are a product of hundreds of years of racism and oppression of black communities, which has led to countless lives lost.

“The events also take place in the context of black communities disproportionately dying as a result of and infected by coronavirus, the highest levels of unemployment, which is rising fast due to the rapid economic contraction taking place. So black people are disproportionately affected by police brutality, unemployment, financial hardship and the coronavirus.

“We understand the anger that has motivated people to come out and protest across the USA and also here in Britain.”

Speaking about the event, SUTR 

While tonight’s protest will happen outside people’s homes, SUTR has recommended that all other protests continue socially distanced, with around 34% of those who have died from coronavirus coming from BAME communities. Protests will be continuing throughout the week, with three separate demonstrations planned for London this week. Stand Up To Racism has been operating since 2015, raising awareness for and fighting the challenges that BAME communities face every day – so please #TakeTheKnee if you can.

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