Feb 2021: UKBLM Interview with The Voice

BLACK LIVES Matter UK announced that it will be giving £600,000 from its £1.2million raised via GoFundMe after last summer’s protests to grassroots groups focusing on helping the black community.

Following the announcement, The Voice sat down – on zoom, of course – with Director of BLM UK Alex Wanjiku Kelbert and spokesperson for BLM Lorna Mulungushi to hear more about BLM UK, find out who is behind it, how they decided to distribute the money, and their plans for the future. For more, check out The Voice’s Sophie Huskisson’s full interview: ‘We are really lucky to be living in this moment’: An exclusive interview with the people behind Black Lives Matter UK.

Feb 2021: Round 1 Donations

Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK) announces that it is releasing £600,000 in funding to grassroots groups working for Black communities.

These funds constitute 50% of the money the volunteer-led organisation crowdfunded via GoFundMe over the summer of 2020.

The money will be awarded in two phases – the first set of funds have now been distributed. This first round has seen just over £169,500 given in small grants to organisations BLMUK has worked with over the last five years. For more information, check out Nadine White’s Exclusive in the Huffington Post: Revealed: Who Will Get First Black Lives Matter UK Grants After £1m Fundraiser, or check out our Fund page.

January 2021: First round of funding

UKBLM announces that more than £100,000 will be released in January to black-led organisations across country. Read the coverage in The Guardian.

November 2020: Britain is Not Innocent

Britain is Not Innocent – A Netpol report on the policing of Black Lives Matter protests in Britain’s towns and cities in 2020.
UKBLM’s Adam Elliott-Cooper published this report on the policing of the summer protests – one of the key findings is that the policing of the protests was institutionally racist. You can read the report on the NetPol website.

November 2020: 1Xtra Talks

What Issues Do You Face If You’re Young, Black and British?
A panel of black artists, influencers and activists, including BLMUK’s Joshua Virasami, discuss issues facing young, Black, Britons today. You can listen back to the show on the 1xtra website.

October 2020: How To Change It

How To Change It Make a Difference. #2 in the Series: Merky How To series. UKBLM’s Joshua Virasami sets out several lessons for successful campaigning, drawing on the experience and actions of a number of activist and political movements. You can check out the book here.

October 2020: BLM UK gains legal status

Registration as a Community Benefit Society enables UKBLM to access donations of £1.2m and invite people to join.

September 2020: Protest Against Police Racism and Violence

UKBLM partner with Tottenham Rights, The Monitoring Group and 4Front Project to organise a rally outside Scotland Yard to protest police brutality and racism

August 2020: Sistah Space Protest

UKBLM speaks at a protest outside Hackney Town Hall in solidarity with Sistah Space, one of the few black-run womens’ shelters in London. For more information, follow Sistah Space on Twitter.

August 2020: Mark Duggan Memorial Protest

UKBLM partners with Justice 4 Mark Duggan Campaign, Tottenham Rights, 4Front Project and Stopwatch to organise a mass gathering outside Tottenham Police Station.