Black Lives Matter - our statement of support

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Black Lives Matter - our statement of support (trigger warning: racism and hate speech)

Trigger warning: racism and hate speech

With the recent killing George Floyd in America, and all other forms of racial injustice going on around the world today, your GSU Officers want to let you know that we are here for all our students. We are unequivocally against racism and we join people around the world to come together and speak out for justice for George Floyd.

We share in the pain and anger for this outrageous act and recognise that George Floyd is only one case in a long history of racism that’s been going on for far too long, and that many stories of victims never make it to the media. We stand in solidarity with all our Black students and Black communities in the UK, USA and around the world who are victims of racism. We are committed to addressing and tackling all forms of racism in our community.

We understand that this might be having an impact on your mental health. Please try and take care of yourselves in this difficult time as much as you can. It is important to take a break - not just from social media, but the news or any other form of media that you feel will negatively affect your mental health and wellbeing. 

If you have been affected by this remember that our Advice Team are here to support you. You can contact them at suadvice@gre.ac.uk, or via greenwichsu.co.uk/advice. The service is free, independent and confidential. 

Finally, the fight for justice begins with each of us. You can start by signing the change.org petition Justice for George Floyd or if you can, donate to the GoFundMe page created to Support Floyd's Family. We are also aware of planned #BlackLivesMatter activities in London. We ask that if you are to participate in any of these, please follow the government guidelines on social distancing as well as ensuring that you look after your own welfare and keep up-to-date with any information that will enable you use your voice safely. 

You can also become a better ally by being willing to listen and learn. More information can be found on this link. We’ll be posting more resources across our social media in future too.

Please continue to look after yourselves and each other.

#BlackLivesMatter

From your GSU Officer Team

(L to R: Jono, Mayo, Henry and Bilal)

GSU Officer Team (left to right: Jono, Mayo, Henry and Bilal)

 

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