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Black and white photo taken from within a protest crowd. Three people hold hand-written signs above their heads. They read [THE UK IS NOT INNOCENT, JUSTICE FOR BELLY], [HELP DESTROY SYSTEMIC RACISM] and [BLACK LIVES MATTER].

Black Lives Matter – How to Help

Published: 9 June 2020 Author: The NewBridge Project

Last week we signed and shared a collective statement from the cultural sector of the North East which denounced racism in all its forms. Before signing this, we collectively considered as an organisation what our next steps and actions would be to challenge white supremacy and the systemic racism that permeates the arts. As an artist-led organisation with a platform and a relative degree of power, we must acknowledge our role within this.

Anti-racism must be embedded within our organisation, our programme, its structure and policies. Over the next few weeks we will work with our staff, board and our Programme Committee to plan tangible steps forward which we hope will foster long-term, permanent inclusivity as we move forward. We will continue our work into creating networks of solidarity, progressive commissioning approaches, and fully commit to eliminating our unconscious biases. These conversations and plans will be shared publicly, as starting points for further discussion and action with our community.

In the immediate term, we will use our platform to raise awareness, share resources and highlight places to support and donate to the cause. We have also created a shared google document reading list, please click through to recommend or get tips for anti-racist reading material. We know that there are lots of resources out there but want to provide a central, accessible place for people in our community who don’t use social media.

Image above is courtesy of Abbie Ditchburn – taken in central Newcastle on Saturday 6 June, 2020

Where to Donate

Contribute in Solidarity

Black Lives Matter – overview of Ways to Help

Checklist of practical ways to support BLM compiled by Nandini Mitra

How You Can Support Black People Today, Tomorrow & Forever by Jessica Morgan

How to support Black Lives Matter if you can’t attend the protests by Dazed Digital

Watch this YouTube playlist and turn off your ad blocker – it contains multiple instances of a compilation video by Zoe Amira of visuals and music by black artists. All ad revenue generated goes to the BLM movement.

A similar video of Canada-based artists compiled by Lakisha Adams

Watching this will help DONATE to Black Lives Matter + my Honest Thoughts/how to make a REAL Change by JessCreationss

Stream To Donate – 24/7 Hip Hop Music by Revive Music

Download Bail Bloc to your computer, contribute to getting people out of jail using your computer’s spare power

Write to your MP

Demand more from Arts Institutions with the help of Layemi Ikomi, Aye Ikomi and Eibhlin Jones and The White Pube

Black Mental Health and Resources

To Read

Black women’s manifesto 1970-75

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion and the criminalisation of Blackness

Google drive of full Black revolutionary texts

Necessary Reading List (with links) by Mari Nagaoka

Zine PDFs on black history, privilege, allyship, policing, legal rights, activism and protest tactics

Anti Racist Allyship Starter Pack

Justice in June – a resource compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies

gal-dem online and print publication. Recent articles include: Decades of UK anti-racist organising reminds us to prepare for the long fight ahead by Leah Cowan and I didn’t think 2020 would have me crying tears of joy at the death of a statue, but here we are by Travis Alabanza

I want to be an ally but I don’t know what to do: A Resource Guide by Giselle Buchanan

Do The Work: An Anti-Racist Reading List by Layla F Saad

Verso Books: Abolition and Black Struggle Reading List

The Analogy of Jordan Peele’s Get Out (and why you should stop watching The Help) by Kelechi Ehenulo

Shades of Noir

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Cassandra Harper

Indigenous Action, in particular Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

Systems of Privilege. Learning + Discussion List by Yasmin Ibison and Laura Boyle

A selection of writing available online, compiled by Ama Josephine Budge

Climate Reframe: Amplifying BAME Voices in the UK Environmental Movement

I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet. by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

What Britain has taught me about being black by Natalie Chigariro

Recipes for Resistance by Sabba Khan, Jasleen Kaur, Navi Kaur, Yas Lime and Raju Rage

Memory of the World Library

Read and add to our NewBridge community reading list

To Watch

Footage of protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 30, 2020, three days after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police by All Gas No Brakes

(2001/98 minutes/UK/Dir: Ken Fero & Tariq Mehmood/Migrant Media) – The struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody. Free to watch online

Criminal Queers (2017) Dir: Chris E. Vargas & Eric A. Stanley Free to watch online for the rest of the month, password: loverevolution

Angela Y. Davis – Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century. at The University of Chicago May 2013

Handsworth Songs by John Akomfrah – the Black Audio Film Collective’s 1986 essay on black Britain

Another Decade by Morgan Quaintance – focuses on testimonies and statements made by artists, theorists and cultural producers that are still pertinent over two decades later, the film is propelled by the reality that very little socio-cultural or institutional change has taken place in the UK.

Pioneers of African American Cinema on The Criterion Channel – the paywall has been removed for as many of these titles as possible

13th by Ava Duvernay – a documentary exploring why so many black Americans are incarcerated, available on Netflix


Documentaries About Black History to Educate Yourself With by Bianca Rodriguez

5 Of The Most Powerful Documentaries On Systemic Racism You Can Stream Right Now by Hayley Maitland

Fred Hampton on the importance of education prior to action


About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Say Your Mind by Kelechi Okafor

Intersectionality Matters by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad

How to Survive the End of The World by the Brown Sisters

1619 by The NYTimes

The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle

Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham

Code Switch by NPR

Support Black Creators

(A Small Selection of) Artworks about Racial Injustice

Jammie Holmes’ sky messages above 5 US cities, in the wake of George Floyd’s death

Jenifer Lewis’ Take Your Knee Off Our Necks

Artist Kahlil Joseph’s BLKNWS project is an antidote to a toxic news cycle by Emily Dinsdale

salt. by Selina Thompson, a one-woman show produced by retracing one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle. Selina broke up a huge lump of salt on stage, symbolising the exhausting physical work slaves were forced to undertake.

Nona Faustine’s White Shoes series, performed and photographed at former Slave Trade sites

Carrie Mae Weems’s installation From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, which used daguerreotypes taken for a “scientific” racial study on a South Carolina plantation in 1850

This page is intended as a starting point, and will evolve in the coming weeks and months. If you have a recommendation for something we should include, please email