The senseless murder of George Floyd has led to protests and action across the world. Once more we need to be united in repeating the essential mantra Black Lives Matter.

Bido Lito! stands in solidarity with those fighting racism and injustice. Bido Lito! stands in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.

Over the past 10 years Bido Lito! has sought to broaden perspectives and reflect the diversity in Liverpool’s creative community. We have been non-racist and inclusive, but perhaps not clearly as anti-racist as we could have been. We can do a lot more. We are conscious of the privilege the magazine brings and we will take the time to properly reflect on who this privilege is working for. We will do more.

We all, as a majority white city, have in our power to educate ourselves on, understand better and oppose systemic racism at a local and global level. The privilege of this platform demands this as a minimum, and we are working on developing our plans in response to our reflections over the past week.

Here in Liverpool there are a number of groups who work hard to address inequality, educate and fight racism. Bido Lito! is an anti-racist organisation and we stand firm with the following organisations. This list is by no means exhaustive and we ask our readers to come forward with suggestions of other organisations and resources to add here. You can find our full statement on last week’s BlackOutTuesday here.

AFRICA OYÉ
africaoye.co.uk
twitter.com/africaoye
facebook.com/africaoye

SENSE OF SOUND SINGERS
twitter.com/senseofsoundUK
facebook.com/SenseofSoundSingers/
senseofsoundsingers.com

ANTHONY WALKER FOUNDATION
anthonywalkerfoundation.com/

NOTHING BUT THE MUSIC
twitter.com/wearenbtm
nbtm.agency

BLK LIVERPOOL
instagram.com/blk_liverpool/
twitter.com/BlkLiverpool

ELEV8 LIVERPOOL
instagram.com/elev8.liv/

POSITIVE IMPACT
facebook.com/pg/positive.impact.5/
twitter.com/_positiveimpact

FIREFLY FIGHTERS
twitter.com/fireflyfighter1

GO OFF SIS
twitter.com/GoOffSisPodcast

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM
instagram.com/internationalslaverymuseum/
facebook.com/International-Slavery-Museum-317641006820/
liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/international-slavery-museum

KUUMBA IMANI
facebook.com/Kuumba-Imani/
twitter.com/Kuumba_Imani

LIVERPOOL 8 BLACK HISTORY RESEARCH GROUP
facebook.com/groups/1610109349200520/

LIVERPOOL AND SLAVERY
twitter.com/AndSlavery

L8 A BETTER PLACE
twitter.com/L8abetterplace

MARY SEACOLE HOUSE
maryseacolehouse.com/
facebook.com/maryseacolehouse.seacole/
twitter.com/MSH_Liverpool
instagram.com/msh_liverpool/

MANDELA 8
mandela8.org.uk/
facebook.com/groups/758343264194812/

MERSEYSIDE TOGETHER AGAINST RACISM AND FASCISM
twitter.com/MerseysideToge1

THE GODDESS PROJECTS
facebook.com/thegoddessprojects
twitter.com/thegoddessproj1

GRANBY TOXTETH DEVELOPMENT TRUST
gtdt.co.uk/

GREENHOUSE PROJECT
greenhouseproject.org.uk/
facebook.com/The-Greenhouse-Multi-Cultural-Play-and-Arts-Project
twitter.com/TheGreenhouseL8

ROOT-ED
facebook.com/ROOTEDZINE/
instagram.com/rootedzine/

SAVERA UK
saverauk.co.uk
twitter.com/SaveraUK

TIBER PROJECT
facebook.com/tiberl8

BLACK LIVER BIRDS PODCAST
twitter.com/BlackLiverBirds

AMADUDU WOMEN’S REFUGE
victimcaremerseyside.org/231/section.aspx/8

LIVERPOOL QUEER COLLECTIVE
liverpoolqueercollective.co.uk

GYRO LIVERPOOL
twitter.com/gyroliverpool

THE CREATIVE NEXUS
twitter.com/NWCreatives

CULTURE DECK
instagram.com/culturedeck/

Educational resources:

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POWER HOUR
From the Kuumba Imani Centre featuring Michelle Charters, Joanne Anderson, Sonia Vaughan, and Jernice Easthope

DAVID OLUSOGA TALK
In this 2018 talk the British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker explores the legacies of Liverpool’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. You can read Elliot Ryder’s report from the event here. The talk is introduced by the Bluecoat’s Bryan Biggs.

WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
By Reni Eddo-Lodge. London: Bloomsbury.

THE END OF POLICING
free downloadable e-book by Alex Vitae. London: Verso.

BLACK AND BRITISH
By David Olusoga. New York: Panmacmillian.

The toppling of Edward Colston’s statue is not an attack on history. It is history
By David Olusoga, The Guardian.

BLACK HISTORY FOREVER
By Varaidzo, Bido Lito Issue 95

THE SLAVERS ON LIVERPOOL’s STREETS
BBC

WE CAN’T BREATHE
By Gary Younge, New Statesman

DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
By Emma Dabiri

SITTING IN LIMBO
Real-life BBC drama focussing on experience of The Windrush Scandal

Other useful resources and petitions:

Split donations between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers.

JUSTICE FOR BELLY MUJINGA, a frontline worker spat at during the height of the pandemic, later dying from Covid-19.
Sign petition
Donate to her family

MINNESOTA FREEDOM FUND
Donations to help expand legal support for those arrested or incarcerated protesting the murder of George Floyd.

The United Families And Friends Campaign: A coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody

READ THE SIGNS

Ubele Initiative: The Majonzi Covid-19 Bereavement Fund. Supporting members of the BAME community who have lost loved ones.

MPAC
Supporting charities, organisations and community groups delivering activities for children and young people in Merseyside

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