Black Lives Matter UK to start funding groups from £1.2m donations

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Protesterssource: The Guardian (World)
published: 11 January 2021

Black Lives Matter UK will be releasing more than £100,000 to black-led organisations across the country by the end of the month, as protesters pledge to build on last year’s anti-racism demonstrations.

The campaign group received £1.2m in donations via a GoFundMe appeal, following widespread protests last summer.

It registered as a community benefit society in September under the name Black Liberation Movement UK, which it had to do before it could receive the donations.

The society was registered by Adam Elliott Cooper, an academic, Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert, a PhD student, and Lisa Robinson, a director of a Nottingham-based social enterprise.

“Around 10% to 15% will be donated straight away to black-led campaigns and organisations that we’re already familiar with and have been working with over the last five years. These are groups that include educational projects, campaign groups, police monitoring projects, as well as some of the new protest groups, which helped organise at the demonstrations in the summer of last year,” Cooper said.

He said the release of some of the funds comes “in a year that I think is going to be really crucial for independent black organising”.

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