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.

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Cherry Groce Foundation : Plans for permanent memorial in Brixton

The Cherry Groce Memorial (530x333)source: The Cherry Groce Foundation
published: January 2021

Statement from the Foundation:

On the 28th September 1985, witnessed by her children, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police. The shooting of an innocent mother sparked the Brixton uprising, in which a community rose up in protest to the ongoing, systemic injustice faced by Britain’s black community.

Having been paralysed by the shooting, Cherry passed away as a direct result of her injuries in 2011.

The 35 years since the shooting is a story of a family and community working together in the pursuit of truth and justice, refusing to accept that this is simply how our society works. In the face of institutional barriers and personal hardship, we persisted.

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National Memorial Family Fund appoints national event organiser

speaker & microphonesource: 4WardEverUK
published: 8 July 2020

4WardEverUK are extremely pleased to announce that the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund (NMPMFF) have appointed Catalyst 4 Change CIC to organise a series of national live music and arts events (subject to current COVID-19 restrictions).

This has been made possible with a small part-funded grant from the Edge Fund together with investment from funds held by the NMPMFF.

In broad terms the role of the sessional organiser (with support and input from 4WardEverUK and Migrant Media) is to identify and manage opportunities for up to 3 major pay-to-attend events in 2020 / 2021 (subject to changes in COVID-19 rules) which will help to raise awareness of deaths and abuse in state custody, galvanise collaboration and raise money for the National Family Fund.

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