Over the past month, millions of people have stood-up, spoken-out, protested, and fought against systemic racism and racial injustice in the United States, and across the world. Black Lives Matter Oxford (BLM OX), the Refugee and Migration Law Discussion Group (RMLDG), the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group (FJDG) and the Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) stand firmly in solidarity with all people fighting systemic racism, violence, and racial injustice.
We strongly support on-going initiatives to address systemic racism at the University of Oxford and join a multidisciplinary coalition of groups in advocating for institutional reforms. Amongst many groups at the University, Common Ground recently published an open letter, 'Oxford University Must Tackle Systemic Racism', that we invite you to review and sign. We will also support forthcoming efforts to pursue institutional reforms at the Faculty and will make additional information available over the coming month. Please check back for updates.
We believe that we cannot stand idly by on the sidelines and have to actively commit to fighting systemic racism across the University and in our communities. We have a responsibility to listen, to educate ourselves, and to commit to real action. We invite everyone to learn more about the vital work that community organisations and community leaders are undertaking and hope that you will lend your time, support, and donations, if you can.
Black Lives Matter is the international human rights movement which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people.
Communities United Against Police Brutality operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse. The organisation offers legal, medical, and psychological support, and engages in political action against police brutality.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people by organising, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise established by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the U.K. Curriculum. The enterprise facilitates social change by delivering arts-focused Black history programmes, providing teacher training and campaigning through mobilising young people.
The U.K. Chapter of the international movement to advance racial justice; composed of a coalition of activists from across the U.K.
Justice 4 Grenfell is a community-led organisation, focused on the long-term goal of obtaining justice for the bereaved families, survivors, evacuated residents, and the wider local community.
No More Exclusions is an organisation that adopts a ‘bottom-up’ approach, privileging the voices of children and young adults who have experienced school exclusion in their young lives. NME’s mission is to bring about an end to the persistent race-disparity in school exclusions in the U.K.
StopWatch is a coalition, which works to promote effective, accountable, and fair policing across the U.K. and to inform the public about the use of stop and search motions. The coalition organises awareness-raising events and forums, and provides legal aid assistance.
Many of these organisations, and others alike, have created useful guides that you can utilise in the long-term. We invite you to access these resources as well as readings, podcasts, and other materials on the recently-established Oxford Anti-Racist Platform.
If you are interested in developing and implementing a project that advances diversity at the Faculty, you may want to consider applying for the Vice Chancellor's Diversity Fund which has extended the application deadline to July 24th. The Fund will consider applications from students who have received the Faculty's support. To discuss the Fund and/or your application, please contact the Faculty's Equality and Diversity Officer, Clara Elod (email@example.com).
If you might have other ideas or resources that you would like us to include in this resource round-up, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Refugee and Migration Law Discussion Group (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org).
Black Lives Matter Oxford
Refugee and Migration Law Discussion Group
Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group
Oxford Human Rights Hub