‘We committed to building a movement, not a moment’

Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter

protest wall

In response to the killing of George Floyd on the 25th May by a Minneapolis police officer, peaceful protests and acts of solidarity have erupted across the world in a global reaction to systemic racism and centuries of oppression. These protests have taken many forms and united many races whilst, possibly most importantly, solidifiying that it’s not enough to not be a racist, but we must all stand up and be actively anti-racist. 

With the world being in the grip of a global pandemic, and large gatherings still limited, many people have turned to the digital world to spread their message of unity and solidarity through online campaigns and coordinated hashtags.  We wanted to create a space where we could all stand in unity in the virtual world, by going #BeyondTheHashtag to forge a collective network.

event: A Virtual protest

Sunday 7th June 2020

As a collective, we are providing a space for people to show virtual solidarity and make their voices heard at the same time as Black Lives Matter protests are taking place across the UK & the world.  For everyone who would love to be there physically, but it’s just not possible, or too high risk, you can stand with your fellow protestors by adding your voice virtually. This site will act as a wall of solidarity in a virtual protest. 

Protest wall

Add your name, art, photos and words below, in protest against racism, past and present.
We stand together now and beyond this moment.

Add your voice!

Go #BeyondTheHashtag and be a part of the virtual protest by sharing your voice via your social media platforms. This is our opportunity to use our true voices to say NO to physical, structural and psychological violence against Black people and people of colour. Contribute & collaborate, voice your outrage and frustration.  Let it ring out from Bristol and beyond to the rest of the world:

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Some ways you can share: 

video

Make your voice heard by posting a video clip, this can take the format of words, poetry or songs.

ART

Express yourself by sharing some visual art you have created. 

PLACARD

Create a banner and photograph yourself holding it, post it to be added to our virtual march. 

how to submit:

01: Create your content (video, art, placard) and write your caption.

02: Share to your Instagram wall, Twitter or YouTube – remember to use #BeyondTheHashtag.

03: If your socials are private, or if you want to, submit using this form.
We’ll upload any videos to our Instagram. Any videos over 1 min need to be uploaded to your own YouTube. 

04: Your contribution will appear on the wall within about half an hour!

05. Head to the resources page to learn, support & take action

If you feel triggered by any of the content in the media or need further support we have included links to counselling set up specifically for Black people in the Resources section

Stuck for words?

We have collaborated with Bristol based musician Ngaio whose powerful song, ‘Blackbird’ released a few months ago is a raw and emotive exploration into what it means to live in a world shadowed with systematic racism. Listen to this track to help find some inspiration, discover the words that speak to you/how you feel about the current situation, what is your reaction, what change do you want to see? Or simply just give it a listen and hear her words, and the experiences of so many.

“Blackbird has been a song in the making for over three years. Black people are given the burden of being the patient explainer to those proclaiming to understand the struggle and Blackbird asks why our voices are only heard after a tragedy or for a think piece. It’s about being asked to teach before others are held to account.”

NGAIO