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Here's How Aussies Can Actually Help With The Black Lives Matter Protests

It's up to all of us.

If you’ve turned on the TV, scrolled through social media, or spoken to anyone recently, you’d be well aware of the Black Lives Matter protests happening in the US right now. Hoards of people are taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed after being arrested by Minneapolis police last week. Listen below:

One of the four police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest has been charged with murder, and prosecutors have stated that more charges will follow.

Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images

It’s heartbreaking to see these events unfold, and it’s easy to feel helpless about the Black Lives Matter protests being on the other side of the world. However, there are plenty of ways we can help fight against these injustices.

Donate

One of the best ways you can help right now is by donating. George Floyd’s family has set up a GoFundMe memorial fund to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist his family.

There are also so many organisations working to protect protesters, combat racial injustice and raise awareness about police brutality:

Black Visions Collective 

Black Visions Collective is a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organisation and legal fund based in Minneapolis.

Reclaim the Block

Reclaim the Block is a coalition aimed at promoting healthier, safer and more diverse communities in Minneapolis.

The Bail Project

The Bail Project is a revolving fund that helps to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system.

Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative

Know Your Rights Camp legal defense initiative is Colin Kaepernick’s legal defense fund for Minneapolis protesters.

Advocate For Anti-Racism

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. You can advocate for anti-racism without being in the US right now by calling racism out when you witness it – whether it be in real life, or online. 

You can also advocate for anti-racism by recognising overt and covert white supremacy in everyday life, following organisations actively working against racial inequity and injustice, educating yourself about racism – past and present, and understanding stories that aren’t our own. 

Not being racist isn’t enough – we need to be actively anti-racist. 

Actively Support

Racial injustice is not an American problem, it’s a global issue happening a lot closer to home than many people realise. Indigenous Australians account for around 2% of the population, yet they make up more than 25% of the prison population. The Royal Commision into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991, however more than 400 Indigenous Australians have died in custody since then. 

By educating yourself about issues affecting Australia’s indigenous community, you can actively support them. NITV and Instagram accounts like BlakBusiness are great sources of information and promote Indigenous artists and makers that we can all directly support. 

Educate Yourself & Share

It’s up to each of us, as individuals, to learn about racial injustice and the uncomfortable truth that led to this current situation. Use the Internet to find answers to your questions, read articles and books, watch documentaries, films and videos and listen to podcasts that discuss racism, racial inequity and injustice. Share posts and stories from people of colour to elevate their voices.

Michelle Obama recently spoke out on Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests, and said, “Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.”

“It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.”

Together, we can fight against racial injustice in hopes of a brighter future where the brutal treatment and tragic death of George Floyd and so many others before him doesn’t happen again. 

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Activist Hacks Social Media, 'Exposes' Lana Del Rey To Highlight Black Lives Matter

Following the death of George Floyd.

Following the death of George Floyd involving the Minneapolis police last week, riots and protests have erupted across the US. Hoards of people are taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and racism. Just as many are using social media to fight against these injustices, including one activist who used the recent controversy surrounding Lana del Rey to draw attention to Black Lives Matter

Last night, Twitter user @alluregaga posted “EXPOSING LANA DEL REY;  a thread.” The tweet quickly picked up steam, and soon del Rey’s name was trending on the social media platform. However, when fans clicked in to read the thread, it had nothing to do with the singer.

In a genius move, @alluregaga used the thread to promote campaigns raising money for Black Lives Matter including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the National Bail Fund Network and more.

Also featured in the thread are ways to help fight the cause, including signing petitions, texting or calling the District Attorney and donating to victims, protestors, black owned businesses and more. 

Perhaps the specific use of Lana del Rey’s name helped the Black Lives Matter thread go viral because she recently faced backlash for singling out primarily black female artists in an Instagram statement about accusations she ‘glamorises abuse.’

It’s an incredibly clever way to ‘hack’ social media and use the algorithm of trending topics to draw attention to an incredibly worthy cause. It’s also a sad state of affairs, that it takes a completely separate celebrity issue to force people to listen. 

Either way, it’s empowering to see so many people fighting for justice – not only for George Floyd, but for the countless victims of racism and police brutality. Together, we can fight against these injustices.

As Michelle Obama said in her own social media post, “It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.

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If You Want More COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted, Then Behave Yourselves

Restrictions across the country are being eased from today.

Australia’s road back to normality continues as more COVID-19 restrictions across the country are lifted from today. However, as our view of post-pandemic life becomes clearer, understanding the restrictions that remain is more important than ever before.

Hear all about life after lockdown below:

Last Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia was “on track” to begin easing certain restrictions as part of the government’s three-step framework to revive the economy following the devastating impact of COVID-19.

Here’s a rundown of the COVID-19 restrictions easing across Australia as of today:

New South Wales

From Monday June the 1st, the travel ban within NSW has been lifted which means you can now take trips to anywhere within the state. Restrictions have also eased for restaurants, pubs and cafes – they can now accommodate up to 50 people. However, the four-square-metre rule still applies, there is a restriction on bookings of no more than 10, and patrons must be seated to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in this Australian state.

Beauty salons across NSW can reopen for up to 10 clients at a time. Museums, galleries and libraries will also reopen across the state. 

People living in NSW can now have up to 20 attendees at weddings, and 50 people at funerals. Places of worship can now allow 50 people at one time. However, there are rules across books, magazines, and collection plates for much of the above. 

Victoria

In Victoria, you can now have up to 20 people in your household – which includes members of your household, children and babies. 

20 patrons will be allowed in restaurants, cafes and pub dining areas – with social distancing restrictions applied. Art galleries, museums, libraries, zoos and more will reopen, accommodating up to 20 people in separate spaces. 

Victorians will also be able to visit holiday rentals, caravan parks and campsites across the state for overnight stays. Places of worship in Victoria can reopen for up to 20, and the same number of people are allowed to attend weddings – excluding the celebrant and couple. At funerals, 50 people will be allowed to attend, in addition to the officiant and staff. 

Beauty salons will also reopen in Victoria, with up to 20 clients following social distancing rules.

Queensland

Intrastate travel restrictions have been lifted across the Australian state of Queensland, and from midday today, cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs can open for up to 20 people.

Western Australia

People living in Western Australia COVID-19 restrictions have lifted on travel around the state, except for biosecurity areas and remote Aboriginal communities. 

Australian Capital Territory

Canberrans can visit NSW for a holiday from today, however the 10 person limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs (with dining areas) remains.

South Australia

In South Australia, beauty salons, tattoo and massage parlours, gyms, galleries, museums and cinemas will begin to reopen today – many with a restriction of 20 people. Venues can welcome up to 80 people – spread out in groups of 20, and pubs can serve drinks without a meal to seated patrons. 

Funerals can welcome up to 50 guests, and non-contact sport has also resumed. 

In other parts of Australia, including the Northern Territory and Tasmania, certain COVID-19 restrictions will begin to ease from Friday onwards.

If we’re successful in helping stop the spread of COVID, Australia could be moving in stage three of the framework by July – which includes an increase of gathering sizes to 100 people, a return to workplaces, the reopening of nightclubs, food courts, and saunas, a lift on interstate travel restrictions and a potential Cross-Tasman, pacific island and international student travel bubble.

In the last 24 hours, just 12 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across Australia. Sadly, the country has also seen 103 people lose their lives to the deadly virus. If Australia wants to progress to stage three of the framework, see more restrictions lift and make a complete return to normality we need to follow the COVID-19 rules that still remain – that means understanding the importance of social distancing, hygiene and getting tested if you do have symptoms.

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