Today, black people in Britain are still being dehumanised by the media, disproportionately imprisoned and dying in police custody, and now also dying disproportionately of Covid-19. (See more in this article from the Guardian). The importance of talking openly and honestly about systemic racism and the effect it in our communities has never been more vital.
Before CV19, we had talked about opening the Hub longer and on more days – for the Fridge and for social/learning events and activities. We could/did not quite manage it.
In the most trying of circumstances, with the help of committed volunteers, some from Conniburrow and some from nearby communities, Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) has responded to the crisis in the following ways:
We cannot allow the COVID-19 to serve as a vehicle for racism or xenophobia. Hate crimes against Chinese people have soared in the UK during COVID-19 crisis. Asian people across the U.S and Canada are reporting more racist incidents and hate crimes. Together, we can help avoid discrimination and stigma around coronavirus.
The UK’s social distancing measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused unprecedented changes to individual and social lives. The lives of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants have been impacted in specific ways that often cause people to lose their homes, live in cramped spaces, lose access to education and support and are alone in a new country. Additionally, homes for hosting are difficult to find as residents self-isolate.