Activist groups such as Sisters Uncut have made vital calls for justice and an end to state violence in the wake of Sarah Everard’s death, but the fight is far from over
Formed in 2014 to defend domestic violence services from widespread austerity cuts, Sisters Uncut is a feminist direct action group that has transformed into a UK-wide movement – there’s now groups based in London, Doncaster, Newcastle, Bristol, Portsmouth, and Birmingham. The group takes an intersectional approach to fighting for women and gender non-conforming people’s right to live in safety, as well as broader political changes such as justice reform and an end to state violence. Support Sisters Uncut, and read the movement’s manifesto, here.
Abolitionist Futures is a coalition of community organisers and activists across the UK and Ireland, working toward a world based on social justice, rather than prisons and policing. The organisation campaigns on housing, health, education, and the environment, as well as calling for economic, racial, gender, sexual, and disability justice. It has also spoken alongside Sisters Uncut on how to build a movement to address justice reform following Sarah Everard’s death, and recently spoke to Dazed about why overpolicing and criminalisation is not the answer. Read more, and access the movement’s extensive reading list, via Abolitionist Futures’ website here.
Green & Black Cross
Green & Black Cross is an independent grassroots project that has been providing legal support to those protesting for social and environmental causes in the UK for more than a decade. Its Training Collective delivers legal training to protesters and their supporters, while its Resource Collective manages online resources, including explainers on protest laws, graphics for social media, and bust cards detailing your rights, as well as COVID regulations. You can get involved via year-round workshops, and help cover the volunteer organisation’s costs, via the Green & Black Cross website here.
Hackney-based organisation Sistah Space works with women and girls of African heritage who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse, or have lost a loved one to domestic violence. The volunteer-run organisation provides support, as well as practical help, such as providing hygiene products, with the aim of providing a safe venue for survivors and victims to report abuse.
At a recent vigil for Sarah Everard in Parliament Square, the group called for unity in the fight to end gender-based violence, and urged activists to direct as much attention to the cases of Black women. Watch below.
Sistah Space is currently raising funds for a vehicle to transport survivors, and you can help out here.
Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM) is a collective founded and run by sex workers, campaigning for the rights and safety of everyone that sells sexual services, and advocating for full decriminalisation. The collective includes survivors of economic, domestic, border, transphobic, and sexual violence. Besides providing resources to educate and mobilise supporters, it has vocally opposed the new policing bill and called for activists to join protests in the wake of Sarah Everard’s death. Donations – which can be made here – will go toward mutual aid projects, public education, decriminalisation advocacy, and the SWARM Hardship Fund, which is especially vital to sex workers in precarious employment during the pandemic.
Black Lives Matter
Over the course of 2020, Black Lives Matter became the biggest protest movement in US history, calling for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black people whose lives were cut short by police brutality and racially-motivated violence. In the wake of Sarah Everard’s death, the group has campaigned alongside Sisters Uncut to oppose the police crackdown bill, and continues to share information and advice for those calling for equality. You can find more information via local BLM chapters on social media – the UK-wide group can be found here.