#TakeTheKnee in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter today, Tuesday 25 May, 2-2.30pm

25 May 2021

Today, 25 May, is the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd while he was in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Around the UK and internationally there will be vigils and protests to mark the occasion.

UCL UCU and UNISON are jointly calling a short memorial protest today at 2pm, both online and, for those who can attend in person (at a social distance), in the UCL Quad.

The Trades Union Congress is calling for trade unions to organise protests.

While the British government denies the existence of institutionalised racism, the Covid-19 crisis has seen Black (or people racialised as ‘Black’) frontline workers and communities suffer disproportionately. At the same time Black communities still face disproportionate policing. Unlike in the US, not a single British police officer has been prosecuted in connection to deaths in custody.

This is why we continue to say #BlackLivesMatter.

We call on colleagues to participate in any way they can.

  • Join the protest at 2pm. If you are on campus, come to the Quad shortly before 2pm. If you are working elsewhere, join the online gathering (details below).
  • #TakeTheKnee. Take a photograph of yourself protesting and tweet it, post on Facebook, etc.
  • Join the TUC Twitter Storm at 6pm by tweeting/retweeting your images. Use the hashtags #TakeTheKnee #UKisNotInnocent.