Please go to writetothem.co.uk and type in your postcode. Your local MP’s name will show up, click it and it will take you to a page that will allow you to email them.
Below are some templates of things you can email your MP.
Please note: Once you have sent the email you will need to go to your email account and confirm that you want to send this email.
Try to add a new heading or add something to the email to avoid them rejecting duplicates. My suggestions would be “fuck Boris” or “fuck Trump” 🙂
I am writing to you as a constituent to ask for you to use your voice and stand up against injustice towards Black people overseas and at home, as we are not free from racism in our country. The following issues need to be addressed to make our world a better place, and I ask as someone who supports your work to champion these issues in Parliament.
- The UK should immediately suspend the sales of teargas, riot shields and rubber bullets to the US. They are being used to terrorise citizens and we are complicit.
2. The BAME report into excess covid deaths has shown that a disproportionately high number of BAME communities have been exposed to and suffered from coronavirus compared with white counterparts. There must be action and change to rectify this failure to protect them.
3. The investigation into the death of Belly Mujinga needs to be reopened and action MUST be taken. Her death was preventable, and her family will suffer her loss for a lifetime. They need justice.
4. There needs to be further investigation into the death of Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody here in Scotland. We cannot look on in horror when these issues occur under our own noses.
5. We need to publicly denounce Trump, on an individual level and as a country as a whole. Nicola Sturgeon’s support of Black Lives Matter was a great start, but the UK government need to be pressured to do the same and to challenge Trump on his declaration of war on the US people.
I hope you will address and/or support these issues going forward in any way you can. My address is (INSERT), and you can rely on my continued support going forward if you show support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dear [MP’S NAME],
My name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m a(n) [OCCUPATION] who has lived in [YOUR CONSTITUENCY] for [LENGTH OF TIME]. Over the past [X] days, the riots in Minneapolis have not only shown the world the systemic racism that is still pervasive in modern societies, it has also exposed the indifference that people in power have towards it. Many who claim to represent the people of the UK have not made any motion to show their support for black people who still suffer from the institutionalised racism that still exists in the UK. Since you are my MP, I want to ask why you have not yet taken a stance on the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Is there anything preventing you from speaking out against it? Can the people of our constituency expect to hear you speak out on this matter soon? I am expecting a detailed response to these questions.
It is easy for people in the UK to look at what happens in the US and say “it’s not as bad in the UK, so there’s no reason to complain”. But this simply isn’t true. According to the Institute of Race Relations, police are 28x more likely to use Section 60 stop-and-search powers, where officers don’t require suspicion that a person has been involved in a crime, against black people than white people (http://www.irr.org.uk/research/statistics/criminal-justice/). On top of this, BAME people die disproportionately as a result of use of force or restraint by the police (https://www.inquest.org.uk/bame-deaths-in-police-custody). As an MP, it is your duty to serve and help the people in your constituency. And as a member of your constituency, it is my duty to ask what you’re doing to help. So, what exactly have you done to combat racism in the UK on a national and local level? Have you introduced any legislation in parliament that actively aims to either fight racism or lift people of colour out of a disadvantaged position? What measures have you taken to ensure that racism within our community isn’t allowed to thrive? I would also like detailed responses to these questions.
I want you to understand how important the issue of racism is to me. The systematic oppression of nonwhite people needs to be actively fought against if we as a country truly believe that all people are born equal. The inaction of politicians to fight racism is not something that any reasonable person can stand for anymore. If you set out to make a change, it can happen. But it won’t happen if you stand by and let it happen.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I hope you take the issues I have raised seriously. I look forward to reading your response.
Black Lives Matter.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a member of your constituency writing today to call for justice on the behalf of Belly Mujinga and her family. I am calling for accountability to be taken by the British Transport Police (BTP), Transport for London (TfL), and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and for her case to be taken to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Based on the 2011 census, we see that 6.92% of the population identify as Asian or Asian British, 3.01% as Black or Black British, 1.98% as Mixed or Mixed British, and 0.92% as Other. We, as a nation, have a duty to uphold British values and ensure its citizens feel safe, respected, and represented, regardless of which ethnic minority they identify as.
The recent events taking place in America have only highlighted the growing divide in society wherein people of colour are at constant risk of death or abuse during everyday life. The UK government needs to take a stance to prevent this form of overt racist violence from taking root in the UK, and by setting this precedent, other countries will be pushed to follow our stand against racism.
I am outraged and saddened by this death and, like many others, feel that Belly Mujinga’s case has been handled extremely poorly by the BTP. We truly do not feel like all has been done to “establish the full circumstances of what happened on 21 March” and have no confidence that her family will be adequately supported during the time of this pandemic.
A pressing question myself and many others have is why Belly’s requests to work away from crowds during the pandemic were ignored. It was known by GTR that she was a vulnerable person in the ‘at risk’ category, so why was she placed in the front line on the concourse of Victoria Station, the second busiest railway station in London?
Someone must take accountability for her death. If the perpetrator of her assault cannot be found BTP, TFL, and GTR must recognise the responsibility they have over their employees and recognise they cannot shift the blame from themselves.
Now is not the time for complacency; we are living through one of the most difficult and strange upheavals of normal life, but the lives of minorities cannot be classed as secondary afterthoughts for those in power. I am asking for MPs to not be silent on this. For the Mayor to not be silent on this. For BTP, TFL and GTR to take accountability. Belly’s death was unjust, she did not sacrifice herself and her memory must never die out.
Again, I implore you to push for justice, not just for Belly, but to prevent future tragedies like this from happening again. We must set a clear example for the world to see that racism and discrimination have no place in our laws, in our practices, and amongst our people.
I write to you as a resident of [constituency] concerning the state of current affairs as regards the global mistreatment of black people.
I was shocked and alarmed to see that the President of the United States yesterday called for military intervention on US soil and encouraged his citizens to bear arms in order to combat the protests that have been taking place across America. This is just another step in his continued violent suppression of black Americans as they demonstrate against the unjust killing of George Floyd.
In light of US leadership’s condoning of police brutality, I call upon you and the UK government to condemn President Trump’s use of force against his own people.
In addition, I also ask that you move to suspend UK sales of tear gas, riot shields, and rubber bullets to the US, as we see each of these used in increasingly cruel ways to deprive Americans of their right to protest.
Closer to home, I am sure that you are aware that sister demonstrations regarding the fact that Black Lives Matter have been taking place across the UK. As a country, we also need to acknowledge our role in unjust deaths of black individuals, and push for the fair and just treatment of black British residents. Following the publication of the report on disproportionate BAME deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to push for answers and address the systems that have allowed black (and other minority ethnic) people to suffer.
I hope that I can count on you – trust that I will be in contact regarding further instances of injustice when and if they arise.
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