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The Black Lives Matter Movement Isn't Over — Here's 5 Things You Can Do To Keep It Moving Forward

We must keep up the momentum.

Although there has been a strong movement this year to support Bla(c)k lives across Australia, there is much more work to do and we must keep up the momentum.

A hand raised in the Black Lives Matter Symbol at a protest
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It’s not enough to be empathetic, post black squares on Instagram (#BlackOutTuesday) or hire one Bla(c)k model. Advocacy needs to be matched with ongoing and meaningful action.

Protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Australia holding up a banner that says "White Australia has a Black future"
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These five actions are small, yet powerful ways you can continue supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia.

1. Call for change and justice.

2. Learn and unlearn.

3. Demand and encourage accountability.

4. Buy Bla(c)k.

5. Remember that doing nothing is an action, too.

Protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Australia; the Aboriginal flag is being held up by a man
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It is often said that the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. Silence is an action and neutrality is complacency. This type of complacency continues to support the oppression, dispossession and over-policing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It's not enough to be not racist — we must be anti-racist and we are running out of time.

Almost 450 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in police custody in just 30 years. That's 450 lives stolen, with 450 parents, families and communities forever impacted. How can you use your privilege to help create a safe and thriving future for everyone? No one is free, until we are all free.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

—Desmond Tutu

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