The Blaksox social movement, extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of all those people who lost their lives, or were injured, in the tragic bombing of the Manchester Arena during an Arianna Grande concert, on the evening of Monday the 22nd May 2017.
We applaud our emergency services and the ordinary people of Manchester, who showed extraordinary kindness and generosity in the immediate aftermath of the attack, providing urgent and compassionate assistance and comfort to those had lost loved ones, were injured, distressed or simply lost and unable to get home.
Blaksox was born in response to reckless, tragic violence impacting communities. We call upon people of all ethnicities and faiths, to stand together in solidarity and quiet defiance, rejecting the divisiveness, hatred and terror of those who kill and maim innocent people and are intent on turning neighbour against neighbour, citizen against citizen.
We reaffirm our commitment to peace and non-violence here in the UK, and throughout the world. We refuse to be blinded by hate, nor will we condone yet more senseless violence to spawn from these despicable acts of calculated terror.
We at Blaksox stand with Manchester now in their hour of mourning.
This work was funded by the Open Society Foundations, under its Global Drug Policy Program (GDPP), which aims to shift the paradigm of drug policy from a punitive approach, to one that is rooted in public health and human rights. GDPP strives to broaden, diversify and consolidate the network of like-minded organisations that are actively challenging the current state of international drug policy.