Facebook Group combats the London Riots with a Cup of Tea

Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Center Aug. 8, 2011, in Birmingham, England.
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Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Centre Aug. 8, 2011, in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.
Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Center
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(CBS/What's Trending) - The London riots have sparked the cultivation of social media groups working to clean up the aftermath of the tragic uprising. While a number of British news outlets have blamed social networks for facilitating communication among the rioters, a new operation to combat the violence has started with Facebook, solidarity and a warm beverage. Last week, 22-year-old English YouTuber, Sam Pepper, created Operation Cup of Tea, a movement and charity dedicated to putting a stop to the violence through tea drinking. Yes, it's really that simple.

The website is encouraging people to stay home and drink a nice calming brew of tea every night until the rioting stops for good. More than 300,000 people have liked the cause's Facebook page, where some contributors are posting pictures of themselves taking part in the act. The group has received so much support that they set up a charity on behalf of everyone affected by the riots. One hundred percent of the proceeds from any tea bought through the Operation Cup of Tea site will be donated to those in need.

Would you like to see this cause trend? Here's what people on Twitter are saying about the freshly brewed symbol of solidarity #OperationCupOfTea.

Another popular anti-riot hashtag flooding through Twitter streams is #RiotCleanUp, started by the Twitter account @RiotCleanUp. The hashtag #NotInMyName was initiated by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, which is calling for people against the violence to take pictures of themselves holding signs that say "not in my name" and post them to the group's Facebook page.

In what other ways do you think social media can be creatively leveraged to support those affected by the London riots?


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