A National Call to Action: Mass Mobe in Ferguson


Join the #HandsUp Mass Mobilization in Ferguson October 10th-13th We are in a movement moment. What began as a local call for Justice for Mike Brown has grown into a nationwide shout for justice. Mike Brown falls in a long line of others killed as Read more

We Want a Future Without Fergusons


By Rashad Robinson for The Root (Note: Jamala Rogers joined press conference at White House to deliver 900,000+ signatures to Prez Obama.)   Since the tragic police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, we have heard time and time again that his brutal death unearthed the pain of Read more

Bucket challenges for OBS


We appreciate the creativity around fundraising efforts on behalf of OBS' on-the-ground organizing in Ferguson! Click below to hear a few of the bucket challenges from our West Coast friends. Thanks!   Click Post for Christine Cordero's. Click here for Jen Soriano''s challenge. And Primila Jayapal's. And the Ice Bucket Read more

Ferguson is America


Here's a video from PowerPAC, one of the organizers who gave a generous donation towards our call for a paid organizer to be on the ground in Ferguson. Click Read more

Jamala Rogers on White House Call


Jamala Rogers Invited on White House Call to Discuss Ferguson Shooting St. Louis-Jamala Rogers was invited to participate in a White House call just minutes ago to be briefed on President Obama's efforts in the ever-changing situation in Ferguson, MO.   The Ferguson community, along with Read more

A National Call to Action: Mass Mobe in Ferguson

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Join the #HandsUp Mass Mobilization in Ferguson October 10th-13th

We are in a movement moment.

Protest photoWhat began as a local call for Justice for Mike Brown has grown into a nationwide shout for justice. Mike Brown falls in a long line of others killed as a result of systemic racial bias and violence against black and brown communities. John Crawford, III, Ezel Ford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Marilyn Banks and countless others named and unnamed have been killed through the excessive use of force by law enforcement.  

As droves of people, many of them young and black, took to the streets of Ferguson in resistance and to demand justice for Mike Brown, thousands of others joined in solidarity around the country. The interconnectedness of our struggles became clear. Police brutality and excessive use of force against young people of color, militarized policing, poverty, economic inequality, and the absence of real participatory democracy deeply harm our communities from Dayton, OH to Los Angeles, CA.

The uprisings in Ferguson and mobilizations around the country represent a desire by community members to claim their right to self-determination, energy to strengthen a movement for racial justice,  and end violence against black and brown communities.

We are calling for a convergence in Ferguson, MO from October 10th – 13th to continue the fight for justice for Mike Brown and to spark the broader movement for racial justice and sow transformative seeds for others to carry back home.  There is an urgency in this moment to strengthen the mobilizing, organizing, and resistance happening across the country to build a movement.

If you want to join in this national fight, sign-up to organize locally and come to Ferguson, MO October 10 – 13th.  

Our Values:

This mobilization is centered around the following key values:

  • There is a prevailing need to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and resources they need to transform the world around them.

  • Constant struggle and vigilance is necessary to protect our rights and achieve the justice that we seek

  • Our shared oppressions cannot be reduced to the personal; our issues are systemic, so the solutions should be as well:

  • While racism can manifest itself personally all too often, racism is also institutionalized and structural. The sooner we can see racism as structural, the sooner we can try to break the cycle.

  • Our current economic system degrades people of color and low-income people — justice must address the economic inequality built into the capitalist system

  • We believe that movements are based in local struggles; sometimes, like here in Ferguson, our movements find a crack where we must all push together. We are fighting for Justice for Mike Brown, for many others murdered by the police and for people of color as a whole.

What to Expect:

Thousands of leaders from around the country will arrive in Ferguson on October 9th – 10th.  Hands Up United will hold direct action trainings and identify leaders for demonstrations planned for October 11th and October 13th.  

On Saturday, October 11th there will be a large mobilization march. We expect very large numbers for this march and your participation is key to making this happen.

On Oct 12, we will be having faith meetings and final preparations will be made for distributed actions which will take place on Monday Oct 13th.

On Monday, October 13th we will conduct civil disobedience and major demonstrations at significant targets.

If you can’t come for the entire weekend, we hope that you come on Saturday for the largest Justice for Mike Brown march in Ferguson, MO.

Our Response to Ferguson City Council’s Proposed Program Changes

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Young activists on the frontlines

Ferguson Community Responds to City Council’s Proposed Program Changes Aimed at Reducing Concerns in the Wake of Mike Brown’s Murder

Ferguson City Council Proposes Month-Long Warrant Recall, Creates Civilian Review Board, Community Investments

Activists: The People of Ferguson Have Spoken and the Ferguson City Council has Begun to Listen

Ferguson, MO — The Ferguson City Council announced this afternoon that in consideration of widespread community concerns in the wake of the August 9th murder of Michael Brown they will be implementing several significant changes to the way the city does business.  In a statement issued late this afternoon the City Council laid out plans for a warrant recall, a civilian-run review board, and investments in community infrastructure.

Members of Ferguson-born grassroots coalition, Hands Up United welcome these programs and reforms and hope to see them implemented not only in the municipality of Ferguson but also county-wide:

“The people of Ferguson have spoken and the Ferguson City Council has begun to listen. We are optimistic about the Council’s plans to implement a package of reforms that begin to address longstanding community concerns about the Ferguson Police Department and the City’s fiscal investment in bench warrants that have become an informal tax on poor black people.

The organizations in our coalition will be monitoring the implementation of this package. Repealing these fines and fees is important. We must ensure that those currently affected by them are offered real relief. To that end, we will be making sure that the Warrant Recall Program is a process that is effective and easily accessible for residents who need to use it.” —Derek Laney, Organizer at MORE and Hands Up United

“While the announcement of a Review Board is encouraging, we cannot return to “business as usual” after the Warrant Recall Program has ended. Black people continue to be stopped, fined, charged and jailed disproportionately. This is unacceptable

“And we’ve seen troubling lessons from municipalities around the country that have toothless civilian oversight programs. The Ferguson Civilian Review Board must be endowed with real power to be effective. We encourage the Council to ensure that the Board has real subpoena power, is made up of a body that is representative of the local community, and has the ability to review policy.

“Finally, it is important to note that Ferguson is a small town in a county of over 91 municipalities. Many of those towns continue to rely on broken policies that create modern-day debtor’s prisons for Black and Brown residents of St. Louis County. This is an important first step, but we need to see change county-wide.”  —Montague Simmons, Chair of Organization for Black Struggle and founder at Hands Up United

We Want a Future Without Fergusons

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By Rashad Robinson for The Root

(Note: Jamala Rogers joined press conference at White House to deliver 900,000+ signatures to Prez Obama.)

 

CoCPressConf_The RootSince the tragic police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, we have heard time and time again that his brutal death unearthed the pain of old wounds. But those wounds are anything but old.

In Ferguson, Mo., and across the country, systemic racial profiling and nationwide police violence threaten the lives of African Americans—youths and adults—every day. American society is marred by implicit and explicit racial bias, which informs the actions of many police officers, with dangerous and deadly consequences for communities of color. It’s a national crisis that demands immediate federal intervention.

Today I stood at the White House with the Organization for Black Struggle and a number of other progressive groups to deliver the voices of nearly 900,000 people to demand justice for Mike Brown and systemic reforms to end racially motivated police violence.   

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Wash U & SLU Walkout for Mike Brown

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SLU & Wash U students join students across the nation & walk out in support of justice for Mike Brown

SLU & Wash U students join peers across the nation & walk out in support of justice for Mike Brown

#HandsUpWalkOut

As students from Washington University and St. Louis University, we seek to amplify not only our voices but also the voices of our community in the call for justice for Mike Brown. We understand the position and influence of universities in the St. Louis community, and we will hold these institutions and ourselves accountable in this fight for justice. As young people and students, we see this as a fight we must join.

On Monday August 25th, students at St. Louis University and Washington University will walk out of classes to take a stand in the Mike Brown case and the underlying systemic injustices people of color face. At 12:10pm, Washington University students will gather and march from the Brookings archway, and at 1:00pm, St. Louis University students will gather at the clock tower on main campus.

We will walk out of class and gather on our campuses today to call for justice in the extrajudicial killing of Mike Brown. We march in silence in memory of Mike Brown, and through our silence, we speak our minds in the fight for local and global justice. As members of the St. Louis community, we come not as Washington University students or St. Louis University students but as citizens of St. Louis.

We intend this event to draw attention to the underlying issues that led to the death of Mike Brown and many others. Racial profiling and police brutality are practices that people of color across the country experience, and we refuse to tolerate it any longer.

While a candid and honest dialogue on race is vital in this country, those dialogues become stagnant without relevant and purposeful action. We expect the Saint Louis University and Washington University communities to actively engage with the greater St. Louis area by participating in local rallies, panels, protests, and grassroots events. We ask individuals to learn their rights in order to recognize and combat the abuses of power seen in those we pay to protect us.

We fully support the demands of the local community as listed by organizations such as the Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and others. We call for a joint effort between the Boards of Trustees of Washington University, Saint Louis University, and other local institutions for higher learning to push for these demands.

We wish to support the Brown family while affirming the truth that this is part of a greater struggle against the injustice and oppression people of color face in the United States and the world. By gathering, we memorialize yet another unjust killing of a young black man and make clear our stance that students everywhere must act. We are engaging the issues of our day by stepping away from our computer screens and textbooks and transforming our thoughts into action. Today, we pay respect to the many lives extinguished by unnecessary police violence. Tomorrow, we will continue in the fight for justice and work to reaffirm the value of every single human life.

In Solidarity!

 

Bucket challenges for OBS

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We appreciate the creativity around fundraising efforts on behalf of OBS’ on-the-ground organizing in Ferguson!

Click below to hear a few of the bucket challenges from our West Coast friends. Thanks!

 

CorderoClick Post for Christine Cordero’s.

Click here for Jen Soriano”s challenge.

And Primila Jayapal‘s.

And the Ice Bucket Hack!

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