Darren Wilson and the Status Quo


By Jamala Rogers (Reprinted from the St. Louis American) In the 100-plus days since Mike Brown was gunned down by Darren Wilson, we have seen incredible incompetence and intractable racist behavior by the white power structure in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Every week since August 9 there Read more

Quality Policing Initiative


Quality Policing Initiative (Click Here To Download As PDF) The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect "one bad apple" police officer. It is a manifestation of a system Read more

Looking for Social Justice Work: We Are Hiring


The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in 1980 (as an all-volunteer organization) by activists, students, union organizers and other community members in order to fill a vacuum left by the assaults on the Black Power Movement. We strive to contribute to the Read more

Freedom Dream STL: Youth Empowerment Grants


The Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) is excited to offer a year of Youth Empowerment Grants. We invite youth groups and community-based youth organizations to apply. The goals of this grant program are to: (1) Support the many youth organizations that have emerged since Read more

Ferguson to Geneva


In the absence of justice from the local, state, and federal government, the family of Michael Brown and Ferguson protesters are ready to take our case before the global community. We have submitted a brief to the United Nations (UN), and we will Read more

Darren Wilson and the Status Quo

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By Jamala Rogers (Reprinted from the St. Louis American)

In the 100-plus days since Mike Brown was gunned down by Darren Wilson, we have seen incredible incompetence and intractable racist behavior by the white power structure in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Every week since August 9 there have been acts of defiance and missed opportunities to show real leadership because of institutional racism.

As tensions mount in anticipation of the grand jury announcement, we have to ask ourselves, “Why is an entire system working so hard to protect one cop?”

We are now on the brink of the grand jury announcement with plenty of angst and fear to go around. As guns fly off the retail shelves and the mainstream media over-exaggerates the extremes on both sides, one lone fact has deliberately been clouded to divert our attention. Regardless of the circumstances (which we are still piecing together), an unarmed teen was shot down by police. Remember this. Read more

Quality Policing Initiative

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Quality Policing Initiative

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The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect “one bad apple” police officer. It is a manifestation of a system of policing that is unaccountable, out of control and acts from its worst impulses of racism and aggression. It sees black and brown citizens as individual targets and whole communities as collective threats. The existing situation means that too frequently there will be random and unlawful executions of individual targets, and police forces will have negative and even predatory relationships with the communities that they are supposed to be serving and protecting, instead of killing and harassing.

 

As a result of the current system of policing we have been stripped of our citizenship and robbed of our Constitutional and Human Rights by the very people we pay and empower to protect these rights. This is intolerable, but there is a solution that maintains our best values and creates the proper relationship between policing authorities and the people who vote them into office and pay for their protection. That solution is the Quality Policing Initiative.

 

We want a Quality Policing Initiative that is based on the concept that police are hired to defend the personal safety and the Civil, Constitutional and Human Rights of every person they serve and protect first and foremost. Read more

OBS Tshirts & Hoodies

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People keep asking, “How can I get an OBS T-shirt?”

So we launched a campaign with Teespring. Click the photos to place your order!

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Looking for Social Justice Work: We Are Hiring

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The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in 1980 (as an all-volunteer organization) by activists, students, union organizers and other community members in order to fill a vacuum left by the assaults on the Black Power Movement. We strive to contribute to the creation of a society free of all forms of exploitation and oppression.  Our mission is to build a movement that fights for political empowerment, economic justice, and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the Black working class.  Our program is based upon the Black Freedom Agenda that was introduced at the founding of the Black Radical Congress in 1998 and ratified in 1999. Currently, Organization for Black Struggle is organizing communities in St. Louis City and County around issues of police accountability and political empowerment. OBS is building capacity that will allow for a new phase of effectiveness in organizing and transformative work. As a result, we are currently seeking to hire paid staff in the following areas: Lead Field Organizer (LFO), Field Organizer (FO), Youth Director (YD), Administrative Assistant (AA), Media Liaison (ML), and Development Lead (DL) Read more

Freedom Dream STL: Youth Empowerment Grants

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The Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) is excited to offer a year of Youth Empowerment Grants. We invite youth groups and community-based youth organizations to apply.

The goals of this grant program are to: (1) Support the many youth organizations that have emerged since the killing of Michael Brown, and police use of excessive force against peaceful protestors; (2) strengthen the relationship between youth organizations and community members in North County; (3) build organizing skills, develop leadership, political values, organizational capacity and ally networks within and among youth organizations; (4) encourage direct action and engagement that results in measurable impact on social issues and problems; (5) raise the level of awareness, civic engagement and social activism around issues of racial justice and the criminalization of Black communities.

Projects should engage and benefit community members in North St. Louis County (Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, St. Ann, Hazelwood, Berkeley, Ferguson, Cool Valley, Jennings, Normandy, St. John, Calverton Park, Florissant, Castle Point, Black Jack, Spanish Lake, Pagedale, Pine Lawn, Dellwood, Hanley Hills, Bellefontaine Neighbors)

This grant specifically targets organizations primarily led by Black people and we define youth organizations as those whose members fall primarily within the ages of 16-26. Priority will be given to applications that emphasize intersectional projects linking racial justice and criminalization to issues that impact working-class, LGBTQ, immigrant, religious minorities and disabled members within the Black community.

To download the application guidelines, click below:

Freedom Dream STL: Youth Empowerment Grant Program

To apply, click:  Apply here

 

 

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