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

End the Racist Police State In Ferguson, Misery


Ferguson, MO has a population of 21,203. There are 14,297 Blacks and they are 67% of the population – the majority. The city government does not reflect this reality. The mayor is white and police chief is white and the city council is overwhelmingly white. 4 of 5 city council persons Read more

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!

Ways to Support the Fight

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Ferguson Solidarity: Ways to Support the Fight

All eyes are on the fight for justice for Michael Brown and the growing movement against the systematic targeting of black and brown communities across the country. The use of excessive force by law enforcement on  black and brown youth is a product of racism, hyper criminalization, and mass incarceration in cities across the country.  We all stand in solidarity as we demand for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and countless others black and brown people killed by law enforcement.

The loud call coming out of Ferguson, Missouri has become a national rally to action. There is a growing energy around the country to engage and support the fight in Ferguson and to build it out nationally.  Below are ways that people can support the local struggle on the ground and help build the nation-wide call to action.
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Ferguson is America

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Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old ManHere’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.

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