This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.
Texas, Illinois, New York, and California: These are just a few of the states where people have marched in protest of the St. Louis County Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. These acts of civil disobedience mark a new wave of unrest in the United States since Brown’s death. People are tired of the racial discrimination still embedded into our society, and protesters say they won’t stop until change is made. The demonstrations documented in this video from RuptlyTV were held in Washington, D.C. on November 29.
Activists and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country gathered in the streets Monday night to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer.
You may find yourself in race-related conversations this Thanksgiving, between Ferguson, Obama’s immigration plan, and the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations that have resurfaced—that is, if you can make it out from under your blankets (why would you want to?). Luckily, there are guides, like this one from Jay Smooth, that will help you when a family member decides to say something that’s just unacceptable.
“For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should ‘let the system work,’ and wait to see what the results are,” protesters and supporters in Ferguson explain in their open letter. “The results are in. And we still don’t have justice.”
Often what is lost in discussions about the so-called crisis of Black fatherhood is the “centuries-old tradition of communal parenting,” explains Colorlines in the latest chapter of its series on Black men, entitled Life Cycles of Inequity.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
As the dust begins to settle from the midterms, analysts are offering a first glimpse into how severely President Obama’s hesitation—along with other missteps by Democrats—affected Latinos’ voting behavior.
More tweets on the “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13.
During the Rams vs. 49ers game in St. Louis on Monday night, activists and members of the community protested outside and inside the arena as part of the Ferguson “weekend of resistance.” Despite some drunk fans verbally and physically assaulting protesters, organizers maintained a calm rarely mentioned in media reports.