This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.
Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.
With a grand jury failing to indict Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s murder, the country is left asking if justice is even possible anymore.
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.
“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.”
As the wait for a decision continues in Ferguson, Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by Jelani Cobb, Seema Iyer, Dean Obeidallah, Brittney Cooper, and Vince Warren to discuss the St. Louis County Grand Jury’s options in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. [via MSNBC]
Illustrator Molly Crabapple shows the police response to protests in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, and the ongoing tension between communities of color and law enforcement. [via Colorlines]
Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one abortion clinic in the state.
A new mobile app, launched last week by the ACLU of Missouri, is designed to address the impunity with which law enforcement targets and treats communities of color.
The right to have children and keep them is especially in danger for disabled people, who may be prevented from parenting at all or risk confiscation of their children by welfare authorities after birth.