In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement.
The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information. The front of the lot bears an improvised graffiti sign identifying the area as the “QT People’s Park.”
With the exception of a few stretches, such as Thursday afternoon, when it was veiled in clouds of tear gas, protesters have been a constant presence in the lot. On Sunday afternoon the area was populated by members of local churches, black fraternity and sorority groups, Amnesty International, the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and twenty or so white supporters from the surrounding area.
On the north side of the station, a group of volunteers with a mobile grill served free hot dogs and water, and a man stood on a crate, handing out bright yellow T-shirts with the logo of the National Action Network, the group led by Al Sharpton.
The conversation here has shifted from the immediate reaction to Michael Brown’s death and toward the underlying social dynamics. Two men I spoke with pointed to the disparity in education funding for Ferguson and more affluent municipalities nearby.
Another talked about being pulled over by an officer who claimed to smell marijuana in the car as a pretense for searching him.
“I’m in the United States Navy,” he told me. “We have to take drug tests in the military so I had proof that there were no drugs in my system. But other people can’t do that.”
Six black men I spoke to, nearly consecutively, pointed to Missouri’s felon-disfranchisement laws as part of the equation.
“If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register,” one said.
Ferguson’s elected officials did not look much different than they had years earlier, when it was a largely white community.
It is a movement
That’s actually what’s taking me so long to update some of my posts; not only is the information surfacing slowly about his case specifically, but I make sure to cross reference at least three sources because some people are just blatantly lying to stir shit up.
Also live feeds keep going down and new ones pop back up but I know some of you are sensitive to video, so
Here’s a list of some twitter handles:
Journalists (All of these are either on the ground in Ferguson as I type this or actively covering events in Ferguson, both Brown’s case and the rallies):
- Amanda M Sakuma
- Scott Olson
- Kerry Picket
- Lisa Brown
- Alice Speri
- Tim Pool
- Claire Ward
- Christopher Hayes
- Greg Thomas
- Zellie Imani
- Cherrell Brown
- Elon James White
- Maria Chappell Nadal
- Miss Angela Davis
- Edward [American Flag tshirt with the tear gas canister]
Instagram Accounts: (TW: Some of these accounts feature graphic video or images of Ferguson events)
- The People’s Record
- Female Villian
- The Political Freakshow
- Pax Americana
- Im Not Havin’ It
- Securely Insecure
- Olitz Me
- Narcileptic Narcissus
- I Write About Feminism
- Optical Dispersion
I’m sure I forgot a bunch but here’s a start. I’ll update it periodically and reblog. Some of it is compilations from a bunch of sources, some is original content. Disclaimer: I’m not vouching for any other content on any of these blogs/twitters/instagrams or any that may be posted after this list but as of right now, the information regarding Ferguson and discussions taking place about the rallies/police and Mike Brown’s death seems accurate.
if you want to be included on any of these lists, shoot me a message with your web-address and I’ll check it out
You will find everything I’ve posted under tagged/ferguson, tagged/police-brutality or tagged/michael-brown
So…I read The Hunger Games books a couple of months ago. I’m watching THG now, and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet (as an adaptation). It doesn’t feel rushed exactly, just…extremely condensed. Which it has to be, I suppose. Still, it seems odd.
Not a lot of music either, which is interesting. Anyway, what started as the point of this post…
Why the hell is Effie Trinket speaking with an English accent? Is it some weird Capitol affectation? It’s very distracting.
Hmmm, the movie’s getting better.
Edited to add: About to enter the Arena.
Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention.
YESSSSS BABY GIRL!
Both great choices but I think since, this storm has to be a young Halle Berry I would like them to cast Kat Graham. Halle and Kat have similar features and skin tones and around the same height too. While Lupita on the other hand wouldn’t pass off as a young Halle Berry. But if they ever EVER! Do a x-men reboot Lupita Nyong’o should have to role hands down!
Those who themselves have been oppressed often make the best allies because they know what it is to be dehumanized.
This lovely lady is Hedy Epstein, a 90 year-old woman of German Jewish descent, who survived the Holocaust as part of the Kindertransport. Following WWII and the loss of most of her family, she worked for the US government as part of the US Civil Censorship Division, as well as at the Nuremberg Medical Trials. Since then, Hedy has been a champion for human rights, campaigning for such causes as fair housing, reproductive rights, immigration, the anti-war movement, and most especially occupied Palestine. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of oppressed and marginalized people all over the world. And today, she was arrested while protesting the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO.
Rock on Hedy.