ACTIVISTS BLAST NYPD ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE
New York, NY — Activists issued a scathing statement this afternoon in response to recent attempts by the NYPD to silence the efforts of citizens seeking justice for victims of police violence. The letter, drafted by Ferguson Action, and cosigned by over a dozen grassroots organizations takes aim at PBA president Patrick Lynch and Commissioner Bratton for their reckless attempts to conflate constitutionally protected protest activities with the tragic murders of officers Ramos and Liu:
On the week of August 9th, Black youth in Ferguson took to the streets and kicked off a wave of resistance against police violence that has spread across the country. In the last five months, we have stood united in a call for change in our system of policing and a new vision for Black lives, lived fully and with dignity.
It has been one week since a St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michal Brown, an unarmed teenager, six times in the head, chest and arms. Communities nationwide have responded to the miscarriage of justice by carrying out more than 150 sustained, coordinated and intense protest actions that show no signs of letting up. Primarily led by young people of color, the continued sit-ins, highway shutdowns and walkouts have commanded the White House’s attention.
The Ferguson Protester community is home to many voices and experiences. Informed by many voices, this letter serves as a statement of purpose for those who may not yet understand the movement in #Ferguson or why protests still continue, 102 days later.
FergusonOctober Statement on Governor Jay Nixon’s “Ferguson Commission”
On the heels of a successful and broadly celebrated Weekend of Resistance, we reached a new level of shameful grandstanding when the St. Louis Municipal Police Department chose this day to collude with the union that represents their officers and proceeded to engage in the character assassination of a teenager who was killed by a law enforcement officer.
Arrests Occurred After the March to the Ferguson Police Department Concluding Four Days of “Weekend of Resistance Action”
Ferguson, MO — An estimated 10 clergy leaders and activists, including Cornel West, Jim Wallis (Sojourners) and Pastor Michael McBride (PICO) were arrested today after the Moral Monday March and Civil Disobedience action, including a march from a local church to the Ferguson Police Department, calling for an indictment in the killing of Michael Brown, an end to the police abuse that continues to plague communities across the country and repentance from the police officers as faith leaders “created a sacred space to hear confessions.”
“Rams Fans know Black Lives Matter”
“Racism lives here”
Location: Edward Jones Dome, 711 North Broadway, St. Louis, MO.
October 13, 2014– St. Louis, MO – Building on a the momentum of 66 days of protests since the murder of Mike Brown by police office Darren Wilson, which swelled this weekend with Ferguson October’s national convergence, youth leaders brought their message to the Rams v. 49ers game where they hung a banner in the stands.
October 13, 2014
– St. Louis, MO – Dozens of protestors from Organization for Black Struggle have shown up to shutdown Walmart making a link between John Crawford, killed by police in a Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart on August 6 and Mike Brown killed by police officer Darren Wilson over two months ago in Ferguson, MO.
This weekend thousands marched day and night, police attacked local youth leaders, and hundreds are standing up for justice. Watch Democracy Now’s coverage here.
“Those Blocking Justice for Mike Brown Should Not Receive a Dime. Officials at all levels of government need to take responsibility and answer their constituents’ concerns.”
Members of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and participants in Ferguson October are protesting outside in outrage at a fundraiser for Steve Stenger, the candidate for County Executive known for his close ties to defenders of Darren Wilson and with Bob McCulloch the county attorney who has so far refused to bring charges against Darren Wilson or to seek justice in the case of on-going police violence in St. Louis County.
October 13, 2014
– St. Louis, MO – Dozens of Youth leaders from Millennial Activists United have assembled on two floors of Plaza Frontenac in Downtown St. Louis, where they are engaging in call and response choir, using the backdrop of the upscale shopping center to call attention to the killing of Mike Brown by police officer by Darren Wilson. The action is a part of Ferguson October’s Moral Monday, a day of non-violent civil disobedience that started with faith leaders getting arrested at the Ferguson police department and the arrest of protestors blocking the entrance to Emerson Electric.
Youth Activists United, are at city hall to demand Mayor Francis, the board of Alderman and Police Chief Dotson make sweeping police reforms. Ferguson October rolls into Moral Monday a day of non-violent civil disobedience that started with faith leaders in Ferguson, after a night of massive unpermitted marches and the occupation of St. Louis University by thousands of people including students.
A coalition of labor and community members are blocking the street in front of Emerson Electric demanding it be a better neighbor in Ferguson as part of Ferguson October’s Moral Monday, a day of non-violent civil disobedience that started with faith leaders in Ferguson marching to Ferguson Police Department, after a night of massive unpermitted marches and the occupation of St. Louis University by thousands of people including students who rushed to join them.
On the night of October 11th, there was a march in Ferguson and a non-violent civil disobedience action in Shaw. Here is a round up of social media posts from the night in the streets.
The images from the ground in St. Louis show that this is our time. This morning three thousand people from St. Louis, Ferguson, and across the country marked the 64th day of protest since the killing of Mike Brown by police office Darren Wilson with a Justice for All March.
“This is our Freedom Summer and we are pushing it into the fall, we aren’t going to rest until we get justice for Mike Brown,” said Montague Simmons, organizer of Ferguson October, and chair person of Organization for Black Struggle.
Last night, an off-duty St. Louis City Police Officer working in uniform for a secondary security job chased, shot and killed 18 year-old Vonderrit Myers. The officer fired 17 shots, completely unloading his clip.
Organizers who were out on the street witnessed the palpable anger and sadness expressed by residents over the loss of yet another life at the hands of a police officer.
We’re thrilled to announce that some important national labor organizations have joined the list of endorsers for #FergusonOctober– namely, the AFL-CIO and SEIU.
#FerguosonOctober is shaping up to be the largest protest in recent St. Louis history and will kick off a national movement to dismantle broken policing systems.
This past Saturday night, activists from organizations sponsoring #FergusonOctober took over the St. Louis Symphony to draw attention to the movement for Justice for Mike Brown and emphasize that Black Lives Matter.
The goal of the action was to make the comfortable, uncomfortable. During an intermission, they broke into song. Check out the video here.
A Reflection on Ferguson: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Activism, Experience, and Transformation
Livestream October 1st at 5:30 EST. View the Livestream here.
How do we today honor victims like Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Yvette Smith and Eric Garner so that they, like Emmett Till, did not die in vain? How do we keep the dialogue alive so that the legacy of beaten, broken, and murdered black bodies does not continue to occur?
Just this week, the Ferguson Police Department raided an encampment maintained by Ferguson youth, who like all of us, are outraged by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In a matter of minutes—and without warning—police and town officials tore down this important gathering place in the community. Two young women were arrested.