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Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed. After ordering the media away, the police seem to be gassing entire neighbourhoods indiscriminately:

And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.

Highway Patrol officers — wearing no SWAT gear — arrived in Ferguson late Thursday afternoon. Cheers greeted the announcement by the head of the patrol, Capt. Ron Johnson, over a megaphone that he and his officers were “going to march with you.”

Johnson told reporters: “I understand the anger and fear the residents of Ferguson are feeling, and our police officers will respect both of them.”

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Missouri Governor puts highway patrol in charge of Ferguson (X)

It’s amazing how they were able to survive the “angry mob” and even walk among them without riot gear. Could it be possible that listening to and validating black people’s concerns over the anti-black police force could actually do some good? Could treating them like real live human beings instead of insulting, threatening, terrifying, and assaulting them can actually make a difference? 

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1970 Chicano Moratorium

44 years ago today, 30,000 marched in East LA in the Chicano Moratorium in protest of the Vietnam War, and in an act of self-determination for Chicanos. Historians believe the Chicano Moratorium was one of the largest anti-war protests of its day and the first to call attention to the number of Chicanos disproportionately represented in Vietnam.

Thousands who gathered at Laguna Park after the march to listen to speakers and performers were forced to run for cover after deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began brutally attacking march-goers with night sticks. Reporter Rubén Salazar was one of them.

Salazar, who was a well-known journalist, was killed later that evening at the Silver Dollar Bar on Whittier Boulevard when sheriff’s deputies shot a tear gas canister into the bar. The canister hit Salazar in the head and killed him instantly. Salazar had clashed with local police in the months before his death, reports the LA Times. Ángel Díaz and Lynn Ward also died that day.

See documentary on the Chicano Moratorium. More stories here.

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Above: Ferguson on August 13th

Below: Ferguson on August 14th after the National Guard took over.

You see this? You see this? THIS is how you deal with a protest. You sit with them. You talk with them. You march with them. You eat with them. Understand their ideals and discuss them. Even embrace them if they have a point. The difference between yesterday and today is a switch. This, if nothing else, proves how utterly incompetent Ferguson’s cops are.

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August 11, 2014 - Ferguson, Missouri:

Protesters peacefully rallying against the killing of Mike Brown, the 18 year old who was due to start college next week brutally killed by an officer, were attacked ruthlessly. Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators as they had their hands up yelling “don’t shoot!” echoing Mike Brown’s yells as he turned toward the officer, unarmed.

Police fired tear gas on people standing in their backyards. They also fired smoke bombs toward journalists and reporters, shining their flashlights toward cameras so as to blind viewers watching the events.

Hacktivist group “Anonymous” has called for national demonstrations in all major cities of the United States to protest the infringements on the freedom of assembly. They also called upon the police department to release dashboard video cams in order to fully understand the entire situation. Witnesses however confirm the popular story.

For the last nine years, Barb Webb has been a teacher at Marian High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Michigan. She’s been with her partner Kristin Lasecki for five years, and this summer she notified her employer that they were expecting a baby. 

Shortly after, she was fired, and she thinks it’s because of her “nontraditional pregnancy.” She was reportedly given the chance to resign with health benefits if she stayed quiet about the ordeal, but decided to speak out instead. 

Now, thousands of people online and offline have rallied to support the teacher. This weekend, protesters went to the school with signs proclaiming their support, including alumni who have promised to send their daughters to another school. The response on social media has been huge as well. 

One of Webb’s supporters was Maureen Francis, who graduated from the school in 1983. She wrote Marian a letter informing them she would no longer be donating and didn’t plan to send her daughter there. But she was still surprised when the 11-year-old asked to come with her to the protest.

"She said, ‘I want to go, are you kidding me? What they did was wrong,’" Francis told The Huffington Post. "I was so proud of her."

Alumnae like Francis, as well as current students, have led the charge to support Webb. A Facebook group was started by alumna Rachel Chapman Kopera; it has more than 3,000 members, and 700 people have signed a petition on Change.org. In a letter, alums stress that the decision to fire Webb conflicts with what they were taught as students and urge Marian to start a diversity club.

"I still wear my Marian High School ring (see my right hand) because I’m proud to be a part of a school that stands up for social justice and diversity," Kopera captioned a Facebook photo of herself holding a sign supporting Webb. “Let that be Marian’s legacy.”

Always defend women who defend themselves, their families, their bodies, their love. Always, always, always. 

So apparently it’s okay for Westboro Baptist Church to protest homosexuality, Jews, and essentially everyone that’s not them with hateful and emotionally damaging pickets, but when people protest a police officer shooting an unarmed teenager it’s deserving of martial law, curfews, and tear gas.

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Couple trolls anti-abortion protestors in the best way possible

Frustrated and bemused by the pro-life protesters at the local clinic in Cary, N.C., Tina Haver Currin and her husband Grayson Haver Currin decided to exemplify “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

So they joined them, and have joined the protesters every Saturday, but in their own way and with their own sense of humor. The resulting project has now being documented in our favorite new Tumblr, Saturday Chores.  

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Veterans’ appeal to National Guard: ‘Stand with Ferguson protesters, not the police!’

The following statement was initiated by the anti-war soldiers and veterans organization March Forward!

To our brothers and sisters in the Missouri National Guard:

We are writing to you as active-duty U.S. service members and veterans, most of us having served in the Iraq war.

You have a choice you can make right now.

The people have the right to protest. If we were truly honoring our oath, we would be in Ferguson to protect the protesters against the repression of their rights by the police.

Imagine the powerful impact it would have if you abandoned your posts and marched with the protesters.

That single action could have the biggest possible effect on the crisis in Ferguson and the larger issues it represents in the entire country. It could be a major turning point in the fight against racism, inequality and police abuse.

You wouldn’t be alone. There is a whole community of service members, veterans and civilian supporters who would defend your right to do so. And now, in this critical moment, we are urging you to exercise that right.

Justice for Mike Brown! Jail Darren Wilson!

reading this gave me goosebumps. the movement is gaining strength. i’m proud of these politicized soldiers, it gives me hope. could this be part of the reason why the National Guard was withdrawn from Ferguson? pressure from within….

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