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These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

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i’m just going to leave this here…

and say that if anybody else was responsible for his murder they would already be locked up facing charges. not in a safe place with PAID administrative leave. 

i didn’t realize that it isn’t murder when you’re a police officer, it’s a few weeks paid vacation and you’re back on the job.

JUSTICE for michael brown, ezell ford, eric garner, tarika wilson, henry glover, amadou diallo, manuel loggins jr, todd blair, oscar grant, ronald madison, sean bell, james brissette, stephon watts, jose guerena, kenneth harding jr, patricia cook, remarley graham, byron carter jr, justin sipp, kenneth chamberlain, johnnie warren, dante price, trayvon martin, chris kissane, kendrec mcdade, rekia boyd, dixon rodriguez, john adams, keith vidal, michael nida, john crawford, darrin manning…

how long does the list have to go on? this isn’t even close to HALF of the people killed by police since 2012 alone.

police kill at least 500 people a year with those numbers rising every year.

law enforcement has killed over 6,500 unarmed/nonviolent people with excessive force or misconduct since 9/11 

you’re 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.

this shit’s been going on since before rodney king and it hasn’t gotten any better. what the fuck is going on here?

IF YOU’RE NOT ANGRY, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

So I think we all need an update on what is currently going on in Ferguson, Mo. Above is a screenshot of a convo on my phone with my friend who is a journalist and works occasionally for Al Jazeera America. You can check out his Twitter here [x] (he’s been posting a lot of Ferguson updates on it). He’s been on the ground directly in Ferguson for the past couple days reporting on the situation as it develops. He was around last night during the worst of it, and he was confronted by the police at one point. The point I want to make in all of this though is that the awful stuff that happened last night, while it was horrible and should not be ignored, is not currently happening. The city is not in a constant state of siege as of right now, and steps towards justice have been taken with the Highway Patrol taking over the investigation. The captain of the highway patrol joined the protest marches and considers the matter to be very close to heart, so they’re not  going to let what happened last night with the tear gassing and rubber bullets slide.  Also they’ve begun to let reporters and other media back into the city, so the matter is no longer being completely silenced. Voices are beginning to be heard again. However, as my friend’s text alludes above, peace remains very shaky at this point.

This matter is far from over, and we cannot stop spreading the word until justice has been seen through against the heinous acts of the police force, starting with the officer that shot Michael Brown. I just wanted to make sure people have an update on what has actually been going on there today since the events of last night, because all I’m seeing on tumblr right now is stuff that hasn’t been going on today.

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SHANNON in St. Louis, Missouri!

Will you be seeing the Band with Linkin Park + special guests AFI this summer, NORTH AMERICA? See all the Tour Dates + get tix at http://thirtysecondstomars.com.

WHEN?

Sunday, January 20, from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. RSVP on Facebook!

WHERE?

The Saint Louis Galleria. We’ll meet at the parking lot next to The Cheesecake Factory, collect the donated items, and then head inside. This will be a fairly laid-back event, and is pretty much just an excuse for us all to hang out and get a bit of exercise walking around the mall. 

The Galleria is open until 6:00 P.M. on Sundays, and The Cheesecake Factory itself is open until 11:00 P.M. Those who have their own transportation (and have permission, or are old enough that they don’t need it) are certainly welcome to hang out longer!

Anyone who’s being picked up by their parent or guardian can expect to be back at The Cheesecake Factory entrance by 4:00 P.M.

DONATIONS

This Can Town meetup will be collecting for the Collinsville Area Food PantryPlease bring cake mix, frosting, icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and anything else that could be used to make baked goods. Contrary to what I thought when I ran the first Can Town at ASTL, the food pantry does need these items, as needy families obviously want to be able to celebrate birthdays and other special events and often can’t afford to do so.

DAD EGBERT WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF ALL OF YOU, and so am I!

LUNCH

Please either eat lunch before attending, or plan to pay for a meal while you’re at The Galleria.

QUESTIONS?

Email me (cantownstlouis [AT] gmail [DOT] com) or send me an ask!

it’s really weird that literally 30 minutes away from me human rights are being horribly violated while the media is forced into silence about it. while meanwhile in my suburb, it’s a sunny day and the people are going about their every day business and i’m stuck working in a fucking boutique. 

i want to go to ferguson. i want to help. but i’m not entirely sure what i would do once i got there, or even if i could get in at all at this point. i wonder if anyone else from st. louis has tried recently? if you have let me know.

no matter what we cannot let them get away with this. keep spreading the word. horrible things are happening right now, things we cannot sit by and let pass, even if from where we’re sitting the world looks pretty sunny.

A St. Louis County police officer who was seen pushing CNN host Don Lemon during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week was suspended from duty after a video of himself, CNN reported on Friday.

The video, posted online this past May, shows Officer Dan Page giving a speech before members of the Christian organization the Oath Keepers. At one point, he shows the audience a picture of himself in Kenya, saying he went there to search for the country’s “undocumented president,” Barack Obama.

The footage also shows Page, a retired Vietnam veteran, saying he does not believe in hate crime laws, while also complaining about “sodomites” on the Supreme Court, “sodomites and females” entering the military, and blaming women for causing men to be arrested on domestic violence charges.

Also:

Suspended St. Louis Police Officer: “I’m Into Diversity, I Kill Everybody”

[ WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 — 12:00 PM — STL SCIENCE CENTER ]

Dying to see some fellow Homestucks? Can’t wait for another convention? Meet up with other Can Town participants at the Science Center! 

We will be collecting personal hygiene products, including soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper, wet wipes, feminine items, diapers, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. All donations will be given to the Collinsville Area Food Pantry.

This is an appropriate time to bring some BARBASOL.

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PARK AT THE PLANETARIUM. It’s free, but frequently crowded. DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED THERE.

FULL COSPLAY IS DISCOURAGED. Wearing a t-shirt or using minor props (glasses, hats, etc.) is fine — wearing horns and troll makeup is not!

Please eat lunch before attending. There is some food available at the Science Center, but you will, of course, have to pay for yourself. Admission to the Science Center is free; certain exhibits charge a fee.

RSVP so we can plan around the expected number of guests. Thanks, everybody! Looking forward to it!

- elendraug

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RSVP ON FACEBOOK IF YOU’RE *POSITIVE* THAT YOU WILL ATTEND!

WHEN?

Saturday, December 29, 2012 from 11:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. Please note that this is an overnight event!

WHAT/WHERE?

A lock-in at Laser Rock/The Edge in Belleville, IL. $25.50 covers pizza, unlimited soda, unlimited laser tag, and unlimited arcade games! There’s a $950 minimum charge, which means that we need at least 37 people to make this work! I had to cancel it last time due to a lack of interest.

This is also an overnight event, so be sure that you’ll be able to drive yourself home, or have a place to stay.

WHAT HAPPENS AT 4:00 A.M.?

The employees of The Edge want to go home and sleep, so the venue WILL CLOSE once our event is over. I will personally stick around until everybody’s been picked up, made any phonecalls, and is safely on their way back to wherever they’re going, so don’t worry about that. ♥ 

Once it hits about 4:30, anyone else who still is waiting for a ride or just wants to hang out longer can come with me to the nearby Denny’s — which is only a mile away and is, of course, open 24 hours. Anyone who needs to call their parents at that point can use my phone if they don’t have one.

WHAT ABOUT MY STUFF?

If you’re worried about your possessions, don’t be (not too much, anyway)! At midnight, the entire venue will be completely ours. You can leave your bags, coats, etc. on the benches and chairs in their dining area. The only people there will be our group and the employees. As always, there’s unfortunately no absolute guarantee that someone won’t take something that’s yours, so please leave valuables at home if at all possible.

CLEAR THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS

Don’t reply that you’re attending until you’ve gotten permission to attend. If your parents are concerned, they are welcome to get in touch with me. Please email me if you need me to assure them that we’re an okay bunch.

COSPLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK

Keep in mind that this is a laser tag arena. Absolutely no troll paint will be permitted. We cannot risk getting paint all over the laser tag equipment or arcade games. You need to be able to get the vests over your head, so if you want to wear horns, understand that they may get snagged on things. We will be the only people at the arena, though, so you don’t need to worry about looking weird—except on the ride there and back!

DONATIONS

We will be collecting non-perishable goods for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry, including personal hygiene items. Some things to focus on are soap, soup, and spaghetti: these items are always in demand. Any sort of canned or dry pasta; any sort of chili, soup, or stew; personal hygiene items including feminine products, diapers, toilet paper, etc.

QUESTIONS?

Email me (cantownstlouis [AT] gmail [DOT] com) or send me an ask!

* This is an update of this post, just FWIW.

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