St. Louis MO

For those who missed my tour announcement, here are the exact dates/venues I’ll be playing:

05/19 - ATLANTA, GA @ The Masquerade
05/20 - ORLANDO, FL @ Backbooth
05/23 - DALLAS, TX @ House Of Blues
05/26 - ST. LOUIS, MO @ The Firebird
05/27 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ Mill City Nights
05/28 - CHICAGO, IL @ Reggie’s
05/29 - DETROIT, MI @ The Shelter

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW - And a few more dates will be announced soon!

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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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Springfield, Mo students and other residents show their true colors as a student-organized silent demonstration protesting the extrajudicial murder of African Americans draws anger and slurs.

As a former MSU student, I find this absolutely appalling, but not exactly unexpected. Springfield is the same town where Neo-nazis show up to the yearly Pridefest, where KKK flyers are left on people’s doorsteps, and where most of the black population was run out of town by fear of lynching in the early 20th century.

The university says it promotes cultural competence and diversity, but are being oddly silent about these recent events, other than to try to stop the demonstration before it happened, and erasing sidewalk chalk messages (which never happens to the hundreds of sidewalk messages promoting religious gatherings or dance parties).

If you’re a white student at MSU (or anywhere), and you’re not speaking out about the way your fellow white students are acting, you’re part of the problem.

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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.

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!

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SHANNON in St. Louis, Missouri!

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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.

[ 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.

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