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Apparently, in an attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything less than innocent, people have been spreading an image of an armed 17-year-old Joda Cain around the web and claiming that it’s Michael Brown.

Joda Cain is accused of murder in my home state of Oregon, and has literally jack shit to do with the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. Anyone using the above image as “proof” that Michael Brown “deserved” to be shot should be called out for defamation, and promptly thrown down a spiral staircase. 

The bottom photo is the real Michael Brown. He was called a “gentle giant” by friends and family. He was unarmed and innocent, and he was murdered by a police officer after being shot more than seven times at close range. Witnesses, including a friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, all agree that he was doing nothing deserving of such violent actions from the officer who gunned him down. 

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Justice for Mike Brown. So far most of the powerful evidence I’ve seen. Please add any if you have something different & feel free to take credit for something’s. I was so heated in the time that I made this I didn’t think about it. Also sorry for misspelled words, I stayed up all night to make it.

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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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This Week In Revolution: 

Tensions flare again in Hong Kong as authorities obtain permission to remove democracy protestors from crowded protest sites

Ferguson, MO now in a ‘State of Emergency’ in anticipation of the grand jury decision regarding the indictment of Darren Wilson

Outrage in Mexico over missing students and government corruption peaks in the wake of protestors setting fire to the Mexican president’s palace 

Ferguson master post

Note: This includes many Tumblr posts, however, they are mostly resource pages with links to articles or are video/photo evidence. Feel free to add anything I may have missed. Copywrite owners and similar: Please inform me if you want something taken down before notifying staff, I am willing to remove any problematic elements.

Here is an inclusive chronological list of what has happened, mostly from neutral POV.

Every piece of evidence used in the case.

A post countering a popular Facebook repost.

Here are a few other master posts.

A blog dedicated to Mike Brown

“Brown robbed a store and Wilson was responding to it!”:

“Brown tried to take Wilsons gun!” “Brown Punched Wilson!” “Brown charged at Wilson!”:

“Brown was only 30 feet from Wilson when he charged him!”:

“Wilson was badly injured by Brown!”:

“The protesters are all thugs and thieves who are destroying Ferguson!”:

“Wilson is a good cop!”:

“The police said _____!”:


“They burned a flag, that’s illegal!”:

“The decision not to indict was fair”:

“This is not a race issue!”:

Now get out there and destroy some racist assholes!

Edit:

Footage and police report time don’t match up

Medical examiner breaks first rule of forensic science

Darren Wilson still has the “bruise” on his cheek

Ferguson had no homocides all year until Mike Brown

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? 

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free - Cole

If you’re like us, you’re asking what you can do for #Ferguson. PaKou Her, our Campaign Director, writes: 

The answer is this: As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Ferguson is a call to action and solidarity. While our experiences with racism are not the same as the trauma of racism lived by Black people, there are plenty of reasons to be enraged about the damage being wrought by systemic oppression. If we as AAPIs fail to act, if we remain silent and choose to fill the shoes of the “model minority,” we have chosen the side of oppression.

Today, you and I can choose to disrupt the status quo and demand justice for Michael Brown – and it doesn’t require living in Ferguson or even traveling there. Here are three things you can do right now:

  1. DONATE to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. The funds collected through the fund will be used by the Brown family to cover funeral and burial expenses, as well as travel and living expenses for Michael’s parents as they pursue justice for their son.
  2. SUPPORT grassroots groups and cultural media outlets that are reporting in real time from the ground in Ferguson. You can honor the leadership of young Black organizers by following the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice – follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.
  3. SIGN this petition by Color of Change calling on the Department of Justice to issue a thorough investigation of anti-Black police brutality and excessive use of force by the Ferguson Police Department. 

At this very moment, the situation in Ferguson is growing increasingly worse. Community organizers, journalists, and residents are facing brutal assaults on their safety and civil rights at the hands of a militarized police force; officers in tanks and clad in riot gear are firing rubber coated bullets and smoke grenades into crowds of peaceful protesters; and the police have turned to raiding churches and safe zones where protestors are storing the materials they need to treat those who are teargassed and otherwise injured.

AAPIs cannot stand on the sidelines. As Soya Jung, Senior Partner at ChangeLab says, “… Asian Americans often end up somewhere in the chasm between blackness and whiteness – whether pushed there, largely invisible and struggling to dodge the crossfire, or diving in to eagerly reap the rewards of non-blackness. Our options are invisibility, complicity, or resistance, and black rage is a clarion call for standing on the correct side of the color line, for reaping the collective rewards of justice … I choose resistance.”

Let’s channel our sorrow and immobility into power and action. Let’s step into solidarity to fight for the humanity and civil rights of Black people and communities. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

(The illustration is of a print created in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Mary Engelbreit, a renowned artist and St. Louis resident. You can purchase a copy of the print here. All proceeds from print sales will go directly to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.)

-JS

in case you didn't know

in ferguson the police are:

wearing ski masks.

dismantling cameras set up by reporters.

riding out without dash cams.

& removing their badges and names from their uniforms.

everybody out in ferguson take whatever steps are necessary to be careful and protect yourself bc the police have already taken the steps necessary to get away w. murder and anything else they damn well plz.

Another side effect of what’s going on in ‪#‎Ferguson‬ is the closing of schools. Here’s a handy infographic from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

A crowdsourcing page has been set up to feed the students of Ferguson who would normally receive free or reduced lunch! All donations go to the St. Louis Foodbank. -JS

pleasuresponge40-deactivated201 asked:

Well here is some context dick head. Stop defending Mike Brown and attacking the police. The police don't need attacked because that "kid" already did that. He is a straight up thug who could have potentially killed a police officer because he was trying to steal his gun. Now before you go off on a social justice rant, please redirect your dumbass over to the video on my blog of Mike Brown stealing cigars and throwing the clerk into a wall. Have a great day

Uhm. Wow. Where do I even start?

Let’s begin by saying that you have a lot more research to do before you can even THINK about using that excuse to justify your thinly-veiled racist mindset. Your anger at me is proof enough that you have no idea what’s actually going on. So let me bring you up to speed:

Ferguson police chief publicly announces that Mike Brown shooting not related to supposed robbery. The officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, didn’t even know that Brown was a suspect in that case. He shot Brown when he and a friend refused to move out of the street, because apparently, their presence there was “blocking traffic.”

So the convenience store thing is a really absurd fucking argument. Even the Missouri Governor states Ferguson PD released video with intentions to besmirch Mike Brown.

This should go without saying, but vaguely intimidating photos of you do not give the police carte blanche to gun you down, and we no longer live in a country where it is OK to sentence black men to death for the crime of petty theft.

Many people don’t even believe that it was Mike Brown in the video footage released by the Ferguson PD, and, in an official statement released by the clerk of the store in question, none of their employees even dialed 911 on the suspect. They didn’t feel threatened enough by the person in the footage to even call the cops.

Furthermore, in a court of law, even if it were proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mike Brown was the suspect in the convenience story footage, the footage could not, under any circumstance, be used as any means of justification for killing him

“If this police officer were on trial, let’s say for homicide, he would not be able to bring in evidence of what happened in the store and try to assail Michael Brown’s character and suggest he acted a certain way during the encounter,” said Ezekiel Edwards, director of the criminal law reform project at the American Civil Liberties Union. “Whether it was shoplifting, whether he pushed the store clerk, whatever, they shouldn’t be able to bring that in to bolster their defense.”

I can go on and on and on. 

But the important part here is that you apparently think that petty theft and shoving someone justifies a cop pumping 7 rounds into them as they flee, unarmed. Imagine if that’s how law enforcement reacted every time someone committed a petty crime. Police would be slaughtering thousands of people in the street on any given day, and you, apparently, would feel perfectly okay with that. 

Highlights From a Video Recorded the Night of August 13th in Ferguson, MO

(in case something happens to the video)

  • A voice from the St. Louis Police Department comes over megaphone telling protestors and media to turn off their cameras.
  • The protestors pull back “a city block and a half,” and raise their hands to show they are unarmed and peaceful.

  • Before the video shows the police firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd, a man prepares himself for it by putting on a helmet and gas mask.

  • Even though the crowd backs up, holds up their hands, and holds still and quiet, the St. Louis County Police Department fires rubber bullets and tear gas into the small crowd.

  • The man filming says the police are firing “into neighborhoods, into the back of people’s houses… There are fires in yards next to houses.”
  • Even after the crowd dispersal, the police continue to fire.
  • After the crowd dispersal, the police continue to follow the protestors down the street.
  • The man filming says several times after the dispersal that a lot of people can’t leave because the police forced the protestors down into a side street and people can’t get back to their cars and houses.
  • Police helicopters can be heard circling the neighborhoods at the end of the video.

For now, the video can be found here.