thisisthemovement #72 // Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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# of days that Darren Wilson has remained free : 152
# of days that Kajieme Powell has been dead : 143
# of days that Vonderrit Myers Jr. has been dead : 90
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So You Know
Missouri Extends Restraining Order Against Unified Command Federal judge Carol Jackson has extended the temporary restraining order that requires Missouri laws enforcement officers to give crowds notice of the impending use of teargas, pepper spray and other chemical agents and provide time for people to disperse. The temporary order remains in effect until a settlement is reached or the judge decides whether the order should become permanent.

Police Task Force to Have a 'Listening Session' in D.C. Next Week Tuesday of next week, President Obama's police task force will hold a public daylong public listening session in Washington D.C.  The focus on the meeting is to build trust and legitimacy. St. Louis native Brittany Packnett will be there. Packnett is also a member of the Ferguson Commission which was assembled by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Matthew Ojibade
Matthew Ojibade, 22, Dies In Restraining Chair In Police Custody Matthew Ojibade died in police custody after apparently experiencing a manic episode. Many questions remain surrounding his deathImportant quick read.

Cleveland/Tamir Rice
Mayor Will Not Swear In Officer Who Lost Job Mayor Frank Jackson will not swear in Brandon Smith, an officer who was previously fired for using excessive force. Smith will remain a recruit. Important quick read.

Leon Ford, Jr.
Do you know Leon Ford, Jr.? In 2012, Leon Ford Jr. was shot 5 times by a police officer during a traffic stop and was left paralyzed. Learn more about his story. Important read.

Driver Who Ran Over Protesters in Minneapolis Might Be Charged Jeffrey P. Rice, of St. Paul, Minnesota plowed through protesters on November 25th. The case has been turned over by the police to to the Hennepin County attorney's office. Charges could possibly be from a felony charge to no charge at all. Important read.

More Jails Than Colleges Did you know that there are more jails that colleges in America? This article also includes a fascinating map of prisoner population density across America. Important read.

NYC Students Will Be Able to See Selma For Free 27,000 NYC 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will be able to see the movie Selma for free thanks to generous donations. Click here to learn more about the details.

Texas Officer Who Used Taser on Elderly Man, Fired Southern Texas police officer Nathaniel Robinson was fired after an internal affairs investigation into his conduct and performance. Robinson tasered 76 year old man during a traffic stop for an expired inspection. 

Twitter, Activism, Ferguson This is an interview in The Atlantic with DeRay re: activism in the context of social media.

What's Next
Wednesday, Jan. 7th (TODAY)
Better Together STL's Town Hall On Policing In the STL Region
Time: 7pm - 9pm CST
Location: Sheet Metal Workers' Hall (2319 Choteau Avenue, #100) 
Note: If you cannot make this one, there will be other town halls in the next two weeks. Click here for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 8th (TOMORROW)
Better Together STL's Town Hall On Policing In the STL Region
Time: 6pm - 8pm CST
Location: The Lodge Des Peres  (1050 Des Peres Road, STL) 
Note: If you cannot make this one, there will be other town halls in the next two weeks. Click here for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 10th
St. Louis County Council Meeting
Time: 6pm CST
Location: 41 S. Central Avenue, 1st Floor
Protests In Your City
Check out to see (or add) a protest in your city. The movement lives.

Events in Ferguson
Remember to check the calendar for events happening in Ferguson. 
Your Role In The Movement
  • Bail Fund Donations. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) have a bail fund to assist protesters. Click here to donate. According to organizers, the police are aiming to deplete the current bail fund by making the bail of any arrested protester $1,000, the legal limit. Please help.
  • Support The Livestreamers Click here to support the livestreamers and livestreaming training nationwide.
  • And Counting. Click here to purchase one of the now iconic shirts that lists of the names of the victims of black lives lost in state violence. 
  • Rachel Stewart Jewelry. Check out this black-owned jewelry company that has some incredible pieces, including "Young, Gifted and Black" earrings, afro pick earrings, and a high-top afro brooch. Simply put, incredible, y'all. 
  • Ferguson Digital Archive. Washington University has led the creation of a digital repository aiming to "preserve and make accessible" content related to the killing of Mike Brown. Submit or review material.
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