thisisthemovement #22 // Friday, October 3, 2014
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# of days that Darren Wilson has remained free : 56
# of newly registered Ferguson voters since August 9th  : 3,000
# of days until January 7, 2015 : 96


Remember, #FergusonOctober is from Oct. 10th - 13th. If you are able to come to Ferguson, please do so. For more information, visit

If you would like to volunteer during #FergusonOctober, please click here.
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So You Know
City of Ferguson Hints Residents Need Evacuation Plans, Then Revises Statement This article succinctly captures the back-and-forth that ensued yesterday about the hint by Ferguson PR Devin James -- yes, he's still around -- regarding the need for possible evacuation plans. Must read.

Arrests Last Night, Arrests Continue Protesters continued to get arrested even last night for infractions such as "inciting violence." Yes, this is real. Also, here is video of the arrests last nightMust read, must watch.

Ferguson Voter Registration Surges Since August 9th, approximately 3,000 people have registered to vote. This is what democracy looks like.

Profiles of Arrested Protesters This article provides an update on protesters arrested a few days ago and also profiles some of the arrested protesters. Must read.

State Auditor to Examine Ferguson Courts The Missouri State Auditor has announced a plan to audit several municipal courts, including the court system in Ferguson, to examine allegations of fine-related abuses. He needs approximately 1,000 signatures from residents to begin the audit. Important read.

George Zimmerman Unlikely to Be Charged With Civil Rights Violation This Washington Post article provides an update on the Department of Justice investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin and highlights why it is unlikely that Zimmerman will actually face any charges resulting from this investigationNecessary, important read.

Dear White Racists "Complaining about white privilege is not the same as assigning collective guilt to white people," the author of this commentary writes as he unpacks privilege, and the fragile state of race talks to those who may be racist. Solid read. 

Where Darren Wilson Was Briefly Before Killing Mike Brown New information has been obtained that explains the actions of Darren Wilson before he made his way to Canfield and shot Mike Brown. Quick, important contextual read.

$60 Million Excessive Force Lawsuit Against STL Police A joint lawsuit has been filed against a host of police departments and individual police in STL following the initial unrest in Ferguson alleging the use of excessive force by officers. Important read. 

Illinois Officer Fired for Facebook Post Re: Mike Brown An Officer in Elgin, IL. was fired for posting on Facebook that Darren Wilson "did society a favor" by killing Mike Brown. Yes, sadly, this is real.

Gov. Nixon announces $500,000 for Antonio French's North Campus Gov. Nixon announced $500,000 to support the expansion of math and science tutoring in a partnership between North Campus and UMSL.

Ferguson Unites the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology Interesting read about common ground identified in the wake of Ferguson related to organizing and mobilizing that have brought together the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology.

STL Mayor Slay Pens Op-Ed On Virtues of STL, Ignoring Racial Tension In an odd display of in-moment revisionist history, Mayor Slay pens an op-ed focusing on the importance of baseball to STL culture and the businesses and celebrities born within the arches.

In Defense of Looting In this incisive commentary, the author argues that looting (i.e. attack on property) is rooted in the tradition of American protest culture and that it is only when property is at stake that the American psyche responds. He argues that it was the looting, and not in spite of the looting, that the events in Ferguson took national attention. Fascinating arguments, must read. Re-posted by request.

Protester Response to the Ferguson "Misconceptions" The City of Ferguson released an 18-point "Misconceptions" document a few weeks ago. This is the protester's response to the "Misconceptions." Must read.

What's Next
October 3rd and October 4th (Friday and Saturday)
St. Louis Comedian Darius Bradford Headlines Comic Relief for Ferguson Event
Time: Doors open at 6pm, event begins at 7pm both nights
Location: Greater Grace Church (3690 Pershall Road)
Bradford will be joined by "national comedic friends" during this Clean Comedy Series event. Tickets cost $20 per person, with a portion going towards local aid.
Click here to learn more information.

October 4th (Saturday)
Free College Readiness Program for Ferguson-Florrisant Students and Parents
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: Ferguson Municipal Library (35. N. Florrisant Rd.)
The Above&Beyond college readiness program will make its debut on Saturday. Above&Beyond will take on kids' perceptions of college, reveal the resources available for college applicants, and assist kids throughout the application and preparation process. Click here for more information.

Poets for Ferguson, Pratt MFA
Time: 6:30pm EST
Location: Fowler Arts Collective (67 West Street #216, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
The event will feature a selection of readers from the Pratt MFA Program in Writing & Activism, along with a few special guests. Poets for Ferguson is a fundraising event to assist the bail fund and other protesters in Ferguson. Click here
 to learn more information.

October 10th - 13th (A Week Away)
National March on Ferguson
Visit for more information.

Ferguson United Leadership Team Open Meeting
Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm CST
Location: Greater St. Marks on Chambers

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.
  • ArchCityDefenders. This is the group of lawyers providing legal assistance to arrested protesters and assisting with legal strategy related to the protests. This is also the group that has led the work on the fines and fees issue in Missouri. Learn more and support them.
  • 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.
  • Unapologetically Black. Click here to purchase a shirt by the Black Youth Project that reads "Unapologetically Black." Love these shirts.
Arrests last night.
Jordan Davis. #neverforget
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