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thisisthemovement #21 // Thursday, October 2, 2014
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# of days that Darren Wilson has remained free : 55
tentative sentencing hearing date for Michael Dunn : Oct. 17th
# of days until January 7, 2015 : 97

#FergusonOctober


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

If you would like to volunteer during #FergusonOctober, please click here.

Also, #FergusonOctober is immediately seeking to hire full-time Administrative Assistants and Data Entry staff. Email join@organizemo.org for more information or to apply.
Let's Stay Connected

So You Know
Darren Wilson Grand Jury Being Investigated There is an accusation that information has leaked from the Darren Wilson Grand JuryMust read, important read.

White Privilege and White Fragility This commentary covers much ground and reminds white allies of their role in the work of social justice, explores topics of race and religion, and expounds on this notion of 'white fragility.' Must read.

Michael Dunn Found Guilty for the Murder of Jordan Davis Yesterday, Michael Dunn was found guilty of 1st degree murder for the killing of Jordan Davis. Justice.

First Look at the Ferguson PD Internal Code of Conduct This is a deep-dive into the Ferguson PD Internal Code of Conduct, covering its rules about when deadly force is to be used, need for administrative reviews of police actions, and the process for using chemical agents. Necessary, important read.

An Interview with Bob McCulloch Yesterday STL Public Radio conducted an interview with Bob McCulloch that fielded questions from the public. Definitely read this, and if you have time, listen to the audio. 

Boston Herald Prints Racist Obama Cartoon, Issues Non-Apology In what is now unfortunately not shocking, the Boston Herald published a political cartoon that is overtly problematic and racist. They subsequently issued a non-apology in an attempt to make amends. Quick read, must read.

Inequality is Literally Killing Our Babies This concise article provides data on infant mortality and its connection to inequality in America. Important read.

Missouri Attorney General Convenes Group to Reflect on Ferguson Chris Koster, MO Attorney General, convened a cross-functional panel to reflect on and offer suggestions/solutions on the events taking place in Ferguson.

Organized Labor and Mike Brown Organized Labor Unions have become more reflective about race, have engaged directly with Ferguson activists and are understanding racial issues to be key to the members they represent. 

Investigation into Michael Brown Shooting Complete The STL County Prosecutor's Office has announced that the official investigation into the death of Michael Brown is complete.

FL Police Officer Tased 62-Year-Old Black Woman In Back A 62-Year-Old Black Woman was tased as she walked away from an officer responding to a call that did not involve her at all. Simply put, you must read this and watch the video.

Protester Response to the Ferguson "Misconceptions" The City of Ferguson released an 18-point "Misconceptions" document earlier this week. This is the protester's response to the "Misconceptions." Must read.

The Demands Launched recently, this site is the platform for the Ferguson demands. It is a living list of demands and is open for you to add comments and suggestions that can inform the next iteration. Must engage.

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


On-Going
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.
  • #HealSTL. Learn more about HealSTL and consider volunteering to participate in voter registration work. 
  • 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.
  • Petition. The Dream Defenders are collecting signatures for a petition with 6 national demands and 7 policy solutions. Definitely check it out. Click here to learn more and to sign the petition.
  • Petition. The ACLU has a petition entitled "Ferguson Isn't Finished" to end racial profiling. Click here to learn more and to sign the petition.
#ferguson
Protesting.
Ferguson Officer, Ready.
Ferguson Officer with No Badge.
Officers are ready.
Patricia Bynes. Protest.
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