Staying Human in Ferguson
Rage simmers on in a Ferguson where "the First Amendment has been suspended," even as a judge turned down an ACLU move to block repressive police actions there. Still, many people are speaking up, taking action and otherwise trying to grapple with what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls the "systemic racism (and) class warfare" against America's 50 million poor that the murder of Mike Brown represents: A White House petition for a Mike Brown Law requiring all police to wear video cameras garnered over the requisite 100,000 signatures in a day; two former police chiefs and a growing chorus of even mainstream media have blasted the brutal incompetence of Ferguson cops; artists have offered moving testimonials to all the black men killed by police; people have raised thousands of dollars for a Mike Brown Memorial Fund, a bail fund for protesters, a fund to feed hungry kids not in school; activists are urging advocacy to end the flood of military hardware to communities of color; and protests have drawn thousands, including 90-year-old St. Louis activist and Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, arrested when she insisted, "We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when they're 90."
"If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how—we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar