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    liz-pls:

    I’m only sharing tweets for those who are not on twitter and can’t see how passionate and outraged journalists are as they tweet from #Ferguson.

    If you are on Twitter, here’s a good roster of people to follow if you want to keep updated.

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    beeishappy:

    Phillip Agnew of The Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders is a human rights organization that’s building leadership and power among young people of colour to challenge racism in their communities.Phillip Agnew on All In

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    cofierce:

Protester in ATL for #MikeBrown #Ferguson

    cofierce:

    Protester in ATL for #MikeBrown #Ferguson

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    we caught a wild nina on film for a brief second before she discovered the camera and fled

    we caught a wild nina on film for a brief second before she discovered the camera and fled

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    "

    We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl is clearly stating that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place. Her protests, her clear ‘no’ is simply not heard. The mother and two other women, who work the booth, begin chatting and trying to engage the little girl in picking out a pair of earrings. She has to wear a particular kind when the piercing is first done but she could pick out a fun pair for later.

    "I don’t want my ears pierced."

    "I don’t want any earrings."

    The three adults glance at each other conspiratorially and now the pressure really begins. She will look so nice, all the other girls she knows wear earrings, the pain isn’t bad.

    She, the child, sees what’s coming and starts crying. As the adults up the volume so does she, she’s crying and emitting a low wail at the same time. “I DON’T WANT MY EARS PIERCED.”

    Her mother leans down and speaks to her, quietly but strongly, the only words we could hear were ‘… embarrassing me.’

    We heard, then, two small screams, when the ears were pierced.

    Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’

    Little children learn early that no one will stand with them, even the two old men looking horrified at the events from the cafeteria.

    Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.

    No means no, yeah, right.

    Most often, for kids and others without power, ”no means force.”

    "

    from "No Means Force" at Dave Hingsburger’s blog.

    This is important. It doesn’t just apply to little girls and other children, though it often begins there.

    For the marginalized, our “no’s” are discounted as frivolous protests, rebelliousness, or anger issues, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, or we don’t understand what’s happening.

    When “no means force” we become afraid to say no.

    (via k-pagination)

    For the last line of the above comment - When no means force, we become afraid to say no.

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    (Source: nbcnightlynews)

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    chauvinistsushi:

    When I here y’all call for the demilitarization of the military, I literally here “this is too had to watch. shoot at the darkies with regular guns, surround them with regular cop cars”. Don’t get me wrong; tanks shouldn’t be rolling down the street in any neighborhood or any country for that matter. However the demilitarization topic has gotten way more coverage and think pieces than the force being used against black people protesting. Whether it’s an assault rifle or a baton, a tank or a dog, a badge or camos, black people are still being attacked for voicing their dissent.

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    I see people saying “How can this happen? Isn’t this America?”

    celluloidsheep:

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    Well, yes. This IS America.

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    (US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)

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    1960s Birmingham, Alabama

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    1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University

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    Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest 

    Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.

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    thebicker:

thebluelip-blondie:

schools in Ferguson area will remain close until next week and many students are falling behind

The strength of the Ferguson community in the face of the war zone the police have created is truly a thing of beauty.

    thebicker:

    thebluelip-blondie:

    schools in Ferguson area will remain close until next week and many students are falling behind

    The strength of the Ferguson community in the face of the war zone the police have created is truly a thing of beauty.

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    BREAKING: The case against Officer Darrell Wilson will be heading for a grand jury.
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    decolonizingmedia:

sinidentidades:

Getty images photographer Scott Olson shot this image prior to his arrest in Ferguson

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.
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    cognitivedissonance:

    Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.

    We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.

    No justice, no peace.

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    blastortoise:

    Autopsy report showed that mike brown had no drugs in his system and the store owners said that there was no robbery so what the fuck else do you racist ass whites want

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