Michael Brown Scholarship Fund Will Honor Late Teen’s Legacy, Help Siblings Attend College

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

One organization is working to not only honor the achievements and legacy of the late Michael Brown, but to also help his younger siblings achieve what he didn’t have the chance to.

Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, was a recent high school graduate. He was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Aug. 11, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but was killed two days prior. The Wisconsin Hope Lab — a program that researches ways to minimize barriers for students of all…

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Another View of Ferguson — Kindness, Generosity and Compassion

Xena:

Thanks for bringing us the other side; the side of kindness.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Day after day, most of the images and stories from Ferguson, Missouri, have been depressing.

The quiet Midwest suburb appears to have devolved into a place where armored vehicles patrol streets, people can’t stop fighting, arrests are commonplace and tear gas pollutes the air.

Mike Knox has been staying at his barbershop until 4 a.m during the Ferguson protests to ward off looters

Mike Knox has been staying at his barbershop until 4 a.m during the Ferguson protests to ward off looters

But there is actually good happening in Ferguson. There have been some extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity from people trying hard to hold their city together.

White, who lives in St. Louis County, walked a mile to give free water to protesters.

“We pooled together as a community to bring this,” she said. “So, we can stay…

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Open Discussion-Tue August 19, 2014

Caterpillars, butterflies, moths and all creatures great and small,

The situation in Ferguson, MO has kept my attention at a rate close to 24/7 unless I’m sleeping.  Things happen so fast that before I get a chance to write on what happened at noon, something else has been reported at 12:15.  Tomorrow, evidence might be presented to a grand jury and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is to arrive in Ferguson.

New York District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced that a special grand jury will convene to determine whether or not to charge police officers in the July choke hold death of Eric Garner.

THANK YOU TO ALL NEW VISITORS AND SUBSCRIBERS

If I haven’t visited your blogs to thank you yet, please accept this as my warmest appreciation for your visit and/or subscribing. Read the rest of this entry

Exclusive: Trayvon Martin’s Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’

Xena:

Dignity. Grace.

Originally posted on TIME:

To The Brown Family,

I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are…

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Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report – Shot Six Times

The New York Times just reported the results of Michael Brown’s autopsy. Michael Brown is the 18-year old shot dead by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.Michael Brown's autopsy

The report is based on the preliminary private autopsy performed today, August 17, 2014. Michael was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

 

Dr. Michael M. Baden, former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, flew to Missouri today at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. Dr. Baden found that one of the bullets entered the top of Michael’s skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused the fatal injury. Michael was also shot four times in the right arm. It does not appear that the shots were from a close range because no gunpowder was present on Michael’s body. Dr. Baden does not have access to the clothing that Michael wore when he was killed. Read the rest of this entry

‘I’ve Seen The Body And It Is Bad, It’s The Worst Police Shooting Ever,’ Attorney Ben Crump On Michael Brown

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Roland Martin talks to Attorney Ben Crump about the shooting of Michael Brown, the Ferguson teen who was unarmed and shot by police. Attorney Crump is representing Brown’s family and has famously represented Trayvon Martin and many other deaths on social injustice.

“I was so proud of President Obama…that did not look like America the other night,” Crump says. “We cannot have the FBI doing a joint investigation where they’re going to rely on the St. Louis police department to give them evidence.”

Click the link above to hear the entire interview!

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Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, Melissa Harris-Perry educates her audience in a three minute and four second presentation on her Saturday show.

The Huffington Post

In a short but powerful segment on Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry connected the recent police killing of Michael Brown to the deaths of other black men at the hands of police — and to America’s history of injustice towards black people.

Harris-Perry read the names of some of the hundreds of men who were killed by police across the country “in the past decade alone,” from Sean Bell to Oscar Grant to Eric Garner to Brown. All of the men she mentioned were unarmed at the time of their death.

In the past decade alone, these men and hundreds of others have lost their lives to police.

“From 2006 to 2012 a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in…

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Law Enforcement-Above The Law

This week has been exhausting. Thankfully, I subscribe to other blogs that give me a sigh of relief with gorgeous photos and quotes of wisdom. However, it’s not long before I return to thinking about seeing law enforcement on the streets of America with equipment that was manufactured and intended for use by military troops.

stolen livesSome of you might remember when I wrote “Upsetting the Apple Cart.” It is about my first experience hearing about cops killing and a cover-up.  Entire cities lose trust in law enforcement. In the 1960’s and until about the mid 1970’s, it was common to hear cops referred to as “pigs.” Knowing some cops personally, I never wanted to include them in the pot with stupid, cowardly cops. Still, I can look back in history and consider now that in some cities, such as Chicago, vigilante justice runs rampant because citizens do not trust cops.

Since the 1970’s, cops have acquired more tools for protection, and more tools to force the submission of “suspects.” The problem however, as we saw with Sean Bell, is that when there is no resistance, cops still want to use their tools to control, as tools to punish and torture. The cop who killed Sean Bell said he thought he was pulling his taser, but Sean Bell was not resisting where a taser was necessary.

Also, as we saw with Kelly Thomas, when a “suspect” has a mental Police-Brutality-protest-Fullerton-CA-e1382393910367disease, there are cops who take pleasure in experimenting to see just how much pain they can inflict, even pain that results in death.

Resisting is now defined as moving any part of your body; asking any question; being deaf; having physical conditions where you can’t move fast.   Read the rest of this entry

‘STUNNING’ CHANGE IN FERGUSON

Xena:

Hallelujah!

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

FERGUSON PROTEST

At a press conference Thursday, Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol was named the leader of security operations in Ferguson, Mo. Hours later, he marched at the head of a protest in the city in response to the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Scott Olson via Getty Images

What a difference a day makes.  Amazing!

The Huffington Post

The man now leading police in Ferguson, Missouri, walked Thursday night with those protesting the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, one day after protesters faced rubber bullets and tear gas from heavily armed officers in riot gear.

On Twitter, MSNBC’s Jamil Smith in Ferguson captured a scene Thursday:

“We all want justice. We all want answers,” the…

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Maya Aaten-White: Ferguson Police Officer References Shooting of Maya Aaten-White, Other Officer Shuts Him Up

Originally posted on Courts & Sports:

I learned of this story from Tayhlor on twitter, @tayhlordaniele, who linked to a page on Instagram by @thebestdamndj.

The video depicts a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri admitting that someone had been shot in the head.  Before he could say too much, the other officer tries to physically shut him up.  It is symbolic as the entire police force seeks to silence much more than that.

The victim was Maya Aaten-White, a Howard graduate. She survived.  She was in Ferguson supporting justice for of Mike Brown and his family and protesting the lack thereof.  The social media age gives people who used to be voiceless a voice.  It is precious power.  She was reporting the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri on Instagram and Twitter.

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