If We Burn, You Burn with Us
We scrolled through days worth of news about and views on Ferguson and collected them here. This is the who is who, and what is what, and “What the fuck?!” of post-grand jury decision Ferguson happenings.
After the Verdict
Riots have been getting a surprising amount of support from more traditional news media since the grand jury verdict dropped last Monday – TIME, Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed are getting down with communities responding to structural violence as they see fit.
But not everybody is stoked on rioting. In fact, this man is advertising himself on Craigslist as a “riot deterrent”. Watch out.
A gift from the social media gods: This vine of a police officer getting hit with a barricade as he tries to make an arrest has gone mega-viral. You can watch the entire video that magical moment was pulled from.
The vine shows three police officers arresting live-streamer @codeframesf. He was not the only livestreamer being targeted – Ferguson livestreamer @bassem_masri was also arrested. In both cases, people organized crowd funding campaigns to raise money for legal fees and bail bond (you can find the campaigns here and here.
How much ST. LOUIS is MAKING $$$ off the protesting? Hotel revenue, bail bonds, government funding,parking tickets, etc!?! #Ferguson— Kween Jacquelyn (@kweenandmogul) November 25, 2014
Hearing police targeted arrests of livestreamers/people filming last night. Imagine what they'd do if they weren't being filmed? #Ferguson— EV (@vesscola) November 26, 2014
Protesters #ShutItDown for Mike Brown
Since the verdict, protests have erupted around the country with various actions taking place in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson – some with anti-police tactics, and some less so. In Oakland and elsewhere, protests drew parallels between Ayotzinapa and Ferguson, calling for a fight against the State everywhere.
TWO MALLS SHUT DOWN so far!! highway blocked. buses not running. the obstruction of capital is sooo beeeautifullll 🔥💰💅 #BlackoutBlackFriday— jenny (@selladura) November 28, 2014
Activists targeted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and holiday sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, continuing to disrupt business as usual. Well, well: looks like Black Friday sales are down 11% from last year.
Mike can't go home, nobody goes home. We took the 270's exit ramp. https://t.co/5W0iCHhKiF— Alexis (@MusicOverPeople) November 28, 2014
Organizers behind #StopTheParade on Thanksgiving have come forward to discuss the role of undercover officers and State infiltration of movement-building in the wake of anti-police organizing:
“We avidly refute any and all claims to discredit participants in social movements used by saboteurs, undercover informants and false characterizations of us by the state. We encourage organizers, specifically after Eric Garner’s grand jury verdict, to be cautious and aware of infiltration, to take note of plain clothes individuals assisting the police, document police tactics, share strategies, and be cognizant of the dangers that are associated with any type of demonstration or political expression.”
It’s 10 O’Clock, Do You Know Where Your Idols Are?
As political moments become cultural ones, and vice versa, artists and athletes have paid homage to the actions being taken in Ferguson and elsewhere to fight white supremacy and state violence.
The same week that Mockingjay Part 1 released in the theaters, protesters grafittied lines directly from the screenplay on a St. Louis landmark. Other people made similar connections between the Hollywood film and the live rebellions unfolding around us.
Tink brings us a beautiful track chopped with audio from protests and news clips with “Tell the Children” produced by Timbaland.
St. Louis Rams football players paid tribute to Mike Brown, holding up their hands in the “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” gesture on the field on national TV. Despite the St. Louis police’s demand for an apology and that the five players be penalized, they will not be punished by the NFL. Throughout the history of athletics, there are countless examples of athletes turning sports culture on its head through symbolic gestures of dissent. Though, the St. Louis players want to be clear: they are not anti-police.
Iggy Azalea gets into it with fans criticizing her Instagram about her silence around the murder of Mike Brown. Headdesk
given miley cyrus' love of black people & culture, I was encouraged to read her passionate defense of black lives pic.twitter.com/hwG8jqypB4— shrill (@theshrillest) November 30, 2014
- Yesterday, high school and college students walked out of classes in major cities across the US.
The Economic Policy Institute put out a report on the makings of Ferguson, a chronology of how a long history of racial zoning laws, de jure segregation of public housing, restrictive covenants and “urban renewal projects” have made the town what it is today.
CrimethInc. explains how what’s happening has changed the discourse, and how “every struggle is now a struggle against the police.”
“The police cannot rule by brute force alone. They can’t be everywhere at once – and they are drawn from the same social body they repress, so their conflicts with that body cannot be concluded by purely military means. Even more than force, they need public legitimacy and the appearance of invincibility. Wherever it’s hard for them to count on one of these, they’re careful to exaggerate the other. When they lose both, as they have in all of the previously described movements, a window of possibility opens – a Tahrir or Taksim Square, an Occupy encampment or building occupation, the occupied QT in Ferguson last August – in which it becomes possible to imagine a world without the boundaries and power imbalances they enforce. This window remains open until the police are able to reestablish their facade of invulnerability and either delegitimize the kind of force it takes to confront them, à la Chris Hedges, or else relegitimize policing itself.”
If you are looking to get into it with family, friends, or strangers that might not be clear on what’s going on, there are stellar resources out there on ‘how to stay eloquent and back up your facts’ discussing Mike Brown, Ferguson, and the police.
Stay tuned for more updates from the front-lines and the interwebs!