Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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I just wrote the longest post I’ve ever written and Tumblr ate it. I’m not rewriting it. It’s probably for the best because it was just emotion in word form.
I’ve just reblogged a few posts that have correct donation options. If you can give, please do. I’ve removed my donate link from this post and this post as well as my page. Please try to funnel as much money as possible toward the places already collecting (and verified) instead of donating to individuals.
Also keep an eye on the @attorneycrump Twitter account. It’s the account of the Brown Family Attorney, Benjamin L Crump.
I won’t be updating again until January.
I’m tired. This is painful. Emotionally, mentally and physically.
- Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
- Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
- Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
- Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
- Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
- Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
- Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
- Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
- Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.
If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.
a cop just threatened to shoot the livestream operator in the face please continue to boost the stream links all over so that these journalists life and death efforts reach as many people as possible
Some of these protestors are pissing me off telling the journalists to turn their cameras off.
The journalists are the only ones keeping you from getting slaughtered with no evidence
Are we watching same live stream? Thought it was a cop who said that.
What I heard was “turn the cameras off, people live here, dont be disrespecting their house by filming it”
I don’t think a cop would say that. Not to mention they were nowhere near the line police have set up.
Some people don’t want their houses or faces filmed, tho. It’s their right to demand that privacy.
Ok, but if the very real possibility that one of them is seriously injured or killed by police who have no regard for their lives and there are no cameras running because they didn’t want journalists around….
It does not negate their right to demand privacy from the media. Not everyone in Ferguson is protesting. Some people just want peace for their homes and families without the media sensationalizing Mike Brown’s murder.
I wasn’t implying that their privacy is negated. I was just explaining how their line of thinking carries a significant risk.
The cops are firing actual real bullets right now BTW.
I know. I’m following the people on the ground via Twitter.
It’s not just about privacy. People are concerned about Police later looking at footage and trying to target those involved in protesting. People don’t want their homes visible because of this more so than their faces. You’re not here, everything you’re getting is second hand and frankly kingjaffejoffer, the fact that you’re watching people who’re literally fighting for their lives and saying they’re “Pissing you off" says a hell of a lot more about you than it ever could about them.
The people most concerned about their homes being shown on video are people with children. One day, you’ll turn this off and move on. The people here are still going to be fighting this fight long after you’ve moved on to something else.
I am truly disgusted by your comments. You’re an asshole and honestly, that’s the nicest thing I can say about you.
Okay, the internet is really spotty but I’m going to try to keep updating with any new information. We’re attempting to make care packages but we’re getting conflicting info on what is needed. We know gas masks but we’re being told people aren’t able to get out to the store and need things like baby food and diapers. Can anyone confirm?
Last night/early this morning, we weren’t 100% sure we were going to be able to get to Ferguson so I encouraged people to find others to donate to. Now, we’re on our way and want to show up with things people actually need to get through this.
If you can donate, please do (PayPal link has been removed. Please give to one of these options instead if you can) but also, help us figure out what is actually needed. Frankly, some of the people making “Suggestions” aren’t actually there and don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Our bodies are needed but if we can do more, we MUST.
As for those of you batting back and forth about whether Obama should or shouldn’t be doing more or if he should or shouldn’t get a pass on his current statement.
THIS IS A G-D DAMN STATE OF EMERGENCY.
I am the first to say, “Obama is just a man” and last night, I’m pretty sure I did. However, there is a crossing point. There is a point where you watch unarmed American people being targeted, attacked and treated as military opposition in their own back yards and you play a soundtrack to Rainbow Bright? No. Nope. Nu-uh.
There is no pass here. There is no discussion or deeper issue to think about. Yes, it’s true there are limits to what he can “Do” but his words are his choice. His stance are his choice and let’s be real, REAL honest here, he has very little to lose by standing up against the police state. He isn’t running again. He could speak up, speak out and let people know what’s REALLY going on.
Stop giving him the Negro pass when this is about a President who’s openly allowing American citizens to be hunted for sport. He is the fucking President of the United States. He needs to preside.
I don’t know how much I’ll be able to update over the next few hours (I had to write this three flippin’ times) but I’ll do my best.
and the internet is hit or miss. I don’t expect to be checking back in any time soon. I wanted to make sure people knew to remove any pictures of Mike Brown’s body at the request of his family, post the makeshift tear-gas mask tutorials and let people know that the face being called “Murderer” is likely not correct.
I won’t be back (unless there’s something more to update) until January 1. 2015.
See you out there. Be safe.
I mean it, BE SAFE.
Love to you all.
Asks are turned off.
Keep talking. Keep track of each other. Keep checking in if you’re going out to protest. Make sure people know where you are and where you’re going.
This is not a joke or a game. This is also, not the end of days. Which means, we make this right or we keep living the same day over and over again.
I’m tired of living this day.
A few people wanted to help us get to Ferguson and asked for PayPal info. Here’s the thing, I really, REALLY appreciate your wanting to help us get there and we’ll gladly take it but there are only four of us. If you can, try to find a larger group to give to. It will make a bigger impact.
We aren’t going to turn your donation away but let’s try to make those dollars work for as many people as possible.
Here’s the paypal link (PayPal link has been removed. Please give to one of these options instead if you can) and it only works about half the time when I put the link in a post so there’s also a link on my page if this one doesn’t work.
In the meantime, please reblog this post with any updated donation information. If you’re planning to donate to us, first take a look through the notes on this post and see if you can find a larger group of people to donate to.
I’m going back on hiatus (Unless I have a major update) and will be back on January 1, 2015.
See you on the front lines.
Seriously, if any of you are gonna go to the protests, bring the necessary protection. Gas masks, vests, anything you need.
I will not be surprised if this turns into a massacre and you all need to be safe when voicing yourselves.
In your backpacks, make sure to have: gas masks/paint masks, goggles, flashlights, water, food (snacks), a first aid kit (with gauze, band aids, tape, bandanas or other materials that can be used to wrap wounds and put pressure on them, rubbing alcohol, Tylenol or other pain killers), the water/maalox mix for tear gas in spray bottles, and ear plugs.
A recharging block (like a mophie) for your cell phones. LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOURE DOING.
Try your best to be protected against rubber/wooden bullets. I know not much can be done/worn besides being short of wearing paintball gear/actual bullet proof vests, but don’t go bare skinned.
And if you see people who are at the protests for the sole purpose of starting shit, and dont actually care about the movement, get a group and kick them the fuck out.
If there’s anything else, please let others know. I’m thinking off the top of my head of shit id bring. Please be safe everyone.