Resources Regarding #Ferguson
Here at the Sustainability Studies office, although our main issue is sustainability, many of us in the office have been closely following the events of Ferguson and are deeply saddened and frustrated with the acts of violence. There is a heavy intersection of the issues of race relations and sustainability, and we have been pushing ourselves to think about that intersection more critically and how we can use our standing at a world-class institution to further exploit that intersection and create a deeper dialogue on the issue. Although we desire for that conversation to be held, we also understand that the issue of Ferguson is an issue of racial profiling and police brutality. We do not wish to turn this struggle into something for our own personal gain, nor wish to coerce the brilliant efforts being led by activists on the grounds in Ferguson, activists doing remote work (or police brutality work in their own communities), or activists on social media. We as the Sustainability Education Communications team would like to stand in solidarity with all of the aforementioned activists and all those affected by racial profiling and police brutality by bringing this issue into our sustainability and environmental based spaces, where topics of race are far too often ignored. We have compiled a list of resources, to educate ourselves and our peers on the issue in our communities and in Ferguson, and to also help our communities and the people of Ferguson.
To start off, we realize that a lot of this conversation has been happening on social media and not as largely in mainstream media and not everyone has access to that conversation. So here is a quick synopsis of what is happening, and what has led up to this point: http://www.vox.com/cards/mike-brown-protests-ferguson-missouri/mike-brown-ferguson-MO-protests
To add to that, here are some ways in which a white person(s), who hasn’t experienced police brutality and isn’t a part of the black community, can start to meaningfully engage in that conversation.
These two links are to ‘Lists’ made in twitter of activists, residents, and reporters who are on the grounds in Ferguson. There is a lot going on in the Twitter world right now, but these are the people who will be giving you moment-by-moment, first-hand accounts of what is happening in Ferguson. Lists are via twitter user @SoulRevision.
-Residents/activists tweeting from Ferguson: http://bit.ly/VzSbTp
-Journalists tweeting from Ferguson: http://bit.ly/1pAy6ba
This next link is to a nightly livestream of Ferguson. There are many different news outlets and individuals who are livestreaming, so a quick google search could easily pull up more.
There are also a lot of links going around to send donations and help to Ferguson. Just as with anything that is requesting money, make sure to check the credentials before donating. Here are a few links that have been proven valid.
If you want to contribute to local organizing efforts, donate to The Organization for Black Struggle: http://obs-onthemove.org/
If you want to help with the donation of supplies, these folks will be taking testimonies from protesters while also providing basic needs, including food, water, gas masks, and school supplies: http://www.gofundme.com/
The NLG needs help providing legal back up to the Ferguson protesters: https://www.nlg.org/civicrm/
With this link you can donate to feed the students of Ferguson: https://fundly.com/feed-the-
Additionally, not all of us have money to donate, so this is a link to a White House petition that would require police officers to wear cameras on their uniforms: https://petitions.whitehouse.
This link highlights five ways in which white folk can show support against police brutality in their own community: http://changefromwithin.org/
And for Minneapolis folk, check our Communities United Against Police Brutality, and organization that has been working on the frontline of police brutality issues in Minneapolis: http://www.cuapb.org
And if while reading this, you realize that we did not include a resource that you think is beneficial, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will include it in this blog posting. I, as the writer, am not from a community that experiences police brutality as largely as the black community, and additionally have never experienced police brutality myself, so I may have left out some resources that those communities might find useful.
Written: Nathan Michielson
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Blog Image: Facebook via friend of Michael Brown