Michael Brown remembered as a ‘gentle giant’ (St. Louis Post- Dispatch)
Michael Brown posted a haunting message on Facebook last week as he prepared to enter a new phase in his life: college. “if i leave this earth today,” he wrote to a friend, “atleast youll know i care about others more then i cared about my damn self.”
Dozens arrested during protests over Ferguson police shooting (Al Jazeera America)
At least 50 were arrested in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, according to police and local media, after a second night of protests over the death of an unarmed African-American teenager shot to death by a police officer.
Police use tear gas in Ferguson, people jam church for moment of silence (St. Louis Post- Dispatch)
Tension stayed high and raw Monday as the St. Louis region waited for answers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a municipal police officer.
Police use tear gas on crowd in Ferguson, Mo., protesting teen’s death (Washington Post)
For a third night, summer rage pitted the people of Ferguson against those sworn to protect them. On Saturday, officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. On Sunday, resident protests turned to riots, marked by looting and the burning of several local stores.
Fifteen arrests were made. St. Louis city alderman Antonio French posted a series of videos and pictures on Twitter documenting the police response. Young people were seen holding their hands up in the same manner that some witnesses have suggested Brown was at the time of the shooting.
“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.” He added that “what began as an order by a police officer to ‘get the f— onto the sidewalk’ quickly escalated into a physical altercation and then, gunfire.”
The FBI is opening an investigation into the shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Mike Brown by a police officer in suburban St. Louis, officials said on Monday.
The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen. “I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”
The people of Ferguson are angry. Outraged. The officer’s story is dubious. Any black kid with sense knows it is futile to reach into an officer’s vehicle and take his gun. That story is only plausible to people who believe that black people are animals, that black men go looking for cops to pick fights with. Absurdity. Eyewitness accounts like these make far more sense.
As a black person in America, it’s getting exhausting to still have to explain, in the year 2014, your right to exist in this country. To explain that you are a human being whose value sits no lower than anyone else’s. To explain our basic humanity. And perhaps worst of all, to explain exactly why we are outraged.
The vicious slaying of Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police has once again shown that the narrative the media paints surrounding black people in America more often than not includes depicting us as violent thugs with gang and drug affiliations. It’s safe to say that Brown has become a victim of what I like to refer to as the “Trayvon Martin effect” in the media.
Michael Brown’s Death Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum (ColorLines)
Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, the black St. Louis suburb where Brown lived and died, confronted police officers on Sunday in a scene that’s since been described by the national media as one that quickly devolved into “looting.” In photos, black residents stood in front of police with their hands up to show that they were unarmed. They chanted the slogans we’ve all become too used to over the years: “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”
Did they say, “Kill the police?!” As long as that’s the way you heard it, they did. And that is what AP will wire out to every mainstream news outlet who can be bothered to report the death of another unarmed black son on a Saturday night. Their truth is not our truth.
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson where the working-class, majority-black population has been clashing with law enforcement for the last three days has 53 commissioned police officers. According to the city’s police chief, three of them are black.
When We Are Young (Crunk Feminist Collective)
When we are young, often too young to fully understand the anxiety in their voices and the fear in their eyes, many of us listen to our parents tell us how to behave when, not if, we are stopped by the police.
Missouri teen Michael Brown was unarmed when police gunned him down. We don’t need to keep talking about his college plans to communicate that his killing was dead wrong.
Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence (The Feminist Wire)
Black life matters. Yet the police and their media support team have already begun to execute their standard playbook in the aftermath of yet another slain black youth.
National Moment of Silence Will Remember Victims of Police Brutality (Feminist Majority Foundation)
This Thursday, a National Moment of Silence will be held in cities across the country to remember the lives lost and impacted by police brutality. In the wake of two deadly police-involved shootings in less than a week, online activist Feminista Jones and individual Twitter followers were able to coordinate the event in a single day.
How social media helped facilitate a national moment of silence to honor victims of police brutality, show solidarity with their families, and allow communities to come together in a moment of mourning and support.
when you die and become a ghost are you forced to wear what you were wearing when you died for eternity or can you go to like Ghost Gap and buy some new ghost clothes
if theres ghost capitalism i swear to fuck ill be so mad
overthrow the boogeoisie
that was BEAUTIFUL!
OH GOD SO PRETTY
that makes me so happy
Let’s see. The profile picture is clearly taken by someone who work closely with the band, either the boys themselves or someone from their crew
(you can also see the stadium is empty so it was not taken during a concert)
And Josh was the third person to follow the account
Yeah, I believe someone on the inside is responsible for this account.
Rainbow Bondage Bear has sort of become an important symbol for the LGBT+ part of the fandom and the fact that the boys are giving it so much attention by bringing it to every single show is so important.
And there are several fan reports who claim that their rainbow flags/signs have earned them a positive reaction out of the boys such as a wave or a smile or a thumbs up
And let’s not forget about this
YAY RAINBOW DIRECTION!!
We started Rainbow Direction in january
Then came Louis’ shirt - on the first day we did not have a representative - coincidence or not - it was the third show of the tour
Then came people with rainbow flags in South America
And Rainbow Directioner reports started coming in - with peopel saying the boys saw them and gave them thumbs up
And someone threw rainbow bear on stage
And then the rainbow bear became rainbow bondage bear and went on tour with them
And then more people with rainbow flags from rainbow direction
And Harry acknowledged those people and gave them thumbs up. Liam did it few times too. And sometimes the others
And this happened again and again
ANd Harry wished them all happy pride
ANd then Laynefaire made the rainbow bondage bear t shirt
And Rainbow Direction promoted that t shirt
ANd Rainbow Directioners took loads of flags to Duesseldorf
And Liam said they saw everything we do for them online and that they appreciated the support
And then Harry started singing about Raining Men and wearing yellow nail polish
And someone made a sign in support of Harry with a rainbow
ANd Harry acknowledged that sign
And Amy gossip candy wore Rainbow Bondage Bear to the shows
And Louis acknowleged it
And Rainbow Direction was asking for more reports from American shows
And the same day of amy’s report Rainbow Bondage bear made a Twitter and started reporting on his tour life.
And Rainbow Direction welcomed him
And Mr Bear made it clear he was helped by someone of the crew because no fan could have made those pictures.
You know - I don’t think it matters where the rainbows come from or who does them or why - but the rainbows are the common theme here - and it’s pretty clear the boys an their staff are supportive of them.