Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

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When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.

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Download the App: Mobile Justice – Missouri

Download the App: Mobile Justice – Missouri

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Police street stops and searches of Missourians have increased exponentially – especially in the context of rallies, peaceful protests, and marches against excessive force and racial profiling.

Thousands of innocent people are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, bullied into compliance, and humiliated every year in Missouri. It’s not a crime to walk down the street, to peacefully protest, to march, to rally, or to simply gather with a group of peers on a sidewalk, yet every day innocent black and brown Missourians are turned into suspects for doing just that.

ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice, modeled after the NYCLU “Stop and Frisk” app and developed by Quadrant 2, is one way to hold Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies accountable for their actions.

If you see something, say something by using ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice to document the police interactions you see. For more information visit http://www.aclu-mo.org/mobile-justice.

HOW TO USE THE APP

To Record:

Simply hold down the camera button on the outside of your phone, or open the app and hit the record button at the top of the screen and the application will use your phone’s camera to record both audio and video. To stop recording, simply shake the phone or manually press the ‘click to stop’ button. This video is automatically sent to the ACLU of Missouri as soon as you stop recording.

After each recording you will be prompted to fill out a short incident report. You can bypass the incident report by simply pressing cancel; however, we encourage you to fill it out so we can learn more about what you saw. Required fields in the incident report are marked ‘required.’ If you are unsure of the information asked in the incident report, simply mark ‘unsure’. Finally, press the ‘submit the incident report button’ to send your incident report to the ACLU of Missouri.

To Witness:

This feature allows you to know if people around you are getting stopped by the police. When others in your area use Mobile Justice, you will get a message reporting where the police stop is happening. If the dot is green, it means the ‘witness’ feature is activated. If the dot is red it means the ‘witness’ feature is not activated and you will not receive reports on where police activity is happening. This feature is especially useful for community groups who monitor police activity. Be sure to go to “my settings” to turn on “broadcast my location” in order for the ‘witness’ function to operate.

To Report:
This function allows you to access the incident report. You can use this function to report a police interaction you saw or experienced, even if you didn’t film it. Be sure to hit the ‘submit’ incident report button so that your responses are sent to the ACLU of Missouri.

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Israeli mayor’s ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

JERUSALEM (AP) — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country.

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Black Community Crisis: Police Violence in Brazil

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November 20 is Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day. However, for a group of black mothers in the city of Salvador, Bahia, this year’s action will not be about traditional black political questions like affirmative action or identity politics. Instead, they will host a silent protest in front of the Bahian governor’s office in honor of their children who have been killed or “disappeared” by the police. They will demand justice during a day of mourning and struggle.

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Wall Street Journal Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Chester Dawson begins his November 16th article:

It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn’t seen profit growth drop since 2003. Meet Bank of North Dakota, the US’s lone state-owned bank, which has one branch, no automated teller machines and not a single investment banker.

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Sound of Africatown @ NW Folklife Festival 5/26

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Sound of Africatown @ NW Folklife Festival 5/26
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FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE SOUND OF AFRICATOWN

Africatown-Central District is a growing movement to preserve and develop the Central District as an epicenter of culture, commerce and innovation flowing to the rest of Seattle. Recognizing this potential, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has publicly endorsed the Africatown-Central District initiative focused on using the positive cultural assets of peoples of African-descent as a foundation for innovative economic development solutions in not only the Central District but throughout Seattle.

Come celebrate the Africatown movement in Seattle featuring hip hop artist Draze, who is riding a city wide wave of positive response to his video release The Hood Ain’t the Same. Draze tells the story of the gentrification of Seattle’s Central District through his life experiences growing up there and seeing first-hand the loss of cultural landmarks and forced emigration of residents due to changing political and economic conditions. “This song has become a type of anthem for the Africatown movement. The whole goal was just to try and get people from differing backgrounds to sit down and talk. I’m not satisfied but I am happy that the conversation is starting to happen” says Draze.

The hip hop gathering will feature a brief “State of Africatown” presentation by the Central Districts own K. Wyking Garrett. Wyking is a longtime educator and social entrepreneur at the forefront of Seattle’s gentrification debate and was recently honored with the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy award.

Other featured performers joining Draze and Wyking in Celebrate Africatown! include Seattle MC Yirim Seck with hip hop from Seattle to Senegal (2013 album release ‘Audio D’oeurves’) and favorite live hip hop soul band Global Heat with MCP-Smith and B-boys.

Draze, Wyking and Yirim are all longtime friends who were raised in Africatown-Central District with ties to the African diaspora (Zimbabwe, Senegal and Grenada, W.I. respectively), as a result they feel compelled to utilize their collective voice and resources to bring awareness to the issues concerning the community.

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