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Shooting Death of Michael Brown 23rd and Union Protest and Rally

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, United States. Brown was an 18-year-old African-American man who died after being shot multiple times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed and had no history of arrests or criminal convictions. According to Ferguson police, Brown was a suspect in a robbery minutes before the shooting, although the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was unrelated to the robbery.

Wilson has served four years with the Ferguson Police Department, two years with another local police department, and had no disciplinary history with an award for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty”.

The incident sparked reactions within the St. Louis suburb and at the national level, including peaceful demonstrations and protests, acts of vandalism and other forms of social unrest,as well as national calls for an investigation. Widespread media coverage explored the question of local police departments arming themselves with “military-grade weapons” and responding in a military fashion when dealing with protesting civilians and journalists covering volatile current events.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting. U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing condolences to Brown’s family and committed the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation.

On August 16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson.

Source: wikipedia.com

Origins of Racism

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By Dedrick Muhammad
Senior Director of Economic Programs, NAACP

Most people assume that racism is as old as humanity itself. Yet racism as we understand it today is a relatively modern ideology that first took shape in the 17th and 18th century as a moral justification for European conquest, particularly the enslavement of African people, which had become a significant source of wealth for Western imperialist nations.

Though slavery had existed for thousands of years in antiquity, American slavery differed in many ways. Roman slaves had the opportunity to earn their way to freedom while American slaves did not. Roman slavery was also not based on race — they commonly fell into slavery as prisoners of war, kidnapped sailors or as slaves bought outside Roman territory.
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But what may shock many people is this: before the rise of the plantation economy in the mid-1600s, Blacks in America enjoyed many of the same rights as whites, the two races socializing and working together. Anthony Johnson originally worked as an indentured servant in 1620, but later bought his freedom, going on to acquire 250 acres of land and five indentured servants.

In his own lifetime, however, racial castes had already begun to harden, and by the time of his death, his lands were confiscated on the grounds that he (along with African-Americans as a whole) was an “alien.”

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Rallies Against Zimmerman Verdict Being Held in US

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From New York to California, outrage over the acquittal in George Zimmerman’s murder trial poured from street demonstrations and church pulpits Sunday as protesters called for justice for the unarmed youth he killed and demanded federal civil rights charges against him.

Protests were planned later Sunday in Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and other cities over the Florida case, which unleashed a national debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. One protest in California hours after the verdict late Saturday ended with vandalism while police dispersed another crowd by firing beanbag rounds.

In Washington, the Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

RALLY: End Seattle Police Brutality: Rally for Leo Etherly

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In response to video of a controversial SPD arrest at 23rd and Union was released late last month, the Seattle King County NAACP and the No New Jim Crow Coalition group are holding a rally Saturday against police brutality.

The rally gets under way at 3 p.m. Saturday December 15, 2012 at 23rd and Union.

Here is Rally information on the Facebook post

SPONSORED BY: Seattle King County NAACP, No New Jim Crow Coalition

In Seattle, the steady stream of police brutality continues.

This past winter, Seattle Police Officer Faust beat Leo Etherly into submission. Dash cam video of the incident was just released.

The DOJ initially backed down when the police refused to give them this video. It took the threat of a lawsuit by a private attorney to force the SPD to show this video.

We cannot rely on the City of Seattle or the Department of Justice for police accountability. Time and time again, we see who the Seattle Police Department is best at protecting: themselves. We can no longer leave accountability in the hands of the police to police themselves. Instead, we leave this up to the will of the people.

Join this rally as we stand with Leo Etherly, and all victims of police brutality. This rally will be located at the original scene of the crime, on 23rd and Union.

GOALS

–Bring pressure on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the SPD to allow the release of all videos showing use of force to the general public in an expedited manner—without threat of lawsuits.

–Create impetus to force a policy of greater scrutiny on the small number of officers who are repeatedly involved in questionable use of force incidents.

–Organize a Citizen’s Review Board to report police brutality and misconduct