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Protest and Revolt in Ferguson, Missouri - Latest News and Opinion

This past weekend, a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The reaction from the community has been immediate and intense.

Latest News - Monday, August 18, 2014

*10:30pm - Police don riot gear as protesters march. Police use LRAD sonic cannon to annoy protestors and residents.
*9:50pm - Large crowds massing in Ferguson. Strong police presence.
*9:35pm - Various arrests today including a photographer with Getty Images.
*Monday - Missouri governor cancels curfew. Missouri National Guard deployed to Ferguson.

Opinion

*Chris Crass: For Michael Brown and Ferguson: Facing White Fears of Blackness and Taking Action to End White Supremacy
*Crimethinc: What They Mean when They Say Peace
*5 Things Ferguson Got Terribly Wrong over the Weekend
*How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program
*6 Good Reasons a Black Person Might Resist Arrest
*Local police kill at least 400 people a year, mostly minorities
*When Will They Shoot?
*In Defense of the Ferguson Riots
*‘Black America’s CNN’: 10 Rappers Who Are Tweeting About Ferguson
*Ferguson’s Police Force Is 94 Percent White—And That’s Basically Normal in the U.S.
*It Is Time We Treat Police Brutality as a National Crisis
*This Is The Terrifying Result Of The Militarization Of Police
*America Is Not For Black People
*In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream
*Understanding What’s Happening in Ferguson
*Why Ferguson burned: Explaining St. Louis area riot to kids, outsiders

Legal Developments

*Attorney For Ferguson Market: NO ONE From His Store Called 911 To Report Cigar Theft
*What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown
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Green Anarchism: Towards the Abolition of Hierarchy

In the lagreenanarhcst few decades new forms of activism have begun to emerge that concerned not merely the fate of human society, but of the non-human world – including non-human animals and the environment – as well. In their most radical forms, these struggles culminated in what has been termed by some as ‘eco’ or ‘green’ anarchism. Green anarchism can be taken to consist in any political doctrine that takes some of the key components of anarchist thought – whatever these are deemed to be – and applies them towards critiquing the interaction of humans with the non-human world. This definition is a good start, but is perhaps like many definitions of anarchism unsatisfactorily vague. This essay will propose a more specific definition of green anarchism, which will later be explained as the political doctrine that strives for the abolition of hierarchy in general.

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The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

Middle East

Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties. There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street.

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"Hands Up, Don't Ship!" Minneapolis UPS workers protest shipments to Missouri police

A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day. Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.

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From John Brown to Mike Brown: Ferguson as a Modern Day Harpers Ferry?

Race

Since I first read about him two decades ago, the oversized figure of John Brown has held a steady, awkward place in my conscience. As a white man who was willing discard his racial privilege and lay down his life to end slavery, I can think of no better inspiration with whom to identify. His daring acts were the kind I can only wish I’d have the fortitude to carry out if they made sense today.

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It’s not just the South and Fox News: Liberals have a white privilege problem too

Race

I spent 12 years of my life in St. Louis. I went to college there. Got married. Landed my first teaching job. Bought my first house. Between door-knocking for candidates and causes, driving around on ice cold nights in a homeless shelter van, and breaking bread in people’s homes and churches and synagogues, I came to know the metropolis well. I came to love and admire its many communities — including Ferguson: so tenacious, so full of hardworking families trying to stay afloat, trying to dismantle racial apartheid and make a better life for their children.

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Aftermath of the Ferguson Rebellion: Taco Bell Damage

Breaking News

Photos from the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Damage to a Taco Bell.

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Michael Brown Memorial and Funeral

Breaking News

Photos from the memorial and funeral for Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Outside the funeral.

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Aftermath of the Ferguson Rebellion: Quik Trip Damage

Photos from the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a Nigger Nation

Police State

In the days after Michael Brown’s death, we watched a sadly familiar story play out. The media ran pictures of him staring sullenly into the camera and making “gang” signs with his hands. They emphasized his weight and large frame, listened to his music and declared it “violent hip hop.” For their part, the police made certain to pair pertinent details about his death with seemingly irrelevant details about his life: releasing the long demanded name of the officer who shot him alongside surveillance footage of an unrelated shoplifting incident, leaking a toxicology report indicating that Brown had “marijuana in his system” at the same time they released an autopsy confirming that he’d been shot six times.

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I Went From Grad School to Prison

Occupy Wall Street

This past spring, Cecily McMillan rode a bus across a bridge to Rikers Island, home of the notorious New York City jail. When the Occupy Wall Street activist was released nearly two months later, she had left her old self behind.

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North Carolina: Group plans anarchism-awareness series at UNC

Anarchist Movement

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student-anarchist group is again holding an anarchism-awareness event series this year. It’s the second year for the series, which the group said they started last fall after a dispute arose over funding for college groups.

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White do-gooders, let’s get out of #Ferguson

Dissent

A week ago I responded to a call for experienced street medics to come to Ferguson, Missouri to provide emergency first aid at the spectacular protests that have captured the imagination of the whole country and beyond. In addition to that mission of directly providing care, I’ve had two objectives: teach protesters how to stay safe and take care of each other in the streets when the cops get extra nasty, and to train locals to take over the provision of street first aid and health & safety trainings.

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Small strike begins at a Seattle restaurant.

When Hien started working at La Lot she was told that things there worked a little differently: management would retain 60% of any tips she earned. She had never worked in a restaurant before, didn't know anything about the relevant labor laws, and needed a job-- so she agreed. She quickly learned that most of her co-workers were also working under similar or even more exploitative arrangements. To make matters worse, managers routinely belittled and disrespected their under-paid workforce. As time passed, and Hien began to compare what her paychecks should be to the meager sums she was actually receiving, she decided she needed to do something. She approached some of her co-workers about the issue, and two of them agreed to go with her to confront the owner about her unfair and illegal practice.

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Bloomington Solidarity Demo with the Ferguson Rebellion

Police State

Word spread quickly in Bloomington last night (8/16) that the governor of Missouri had declared a state of emergency and curfew in Ferguson. Within an hour, a spontaneous demo came together, starting at People’s Park, where we discussed the situation and shared our anger. 30 people, anarchists and others, then took the streets, circling downtown, chanting and distributing more than 700 flyers.

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Death of Pierre Ryckmans, aka Simon Leys

Europe

It is sad duty to report that on Monday, 4 August 2014, Pierre Ryckmans died in Sydney, Australia, where he was being treated for cancer. He was 78 years old.

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Street Canvassing for Good Causes: The Worst Job in Town?

Outside of coffee shops and bookstores, crowded Whole Foods stores and worker-run co-ops nationwide, you‘re bound to find canvassers asking for donations or signatures in support of a host of causes. They’re often young people shaking the can for high-profile nonprofits. But as we get deeper into the post-crash precarious economy, the image of canvassers as idealistic college students making a few extra bucks on summer break quickly disintegrates. People are turning to this occupation as their primary source of income, according to many active campaigners. They are hired by independently contracted companies to canvas for nonprofits. The quotas are demanding, making the work one of the most difficult low-wage jobs to hold on to.

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Support Oklahoma

We are collecting information about how people can support independent relief efforts supporting the people in Oklahoma affected by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

*OpOK Relief
*Rainbow Rapid Response Disaster Relief for Oklahoma
*Food Not Bombs - Norman, OK
*Occupy Disaster Relief
*Mutual Aid Official Contacts
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*Occupy Norman
*Central Oklahoma Black/Red Alliance (COBRA)

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