On Monday, August 25th, we silently marched alongside about 350 Washington University students, faculty, staff, and administrators in honor of Mike Brown and other victims of racial profiling and police brutality. The event was not only a memorial but also a call for justice. We gathered in support of a fight we felt we must join.
We recognized numerous victims of police violence and joined together in a moment of silence to pay homage to the lives lost. Some carried signs calling for justice, action, and remembrance. Many walked with their hands up. All walked in silence.
Upon returning to Brookings Archway, participants expressed their individual reasons for attending the march. Through poetry, anecdotes, and calls to action, faculty and students alike shared their perspectives and experiences that helped inform their desire to speak up against police brutality, racial profiling, and racism, among other issues. The event ended with announcements of panels, rallies, marches, and other events happening locally, in Ferguson, and in the greater St. Louis area. We urge those present and those who were unable to join to continue to actively engage in these issues, even after the media loses interest.
Our blog will be used to communicate any future events organized by our group of independent students and to provide a platform for individuals to coordinate efforts in the greater St. Louis area. In addition, a Facebook group titled “Step Away from the Screen: Put Thoughts Into Action” allows community members to post events in solidarity with the goals of Ferguson protesters. We created a Google Calendar that will be regularly updated with all of the events going on in the region for those wanting to participate. Beyond these resources, we recognize other ways to get involved from voting to signing petitions to supporting the demands of the local community as listed by organizations such as the Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and others.
Our ultimate goal is to create sustained dialogue and promote action from institutions of higher learning across the St. Louis region, in which students can engage with the myriad of issues brought to light by the recent events in Ferguson, as well as facilitate involvement beyond campus borders in communities that face these underlying systemic issues across the country. We will continue to examine ways that we can support the efforts of Ferguson residents and facilitate the involvement of Washington University students, faculty, staff members, and administration. We will continue our efforts to combat the blatant devaluation of human life.
Amee Azad – Hannah Davison – David Dwight IV – Samantha Gaitsch – Christian Gordon – Rachel Hoffman – Cameron Kinker – Brianna McCain – Madhanamenaka Pandian – Reuben Riggs – Kira Saks – Camille Scott – Corban Swain – Karisa Tavassoli