The National Mobilization in Ferguson

STL Students in Solidarity is excited to announce that it has partnered with Hands Up United, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Organization for Black Struggle, and other St. Louis Organizations in support of the upcoming National Mobilization in Ferguson.

Students in Solidarity will be handling the Student Outreach portion of the event, inviting students from institutions of higher learning to join St. Louis community members and people from across the U.S. to this important event. We strongly believe that as students we are in a unique position to affect change in the future of this country and therefore it is imperative that students are present at this important event.

If you are a student and interested in bringing a group from your university, you’ve come to the right place!

Explore the “National Convergence on Ferguson” tab on this website for comprehensive resources on how to get involved, how to organize students on your campus, housing and transportation information, and registrations links.

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#ICALLFORJUSTICE:  Demand McCulloch to Step Down

Cover PhotoJoin the St. Louis-wide call for County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to stand down and allow a Special Prosecutor to be appointed in the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. McCulloch has an extensive track record of not prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed African-American men, and is too biased to give Mike Brown’s case a fair trial. Join us wherever you are from 8am-5pm on Thursday, September 18th as we call and email McCulloch to remove himself. After you have done so, please update your Facebook status to #ICALLFORJUSTICE so that we can spread the movement.
EXAMPLE SCRIPTS-

Phone: 
Hello,

My name is _____________________, and I am calling to demand County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch recuse himself and allow a Special Prosecutor to be appointed in the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. McCulloch has provided many reasons for the community to distrust him. He has a track record of failing to prosecute police officers who murder black men and the fact that many of McCulloch’s family members are employed by the St. Louis Police Department indicate a deeply personal conflict of interest. Moreover, McCulloch viewed the police’s militarized response to protesters in Ferguson as justified. These examples, and many more, demonstrate that McCulloch is too biased to give Mike Brown’s case a fair trial.

I demand a Special Prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.

Optional (if registered in MO): If my demand is not met, I am prepared to exercise my right to vote and will not support McCulloch in the upcoming election.

 

Email: 
County Prosecutor McCulloch,

My name is _____________________, and I am calling to demand that you recuse yourself and allow a Special Prosecutor to be appointed in the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. Your term in office has provided many reasons for the community to distrust you. Your track record of failing to prosecute police officers who murder black men and the fact that many of your family members are employed by the St. Louis Police Department indicate a deeply personal conflict of interest. These examples, and many more, demonstrate that you are too biased to give Mike Brown’s case a fair trial.

I demand a Special Prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.

Optional (if registered in MO): If my demand is not met, I am prepared to exercise my right to vote and will not support McCulloch in the upcoming election.

In solidarity,
_____________________

 

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The National March on Ferguson

If you are a WashU student interested in participating in the National March on Ferguson, please feel free to utilize the WashU carpool Google Doc HERE.

Local organizations asked that we as students volunteer as part of the Support Team. The Support Team will help hand out water along the 3-mile march, transport people back to the beginning of the march (if you have a car), and complete other tasks that organizers might ask us for help with during the March. If you would like to be a part of the Support Team, please indicate this on the carpool Google Doc above.

 

Post-March Press Release (August 26, 2014)

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.

In Solidarity,

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

Statement of Purpose

#HandsUpWalkOut

As students from Washington University and St. Louis University, we seek to amplify not only our voices but also the voices of our community in the call for justice for Mike Brown. We understand the position and influence of universities in the St. Louis community, and we will hold these institutions and ourselves accountable in this fight for justice. As young people and students, we see this as a fight we must join.

On Monday August 25th, students at St. Louis University and Washington University will walk out of classes to take a stand in the Mike Brown case and the underlying systemic injustices people of color face. At 12:10pm, Washington University students will gather and march from the Brookings archway, and at 1:00pm, St. Louis University students will gather at the clock tower on main campus.

We will walk out of class and gather on our campuses today to call for justice in the extrajudicial killing of Mike Brown. We march in silence in memory of Mike Brown, and through our silence, we speak our minds in the fight for local and global justice. As members of the St. Louis community, we come not as Washington University students or St. Louis University students but as citizens of St. Louis.

We intend this event to draw attention to the underlying issues that led to the death of Mike Brown and many others. Racial profiling and police brutality are practices that people of color across the country experience, and we refuse to tolerate it any longer.

While a candid and honest dialogue on race is vital in this country, those dialogues become stagnant without relevant and purposeful action. We expect the Saint Louis University and Washington University communities to actively engage with the greater St. Louis area by participating in local rallies, panels, protests, and grassroots events. We ask individuals to learn their rights in order to recognize and combat the abuses of power seen in those we pay to protect us.

We fully support 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. We call for a joint effort between the Boards of Trustees of Washington University, Saint Louis University, and other local institutions for higher learning to push for these demands.

We wish to support the Brown family while affirming the truth that this is part of a greater struggle against the injustice and oppression people of color face in the United States and the world. By gathering, we memorialize yet another unjust killing of a young black man and make clear our stance that students everywhere must act. We are engaging the issues of our day by stepping away from our computer screens and textbooks and transforming our thoughts into action. Today, we pay respect to the many lives extinguished by unnecessary police violence. Tomorrow, we will continue in the fight for justice and work to reaffirm the value of every single human life.

In Solidarity,

Amee Azad – Stacey Banks – Hannah Davison – David Dwight IV – Samantha Gaitsch – Christian Gordon – Rachel Hoffman – Cameron Kinker – Brianna McCain – Madhanamenaka Pandian – Jonathan Pulphus, Jr. – Reuben Riggs – Kira Saks – Camille Scott – Corban Swain – Karisa Tavassoli – Christopher Walter, Jr.