A lot of great articles today! I just have to correct one headline though-Ferguson is NOT the first since Los Angeles and I wonder if there have been others we also didn’t hear about, just as that author was unaware of ours?
Here in St Petersburg, Florida, in 1996 we had civil unrest on two occasions (the second might have actually been the following year but I can’t recall). A young man driving a stolen vehicle was shot and killed by a police officer who was in front of the car as he tried to drive away.
My neighborhood was a literal war zone as the military removed the immense amount of stored hardware, and ammunition (it took nearly three hours for all the vehicles to pass by one after another!). And residents were guarding businesses and homes by hosing down roofs to prevent the fires spreading, and also by standing on roofs with big guns.
There were at least two nights of riots and street violence plus many days of peaceful protests.
But many who don’t live here-and many who do but were too young, or moved here since then, don’t know it happened.
How much media suppression of legitimate protests is there?
Or is it just that the Old South is expected to have these problems/attitudes but the Midwest, like Ferguson, is not? (Ie maybe it wasn’t as widely known/reported or discussed because “that’s just Dixie”).
I’m just glad to see people saying “Enough!” to all of the divisive cruelties that were taken for granted for too long. From war to racial, sexual and class based violence and oppression, it seems the collective of humanity is done with the sickness.
Even Uganda struck down the hateful anti-gay law! People all over the world are speaking out against violence and oppression whether in Palestine, Africa, the U.S., India, or anywhere.
Thank you all for all you do to make this a better world! It may not be quick or easy but we are moving toward the dawn of a new era.
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The process of selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of surplus military hardware from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to local police forces has been ongoing for some time now. With it has come a dramatic spike in police violence against citizens like protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Truthout: Ted Wafer, convicted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 3. He faces a maximum of life in prison. Many feel that justice has been served; others do not. There is a sense of contradiction in equating justice for Renisha with Wafer’s impending prison sentence.
Mark Weisbrot, Truthout: As a video of the incident Tuesday clearly shows, the St. Louis police officers who killed Kajieme Powell showed a reckless and callous disregard for human life in what is no isolated event, as many have documented.
Melissa Troutman, Public Herald: Newspapers are a cornerstone to a well informed democracy, but those in North Carolina would rather you not see certain information about fracking.
Vanessa Lynn Lovelace, The Feminist Wire: Ferguson is the first large scale protest in the name of justice for black people in the United States against police brutality since 1992’s Los Angeles uprising. We must refuse the deceiving narratives that incite fear of deviant bodies who speak out against the killing of black communities.
George Joseph, In These Times: Dallas business interests stacked the school board. Now, a rule change could open the door for wholesale school privatization.
Josmar Trujillo, Truthout: Twenty years ago, Nicholas Heyword, 13, was shot by a New York City police officer. His father has been an activist for police accountability ever since.
Amy Fallon, Inter Press Service: Uganda has been hailed as a success story in fighting HIV/AIDS, with prevalence rates dropping from 18 percent in 1992 to 6.4 percent in 2005. But activists fear a new HIV bill will lead people to shun testing and treatment.
Julia Wong, In These Times: In the Bay Area, the “Block the Boat” campaign to stop the unloading of an Israeli-owned Zim vessel in the port of Oakland answered the call from Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions to condemn Israel’s aggression in Gaza.