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Grand Jury Decision on Murder of Mike Brown November 25, 2014

Yesterday, the jury decision was released on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson. Indictment is the bringing of a criminal or suspect into trial. This does not mean arrest or incarceration- all it is, is a trial.

Before I deliver to you the verdict, I’d like to tell you a few things about America.

There’s this law called, oh I don’t know, something like, “If you murder someone, you go to jail.”

There’s also a law regarding manslaughter, the unintentional murder of another human being. You can be tried for manslaughter for something as simple as building a house in which someone died (and they have reasonable doubt that the house was involved, such as: they died of a collapse or toxic building materials).

If you shoot an unarmed person, even if you (untruthfully) claim self-defense, you should, at the very least, be tried in court. 

I think you can all see where this is going: Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the murder of Mike Brown.

It is purely common sense  to try a man in court for the murder of an unarmed man.

However, this decision is not final: the Double Jeopardy terms do not apply to indictment. (Double Jeopardy prevents a suspected criminal, or in Wilson’s case, a known criminal, from being tried twice for the same crime. However, as Darren Wilson has not been tried, there may be another discussion as to whether or not he should be indicted.)  So there is still a chance to try and capture the criminal.

You can help

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Anytime you hear someone claim that Darren Wilson or the Grand Jury was justified, call them out on their misinformation and educate them. You can find some information and evidence here.
Please remember:
Do not share photos of Michael Brown’s dead body: It is disrespectful and his parents have asked everyone not to.
Do not make this about “but not all white people are racist”. We know, please focus on the ones that are and how to stop them.
Please do not change “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter” on websites or posters. Of course all lives matter, again: We know. Black lives are the ones in danger here, so it’s important to tell the world they do matter. Saying “All Lives Matter” takes away from the real danger of the issue and how black people are oppressed in this world.
Do not call this an issue for “people of color.” This is specifically about the police force being anti-black.
Please do not spread misinformation. If you are unsure, you can look something up on Google or at least tell people you’re not certain.
Remind everyone who tries to support Darren Wilson that the Ku Klux Klan is on his side. If they side with him, they side with the KKK.
I’m sorry for the angry post. Mostly, I’m just so sad that this is happening.
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How You Can Help the People of Ferguson September 21, 2014

Donate to Keep the Children Fed

Schools closing in Ferguson due to rioting and violence means many children go without lunch, which may be their only meal of the day.

Donate here.

Donate to the Family of Mike Brown

Mike Brown, the young man whose murder prompted the protests, is a victim of police brutality. Donating to his family will help pay for his funeral and burial expenses, as well as the legal and travel costs of the family’s search to bring justice to their son and punishment to his killer, Darren Wilson.

Donate here.

Sign the petition for the Mike Brown Law.

This law will require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. In a Californian city, this law has been enacted (this happened before Mike Brown was killed.). Crime has dropped by 60% and complaints have dropped by 80%.

If you can’t sign this petition, get your parents or family members to. Don’t just promote it online- take someone to the computer, sit them down, and show them how important this is.

Sign the petition here.

Advocate for the removal of the Pentagon’s “1033 Program.”

This provides local police departments with ‘billions of dollars worth of surplus military weapons at no charge’ (quoted from The Huffington Post). Without such military weapons as tear gas, tanks, and rubber bullets, police wouldn’t have been able to inflict the incredible amounts of violence upon the people of Ferguson as they did. By lobbying for its program’s removal, we can ensure that police brutality the likes of which went on in Ferguson will not happen again.

Sign a petition asking for its removal here.

Sign the Amnesty International Petition requiring federal law officials to be held accountable for violence here.

Send messages of support to Mike Brown’s family here.

Donate to the Ferguson Municipal Public Library and their efforts to support peaceful learning. Learn more here.

Donate to looted businesses in Ferguson. Donations can be made to North County Regional Development Association, 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042.

Support Wellspring Church, who are giving Ferguson’s children a safe place to learn, here.

Get involved with the St. Louis Food Bank here.

Get involved with the Ferguson Fund, counseling for affected residents of Ferguson, here and here.

Tweet @STLCountyPD to demand #JusticeforMikeBrown.

Public pressure needs to be put on the Ferguson Police Department to bring Officer Darren Wilson to punishment. If you don’t feel safe directly tweeting them, you can join in with the hashtag.

Donate to the Legal Support Fund for Ferguson here. Contact them at join@organizemo.org.

Sign the petition to protect citizens and communities from police brutality here.

Read these Tips to Remember When Planning An Action here.

And finally, don’t forget about Ferguson. Remind people that Mike Brown did not deserve to die. Remind them that racism and police brutality are still very relevant and very terrifying, and they must be stopped. Share the news everywhere you can. Remember Mike Brown, and remember Ferguson.

 

Police Brutality in Ferguson September 9, 2014

Filed under: Human Rights,Public Safety — mochi @ 10:05 pm

I’m sorry that the return of this blog has to start off with a tragedy, but this is an incredibly important issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

Warning: What follows is incredibly disturbing, violent, and worst of all, true. I’ll give you a short summary of the events- an 18yo African American boy named Michael Brown was shot to death by police officers in uniform for allegedly stealing candy. People gathered in the streets to protest his murder, and chaos ensued as the police force brought in attack dogs, tear gas, and rubber bullets. The police force of Ferguson is trying to keep this quiet, but I urge you- please spread the news of the tragic events going on in Ferguson right now.

On to the details.

On Saturday, August 9th, of 2014, Michael Brown was shot 10 times by police officers in St. Louis, Missouri. According to witness Isaac Daniels, “He was shot in the chest twice by a cop that was shooting from his vehicle. The young man [referring to Mike Brown] then threw his arms in the air & said please don’t do this repeatedly until he was shot in the head.” This was posted on Isaac Daniels’ Facebook page. The murder took place right outside Daniels’ apartment. The candy store that it was rumored Michael stole from had experienced no theft. Reports were later placed saying that Mike Brown was unarmed and had been shot for jaywalking.

Let me repeat that.

Shot. For jaywalking.

My friends and I jaywalk on the streets around school, and I have done so many times with family as well. I would never be shot for jaywalking, however, and there are two reasons for this: First, the police force in my area is not nearly as corrupt, and second, because I’m Caucasian. Murders of African Americans by police men are a disgusting pattern that is unfortunately growing in America, and it boils down to racial profiling and the blatant racism and corrupt state of America’s law enforcement.

The racism continued as peaceful protests began in the streets on August 10th. The protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace” but the media turned them into lies and claimed they were chanting “Kill the police.” They were doing no such thing, of course, but police men took to the unarmed crowds with attack dogs, shotguns, and tear gas. Tear gas is a chemical weapon that is banned in war, yet the police in Ferguson are using it on peaceful protesters. No 911 calls were answered in Ferguson.

After days of police brutality against the protesters, Captain Johnston stepped in to stop the violence. He told the protesters he would march with them.

On April 17th, however, he broke his promise. He had insisted in a press conference that methods such as tear gas, rubber bullets, and military vehicles would not be used, but instead the police force instituted a curfew, and when protesters were caught after dark, the police shot them with CS smoke.

Journalists and photographers in Ferguson have also been attacked. A journalist operating a livestream for people to document Ferguson caught on camera a cop threatening to shoot him in the face.

They’re tear gassing children out there. They’re tear gassing neighborhoods of people who haven’t been involved with protests. 

On August 23rd it was realized that the People of Ferguson have the power to fire the entire police force… whatever that means. We’re still confused. Honestly, I hope they do.

Mike Brown was a hero. The police force is trying to paint him as a criminal. Witnesses state that Mike Brown told his friend to run while he took the bullets. This boy was two days away from college. He was shot because of Darren Wilson, a racial profiler, corrupt policeman, and Darren Wilson is now currently on paid leave. Paid for murdering a young man.

Now, schools are banning discussions of Mike Brown’s death. News stations are calling him a young criminal thug. Police outside of Ferguson are being incredibly disrespectful by letting dogs urinate on Brown’s memorial sites.

Post this weekend will be about what you can do to help.

 

 

Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at care2.com as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.

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Ceej

 

Anti-Rape Wear Project November 4, 2013

Rape and harassment are very big problems in modern day. Sadly, it’s improbable that this kind of assault will be fully eradicated, so it’s very important to make sure that people feel safe when they leave their houses or go out in public. There is a project going on to create anti-rape wear- confidence and protection that can be worn. The product currently has prototypes of three varieties: spandex-like/running shorts that can be worn freely or hidden under clothing, cropped leggings, and khaki-style shorts. The material is cut and tear resistant, and the button that holds them on only comes open by a special doe that is easy for the person to remember, but not for a potential rapist. Only the person wearing it can take it off.   As you know, rape is a very big issue that centers around misogyny and women’s (and men’s) need for rights to their own body. You can watch the video on how it works here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ar-wear-confidence-protection-that-can-be-worn
This project needs $50,000 by November 22, otherwise it will be shut down and the products will not be created. We need your help- the link shown above also has places to donate. Please signal boost this. Everyone has the right to protect themselves from inappropriate advances.
 

Boston Marathon Tragedy April 16, 2013

While people were waiting for marathon runners to cross the finish line, a bomb exploded on the street. The force was so strong that it blast people into the air and blew off limbs. Police immediately warned everyone to stay back, but another bomb went off. Three have been reported dead and at least 98 were injured, according to reports from hospitals around the scene. Officials believe this was the work of terrorists, but whether a group or single, foreign or domestic, they don’t know. No arrests have been made, but investigations are going strong.

A tragic event like this shouldn’t be happening. Life is too fragile, too short. One man was going to propose to his girlfriend as she passed the finish line, but she passed away. Now he never will get to see her again. Most of us will never experience such a tragic event in our lifetime, so realize how lucky you are. Support all those affected by the Boston tragedy- write Boston or Boston Marathon on your wrists. It’s not much, but it’s something, and something bigger is going to come.

We need to take a stand against violence. In the next few days, I plan to start a petition, rally some friends and community service representatives at school, and do something. Attacks and violence have gone on too long. Share your thoughts and caring in the comment box below.

It’s not much, but it’s something. And life isn’t long, but it’s important.

I’ve reached a breaking point. America can’t sit back and watch through Connecticut, Boston, and the thousands of unknown crimes that are committed each day.

It needs to stop.

 

 

Stopping Disease March 3, 2013

Filed under: Health,Helping the Homeless,Public Safety — ashtheauthor @ 11:33 pm
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Ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet linking vaccines to autism, not as many people have been getting vaccinated against diseases such as chicken pox and measles. Now, this man has been proved false, but once this worry was set in our minds it has never left. People who have compromised immune systems and therefore cannot vaccinate themselves are getting chicken pox and some life-threatening diseases.

Excuses among the non-vaccinated include lies such as “What do you mean? Nobody gets that disease any more!” and the infamous “I didn’t want my children to get autism.” There are others, too, such as “I don’t have the money for a vaccine,” but if everyone but the people with compromised-immune systems and the less-fortunate got vaccinated, these diseases would surely die out, at least in wealthier countries.  This is called ‘herd immunity.’

I, myself, find it saddening that many people, at least where I live, are deciding that they don’t need vaccines.

In shutting vaccines out, they are putting the homeless and people with compromised immune systems at risk and letting diseases, deadly at not, back in.

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

 

 
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