Ward Sutton is a New York-based cartoonist and illustrator.
“Start A Fire” by Unspoken
Music video by Unspoken performing Start A Fire. (C) 2014 Centricity Music
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People all over the world are outraged about the failure to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
The proof is an animated map released by Twitter last week that shows the prevalence of tweets around the world using the hashtags #ICantBreathe, #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot — three prominent rallying cries of a growing movement to hold police accountable for violence against black Americans. Twitter limited the time period of the map below from Nov. 24 (the day of the Michael Brown decision) to Dec. 4 (the day after the Eric Garner decision). And as you can see, the tweets light up much of the globe.
The NFL Rams Football players are not average citizens. They are highly visible entities in an established highly paid occupation. They risk much to take this public stand and should be commended for their bravery. They are now under attack as they suspected before making this decision. Why are they even more special? Because those with less to lose, less to benefit from silence chose silence.
St. Louis Rams players recognized this week’s Ferguson protests with an emphatic gesture during player introductions when several members of the team’s receiving corps entered the field in the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose.
Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt came out with their hands up, before being joined by the rest of the team to start the game.
“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. “In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.”
via Lawmakers make ‘hands up’ gesture on House floor – Lucy McCalmont – POLITICO.
Published on Nov 26, 2014
In this second installment of The Illipsis, Jay Smooth looks back at the week’s events in Ferguson and asks how we can truly apply Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s advice that “riots are the language of the unheard.”
TPM wrote that police have an extra layer of legal protection from the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1989 that officers’ actions “must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene,” and that the “calculus must embody an allowance for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second decisions about the amount of force necessary in a particular situation.”
A video surfaced Thursday reportedly released by the hacker group Anonymous warning Ferguson, Missouri police officers and the Ku Klux Klan to remain peaceful and refrain from using violence against local protesters.
Anonymous, an unidentified group of online activists against racism and violence, published the video after they launched denial of service attacks to take down a site associated with the KKK and seized two Twitter accounts earlier this week. The actions were in response to deadly threats the white supremacist group made to demonstrators in Ferguson.
The hacker collective refers to this series of attacks — which has also unmasked the identities of alleged KKK members — as part of a campaign recognized as #operationKKK or #opKKK.
As law enforcement officials and national media gear up for a St Louis County Grand Jury’s announcement as to whether it will levy charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown Jr., activists have issued a 9 minute video communiqué providing an intimate look at the climate on the ground.
The video communiqué displays a cross section of the myriad groups activated in the region and includes exclusive footage of Vonderrit Meyers Sr., Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, celebrated artist and HandsUpUnited.org cofounder Tef Poe, Taurean Russell, Lost Voices organizer Low Key, Millennial Activists United co-creator Ashley Yates, activist and Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Damon Davis — a volunteer with The Don’t Shoot Coalition, Canfield Watchmen founder David Whitt, as well as local Ferguson business managers.Viewers are encouraged to tweet, share, and embed the video using the accompanying hashtag #FergusonSpeaks —extended raw clips of each of the video’s subjects are available upon request.handsupunited.org