In the wake of the murder of college-bound Ferguson teen Mike Brown by officer Darren Wilson, our masses have risen to defend his legacy and demand justice for his wrongful death. We watched in August as Ferguson residents and allies gathered on West Florissant Avenue to carry out peaceful protests, only to be met by violent, militarized responses.
These unconstitutional events occurred in the midst of a smear campaign against Mike Brown – which included multiple searches for a criminal history and posthumous drug testing – in an effort to justify his murder. We’ve seen the same script followed for centuries – the story where the murder of a Black citizen by law enforcement is followed by defamation of the victim and punishment administered to those who dare defend them.
Local advocacy groups in Ferguson and St. Louis have organized a weekend of peaceful assembly, education and action to continue the work of pursuing justice for Mike Brown. A Weekend of Resistance is a call to action for civilians nationwide to convene in Ferguson the weekend of October 10-13. Created by Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, the weekend will consist of a series of marches, meetings and panel discussions to mobilize a national movement against police brutality.
With the announcement of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, followed by an official apology issued by Ferguson Police Chief to the family of Mike Brown for leaving his body uncovered in the street for four hours, the Weekend of Resistance will arrive in the midst of a major shift. As organizers and civilians prepare to march in Ferguson, many of us are also watching to see if new law enforcement personnel will influence the investigation in favor of the arrest that we’ve demanded for nearly 50 days.
The organizers of A Weekend of Resistance invite those who are able to join them in Ferguson to actively participate in peaceful resistance with the goal of resolving this injustice and fighting police brutality nationwide. For more information, visit fergusonoctober.com.