Journalist and activist Davey D pushes back on the notion that not enough is being done by activists for the cause of long-term justice in relation to Ferguson. Reposted from his Facebook page:
A few observations… First people have gotten upset and asked why don’t people do more constructive things other then take to the streets.. Well the fact of the matter is people are doing lots of things.. In Ferguson, many youth and young adults have been doing trainings since Brown’s killing and have formed safety patrols in their community. They have cameras and have been watching the police..
Many have been doing de-escalating and civil disobedience training. many have been working with gangs (street orgs) who for the most part have truced up and put aside differences. Many have been doing political education. They been evaluating past movements, adopting best practices, rejecting old worn out methods and trying to find ways that fit today’s times and their lifestyles. Many have travelled to other places and to meet with folks and connect dots and link struggles in other cities and countries and many have come to Ferguson to share info and be in solidarity.There was a fairly large delegation from Ferguson and Chicago that went to the United Nations in Geneva for their hearings on torture and political prisoners.
They brought their case and concerns about police terrorism and offered sharply stark contrasts to the US who had ambassadors on hand stating the US does not believe in torture and treats her citizens well.During the hearings the delegation joined by others who were impressed by them did a silent protest in the chambers. They objected to the narrative given by the US which they considered false..We did an interview with the delegation from Ferguson which included Mike Brown’s mother and father. We spoke with members of the We Charge Genocide out of Chicago. Many of the folks are under 21.
They noted that not one major outlet contacted them or got their story even as they were covered all over the world..People often ask where are the young people?? I ask where are you looking? Hopefully its not at Don Lemon, CNN, the NY Post and other outlets that don’t want their agendas and narratives tripped up by showing folks doing pro-active things..Many of the organizers in Ferguson have clear goals and have been working feverishly toward them. Most were not organizers or activists. As one of the sisters from the Millennial Activists United explained, they had to learn to become activists and organizers in the wake of Mike Brown’s death.. From Hands Up United to the Lost Voices to numerous other orgs, people have stepped forth and have tried to make ways out of no ways.
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