Civil Rights Movement vs Ferguson Protests
1964 … 2014
Obama just made a statement about #Ferguson in which he said that “there is no excuse for violence against police.”
What about when police are violating people’s civil rights, unjustly murdering Black people, beating up peaceful protesters, committing sexual assault, using “non-lethal” chemical weapons against journalists? Were the people of Egypt wrong to violently rise up against the former dictator’s police force in 2011? What about those opposing Assad’s police in Syria? Or the Israeli police in Palestine?
When the police are themselves committing violence and enforcing an oppressive and unjust order, it becomes obligatory to resist them by any means necessary.
word. if we want to end gun violence in the U.S., we can start by de-militarizing the police.
WATCH: State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal ask #Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson why she was tear-gassed by his officers during a peaceful protest.
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FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal confronted Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson during a press conference Wednesday, asking why she was tear-gassed during a nonviolent protest. Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, said she had been…
“‘It’s like the elephant in the room,’ said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. ‘We are being occupied.’
‘They say it’s the death of three men that started a chain reaction of death and destruction in Gaza,’ she continued. ‘Will we as a people rise up like the people of Gaza? Will our community be bombed like last night with tear gas? That was a terrorist attack.’”
The black residents of Ferguson, Missouri are governed by white police and they say it feels more like Gaza than America.
Let’s not forget who the real looters are.
Today in Ferguson, following the arrest of two journalists police continued their all out assault on the liberties and rights of the town’s citizens. Here’s the latest update on what we know so far.… Ferguson police arrest, assault, and teargas journalists to prevent them from recording police behavior there. The no fly zone has banished news helicopters. No live streams remain active in Ferguson. Freedom of the press is dead.
Incredible photo: Howard University students standing with #Ferguson photo taken today via https://twitter.com/The_Blackness48
That’s because it is a war. A sometimes open, sometimes hidden war between the police, the state, and the ruling elite against poor people, people of color, and working people. The real problem is that it is a one-sided war — a one-sided class war — with their side massacring us.
We need to better organize our side in order to fight back and win; to end this war and all wars and create a society in which the free development of each is the prerequisite for the free development of all — a democratic socialist society premised upon people’s empowerment, equality, and the emancipation of all from all forms of economic, social, and political oppression.
UPDATE- Riot police deployed smoke bombs and tear gas in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri tonight after crowds reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at
Black man in #Ferguson to journalist: "Not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq … our problem ain’t with Hamas; it’s right here in the United States of America where you’re shooting us down like dogs and n****s"
Just as Muhammad Ali said fifty years ago, the enemy of Black people in the United States cannot be found in any US-labeled “terrorist organizations” overseas, but rather amongst the police, politicians, and white supremacists, right here at home.
As demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri enter their fourth night, pictures and online posts from the scene show an escalation in response from St. Louis County police.
Despite police insisting, “Your right to demonstrate is not being obstructed,” they have brought at least 70 SWAT team officers and one tank to stand opposite the protesters in the street. The Huffington Post reported that state Sen. Maria Chapelle Nadal (D), who criticized the police response in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday night, was taken into custody.