Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tucson Responds to Ferguson

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference."

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr.
Parents of Michael Brown, Jr.

Last night, watching CNN, it was easy to understand why most people have given up watching mainstream media coverage of events like what was taking place in Ferguson, Missouri—response to the grand jury not charging police officer Darren Wilson, who took the life of Michael Brown. Doth protest much on tear gas, a car fire and what in actuality wasn't a riot, CNN?

For you? Two choices. Two local organized responses.

Can't recommend "Black Lives Matter: On-going UA Dialogue & Discussion," enough if you're a UA student or find yourself on campus. The good people from the African American Student Affairs are hosting a dialogue from today through Dec. 10, at the MLK Center, 1322 E. First St., Room 209.

Throughout the rest of the semester, AASA and the UA Black Student Union will host space for dialogue, brainstorming and action related to issues of police violence, Ferguson, and racial justice.

As news and plans of additional events are developed and scheduled, we will continue to update this event page. We will begin with a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, and post additional events leading up to January's Black Lives Matter Conference being held at the UA on January 15th - 18th 2015.

Tuesday, January 25th: Non-Indictment Brown Bag - Bring your lunch and meet at the MLK Center, 12:00pm.

Wednesday December 3rd 5:30pm - BSU Dialogue and Discussion

Wednesday, December 10th 5:30pm - BSU Dialogue and Discussion

If there's any group in town more qualified to lead dialogue on racial justice and police violence, it just might be people associated with the AASA—who recently traveled to Ferguson in response to a national Black Lives Matter call to action.

If you wished you could be in cities like Oakland, who had what seemed like instant responses to the grand jury decision, than perhaps this other response from Tucson Responds to Police Violence is what you had in mind. The rally takes place tonight, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Ronstadt Transit Center, 215 E Congress St,

Along with cities across the country, we'll rally against police violence following the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Announcement.

Meet at the Ronstadt Center at 6PM the day AFTER the grand jury announcement.

Bring signs, noise, and friends to demonstrate solidarity with Ferguson and confront police violence everywhere.

More information on national responses at http://fergusonresponse.tumblr.com/

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