• Solidarity: The People Respond to the Ferguson Rebellions

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    Published October 20, 2014 at 9:04 am - No Comments On August 9th, 2014, eighteen year-old Black male, Michael Brown, was shot six times by Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson, later dying ...

    Solidarity: The People Respond to the Ferguson Rebellions
  • Protests Against Climate Change in Washington, DC

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    Published September 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm - One Comment On September 21, 2014 over 300,000 people swarmed Manhattan in mass protest against global climate change. With indigenous peoples and people of colo ...

    Protests Against Climate Change in Washington, DC
  • New Lens Productions – The Power of the Media in the Hands of Baltimore Youth

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    Published September 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm - No Comments To promote social change through the use of art and media.   The above audio is an interview of New Lens, recorded for This Light Sounds for Soc ...

    New Lens Productions – The Power of the Media in the Hands of Baltimore Youth
  • Disparity in DC Public Schools

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    Published August 25, 2014 at 7:49 am - 2 Comments Several conclusions have been brought to the public view to why students specifically in DC public schools are dropping out. This problem has become ...

    Disparity in DC Public Schools
  • One Student’s Take On What Really Matters In DC Public Schools

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    Published August 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm - No Comments I asked DC Public School graduate Quintess Bond why she thought DCPS test scores were so low? She presents her thesis in the form of this documentary ...

    One Student’s Take On What Really Matters In DC Public Schools
  • Residents, Developers are Divided on SW Redevelopment

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    Published July 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm - No Comments Tensions ran high between developers and community members last Wednesday night, June 25, during a meeting regarding the proposed redesign of the Sou ...

    Residents, Developers are Divided on SW Redevelopment
  • The Human Heart and How It Works

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    Published July 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm - No Comments According to The New People’s Physician the human heart is a hollow muscular organ located in the breast that pumps blood received from the veins i ...

    The Human Heart and How It Works
  • Why the R*dsk*ns Needs to Change Their Name

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    Published June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm - No Comments Crossposted from the Huffington Post Written by Amanda Blackhorse The Washington NFL team needs to change its name. I am a proud member of the Navajo ...

    Why the R*dsk*ns Needs to Change Their Name
  • White Paper: How to Make Housing Affordable in the District of Columbia

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    Published June 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm - 4 Comments Written by Eugene Puryear This white paper explores solutions to one of the most pressing issue for residents of D.C.—housing affordability. Make H ...

    White Paper:  How to Make Housing Affordable in the District of Columbia
  • Capitol Hill Community Foundation Supporting Computer Literacy at Grassroots DC

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    Published April 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm - 2 Comments When Grassroots DC began setting up shop within the Potomac Gardens Public Housing complex in May of 2013, it was with the intention of providing med ...

    Capitol Hill Community Foundation Supporting Computer Literacy at Grassroots DC
  • Confronting Gentrification: Part Two

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    Published April 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm - One Comment On February 18, a panel discussion on the critical implications of “urban renewal” in DC communities took place at American University. T ...

    Confronting Gentrification:  Part Two
  • Writing History with Potomac Gardens Residents

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    Published February 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 2 Comments Cross-posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six by Johanna Bockman Back in December 2012, I took a look at the Wikipedia page for Potomac ...

    Writing History with Potomac Gardens Residents
  • Become an Advocate for Affordable Housing

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    Become an Advocate for Affordable Housing

Solidarity: The People Respond to the Ferguson Rebellions

ferguson_0_0On August 9th, 2014, eighteen year-old Black male, Michael Brown, was shot six times by Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson, later dying from his injuries. In response to this tragedy, Brown’s community members constructed a memorial for the young man at the place of his death. However, the memorial was soon destroyed by Ferguson police officers. With unresolved racial tensions setting the stage, Ferguson community members unleashed their frustrations with the authorities’ lack of respect for Brown and his family through protests.

The Ferguson rebellions began the day after Brown’s murder, on August 10th. Gathering at the site of Brown’s death, later taking the protests to police headquarters, the Ferguson police department responded to the community members with military-grade riot equipment.

With the Ferguson community member’s protests continuing for days after Brown’s killing, and increasing brutality of police backlash, activists, organizers, and everyday people across the nation reacted swiftly to the struggles of the Missouri residents.

In a flurry of press releases, art, and rallies, a nationwide call to recognize the value of Black lives was sounded and echoed across the country. Not at all an exhaustive list, here are a sampling of the national and global acts of solidarity sparked by the events in Ferguson.

Starting on the West coast, in Phoenix, Arizona, more than one-hundred people gathered in the city’s Eastlake Park protesting police brutality. Fortunately, no police officers were in attendance to harass the protesters.

Protesters in Oakland, California held mirrors in front of officer’s faces because they wanted the officers to “just look at themselves”, a protester named Nichola Torbett told local radio station KPIX 5.

In Los Angeles, with it’s long history of police brutality, one-thousand people gathered outside of LAPD headquarters, linking their struggles with police brutality to the violence experienced by the people in Ferguson.

On the East Coast, residents of West Philadelphia rallied on the corner of 52nd and Market streets in protest of happenings in Ferguson, speaking out about their own experiences with police brutality in Philadelphia.

After the murder of 43 year-old Eric Garner at the hands of Staten Island police, high racial tensions between NYC residents of color and police simply swelled. Building off the momentum from those protesting in Ferguson, thousands of people from all over the NYC-area flooded the streets of Staten Island in protests of local and nationwide police brutality.

Similarly, after holding a vigil for Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, and other Black people slain by police in vigilantes, protesters in Washington, DC marched to the downtown area by the thousands, one of many protests held in the DC-area.

On the global stage, those struggling against oppressive regimes in Palestine and Hong Kong are using Twitter as a medium to link their struggles with those in Ferguson, offering helpful tips on dealing with a militarized police force during protests. A letter of solidarity published by the Mexico Solidarity Network hints at an even larger global awareness of the significance of the Ferguson than first thought may suggest.

With the recent events of Ferguson October, including the arrest of prominent Black intellectual Dr. Cornel West, a fresh wave of actions protesting anti-Black racism and police brutality may soon be upon us.


Washington DC Residents Decry Police Tactics

Cross-Posted from WTOP By Michelle Basch WASHINGTON — The stories of people dissatisfied with the tactics of the D.C. police were at the center of a hearing at Howard University Wednesday night. “The ACLU and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee have documented vast racial disparities in the arrest rates in D.C.,” said D.C. Councilmember Tommy [...] . . . → Read More: Washington DC Residents Decry Police Tactics


Artists Respond to Michael Brown’s Murder and the Ferguson Rebellions

During dire times, humans seem to have a natural inclination toward the arts as a mechanism to relieve the pressure of feelings otherwise incommutable. Whether we’re referring to the practices of the ancients to perform dance and song for their gods in exchange for blessings, or the sorrow songs passionately sung by [...] . . . → Read More: Artists Respond to Michael Brown’s Murder and the Ferguson Rebellions


Protests Against Climate Change in Washington, DC

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On September 21, 2014 over 300,000 people swarmed Manhattan in mass protest against global climate change. With indigenous peoples and people of color leading the charge , the largest protest against climate change in history took place in New York City. On September 23, Rising Tide DC (RTDC), the local chapter of the [...] . . . → Read More: Protests Against Climate Change in Washington, DC


New Lens Productions – The Power of the Media in the Hands of Baltimore Youth

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To promote social change through the use of art and media.   The above audio is an interview of New Lens, recorded for This Light Sounds for Social Change, a Washington, D.C. based radio series featuring activist artists from across the globe. New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization working to assist youth [...] . . . → Read More: New Lens Productions – The Power of the Media in the Hands of Baltimore Youth