Terror in Ferguson !

Last night, St. Louis and Ferguson police — dressed in camouflage and equipped with armored tanks and military rifles — fired tear gas, rubber coated bullets, and flash grenades at thousands of Black residents exercising their right to peacefully assemble and demand accountability for the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.1 Many were injured in the war-like environment as police displayed a blatant disregard for civil rights — unlawfully arresting dozens of people including members of the press. Local authorities have proven incapable and the federal government must step in.

Tell President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder to step in and provide federal marshals to protect Missouri from an out of control police force.

Earlier today, President Obama said:

“Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done. And I’ve asked that the attorney general and the U.S. attorney on the scene continue to work with local officials to move that process forward.”2

But that’s not enough. President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder must take definitive action to increase oversight and enforce a higher national standard that ends rampant police misconduct and protects the civil rights of Black Missourians. If not, matters will only get worse.

Join me in calling on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to intervene and protect Missouri from an unaccountable and violent police force. And when you are done, ask your friends and family to do the same.

And it’s not just Ferguson. Systemic militarization of law enforcement combined with long-held racial bias and the criminalization of Black residents has turned those exercising their constitutional right to peacefully assemble and protest in Ferguson into enemy combatants of a highly militarized and violent police force.3 This must end and there’s no time to waste.

In the past 48 hours, nearly 70,000 ColorOfChange members have taken action demanding justice for Michael Brown. Will you continue to work toward a path of justice for Michael Brown and other victims of police violence?

Thanks and peace,


1.”The Most Outrageous Police Tactics In Ferguson” ThinkProgress 8-14-14

2. “Transcript: Obama’s remarks on unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Iraq,” Washington Post 8-14-14

3. “Ferguson and the Militarization of Police” US News 08-14-2014

Just days ago, a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot unarmed, Black, 18-year-old, Michael Brown as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend.
Ferguson police racially profiled and executed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Mike Brown #BlackYouthMatterTell the DOJ and local officials to hold all officers fully accountable:

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Just days ago, a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot unarmed, Black, 18-year-old, Michael Brown as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend.1 Eye witnesses report that the police officer, who has yet to be identified, fired several shots at Michael as the teen stood in the street with his hands in the air. The family and local community members are calling his death an execution.

Racially-motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement. Join us in demanding a rigorous investigation, prosecution, and firing of all officers involved in this tragic police killing. It only takes a moment.

Dorian Johnson, Michael’s good friend, who experienced the entire police killing from just feet away, spoke out today.2 Detailing the entire police attack, Dorian reveals the officer’s malice from start to finish, with the officer’s first words to the teens, “get the f—k on the sidewalk.” As the officer’s aggression escalated, and he fired the first shots into Michael, the teens ran in fear for their lives. As Michael stood in the street with his hands in the air, the officer fired the fatal shots. Michael’s last words were, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

Take action to secure justice for Michael’s family and ensure that all involved officers are prosecuted and fired. And when you do, please ask your family and friends to do the same.

Law enforcement officials are working hard to construct a false narrative and make it harder to hold the officers accountable, even refusing to interview the primary eye-witness of the police killing.3 Enough is enough.This tragic police killing is representative of the systemic police abuse affecting Black communities in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country.

Last year, Black Missouri residents were 66% more likely to be stopped by police, and more likely to be arrested, even though white residents were more likely to be found with contraband.4 And despite representing two thirds of Ferguson’s population, Black people are 86% of those stopped by police while driving.5 Decades of entrenched police violence and racial profiling policies targeting Black youth on the basis of dehumanizing stereotypes has led to the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

We cannot allow police to kill with impunity. Demand full accountability and firings today.

Thanks and peace,

— Matt, Rashad, Arisha, Jamar, Lyla and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
August 14th, 2014

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1. “Unarmed 18-year-old man shot dead by police in Missouri: witnesses,” NY Daily News, 08-10-14

2. “Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend’s death,” MSNBC 08-12-2014

3. See reference 3.

4. “Michael Brown and disparity of due process,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 08-11-2014

5. “Black residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are stopped and arrested far more than whites,” BuzzFeed, 08-11-14

“Ferguson police just executed my son”

Hi there—This is a message from Rashad Robinson, the Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, that we thought was important to pass along.

Dear MoveOn member,
I’m Rashad Robinson of ColorOfChange.org, and I started a petition to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, which says:

I write demanding full accountability for the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On August 9, 2014, a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot Michael as the teen stood in the street with his hands in the air. Police subsequently failed to properly notify the family of Michael’s death and callously left the young man lying deceased in the street for hours.

This type of brutal and racially motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement. Every day, Black residents of Ferguson and Missouri face possible abuse and death at the hands of an officer due to discriminatory policing tactics based on dehumanizing racial stereotypes. In order to secure the necessary justice for Michael’s family and prevent this type of indefensible violence in the future, you must take immediate action.

Please exercise your authority to complete a rigorous investigation of the Ferguson Police Department’s racially discriminatory policing, prosecute said officers to the fullest extent of the law, and begin the firing process for all involved officers.

Sign Rashad’s petition

A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer racially profiled and fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown as the teen stood with his hands in the air. Mike Brown’s father—Louis Head—and community members are calling it an execution.

Racially motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement and represents the systemic police abuse against Black communities in Ferguson and Missouri at large.

Enough is enough. Please join us in calling on federal and city officials to rigorously investigate, prosecute, and fire all officers involved.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Rashad Robinson

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All it takes is one gun in the wrong hands to turn calm and quiet into catastrophe. That’s something I know all too well, having survived the shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle eight years ago.

Every day in Washington State, guns are being sold without background checks by unlicensed sellers at gun shows and online. That means criminals and other dangerous people, including the severely mentally ill, have easy access to firearms.

Take a look at this new ad about the dangerous loopholes in Washington’s laws — then share it with your friends and family.

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Changing America closes on September 7,2014

NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

Last Chance to see Changing America!

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Dear Charter Members and friends,

Please be sure to go see our current exhibitions soon as both close on September 7, 2014! The main exhibition, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963, is on display in the NMAAHC Gallery at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), in Washington, D.C. The gallery features historic photographs, paintings and film footage. Our other exhibition, Marian Anderson: Artist and Symbol, can be found at the entrance to Changing America. The exhibition features the orange and black ensemble Marian Anderson wore during her famous public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.

Read More about these amazing exhibitions.

Coming Soon – Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Taladega College

Hale Woodruff

Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, will open to the public at the NMAH on November 7, 2014. The exhibition is presented by the NMAAHC and is organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with Talladega College. Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900–1980) was born in Cairo, Ill. He studied art at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the Fogg Museum of Harvard University. Woodruff contributed to the development of African American art, not only as an artist, but also as a distinguished arts educator.

Read the Press Release about this exciting upcoming exhibition.

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