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Young Ferguson Activist Calls NAACP President Uncle Tom

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April V. Taylor In a surprising turn of events during an event keynoted by Dr. Cornel West, a group of young activists who have been on the front lines in Ferguson, Missouri protested a speech given by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.  Activist and journalist Rosa Clemente describes what happened as follows, at “a gathering of over 3,000 people…at some point the young people…

Cornel West Helps Protesters Get Past Police In Riot Gear To Occupy St. Louis University

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April V. Taylor After giving a rousing address at Chaifez Arena, Dr. Cornel West joined Ferguson October protests that occurred late Sunday evening into Monday morning.  After marching and organizing all weekend along with others, there were many who felt that the thousands of people who filled the arena to hear religious platitudes and take advantage of a free opportunity to hear Dr. West needed to do more than just…

VIDEO Of Dr. Cornel West Being Man Handled By Cops In Ferguson

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April V. Taylor After Dr. Cornel West embraced the young people leading the movement in Ferguson on Sunday during Ferguson October, he stood with them in acts of civil disobedience on Monday.  As a respected activist, author and Black intellectual, Dr. West’s presence helped mend a divide between young people and the older generation.  Many young leaders felt that adults were hijacking their efforts, trying to present a polished face…

#FergusonOctober Protesters Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game

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April V. Taylor After a weekend of protests during #FergusonOctober in St. Louis, Missouri that have seen protesters occupy St. Louis University, shut down three Wal-Marts, shut down Hollywood Casino and have Cornel West arrested, protesters have now unfurled banners at a St. Louis Rams Game.  Approximately fifty protesters attended the game with the intent to bring Rams fans, ESPN and sports fans attention to the injustice of a black…

Mumia Abu Jamal addresses Ferguson protesters, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez Perform at #HipHop4Justice

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Michael Brown’s Mother Shows Strength of Black Women, Marches With Protesters

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April V. Taylor As protesters gathered at Michael Brown’s memorial Saturday night, the mood was solemn.   Protesters chanted as they waited for Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, siblings and other family members to arrive. As they pulled onto Canfield Drive, protesters asked media to respect her as they swarmed her car. As she emerged, she was clearly emotional and overwhelmed by the large crowd of hundreds of people from all over…

Hundreds March On Ferguson Police Department, Deliver Casket To Them

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Tensions Flare As St Louis Cops Injure, Pepper Spray, Hospitalize Protesters

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Dozens of protesters took to the streets Thursday night to protest the killing of black teenager Vonderrick Myers by a white, off-duty St. Louis police officer. As they chanted and marched, police blocked off Grand Avenue, a main thoroughfare in St. Louis. At one point, protesters burned an American flag to symbolize the betrayal they feel about so many young Black people losing their lives at the hands of police…

White Off Duty St. Louis Cop Guns Down Black Teen, Witnesses Say Cops Are Lying

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April V. Taylor Tensions in St. Louis have reached a fever pitch as another black teenager was killed Wednesday night by a white police officer with eye witness accounts varying from the police narrative.  The shooting happened nearly two months to the day of black unarmed teenager Michael Brown being killed in the nearby St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.  A crowd quickly gathered near the scene and protesters chanted into…

Ferguson: Possible Juror Misconduct, Cover-Up In Michael Brown Case

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April V. Taylor After having the decision by the grand jury investigating the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown delayed until next year, investigative reporter Shaun King and others have uncovered several things that point to unethical legal proceedings and a possible cover-up by police. This includes violations of the state’s sunshine laws by hiding basic evidentiary information, questionable revelations of information that include juror misconduct and criminal actions…

Ferguson Police Charge $135 An Hour To Release Documents on Michael Brown Killing

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April V. Taylor The Associated Press has reported that bureaucrats in Ferguson, Missouri have charged them $135 an hour for a days work to provide them with government files about the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown.  This is nearly 10 times the cost of some city’s employees’ salaries, but what makes it even more shocking is that under the state’s Sunshine Act, these records are supposed to be provided…

DOJ Demands Ferguson Officers Stop Wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” Wristbands

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April V. Taylor The Department of Justice released a letter Friday that they sent to the Ferguson Police Department demanding that officers stop wearing wristbands that read “I Am Darren Wilson.” It would seem officers and officials should have been aware of the fact that wearing the wristbands would only serve to agitate tensions between citizens and officers that stem from the August 9th shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael…