Ferguson revolutionary community organizer Huey Jakhi speaking on his life before the movement and after Mike Brown's murder, black liberation, religion, and the flag. The interview was filmed on November 19, 2014 in St. Louis, MO.
Demonstrators gathered on November 17, 2014 in Clayton, MO--a suburb of St. Louis that happens to be the seat of economic and political power for the city. It is in Clayton that real systemic and institutional action could challenge white supremacy and end racism. Clayton is where St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar works, prosecutor Bob McCulloch works over the grand jury, and is the home to many wealthy donors with an interest in maintaining the status quo.
The Injustice Freak Show had many components: a big baby, wonderful banners of Governor Jay Nixon and officer Darren Wilson, balloons, a wailing woman, scared white people, black youth demanding systemic change, plenty of police, and people to boot. The group of maybe a few hundred worked to shut parts of Clayton down with success.
The action, organized by many different groups, happened on the 101st day since the murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The City of Rochester red light camera law has one big unintended consequence that business leaders should take note of - red light camera tickets are bad for companies doing business in Rochester and tourism.
At the urging of City Hall, last week Rochester's City Council voted 6 to 3 to continue (and expand) the local red light camera program. The cameras are set up at 32 intersections, many in the downtown business and tourism areas. The law allows the City to add 18 more intersections for a total of 50 around town. The Mayor plans to sign the law this week and renew the private vendor's contract.
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, members of Africans United Organization held a special event titled "Refugees and Immigrants: Chanllenges in the U.S.A." Faziri Ndahiro, Girma Erena, Zamda Kamikazi, Gerard Ndacayisenga, & Partick Kiptoo sat on the panel discussing AUO, their personal experiences as African refugees and immigrants, and some programs that AUO is running to engage the community. The event was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Ricardo Adams and Yusef Bunchy Shakur introduced a community report back with Dhoruba Toure Shakur & Sixela Yoccm from Ferguson, MO. "They think it's a game, they think it's a joke!" Ferguson organizers speak! came together rather quickly as resources were pooled to bring these organizers to Rochester to not only speak about what was going on in Ferguson, but also to answer questions from the community about Michael Brown's murder and organizing going on here. Up to the point of coming to Rochester, both organizers had been on the streets of Ferguson for over 70 days operating with Tribe X and the Freedom Fighters. The event was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.
My partner and I attended the opening exhibition for this ongoing project that has been really gaining momentum in the last few months. Rhys Harper launched an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a cross-country road trip this summer, photographing trans and gender-non-conforming people along the way. The results are beautiful 24X36 inch black and white portraits, along with brief bios of each subject, to illustrate who they are as people, beyond their gender identities.
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Leslie James Pickering from Buffalo, NY came to the Flying Squirrel Community Space to present on the FBI's intrusion into his personal life and business--Burning Books--since returning to Western New York. The event titled "U.S. out of my living room: The case of Leslie James Pickering, the Earth Liberation Front Press Office, & Burning Books" was organized by Enough Is Enough for its A People's History of the FBI film and discussion series. It was also apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.
On Monday, October 20, 2014, Pastor Nina Warr, of Inner Faith Gospel Tabernacle and Precious Bedell of Turning Points Family Center were invited to sit on a panel looking at how mass incarceration impacts families. The panel was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.
Vulnerable Populations/Critical Populations: The criminalization of poverty, homelessness, and dissent
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Sister Grace Miller of House of Mercy and Harry Murray, a professor at Nazareth College were invited to sit on a panel looking at criminalization of dissent, homelessness, and poverty. The panel was apart of the Flying Squirrel Community Space's stop mass incarceration programming for the month of October.