"They think it's a game, they think it's a joke!" Ferguson organizers speak!
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.
October 22nd was fortuitous as it is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
Ricardo Adams is a father, husband, community organizer, educator, and activist who lives in Rochester, NY and has worked tireslessly for justice on many fronts.
From Detroit, the author, father, youth mentor, inspirational speaker, community organizer and bookstore owner are just a few of the significant roles willfully acquired by the indispensable Yusef Bunchy Shakur.
Both men met Dhoruba and Sixela in Ferguson as well as many other organizers, made the connections, and were able to get them up to Rochester.
After the discussion/presentation, local, amazing, awesome vocal artist Danielle Ponder (of Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People) came up on stage and sang for those gathered.
Finally, after Danielle sang, Dhoruba and Sixela played their music video that was in production months before Michael Brown was murdered by officer Darren Wilson. It's called "Black=White" and it was recently uploaded to youtube.com. Watch it below:
It's not a game, and it's not a joke.
Statement from the Flying Squirrel collective on stop mass incarceration programming:
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