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  • micdotcom:

    This L.A. graffiti artist wants to change how you think about the homeless

    Skid Robot, an anonymous street artist based in Los Angeles, makes luxury appear out of thin air with his work. A canopy bed, piles of money, the Taj Mahal —  he’s spray painted it all. 

    The artwork itself is only half the story, however. It’s the people featured alongside his graffiti that are Skid Robot’s true focus. 

    "There’s a bigger injustice taking place there that I’m addressing"Follow micdotcom

  • journolist:

    #FergusonOctober

    In the Wake of Michael Brown’s Death, a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson (RH Reality Check)

    When Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, residents took to the streets to protest and call for justice. Community members and activists over the next month are gathering once again to demand justice for Brown, the victims of police violence nationwide, and the subsequent police crackdown on residents in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Organizers invite nation to St. Louis to protest and strategize for Ferguson (St. Louis American)

    People from across the country will converge on Ferguson for a Weekend of Resistance, October 10-13, to demand justice for Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teen, two months ago. From New York to Los Angeles, the weekend of resistance will mark a national call for non-violent action to end systemic racial police bias and violence against black and brown communities.

    Ferguson: A chill in the air before ‘Weekend of Resistance’ (MSNBC)

    There was a chill in the air on Wednesday night in Ferguson as protesters paid tribute to Michael Brown through candlelight vigil and prepped for a flurry of activity that is expected this coming weekend.

    Miles from Ferguson, another young man shot by police (MSNBC)

    A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a young black man on Wednesday night, sparking protests in the south of the city just a day before thousands of protesters are expected to arrive in Ferguson, Missouri for rallies and marches over the killing of Michael Brown.

    St. Louis shooting reignites anger among activists (Associated Press)

    Two months after a Ferguson officer killed Michael Brown, setting off intense national debate about law enforcement treatment of minorities, the shooting death of another black 18-year-old by police in nearby St. Louis has reignited anger among activists already planning weekend protests.

    Thousands march in downtown St. Louis to protest police violence (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 

    Thousands gathered Saturday in downtown St. Louis to protest the death of Michael Brown and call for an end to police violence nationwide. Part of a four-day series of events, dubbed “FergusonOctober” by organizers, the protest drew a diverse crowd of activists from across the nation who marched side-by-side with local residents, chanting, “We are Mike Brown.”

    Thousands march through St Louis to condemn police shootings of teens (The Guardian)

    Thousands of people marched through downtown St Louis on Saturday, to demand the arrest of the white police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson two months ago and to condemn racial profiling. The organisers claimed the protest drew about 3,000 people – far fewer than they had predicted – from across the country as part of a “Weekend of Resistance” against police forces in many parts of the country that are seen to target people of colour in general and young African Americans in particular.

    Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Review of Police Tactics (New York Times)

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday called for a wide-ranging review of police tactics and training, speaking to dozens of mayors and police chiefs who had gathered here to discuss race relations and policing in the United States in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Mo.

    Report: Black Male Teens Are 21 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Cops Than White Ones (Think Progress)

    There’s a lot we don’t know about how many people have actually been killed at police hands in the United States, thanks to woefully inadequate transparency and federal record-keeping. But there’s one thing we do now know: Among those we do know were shot by police, black teens were 21 times more likely to be shot dead than their white counterparts.

    When It Comes to Police Brutality, Seeing Isn’t Always Believing (RH Reality Check)

    We must continue to confront the ways in which our society has institutionalized the killing of Black men and boys, carried out and defended by those who truly believe their biased actions were justified.

    My Freedom Ride Started in Ferguson. I Didn’t Expect Where it Would End. (Bitch Media)

    Who knows when the next Ferguson will make headlines and captivate our hearts, but my Freedom Ride taught me that if you want to build a national movement, you must organize in your own community. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    The protests that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown created a network of youth in revolt. (The Nation) 

    Since the protests began, a few people have started to call him and several friends the “Ferguson Freedom Fighters.” Moving forward, Seals hopes to improve economic security for the black community in Ferguson. Although the city’s resident population is about 67 percent black, the majority of businesses there (55 percent) are white-owned. Seals plans to create a T-shirt print shop that would provide local black youth with jobs. “We don’t need leadership; we need ownership,” he said. “We need black-owned businesses in the black community. We need a whole different system; we don’t need a different person in the [existing] system.”

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