State of Emergency?

On Monday, August 10th 2015, St. Louis County Exec Steve Stenger called a State of Emergency. We fired back to challenge this statement and demand the state to answer #WhichEmergency? Because we've been living in a state of crisis for 400 years! 






Hands Up United is a collective of politically engaged minds building towards the liberation of oppressed Black, Brown and Poor people through education, art, civil disobedience, advocacy and agriculture. It is our duty to win and empower our communities so we can continue to build.

Our signature programs are: 


  • On the last Saturday of every month, Hands Up United facilitates a #BooksAndBreakfast for the Greater St. Louis area. We believe knowledge is power and it is imperative for our community to know their history, understand the root of America's racism and economic inequalities, as well as our victories so we can continue to connect the dots in this struggle. We offer free adult, teen and children books over a warm freshly made breakfast platter. Read more here. 



  • We believe 21st century movements requires 21st century skills. We offer free 6-week technology training workshops, combining activism and coding, to local St. Louis natives between the ages of 16 and 30. Read more here.  


Whether it is help with an action, setting up an event, coordinating programs, building management, community outreach, graphic design or photography - we're are always looking for volunteers to help us behind the scenes. No matter what your level of involvement, your time and talents are welcome and appreciated. 

If you are local, able, and dedicated to the mission of stopping police brutality, dismantling the New Jim Crow, and developing new resources for the community, we would love to add you to our family of volunteers. Please fill out the form and we will contact you:

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The murder of Michael Brown and its aftermath have exposed the ongoing crisis of police-on-black crime. As we work toward justice for the Brown family, we must also address the ongoing systemic problems of police practices in black, brown and all oppressed communities. We come together as diverse organizations to speak with one voice, so that the greater St. Louis area can become a model for justice for all across the United States.


Local Demands 

  1. Swift and impartial investigation by the Department of Justice into the Michael Brown shooting and an expanded Department of Justice investigation into patterns of civil rights violations by police across North St. Louis County.
  2. Immediate arrest of Darren Wilson.
  3. County Prosecutor Robert McCullough to stand down and allow a Special Prosecutor to be appointed.
  4. Firing of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
  5. Accountability for police practices and policies, including effective civilian review regarding shootings and allegations of misconduct. 
  6. Immediate de-escalation of militarized policing of protestors to protect constitutional rights.
  7. Immediate release of individuals who have exercised their rights to assemble and protest.

National Demands

  1. Obama to come to Ferguson to meet with the people whose human rights have been violated by aggressive and militarized policing, including the family of the victim – Michael Brown.

  2. Eric Holder to use the full resources and power of the Department of Justice to implement a nationwide investigation of systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities.

  3. Ensure transparency, accountability, and safety of our communities by requiring front facing cameras in police departments with records of racial disparities in stops, arrests, killings, and excessive force complaints.

  4. Immediate suspension without pay of law enforcement officers that have used or approved excessive use of force. Additionally, their names and policing history should be made available to the public.

**This is a reflection of the local demands as expressed by local organizations leading on the ground in Ferguson, such as Organization for Black StruggleMissourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and others. The National Demands reflect demands developed by organizations such as Freedom SideDream Defenders and Color of Change.