Ferguson is everywhere. From Baltimore to South Carolina, Ayotzinapa and Palestine, millions are rising together to resist class warfare, racism and State terrorism.




Once a month Hands Up United (HUU) facilitates a Books and Breakfast for the community of Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis municipalities.  The goal of the program is to encourage an open dialogue with the residents while facilitating local engagement on social justice issues, political theory, and educational development.  Our mission is to cultivate an environment that enhances the skills and experiences to actively fight local level issues that have an undeniable connection to our international partners in the fight for justice.  All of this and a healthy breakfast!

To date our program has served over 150 local residents, and has inspired Books and Breakfast initiatives in 15 cities nationwide.

To date our program has served over 150 local residents, and has inspired Books and Breakfast initiatives in 15 cities nationwide.

Donate Books to our Program:

Mark Your Calendars:

Upcoming HUU Books and Breakfast are scheduled from 9AM -11AM on the following dates:

  • April 25th - Theme: Pan-Africanism
  • May 30th - Theme: Malcolm X Taught Us 
  • June 27th - Theme: Patrice Lumumba (Congo)
  • July 25th - Theme: The Power of Black Music + Lyrics
  • August 29th - Theme: Mike Brown Rebellion 


The Roy Clay Sr. Workshop is a free six-week intensive program aimed at teaching selected St. Louis candidates web development with the goal of strengthening local, black-owned businesses, nonprofits and social movements in the area. 

We are excited to launch our second cohort for The Roy Clay Sr. Web Development and Entrepreneurship 6-Week Workshop starting on July 11th, 2015. This workshop series will consist of teaching local St. Louis aged 16 - 30 skill sets in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Web Hosting, User Design, Entrepreneurship and Consulting. 

Participants who complete the workshop will receive a $500 stipend and will be considered for a personal laptop to allow them to freelance their skills within the community. Participants will be assigned to build a local business’ digital presence.

Students meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Saturdays 10:oo AM - 6:00 PM.


  • Mentor - As a mentor, you will work along the side of participants and help build their confidence in the skills learned throughout the workshop series. We hope to assign each mentor to one participant during an assigned workshop. A mentor will help brainstorm, problem-solve, and pair on lessons. Sign up here
  • Volunteer - We're looking for volunteers to help with support, operations, logistics, community building, spreading the word and social media. Sign up here
  • Donate - Your support means we can empower more local youth to use technology to help build local businesses and launch their tech careers. Each participants receives 6-week training, a $500 stipend and can be considered for a personal laptop to freelance their skills.
  • Small Businesses - Do you need help launching your business? Our youth can help. Fill out this form and we will contact you. 
  • Partner - Help us grow, collaborate with us, build with us. Knowledge Share. Email: Abby Bobe' abby@handsupunited.org

Upcoming Events

  • Sign up here to stay updated when we launch upcoming workshops. Workshops include: Graphic Design and Activism, IT Support, Quality Assurance, and additional Web Development sessions.

About the Tech Impact Initiative

The revolution will be digitized. Computer programming and web development are 21st century skills that can be used to activate ideas, grow small businesses and build grass-root movements. As a way counter cyber warfare, close the digital divide and address the issues of economic equality, Hands Up United will lead technical training workshops to the Ferguson community.

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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Please select the type of role you would like to volunteer for: (Select all that apply) *




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.