If you are young, Black and poor in America today, are police at war with you?
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As we continue 2015: The Year of Resistance with a firm dedication to the liberation of Black, Brown and oppressed communities, along with dismantling the New Jim Crow, we would like to honor our sisters and brothers who paved the way in our nation and around the world! It is important that we feature their voices. Although we believe Black history is made EVERYDAY and should be reflected in all of American and world history, this month serves as national awareness of powerful leaders in our communities and the significant roles we’ve played in history. May our leaders' fierce words, resilient spirits, and enduring dedication drive us all as we continue this journey of resistance and empowerment.
We have NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS.
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 the program has served over 150 local residents, and has inspired Books and Breakfast initiatives in Newark, NJ; Little Rock, Arkansas; Oakland, California, and most recently added Trenton, NJ.
Upcoming HUU Books and Breakfast are scheduled from 9am to 11am on the following dates:
Starting January 31st until our next Books and Breakfast on February 28th, we are challenging the world to read "The New Jim Crow." In order for us to dismantle the "New Jim Crow" and the system it was birthed from, we must first understand it. Take the challenge!
"I started the @HandsUpUnited_ #BookAndBreakfast challenge and am reading #TheNewJimCrow. Join Me!"
Over 160 community supporters, technologists and activists crowdfunded $10,000 in 10 days to educate Ferguson/St. Louis youth about technology with hopes of bringing their revolutionary movement to the cloud.
The goal of the Roy Clay Sr. Workshop is to help build awareness for local black-owned businesses, small firms that invest back into the community, nonprofits, and social movements in the Ferguson / Greater St. Louis Area.
10 participants were selected in the pilot program and will learn about web development, social media, and entrepreneurship, plus the negative social and political implications of technology. At the end, participants will share their new tech skills by building the technical infrastructure for mission oriented organizations and businesses that serve the community. Participants will be given a $500 stipend and personal laptop after completing the program.
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 the Civil Rights Movement or the Hip-Hop Movement, music has always been used to inspire people to action. This section of the site will be dedicated to sharing the music of artists who are using their gift to motivate and mobilize.
The first feature on our music page comes from Ferguson's very own Loki. Check out his new freestyle "Letter to Obama" which will be featured on his upcoming album Poems From Ferguson. The song was inspired by the pain the 16 year old frontliner felt after the non-indicment of Michael Brown's murder, Darren Wilson.
Check out his reason for writing this powerful song:
"My name is Loki. I wrote this song titled 'Letter to Obama' because I don't feel Obama cares for my city. I was inspired to write this when I overheard an old man saying Obama loves us. I don't feel loved by him. He watches young Black men dying and doesn't say anything or try to help, it's as if he doesn't see it. He is Black, his kids are Black, so he should feel our pain. He has a lot of power, I believe enough power to stop what is happening. We won't stop fighting." Loki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and others. The National Demands reflect demands developed by organizations such as Freedom Side, Dream Defenders and Color of Change.
There is more work in the fight for #JusticeForMikeBrown. You can help.
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