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7 Peaceful Ways to Respond to Michael Brown's Death, Ferguson Unrest

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Jessica Lussenhop
Volunteers clean after riots in Ferguson Sunday night as a news crew looks on.
Feeling helpless? Wish you could do something to stop the violence on TV and in your social-media streams? You're not alone.

Four days of unrest have left St. Louis furious, mournful and emotionally drained just as the spotlight of international media shines down on the region's struggles with racial inequality. The anger runs so deep that even volunteers who cleaned the burned-down QuikTrip in Ferguson Monday morning were harassed by people saying they were "helping the white man."

See all Riverfront Times coverage of protests in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death.

With the week only halfway over and violence in Ferguson escalating with the news of two shootings Tuesday night, Daily RFT is collecting actions St. Louis residents can take to respond to the death of Michael Brown and the riots in Ferguson. Scroll to the bottom to see how you can add your own event or fundraiser.

1. Donate money to Michael Brown's family.
Donations to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund can be made at any Fifth Third Bank.

There's also a Gofundme site launched to raise $15,000 for Brown's family. Update: The online fundraisers appear to have shut down. We'll update if we find another online place to donate.

Update: Here's a new Gofundme site with nearly $70,000 in donations: Michael Brown Memorial Fund.

Here's another place to donate:


2. Go to a prayer vigil, community meeting or other nonviolent gathering.
Supporters of the Brown family will meet for a celebration of his life and a concert featuring Ferguson artist Brian Owens at 6 p.m. Wednesday in O'Fallon Park in the city of St. Louis.


Update: Operation Black Struggle is organizing a march downtown Monday, August 18. Protesters will meet at 3 p.m. at Kiener Plaza and march to the governor's office in the Wainwright Building.

Know of more vigils or meetings? Email Lindsay.Toler@riverfronttimes.com, and we'll add them.

3. Donate to the Ferguson food pantry.
The food pantry at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church has had to turn families away after unrest closed the store that usually stocks its shelves. A sign on the door asks people to "pray for all in sorrow." Donations of canned goods or boxed food are welcome at 33 North Clay in Ferguson.

4. Donate to the North Campus.
Have you been following Alderman Antonio French's amazing video coverage of the protests in Ferguson? Consider giving back to a cause close to his heart. French is the president of the North Campus, which offers in-school tutoring and after-school tutoring and enrichment programs for third through eighth graders living or attending school on campus in north St. Louis city. The organization has raised $20,000 toward its $50,000 goal. You can set up an automatic monthly donation, or click the "donate" button to make a one-time pledge.

4. Sign the petition for the "Michael Brown Law."
More than 1,000 people have already signed a petition demanding that police officers to wear cameras at all times. Police in Columbia have been wearing body cameras since last month.

Update: Here's a similar petition with 116,000+ signatures: Please Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct.

Update: If you want to help people who have been arrested during the unrest, you can donate to the Ferguson Legal Support fund here.

5. Attend or organize a cleanup in Ferguson.
Churches are doing it. Families are doing it. Grab a shovel, broom or trash bag and head to Ferguson. If you're looking for an organized cleanup, volunteers met at the First Baptist Church in Ferguson this morning and are cleaning until this afternoon.

Update: Here's a cleanup happening Monday.

6. Take care of yourself and your children.
The St. Louis County Children Service Fund is offering mental-health crisis counseling today and Thursday. On Wednesday, counseling services will be available from 3 to 7 p.m. at Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen Drive. On Thursday, services will be available from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Epworth CGM Building, 7520 Natural Bridge Road.

Need help now? Call the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline at 314-628-2929.

7. Keep your porch light on.
It sounds simple, but people across St. Louis are keeping their porch lights on all night to show solidarity with those demanding justice and peace in Ferguson. Nine thousand people say they're keeping on their lights in this Facebook event.

UPDATE: 8. Donate to the school supply drive.


Update: And here's a Feed the Students of Ferguson campaign to raise money for students facing hunger after school was delayed and nearby stores were closed.

Have a suggestion for this article? Email Lindsay.Toler@riverfronttimes.com.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

Well stereo types are there for a reason!! If you don't want people to be racist then don't back up all the stereo types so well Stephanie!!

Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

Well Stephanie you sound like your related to all the dumb fucks in ferguson! You and jack must be related

Barbara Henderson
Barbara Henderson

Hey jack he was being attacked and bum rushed by mike! Who is 6'4 and over 300 lbs! If I was in the cops shoes I would have shot too! And so would a black cop! It has nothing to do with the color of skin the cop was protecting himself! Mike did ton a store and resist arrest! The cop did what he was trained to do!! Sounds to me your extremely racist and should hear both sides of the story before just stopping at the color of the cops skin!! Who's more racist you or the lol

Mardy Graham
Mardy Graham

Look at all of these trolls on here talking mess!! If you don't like what RFT suggests go and set up your own fund for him!!! Too busy talking mess and not finding a solution..We are not going nowhere!!

Terry Iverson
Terry Iverson

The the family wants a lynch mob for officer Wilson and you want me to give money to them

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

Not willing to donate for a thug to be buried..#sorrynotsorry I do feel bad for the good people of Ferguson that have to deal with all this BS ovr a lil thug wanna be

Kimberly Mix
Kimberly Mix

He's getting PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.... NEXT!

Christine Hagan
Christine Hagan

Putting this up their peaceful way will not get to the thugs robbing an looting because their on drugs an don't care for nor want peace!

Nancy Brunk-Reilly
Nancy Brunk-Reilly

Threatening people simply reinforces where the violence comes from

Nancy Brunk-Reilly
Nancy Brunk-Reilly

Actually I lived in florssant for 12 years until my health took a turn. I come across often to visit my best friend who lives in the middle of this stupidity. She has only been able to return in tbe day. Schools cant start. People can't live . Not right. I was in Ferguson today at the doc. Going back there also.

Stephanie Mondaine
Stephanie Mondaine

O wait... you're just afraid they are gonna come across that bridge

Missy Smith
Missy Smith

I think the law needs to be set regarding the cameras, but, do not call it the Michael Brown Law. Video shows he is probably not the right person to name that law after.

Jack NextDoor
Jack NextDoor

They probably have policies against posting links to the KKK

Jack NextDoor
Jack NextDoor

He'll have plenty of support, the KKK is taking up a collection.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

And get arrested for some trumped up charge like loitering or failure to leave riot evidence on the ground..#1984

Berri Jackson-West
Berri Jackson-West

How about some unbiased reporting and post a link to the fund set up for Officer Wilson? This story has two sides.

Erica Crowley
Erica Crowley

What about links to support Officer Wilson? One sided reporting once again.

Joe Mundy
Joe Mundy

Unemployment is alive and well in Ferguson

Wazrom
Wazrom

RIP.Mike!

What i have been saying for years about all of this social decay was just said by a CNN reporter that just came from the middle east. I just moved from Michigan to Portland Or. to avoid such a thing. I am now apart of a peace/art movement to help awareness. http://wazrom.webs.com/  

I may be white, but because i am a quarter native American, and a creative with different views, i was left without employment, medical attention and nearly starved to death as people watched. I had a spine injury in 2005, and since then, i have been in and out of homelessness with the modern system failing me left and right. I am now 31, and i have been unemployed with major medical issue since i was 23. When i was 16, after the columbine shooting, i had a friend make a joke on a chat line. After that, it was blown up by police and media, and Bill Clinton sent feds to our home town.I was treated like a terrorist! They were going to put me in prison for 70plus years for something i had never done, i just was guilty of association!. It destroyed my life, and my career. Since then i took my brilliant creative intellect, and became an artist. I could have been a Bio Engineer through U of M, but  after i was threatened by the US GOV. and local GOV.to basically, "never think again", i felt that my high IQ would never be used. Yet if i joined the military, then i could be used, and live my dream.

Something needs to be done or understood before it all collapses on us.

Cordially,

Ian J. Winckelmann, CEO of Wazrom

lerojons
lerojons

Yes, 100% true that looting and stealing and destroying private citizen's properties has nothing to do with an injustice.  After hearing some of the black spokeperson state "these people only know violence since they were raised in violent neighborhoods and areas" and this proved this statement was correct in Ferguson.  Why would any company build businesses in areas where the residents state it is full of violence and that is what they know???? 
The mis-named "knock-em-out game" went 100% not being addressed by Sharpton, Jackson, Eric Holder and Barrack Obama.  Where do these folks get off only taking care of black problems?  This is reverse discrimination to the max.  Knock-em-out killed individuals and maimed others and was 100% racial hate crimes against Asians and Caucasians.  Where was Holder and Obama on calling in the FBI to investigate these?

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

I feel for this community, but rioting is not the answer.

Jpopgirl
Jpopgirl

I think the looters and rioters should clean the mess. The looting and Rioting is not called for  it not going to change things and 2 wrongs don`t make a right. The police are not making it any better in the matter They are arresting anyone  that  they feel as a threat  to them. You don`t want  every news crew from around the world showing how the Police  is messing up and handling this very badly  Looting and Rioting is not  going to bring Michael  Brown Jr back. I was shocked that I heard on the news that people was posting on Crags List  to come  Riot and loot! What the Police done is wrong is  for shooting Mr Brown and  not trying to work with the community and try to  fix the the problem and  stop playing games and give the community some answers. Today Police has this thing is to shoot first and ask questions and find out later if they feel like it. Ferguson looks like some place in the middle east you see on TV. I think after it settles down The city of Ferguson and the Ferguson Police Dept will  be dealing with some Lawsuits But I think that the people in the community wants to pitch in and clean up the mess. The Police wont do it  the City will fine the landowners  if they clean up the mess. Every citizen should help keep their community clean and neat. I would not like to visit a place or shop  that  looks like a war zone! I pray for peace and for  the Brown family 

P.r. Lanning
P.r. Lanning

Alderman Antonio French is a St. Louis CITY Alderman, why should people donate to his cause! $$$ should be put back into the city of Ferguson.

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

how about stop sensationalizing it by even reporting on it..

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

Ummm, no thank you.They(the looters& rioters) did it, let them clean it up.Not my barrel of idiots, not my problem

chnsilver
chnsilver

The story does not start with Brown rushing Wilson. It starts with Wilson grabbing Brown trying to pull him into the vehicle. Now the cop had the gun Michael had none. After being shot it does not make good scientific sense that Brown tried to rush Wilson. The Evidence shows that Brown was several times a good distance away while being executed. How can he run towards the officer. By the way this is a color issue. This officer was fired before from another police department that had been tagged by FBI as a racist department. That's the story.

lerojons
lerojons

Yes, 100% true that looting and stealing and destroying private citizen's properties has nothing to do with an injustice.  After hearing some of the black spokeperson state "these people only know violence since they were raised in violent neighborhoods and areas" and this proved this statement was correct in Ferguson.  Why would any company build businesses in areas where the residents state it is full of violence and that is what they know???? 
The mis-named "knock-em-out game" went 100% not being addressed by Sharpton, Jackson, Eric Holder and Barrack Obama.  Where do these folks get off only taking care of black problems?  This is reverse discrimination to the max.  Knock-em-out killed individuals and maimed others and was 100% racial hate crimes against Asians and Caucasians.  Where was Holder and Obama on calling in the FBI to investigate these?

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