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Who's Who of Ferguson Protests: Leaders, Activists

Categories: Michael Brown

The Watching World

"The World Is Watching" is more than a social-media catchphrase or a fodder for protest signs. Indeed, Ferguson is being watched, and the world seems disturbed by what it's seen so far.

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Jessica Lussenhop
The Amnesty International delegation in Ferguson is the first of its kind -- ever -- to set foot in the United States.
Amnesty International
Things must be bad if Amnesty International arrives on scene. The global human-rights watchdog group makes frequent stops in countries beset with corruption and strife, and the Middle East keeps the organization busy. But now a thirteen-member delegation is exploring Ferguson.

"This is a human-rights crisis in America," executive director Steven Hawkins told Daily RFT earlier this week. He says the group is alarmed at police's expansive "must walk" laws enforced on West Florissant Avenue. He characterized the police's tactics toward protesters as a threat to free speech.

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The National Lawyers Guild's observers wear hats that are, in fact, quite easy to observe in a crowd.
Legal Observers
If you're a Ferguson protester, you should know that the probability of getting arrested has risen sharply in the past several days. Police in Ferguson arrested more than 100 people since Sunday, and at times officers appeared to simply target the nearest young black man in sight.

The deteriorating situation in Ferguson has attracted dozens of lawyers from across the country to don the neon green hats of Legal Observers for the National Lawyers Guild. They can be seen handing out pamphlets or advising protesters on their rights -- but even lawyers aren't immune from arrest: The National Lawyers Guild reported that police arrested Legal Observer Max Suchan and detained him for four hours Wednesday morning.


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21 comments
sheldon.shimlocker
sheldon.shimlocker

I'm just impressed with the way Obama has improved racial relations in this country. Almost as good as the way he improved health care.

BlueMonday
BlueMonday

Chappelle-Nadal is pure ghetto. No woman speaks like that unless they're scum like she is. We can easily guess who elected her to office! She's an absolute fool!

Judith Anthony
Judith Anthony

You left out the religious leaders like Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Renita Marie Lamkin and C Jessel Strong and the Clergy Coalition all of whom have been on the ground and serving peacefully since the first day. This story is incomplete.

Steve787
Steve787

Certainly, the number of groups absent from this list is at least as long as those present, and no one expects any article to mention or even discover them all. But, the absence of the Saint Louis based Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) from this article is very troubling.  OBS has been working on reducing police harassment and police brutality in the Saint Louis region for more than 30 years.  They arrived Day One to help put this troubling event in context and have never left.  OBS is not the only major organization missing from the article, just the most troubling because when this tragedy has cycled out of the news, OBS will still be here, as it has been since 1980, working on the issues raised by Mike Brown's death.

ReeCee
ReeCee

Additionally, there are vast scores of artists who do community outreach work and have been in the area each day I've been there. Several poets in my personal circle have made it a point to be a near constant presence, have organized protests and have worked at notifying hundreds of people on social network sites of what is transpiring in Ferguson.  We have put down our pens and took to the streets in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.  

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

The real question is who are the leaders trying to unify and bring all people together?

Nikki Weinstein
Nikki Weinstein

And the religious community leadership (adding to Kellie list)

Kellie Willis
Kellie Willis

But you've missed several local key organizations under the activist category who have played a MAJOR role: Organizationfor BlackStruggle Missourians Organizing for a Reform and Empowerment, CAPCR, IFCLA. I see some of their faces in some of the photos you've used. These folks again are local and have been on the ground in the St. Louis community for many many years. And we are in it for the long run!

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