Who's Who of Ferguson Protests: Leaders, Activists

Categories: Michael Brown

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Danny Wicentowski
The People of Ferguson

Obviously, these collections of competing interests, ideologies and politics make Ferguson a staggeringly complex situation to comprehend, let alone analyze. But from another perspective, Ferguson is actually very, very simple to understand:

People live here.

Put aside the high-minded talk of a nation confronting its historical racism -- it is the residents of this St. Louis suburb who must smell tear gas leaking into their homes each night. They are the businesses owners suffering after each round of looting. They are the parents whose children are not going to school. They are the workers missing shifts because police have blockaded the roads.

They are the homeowners who allowed photographers and reporters to hide in their living rooms while armored trucks lobbed tear gas into the streets where children play. Or used to play. They were the first ones to shed tears of grief for Michael Brown and his family. They are the families who cannot burn their community to the ground for a cause. Because for the people of Ferguson, the future of their community hangs in the balance. There can be no other cause.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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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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