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#JusticeFo​rMikeBrown needs this


Governor Nixon appoint a special prosecutor nowPressure Gov. Nixon to intervene and secure a special prosecutor now:

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A grand jury announcement in the case against Police Officer Darren Wilson is expected any day now — and recent reports seem to indicate that Wilson will not be charged for killing Mike Brown.1 It’s painfully unjust and a direct result of Governor Nixon’s failure to lead. Instead of intervening in prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s mishandling of this case, Governor Nixon has chosen to sit idly by.

There is still time for Gov. Nixon to do what’s needed to secure justice for Mike Brown. Will you demand a special prosecutor before it’s too late?

Unless Gov. Nixon takes action, Darren Wilson will not be held fully accountable. Prosecutor McCulloch has refused to step aside or provide Mike Brown’s family with a fair and just trial of their son’s killer. But Gov. Nixon has both the responsibility and influence to move McCulloch off the case and restore integrity to Missouri’s criminal justice system.

Last week, Governor Nixon responded to growing public outrage by announcing a Ferguson Commission to investigate the economic and social conditions “underscored by the fallout to Brown’s death.”2 However, the commission has no power to enforce change and does nothing to make our communities any safer. Instead of a toothless political initiative, we need Gov. Nixon to show the necessary leadership to intervene and secure a special prosecutor. Every day, since Mike Brown’s death and the tragic St. Louis police killing of VonDerrit Myers Jr. and Kajieme Powell, inspired Missouri youth have been out on the streets organizing around a bold vision of America that is free of racially-motivated police and vigilante violence.3 It’s time for Governor Nixon to follow their courageous example.

Justice in Missouri starts with justice for Mike Brown. Take action to help increase pressure on Gov. Nixon to protect the civil and human rights of Black Missourians.

Thanks and peace,

—Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange team
October 28th, 2014

References

1. “Ferguson protesters brace for possible no indictment in Michael Brown case,” MSNBC 10-18-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4213?t=6&akid=3814.1174326.c7T0E-

2. “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon unveils plan for Ferguson’s future,” MSNBC 10-21-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4206?t=8&akid=3814.1174326.c7T0E-

3. “With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists,” NPR 10-24-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4222?t=10&akid=3814.1174326.c7T0E-


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Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org … What happened yesterday


 To be real with you, I was hoping that I’d never have to send you this email.
If we learn one thing from yesterday’s election, it’s that — now more than ever — is a time to organize.ColorOfChange IMageWe can’t afford to stop fighting. Sustain racial justice organizing with a $3 monthly pledge to ColorOfChange.

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To be real with you, I was hoping that I’d never have to send you this email. With Republicans now in control of the Senate, we will see a change in Congress that signals deep challenges for our families and communities.

Over the coming weeks and months, analysts will have much to say about the role that Black voters played in this election. Already we know that across the country, Black voters defied expectations and turned out at rates higher than in 2010 despite continued attempts by the right wing to suppress our votes.

And, unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough.

It wasn’t enough for Kay Hagan (D-NC) who lost a must-win Senate seat to Thom Tillis (R-NC) by a razor thin margin — while our communities faced the most aggressive voter suppression laws passed in the country since the Voting Rights Act. It wasn’t enough in Georgia, either, as we watched Michelle Nunn (D-GA) concede while thousands of voter registration forms remained unprocessed. And it certainly wasn’t enough in Kentucky where Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Democratic challenger wouldn’t even admit to voting for President Obama.

As a movement, we’ve got a lot to figure out; a lot more work to do to hold the people in power accountable.

I know this much: an America in which candidates are afraid or unwilling to speak directly to Black voters about the issues that matter to us is an unacceptable, insufferable status quo; an America where politicians ignore police violence and support a broken criminal justice system, prioritize corporate interests over community values and fight to make it harder for us to vote is intolerable.

If we learn one thing from yesterday’s election, it’s that — now more than ever — is a time to organize.

Will you help sustain this movement with a $3 monthly contribution?

Obscured by the larger national picture, yesterday had some meaningful victories which demonstrate the strength of our movement. Californians passed Proposition 47 which will force the state to change course from four-decades of misguided, incarceration-only policies which have destabilized Black families and drained resources from Black communities.

Massachusetts passed a bill providing for earned sick time that will relieve working folks of having to choose between their job and the health of their families. Additionally, voters in South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas and Alaska passing ballot measures to increase the minimum wage shows that there is a groundswell of popular support for issues of economic equality but candidates must exhibit political courage to move this agenda forward.

And despite the Republican takeover, the 114th Congress will have more Black members than at any time in history.

With announcements coming soon about the indictments of the officers responsible for murdering Mike Brown and Eric Garner our movement has never been more important. We can’t afford to stop fighting.

Yes — I will make a $3 monthly pledge to stand with ColorOfChange and continue holding politicians accountable.

Thanks and peace,

Rashad

#JusticeForMikeBrown ~~~ #Ferguson police confiscate​d our billboard!


During an event in Ferguson where hundreds of people marched for an end to police brutality, police confiscated our Governor Nixon mobile billboard and arrested the truck driver, who was then held in police custody for hours and later released.1 Witnesses say police in an unmarked car targeted the driver and ripped him from the truck before he was even able to undo his seat belt.

It’s a shameful attempt to silence our message and diminish our power, but we won’t be stopped. Now, the “accountability truck” is back on the road and it’s time to redouble our efforts to hold Governor Nixon accountable. In just a few days, a grand jury will decide whether or not Officer Darren Wilson will be held acountable for killing Mike Brown — meaning the time for Gov. Nixon to secure a special prosecutor and protect the right to free speech and peaceful protest is now.

Will you help amplify already growing media and public pressure on Governor Nixon?

Share this image of the Governor Nixon “accountability truck” on Facebook.

Tweet this image at Governor Nixon.

Picture of billboard outside Governor Nixon's office, image reads: Go. Nixon, what will you do in this moment with the whole world watching

When communities are prevented from speaking out and challenging their country we are no longer in a democracy; we are no longer in America. From the unconstitutional “keep walking” rule that was ultimately shutdown by a federal judge2 to unlawful arrests, tear gas, and rubber bullets,3 Missouri law enforcement have consistently violated the constitutional right to free speech and peaceful demonstration since Officer Wilson killed Mike Brown. The confiscation of the “accountability truck” and arrest of the driver is just another instance of these outrageous and discriminatory intimidation tactics and police abuse, which Governor Nixon must immediately address.

Right now there are military tanks in St. Louis, which suggest police are preparing to crackdown on peaceful protesters after the grand jury verdict is announced.4 Failure by Governor Nixon to take immediate action to keep Black Missourians safe and secure justice for Mike Brown only condones further police brutality and human rights violations. We will not sit idly by as police treat courageous Missourians as enemy combatants.

If enough people take action today, we can show Governor Nixon the cost of his inaction and hold him accountable for securing a special prosecutor and enforcing a higher standard of police conduct across the state.

Call out Governor Nixon’s failed leadership on Facebook.

Demand #JusticeForMikeBrown on Twitter.

Thanks and peace,

—Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange team
November 8th, 2014

References

1. “Activists rip Ferguson cops for seizing ‘rolling billboard’ criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon,” RawStory 11-06-2014 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4324?t=6&akid=3893.1174326.EfyXLv

2. “Ferguson protest leaders seek 48 hours’ notice of indictment decision” Guardian 11-06-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4325?t=8&akid=3893.1174326.EfyXLv

3. “Police Violated Constitutional Rights Of Ferguson Protesters, Federal Judge Rules” Huffington Post 10-06-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4326?t=10&akid=3893.1174326.EfyXLv

4. “On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson,” Amnesty International Report 10-24-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4327?t=12&akid=3893.1174326.EfyXLv

5. ShordeeDooWhop Tweet 11-05-2014
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4328?t=14&akid=3893.1174326.EfyXLv

 

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