Ferguson Roundup, Day 2
– The parents of Michael Brown called Darren Wilson’s comments on their son, including his description of Brown as a “demon,” “disrespectful”
– A report by The Real News on protesters in Baltimore, Md., who marched against police brutality and the recent decision by a grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson
– Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): “Why does Ferguson still look like Iraq? Congress can stop the military police”
– Chilling to hear DeAndre Joshua, a 20-year-old in Ferguson, was shot in the head and burned near his car. Joshua was a friend of Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown on the day he was murdered.
– Professor Gerald Horne and organizer Kevin Alexander Gray discuss on The Real News police brutality in the black community, President Barack Obama’s message to the protesters and what the next steps should be
– Protests across the nation are calm and non-violent, which is something the media would not want because framing demonstrators as rioters sells
– Amy Goodman: “Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri”
– Darren Wilson does not believe there is any racial tension in Ferguson; What planet is he on?
– It still is shocking how the grand jury’s decision, in fact the entire lead up to it, was awful and “baffling”
– Dave Zirin: “Do #BlackLivesMatter to White Athletes? Let’s Ask Them”
– Protesters stormed City Hall in St. Louis, Mo., yet officers mobilized to arrest two people and block the rest from occupying the building; The use of “stormed” reminds me of the storming of the Bastille before the French Revolution
– The youth in the black and the Arab communities are pushing for justice and we should support their efforts in fighting for change
– In Douma, Syria, residents protested against Jaish al-Islam, a rebel group in the country, for controlling the food that demonstrators believe should go to citizens rather than to the fighters
– Despite Iran and Saudi Arabia being categorized as enemies, the issue of Yemen, specifically its government, is one where both sides work together to ensure stability
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to go after the rights of people who commit violence in the country