Ferguson: Stuff to Know, Read, and Do

On August 9th, 2014 Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black boy, was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Last week on November 24th, 2014, the grand jury tasked with investigating the shooting ruled that there was no probable cause in wrongdoing on Wilson’s part and therefore decided not to indict him for his actions.

However, there remain many controversial details about this case – the fact that Brown was unarmed, the slander of his character, the subsequent violent militarization of the Ferguson police in their response to peaceful protests, and the numerous killings of more black people at the hands of white police officers following this initial shooting. In the past five months the nation has been grappling with questions about race, police brutality, the failings of our justice system, and the continual devaluation of black lives.

The  bluestockings community has compiled the following links as a starting point for learning and joining discussions about Ferguson.  There are a vast amount of responses we have not included for the sake of brevity, but we encourage everyone to continue actively informing themselves about this situation and follow its proceedings. We stand in solidarity with Michael Brown and his family and with all other black people who have suffered from police brutality.

Funds and Donations

Bail and Legal Fund for Those Arrested During Ferguson Anti-Police Demonstrations

The Legal Support Fund for Justice for Mike Brown

Ferguson Defense Fund

Feed the Students of Ferguson

The Ferguson Public Library


News from Ferguson

Ferguson Activists Meet with President Obama to Demand an End to Police Brutality Nationwide

Michael Brown’s Parents Advocate For Human Rights To U.N. Committee Against Torture

Ferguson Library Stays Open as Schools and Services Close

Ferguson Won’t Heal: It’s Too Soon to Turn the Page

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Resigns


Analyses of the Grand Jury Decision

Transcript: Grand Jury Case State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson

Documents Released in the Ferguson Case

What Do the Newly Released Witness Statements Tell Us about the Michael Brown Shooting?

It’s Incredibly Rare for a Grand Jury to Do What Ferguson’s Just Did

St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Abused the Grand Jury Process

Ferguson Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch’s Long History of Siding with the Police


Race, the Police, and the Legal Justice System 

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

Mike Brown’s Shooting and Jim Crow Lynchings Have Too Much in Common

Ferguson Must Force Us to Face Anti-Blackness

Ain’t I a Human: Ferguson and the Neglect of Black Women, Femmes, and Girls

On Ferguson Protests, the Destruction of Things, and What Violence Really Is (And Isn’t)


Perspectives on Race and Crime in Law Enforcement 

Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently

Interactive Map: Compare Arrest Rates Based on Race

Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon

Why Darren Wilson is Driving You Mad

Hands Up: A Roundtable on Police Brutality


Perspectives on Race and Crime in the Media

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media

Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic


National and Worldwide Responses

Students Stage Nationwide #HandsUpWalkOut Protests Over Ferguson

Protesters Using Tech to Run Rings around Cops

The QTPOC Speakeasy Reports Back from Ferguson Protests Around the World

National Bar Association Responds to Grand Jury’s Decision

Four Members of Congress do ‘Hands Up’ gesture on House floor

President Obama Is Doing the One Thing That Will Prevent More Fergusons

The UN Just Issued a Scathing Critique of America’s Justice System


Further Readings

The Ferguson Master Post: How to Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up With Facts

We Charge Genocide 

#BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List

Black Lives Matter Website

Justice For Mike Brown Tumblr


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Written by Paige Allen, compiled by bluestockings magazine

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