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Community, Hope and Leadership in Ferguson

Like you, we’ve been consumed this week by the photos and videos and voices of Ferguson. We’re upset, confused, conflicted, mad and sad.  

But despite the trouble, we’re inspired and moved by local leaders and activists who are making a stand for justice, healing and progress. We’ve witnessed the power of the free press that is so important to our democracy -- to shine a light, to hold up a mirror, to lift up the voiceless.  And we’re going to keep fighting with you for a more just, more peaceful Missouri.  

So here are a few stories of community and activism that give us hope and strength for the coming days and weeks. We thought them worth sharing, and hope you find comfort and power in them as well.

Michael Brown remembered as a 'gentle giant'

Michael Brown remembered as a 'gentle giant'
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Everyone else wanted to be a football player, a basketball player...He wanted to own his own business. He’d say, ‘Let’s make something out of nothing.”

 

Four Days On, Activists Look For Ways To Channel Frustration Over Michael Brown's Death

Four Days On, Activists Look For Ways To Channel Frustration Over Michael Brown's Death
St. Louis Public Radio 
"[W]hat we need is to use their voices to come up with some solutions that will help the community heal and end the violence." 

 

Demonstrations held in Ferguson and in cities around U.S.

Demonstrations held in Ferguson and in cities around US
CBS News 
"Rallies were held in at least 90 cities as part of a social media-organized National Moment of Silence..." 

 

Michael Brown to be remembered at national moment of silence
Fox2
“Michael Brown will be among those remembered Thursday night in a national ‘moment of silence.’ Organizers say more than 30 national moment of silence events are scheduled across the country.” [Image credit: Chris Ward]

 

Hands up, don't shoot; The images that define Ferguson's protests
Vox.com
“And like that, the gesture of submission that police often demand of civilians has become a provocative challenge.”

 

How Can We Move Forward? St. Louisans Speak Out About Ferguson

How Can We Move Forward? St. Louisans Speak Out About Ferguson
St. Louis Public Radio
"This community belongs to all of us. It's our home, our neighborhood, we raise our children and grandchildren here. We must come together as civil adults to address these problems that affect all of us...Do something that has a positive effect on this so we can change what needs to be changed in OUR community...Remember Michael Brown and his family in your prayers."

 

St. Louisans From Far and Wide Clean Up Ferguson After Protests

St. Louisans From Far and Wide Clean Up Ferguson After Protests
Riverfront Times
“Though looting ended on Sunday, nightly protests persist, and broken glass and garbage -- not all left over from protests -- line the streets. About 100 people gathered at First Baptist Church in Ferguson Wednesday to clean up trash and ask business owners what other help they need. One volunteer passed out "I Heart North County" signs before the group dispersed. People traveled from places including Arnold, Winfield, St. Charles and St. Peters to help. After a brief prayer, half of the group went to South Florissant Road near the Ferguson police station, and half went to West Florissant Avenue where the looting took place Sunday night…”

 

Donations pick up at Ferguson food pantry
KSDK
“The St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Ferguson closed its doors Monday, but… food had shown up at the pantry's doorstep.”

 

Protesters use hands-up gesture defiantly after Michael Brown shooting
LA Times
"That could have been me in '08...I wouldn't be here to tell this story. I wouldn't be here to protest."

 

Onward,
Sean, Pamela and Cameron