In the wake of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson, we hope that you are staying informed.
Despite St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s suggestion to be wary of social media under the claim that it breeds rumors and false information, we invite you to still peruse the activists and reporters who are on the site now and tweeting what is happening in real time. Many of these reporters have been in Ferguson since the shooting in August, and many of the activists have been covering this issue for months. Take McCulloch’s suggestion or don’t; at least know what the people there are seeing and saying.
This resource guide is in progress and subject to updates.
Blackout Black Friday
Color of Change, Blackout for Human Rights and other organizations have come together to make Black Friday a day of action and solidarity. The groups urge citizens to keep their wallets closed during Black Friday in protest. If you do spend money, organizations — including UF Dream Defenders — have recommended supporting black-owned small businesses.
Out-of-state or online businesses
- Here is a list of 101 black-owned small businesses.
- Thirty-six black-owned Etsy stores.
- List broken down into art, fashion and beauty
- Facebook group, which also highlights sales
- An app to find black-owned businesses near you
- Here is a listing of some businesses in Florida.
- Yamiche Alcindor / @Yamiche / USA Today National Breaking News reporter
- Antonio French / @AntonioFrench / St. Louis alderman and education activist
- Matt Pearce / @mattdpearce / National reporter for the Los Angeles Times
- Trymaine Lee / @trymainelee / Pulitzer Prize-winning MSNBC reporter
- Wesley Lowery / @WesleyLowery / Washington Post reporter
- Zak Cheney-Rice / @zakcheneyrice / Writer for online magazine Mic
- Chris King / @chriskingstl / Managing editor for St. Louis American
- Deray McKesson / @deray / Protester and co-founder of the Ferguson Protester Newsletter
- Mariah Randi Stewart / @MzzzMariah / Huffington Post Ferguson Fellow
- Ryan J. Reilly / @ryanjreilly / Huffington Post Justice Reporter
- Johnetta Elzie / @Nettaaaaaaaa / St. Louis resident, protester and curator on the Ferguson Protester Newsletter
Suggested by UF Students Taking Action Against Racism (STARR)
- Melissa Harris-Perry / @MHarrisPerry / Writer, host of MSNBC show and professor
- Michael Eric Dyson / @MichaelEDyson / Georgetown professor, author and political analyst
- UF Dream Defenders / @UF_DDOD / UF chapter of Dream Defenders, a group of youth activists fighting against inequality
- Voto Latino / @VotoLatino / Nonpartisan group empowering Latino youth
- The Free Thought Project
- Revolution News
- A comprehensive list of 19 streams in one place
- Live streams conducted by news publications and citizen journalists
Live updates from news publications
- Ferguson National Response Network — find a planned response in your area.
- “We Are Living An American Horror Story,” an open letter from Ferguson protesters and allies.
- Continually updated file in preparation for a no-indictment decision. Includes background information, places to donate, a list of possible protest spaces and materials to be an informed and safe protester.
- Memo to reporters covering the protests in Ferguson by ColorOfChange.org calling for fair and honest reporting.
Cultural bias in our media and society persistently excuses the name calling of people of color, resulting in very real, sometimes deadly consequences. We must be vigilant in rooting out the use of coded, racialized language in news coverage. To be clear, the protesters in Ferguson are exercising their constitutional rights. More importantly, they are human beings, not the “thugs,” “rioters,” “criminals,” or “animals” our media has routinely described them as. Yet, when a predominantly white mob erupted into a full scale riot during a pumpkin festival in New Hampshire last month, the media called them “rowdy, mischievous revelers.” The double standard would be laughable if weren’t so incredibly dangerous.