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. 

Courtesy of Jeff Roberson, Associated Press.

Courtesy of Jeff Roberson, Associated Press.

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.

You can also follow on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook by searching #BlackoutBlackFriday#NotOneDime#BoycottBlackFriday and others.

Twitter

  • Yamiche Alcindor / @Yamiche / USA Today National Breaking News reporter
  • Antonio French / @AntonioFrench / St. Louis alderman and education activist
  • Matt Pearce / @mattdpearceNational reporter for the Los Angeles Times
  • Trymaine Lee / @trymaineleePulitzer Prize-winning MSNBC reporter 
  • Wesley Lowery / @WesleyLoweryWashington Post reporter
  • Zak Cheney-Rice / @zakcheneyrice / Writer for online magazine Mic 
  • Chris King / @chriskingstl / Managing editor for St. Louis American
  • Deray McKesson / @derayProtester and co-founder of the Ferguson Protester Newsletter
  • Mariah Randi Stewart / @MzzzMariahHuffington Post Ferguson Fellow
  • Ryan J. Reilly / @ryanjreillyHuffington 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 / @MHarrisPerryWriter, 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 

Live streams

Live updates from news publications

Other resources

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.

Methods of action

Suggested by STAAR
  • A petition to Congress regarding police brutality, written by the Dream Defenders.
  • A petition to the Department of Justice regarding criminal civil rights investigations, written by the NAACP.