raychillster:

National Moment of Silence Protest in Chicago, Illinois was a SUCCESS! The amount of unity and diversity within the crowd brought tears to my eyes. We met up at the Daley Plaza at 6 PM, had a moment of silence for 4 minutes with our hands held in the air. Every minute represented the four hours Mike Brown’s body was on the ground. Chicago is truly not a segregated city. The people know how to come together when we need to. WE TOOK IT TO THE STREETS. People joined in, we were chanting and screaming. There were black people, white people, asians, hispanics, everyone was there. It was a beautiful experience. All in support of Ferguson and police brutality victims. A protest to help stop racist cops from prevailing.

Luckily, the police kept their asses on the sidelines and out of our way. There were too many of us to be controlled. 

petitepenpal said: Hi I'm very sorry to have to ask this but I was wondering what has been happening in ferguson. I've seen some very intense and disturbing pictures and I was wondering if you could tell me the whole story, Thank you

blacknoonajade:

I’m going to give you as much detail as I personally have. 

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This is Michael Brown.

If you aren’t aware, on this past Saturday, around noon, Michael Brown and his friends were walking home, they were accosted by a (presently) unknown police officer. Per eye witness accounts (two who were Mike Brown’s friends are were with him either during the shooting -Dorian Johnson- or just before -name unknown) the police officer stopped them as they were walking home and told them to “GET THE FUCK ON THE SIDEWALK”

The eye witness accounts are best heard from their own mouths. Check out Dorian and his other friend’s account. 

(Dorian’s account) 

(2nd Friend’s account) 

There is a third account found here.

You’ll notice that all three accounts sound almost exact. Down to the police officers’ actions, how Mike tried to get away and how exact he was shot. 

MOMENTS after the cop killed Michael Brown, who was unarmed and surrendering, the streets began to fill with neighbors, distraught, as Michael’s body laid in the street for four hours before he was loaded into a (BLACK VAN THAT WAS NOT A CORNER’S VAN) and taken away.

That night, the family, friends and neighbors of Michael held a prayer candlelight vigil. Now, what we’ve learned through Anonymous release of the dispatch tapes is, that WHOEVER this cop is, reported the shooting and immediately requested to additional units in the area (from different precincts. The number had to be high, IMO, because she request a supervisor’s permission to request the additional units)  

This is pretty long but pay attention to the 8 minute mark, the 11th, and the 22nd. 

ANONYMOUS releases the dispatch tapes the day Michael Brown was killed. 

So, let’s go back to the prayer vigil. A peaceful demonstration. Now let’s also remember that the police presence in Ferguson is already high due to the request for additional units in the area. Put those two together. A candlelight vigil for your son who was murdered in cold blood by a police officer curtailed flocked with more police officers. 

Amongst things such as the police station refusing to give the mourners the police officers name and their presence, something snapped in Ferguson. They were angry and they were very hurt. Now, not everybody in Ferguson moved to violence, a small number in comparison to the other peaceful demonstrators. So the first night in Ferguson after Michael’s death was chaotic. 

By the next day, it had somewhat normalized. Residents moved to the vandalized stores and businesses and began to clean up.

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HOWEVER they were not done protesting. At this point, Anonymous has stepped in and have begun threatening the St. Louis/Ferguson police with their demands of releasing the officers name. The police department states they will release the name. Still peaceful protest for Michael.

As the protesters meet up at various places to …protest, the police force begins their tactics of dispersing the crowds.

Using tear gas. This is the first time we see this “militarized” police show up. 

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Throughout the night, protestors are gassed. There are reports that wooden pellets are being used in addition to the tear gas canisters. 

At this point on social media we are seeing live account of what the protesters are going through. The police are pointing assault riffles at any and every one, they are teargasing left and right, and they are strolling through the streets in which many called “tanks.” 

 The next day the St. Louis County/Ferguson PD reneged. They state they will not be releasing the police officers name. 

Then it gets worse. 

REMEMBER, all of these are peaceful protest. However in this time, they have put a “No Fly zone” in place.

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Obama has indicated that the Department of Justice and the FBI will be conducting their own investigation into this matter. The Governor states he will be in talks, and a second full day of protesting is underway. 

By night fall, same thing. The militarized police wait for the sun to go down before they start to gas the residents. They have upped the ante by using rubber bullets.

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Now we are seeing media suppression as there are request that satellite vans be removed from the area. There are even reports that some media were denied access to Ferguson. 

 Now the police are using their full arsenal of weapons 

  • LRAD sonic weapon (emits a very very loud pitch sound)
  • tear gas canisters
  • rubber .60 caliber rubber bullets shot out of assault weapons
  • wooden pellets
  • flash grenades

Now we are on our third day

The mayor has told people they could only assembly during the day (which he flip flopped on when asked, stating it as a request rather than a demand). Death threats and demands are still flying in from Anonymous, people are calling the respective police stations for answers, none are given, and some people are hung up on. The third day or protest is now under way.

Remember the mayor has said that protesting only during the day was a request.

Before night has fallen, the police have arrested two journalist, one from the Washington Post and the other from Huffington Post, as well as Alderman Antonio French (who was giving the most up to date live coverage on the Ferguson Protest) along with 10-15+ people.

With the mayor’s promise that they could protest in peace, nighttime falls and the protesters stay put. The police begin to tell them they must disperse which they get a hearty Fuck You! and the protesters stay in place. The police say that someone threw a Molotov cocktail at their “tanks” which made them say that their peaceful protest was no longer peaceful, but we’ve seen enough video and have not seen any thing of the sort. 

Due to this perceived threat, they begin to warn the protesters to leave or they will be arrested. The protesters do not move. They begin firing off the tear gas, the rubber bullets, the LRAD’s all at once. It literally looked like a war-zone. 

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Young man in a shirt with the USA Flag on it, throws back a teargas canister

 (Ferguson Police Open Fire Into Peaceful Protest)

Protester move to the police station to demand Antonio French’s release but still in the midst of the police created war-zone. The police are successful, after some time, in clearing out the streets, after firing on protesters and into people’s front yards and personal property.

By 2am, Governor Jay Dixon has stated he is rerouting his plans to the state fair (OH ALL PLACES) to get to Ferguson. It is stated that President Obama spoke to Gov. Jay Dixon twice, once in the middle of the night and again first thing in the morning.

A number of people who were arrested (save for the two journalist. They were arrested and released 15 minutes later without an explanation) are let go (including Alderman French). Any police chief who held a press conference today sounded like a damn idiot, with no personal knowledge of what happened but with a stance of standing behind the police. 

President Obama makes a public statement and Governor Jay Dixon (or was it the police chief, not sure) states that all Ferguson/St. Louis County Police will be immediately removed from Ferguson and replaced with Missouri Highway Patrol will take over the policing.

Since then, there was a successful protest in Ferguson with demilitarized police force drawing mostly soft lines to keep the protesters on track. This was all led by Captain/Commander Ronald S. Johnson. 

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All around the nation, the #NMOS14 are concluding with peaceful protest in honor of Mike Brown and any other who was killed unjustly by police violence.

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UPDATE: Ferguson Police will release the name of Michael Brown’s killer tomorrow. This is probably because the ACLU threatened to sue them. 

WHEW! 

Some of this may be out of order because I’ve literally been running on fumes and emotions for the last four days, you all are more than welcome to fact check me on this. I want THE MOST ACCURATE story to get out. Plus there is a plethora of information in the #Ferguson tag.

(See I said accurate, not any propaganda you heard from Fox News or something like that. Not when there are ground zero on location accounts of what is really going on.)

Here is also a list of articles that will give you more information.

Images from Ferguson via VOX

Military Vets See Major Flaws in Ferguson Police via Washington Post

Social Media and Ferguson via Mashable 

Hope this helped! 

In all honesty, I don’t ever feel I’ve done anything. Somebody will say, ‘You’ve done 19 no-hitters and three perfect games.’ And I think I just happened to be there. It’s not something I can take any pride in. I am humbled, believe me, for being given the honor of working the games all these years.

Vin Scully, who next year will return for his 66th season as the Dodgers’ announcer (via latimes)

(via latimes)

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Court rules Wal-Mart must compensate workers
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Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.
The high court ruled in 2009 that Wal-Mart was entitled to close the store in Jonquiere in 2005, seven months after workers voted to unionize. But the workers filed a new case that said Wal-Mart contravened a section of Quebec labor law, which says working conditions must not be altered in any way, shape or form during a unionization process.
The court ruled in a five-to-two decision that the world’s largest retailer modified working conditions for the employees without a valid reason when it shut down. The court ruled an arbiter will determine appropriate reparations, possibly with damages and interest. The store never re-opened. […]
http://news.yahoo.com/court-rules-wal-mart-must-compensate-workers-202258976—finance.html

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Court rules Wal-Mart must compensate workers

~~~

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.

The high court ruled in 2009 that Wal-Mart was entitled to close the store in Jonquiere in 2005, seven months after workers voted to unionize. But the workers filed a new case that said Wal-Mart contravened a section of Quebec labor law, which says working conditions must not be altered in any way, shape or form during a unionization process.

The court ruled in a five-to-two decision that the world’s largest retailer modified working conditions for the employees without a valid reason when it shut down. The court ruled an arbiter will determine appropriate reparations, possibly with damages and interest. The store never re-opened. […]

http://news.yahoo.com/court-rules-wal-mart-must-compensate-workers-202258976—finance.html

todayinlaborhistory:

Today in labor history, July 5, 1888: 1,500 workers go on strike at the Bryant and May match factory in London after management fires two people suspected of providing information that led to an expose about the appalling working conditions in the factory. The women and girls were subjected to fourteen-hour days, low pay, excessive fines, and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus. The strike was quickly settled; in 1908 the British government banned the use of white phosphorus in matches.

todayinlaborhistory:

Today in labor history, July 5, 1888: 1,500 workers go on strike at the Bryant and May match factory in London after management fires two people suspected of providing information that led to an expose about the appalling working conditions in the factory. The women and girls were subjected to fourteen-hour days, low pay, excessive fines, and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus. The strike was quickly settled; in 1908 the British government banned the use of white phosphorus in matches.

the-painted-stone:

Dave Matthews Band - 2014 Summer Tour Set Break

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theonion:

Biden Loses Control Of Butterfly Knife During Commencement Speech