People From Around The World Gather In St. Louis For March Against Police Brutality

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Activists and protesters from all over the world gathered Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis to participate in a march, part of Ferguson October, and show that they stand united against police brutality and racial disparity. The rally started at 10 AM local time and the protesters began marching through the streets shortly after 11 AM. Crowd estimates range anywhere from 1,200 to over 3,000. Organizers of the march had estimated as many as 8,000 participants to be at the event. One thing is certain — people traveled from far and wide to be in St. Louis Saturday.

Prior to the rally, I spoke with Jasmine Falls, a nurse and labor representative from St. Louis, She informed me that roughly 200 nurses, some traveling from as far as California, were participating in the march. Beside the National Nurses Organizing Committee and the California Nurses Association, Jasmine also pointed out that representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union were taking part in the rally and march. Ms. Falls is currently the only labor rep for the 890 union nurses in the St. Louis area. At this moment, only two area hospitals have unionized nurses, but Jasmine is hoping that will change.

Organizations from New York, Oakland, Kansas City and other large metropolitan areas sent representatives to stand in solidarity with the Ferguson protesters. Nations that have suffered through oppression also had people show up for the march. A number of Palestinians attended the march and rally. The same was true of South Africa. Activists from both parts of the world were active and loud throughout the day. Legal observers were on the ground to ensure there were no issues between police and marchers. Amnesty International made sure to make their presence known.

One scene-stealer during the march was a large, paper-mache puppet of Michael Brown. The artist’s concept was to make a likeness that wasn’t seen as degrading or exploitative. Basically, the idea was to show Brown with his hands raised, but on a very large-scale. The concept worked, and the large puppet made a huge impact during the march and at the post-march rally.

During the post-march rally, which took place in St. Louis’ Kiener Plaza, I was able to sit down and talk to a couple of educators from Berea College. The had traveled with their students from Berea, Kentucky to be at the Weekend of Resistance. Monica Jones, the director of the school’s Black Culture Center, and Dr. Alicestyne Turley, an assistant professor and director, both expressed admiration for the young people in Ferguson. They stated that it was amazing how much tireless energy they’ve exhibited in the seeking justice for Brown since he was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. Both women were impressed with the determination many young activists have had in organizing and energizing others to get behind their cause.

A number of people got up to speak at the post-march rally. St. Louis music artist Tef Poe started things off with a rallying cry. A number of other activists from Ferguson, who have tirelessly protested these past two months, also took turns speaking. The family of VonDerrit Myers were also present. Myers was shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer earlier this week. St. Louis police claim that Myers, 18 at the time of his death, shot at the off-duty police officer after the officer tried to conduct a ‘pedestrian check.’ The officer shot at Myers 17 times, hitting him with at least six shots.

Ferguson October continues through Monday. There are still a number of events still planned.

Below is a gallery of photos taken from the march:

12 Replies to “People From Around The World Gather In St. Louis For March Against Police Brutality”

  1. God Almighty, this is embarrassing! China, Russia, and N. Korea, among others, are laughing their @** off!

  2. Well, clearly the “exceptional” USA needs to be embarrassed. What was that Churchill said – something about always being able to count on the Americans to do the right thing – after they had exhausted all other possibilities?

  3. Maybe the police should start using less lethal force, like maybe a rubber bullet instead of real bullets?

  4. Maybe they should recognize the Constitutional right for the people to assemble to petition the government about their grievances

  5. Just read an article about a store giving away hair extensions and it turned into a large crowd. The police came and pepper sprayed them. They cant even handle a gaggle of women looking for a little hair

  6. To protect and ???. Some like to sing that worn out song that they are some good police men/women. With that, why haven’t their voices “being” heard? The lack of drives the point home that there are no good police men/women out there. Across this nation, not one has spoken up against the murder being done by police of young Black men across this nation. Even the news media continues to fall hook line and sinker for every word given by them when it occurs. Some news media outlets give aid. Michael Brown is a prime example of how certain people and organizations looked for the worst of the victim to boaster police version to justify murder. If the color was reverse, shame on the Black police man/woman that finds themselves in this position. Further when a nation imprisons more people of color on population ratios it speaks loudly on its intentions. It was once said that… “it would not be an outward force that will bring down this nation, it will be the descent to lunacy from withi…

  7. We are retreating in time. Ferguson is the new Birmingham. The racism that has been unleashed by the right wing freaks’ fear of having an African American family living in the White House has been astonishingly revealing about the basic inferiority living in low order whites in this country when confronted by blacks who are superior in education and accomplishment and income.

  8. Unless the Ferguson police do the right thing, this could be very ugly. Every time another young black man was killed, my husband and I kept saying when will it be enough for people to stand up. Non-black people have to stand with their black brothers and sisters. When whites started marching with black people in the 60’s, it got ugly, but it finally got better. The right wing has been pushing back the civil rights movement — there needs to be a new one. If you believe in equality and justice for all, you HAVE to stand up and be counted.

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