One can imagine how some Ferguson residents would conclude that they have no form of influence except taking to the streets each night. Yet given the passionate mobilization that is taking place each day, it is realistic to imagine the protesters successfully ousting the whole leadership structure of the city. Even observers who are critical of the street activism following Michael Brown’s killing agree that Ferguson’s leaders have been egregiously incompetent in their response. They’ve clearly lost the confidence of the people they represent, and only in part because, as the New York Times puts it, “Although about two-thirds of Ferguson residents are black, its mayor and five of its six City Council members are white. Only three of the town’s 53 police officers are black.” […..]

This is a historic failure of leadership. Recalls were created for moments like this one.

So recall the mayor. Recall the city council. Elect new officials who will fire the police chief. Success is not guaranteed, but it is quite plausible and perhaps even likely. The whole lot of them could be tossed out.

Conor Freiedersdorf"Stop Night Protests In Ferguson and Start Recalling City Leaders" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

Co-signed.

whatazendra:

Just let this sink in for a bit. #ferguson

whatazendra:

Just let this sink in for a bit. #ferguson

(via oinonio)

Never forget the evil of Dick Cheney.

Never forget the evil of Dick Cheney.

In Ferguson Missouri 54 percent of the Black population, and 55 percent of the White population, showed up at the poles to vote in 2012’s general election. Contrast that with only a 6 percent Black voter turnout (versus 17 percent White voter turnout) for the local school board, city council and mayoral elections…why the significant difference?

Ferguson, unlike many cities, does not hold it’s municipal elections on the same day in November as the general elections. While not unique, that, by design, yields decidedly lopsided results. Ferguson’s important local elections are held on odd numbered years in April. That scheduling tactic is a virtual guarantee for lower voter turnout, which favors Republicans.

Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections, where party labels do not appear on the ballot, and that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting. And the consequences are worse for residents with less education and less income.
Why are Ferguson’s police, school board members and elected officials overwhelmingly White when the city itself is two-thirds Black? QTNA (via odinsblog)

(via odinsblog)

A half-dozen eyewitnesses, not interviewed. No explanation of the officer’s side of events at all, save an anonymous “friend” of his “fiancé” giving out a third-hand account on CNN. The aggressive and militarized and very violent response to protesters asking for more justification than the fistful of nothing that the police have handed out. The department is either utterly incompetent, so incompetent that the lot of them needs to be canned and the town be placed under the jurisdiction of God knows who, or crooked, in which case ditto.

Regardless of whether the shooting itself was “justified,” the response has ticked off all the marks of what a racist and hyper-aggressive police response would look like, and every last protester can see that firsthand, and if you can’t figure out how that might be confirming every one of the neighborhood’s suspicions about how the shooting of Michael Brown went down, neither I nor anyone else can help you out on that one.

Don’t lecture people on ‘due process’ when you’re pointing guns at their heads (via smdxn)

socialjusticekoolaid:

Love “Da Man Wit the Chips” but Jameila White is the new “Protest MVP.” #staywoke #trill 

The Ferguson PD are out of touch with their community.

(via recall-all-republicans)

Police need to respect the community.

Police need to respect the community.

John Fugelsang sums up the right wing amorality and detached political standards of conservative media.

John Fugelsang sums up the right wing amorality and detached political standards of conservative media.

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