Ways We Can All Do Something for Mike Brown and Stop the Madness

by Abby Allen

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What can you do? 

Below you'll find info on how you can get involved, even at a distance-- whether you want to send supplies to the students of Ferguson, send money to Mike Brown's family, or sign a petition to end police brutality.


Michael Brown Memorial Fund:
These funds will assist his family with costs that they will incur as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf. All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family.


College 4 MikeBrown’s Siblings:
This effort will help support Mike Brown’s siblings, 2 younger sisters and a younger brother go to college. It is run by Sara Goldrick-Rab, UW professor of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab 

(http://www.wihopelab.com) and Michael Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (Madison, WI) who can vouch that all funds will go directly to the family.


-Petition for Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

-Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera:
A petition for a Mike Brown Law that will set aside funds to require all state, county, and local police, to wear a camera. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mike-brown-law-requires-all-state-county-and-local-police-wear-camera/8tlS5czf

-Petition to remove Bob McCulloch from any grand jury proceedings in regards to the Micheal Brown investigation. Find information about it here: 


-National Action to End Police Brutality: http://www.change.org/p/national-action-against-police-brutality?recruiter=1409611&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

-Don’t Shoot MO Campaign
Please review website for more information:


Jail support info for those who are arrested at Mike Brown rallies in Ferguson.

Bail and Legal Fund for Those Arrested During Ferguson Anti-Police Demonstrations:
A bail and legal fund has been established to support people who have been arrested during the anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, MO. If you have a friend or family member who was arrested, please email us their name at antistatestl@riseup.net

I AM HUMAN-Support Ferguson
All proceeds from these shirts and hoodies will go to support the protesters in Ferguson demonstrating peacefully against the unjust murder of unarmed teen, Mike Brown. Once the protesting stops, then the rest of the proceeds will go to support the legal defense for Mike Brown. These start at $16. Please refer to the teespring campaign for more details:

#OperationHelpOrHush have several campaigns in which you can participate:
-Donations to protestors in Ferguson to provide food and other supplies. All monies will go directly to purchase those items. This is for PAYPAL DONATIONS ONLY: SadittyCooks@gmail.compic.twitter.com/ctApKXoTdm

-The also have tshirts available, all proceeds will go to fund this campaign

-Finally, they are looking for medical and mental health professionals, counselors, as well as community organizers to go to Ferguson to assist those who are in that area. Also if you are willing to donate sky miles or buddy passes please contact: Please use this email address for volunteer services only: ophelporhush@gmail.com


These items are being directly shipped to St. Louis, MO to assist protestors who are on the frontline in Ferguson. It includes toiletries, items to help them clean up the area, food, etc. You can also send notes in some of the packages shipped. http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/T5SQYC5B5IJZ


There is also an amazon wish list set up to help children receive school supplies in Ferguson. This list is SEPARATE from the wish list that is set up for protestors: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2MUPOSAUM13TA/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ws_RRT8tb01ARVJH


This fund was originally set up to feed the students who go to school in Ferguson who were to start school on August 14th.  Many students in Ferguson rely on meals provided in school, and the delay in the start of classes means that many of the children will not eat. https://fundly.com/feed-the-students-of-ferguson#updates/blog/look_what_we_did-18296

*Jennings students still needing free lunch or any mental services can contact their school directly for more assistance* Referenced:http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_c2435462-d3e4-59f6-9edd-2ae6b5cfe438.html

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry
They help distribute food to those in need and currently, due to the situation going on in Ferguson, they were looted and those goods go to needy families in that area. They need boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper and lots of toiletries. Donations are now being accepted on their website: http://saint-stephens.info/collaboration/our-community-the-vine/food-pantry/

Here is the contact info for shipping items:
St. Stephen’s Food Pantry
33 N Clay Ave Ferguson, MO 63135
Ph: 314-521-0138

St. Louis Business Journal has created a list resource list for those who also need assistance in their community. Their list will also be updated as they collect more information. Please click link:http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2014/08/as-unrest-continues-in-ferguson-volunteers.html?ana=twt

St. Louis Urban League: http://www.ulstl.com/
They are accepting donations for school supplies for the children in Ferguson and collecting non-perishable food items. Here is the 2014-2015 school supply list for the Ferguson/Florissant School District:http://www.fergflor.org/pages/Ferguson-Florissant_SD/Parents/6725006080717623026

If you wish to donate items to STL Urban League please ship them to:
ATTN: Barbara Bowman
Urban League Metropolitan of St. Louis
3701 Grandel Square
St. Louis, MO 63108

Please call 314-615-3668 for additional questions.


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I've Been Waiting for This a Long Time.

by Abby Allen

It’s been one of those nights.
(A really, really good one.)

All you need is a partner in crime
and some frames to bring your
midnight mischief into light.

All my life I've yearned to see a hot, cool, young, stylish interracial couple front and center representing a brand I love. Thank you Warby Parker, it's been a long time coming. Check out their new Beacon Collection, it's on fire, just like these two.

Source: https://www.warbyparker.com/beacon

Beyond Biracial-HuffPost Live

by Abby Allen

Multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., but for these Americans, race isn't a black and white issue. HuffPost Live explores the experience of multiracial Americans and how outward appearance shapes their identities.

Originally aired on May 28, 2014


Mixed or Not, Why Are We Still Taking Pictures of “Race”?

by Abby Allen

by Sharon Chang/Racism Review/April, 2014

I'll preface this great piece by  Sharon Chang by saying that this is exactly why I want to tell the stories behind the faces of "mixed" people. For far too long we have just been "pretty" objects to marvel at. We're human beings and the products of people who were incredibly brave and who followed their hearts to come together despite what anyone else thought. It's bigger than race, these are epic, inspiring, courageous love stories that EVERYONE can relate to. 

Just days ago PolicyMic put up a piece entitled “National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful.” In it writer Zak Cheney-Rice attempts to address the so-called rise of multiracial peoples which has captured/enchanted the public eye and with which the media has become deeply enamored. He spotlights a retrospective and admiring look at National Geographic’s “The Changing Face of America” project of last year featuring a series of multiracial portraits by well-known German photographer Martin Schoeller, and also peripherally cites some statistics/graphs that demonstrate the explosion of the mixed-race population.

“In a matter of years,” Cheney-Rice writes, “We’ll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race.” Despite admitting racial inequity persists, he still flirts with the idea of an “end” approaching (presumably to race and by association racism), and suggests while we’re waiting for things to get better, we might “…applaud these growing rates of intermixing for what they are: An encouraging symbol of a rapidly changing America. 2050 remains decades away, but if these images are any preview, it’s definitely a year worth waiting for.” We are then perhaps left with this rather unfortunate centerpiece of his statement, “Here’s how the ‘average American’ will look by the year 2050”:

Not surprisingly, the Net erupted in controversy/debate; some standing by and championing the purported beauty of race-mixing as hope for a post-race future; many others pointing out the absurdity of a multiracial=postracial equation, angrily accusing the article of privileging light-skinned mixes thereby centering whiteness and upholding an age-old white dominant race hierarchy. NPR blogger Gene Demby @GeeDee215 tweeted, “Dunno what to do with the fact that the idea we’ll screw racism out of existence is considered a serious position.” A day later Jia Tolentino wrote a rebuttal on the hairpin in which she calls the piece “dumb,” “shallow,” “shortcut-minded,” and charges it with appearing “researched and progressive while actually eliding all of the underlying structural concerns that will always influence what race (and attendant opportunity) means in America far more than the distracting visual pleasure of a girl that looks like Rashida Jones.” She too also unfortunately comes to rest again on this particular portrait, “Look at this freckled, green-eyed future. Look at how beautiful it is to see everything diluted that we used to hate”:

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