Quality Policing Initiative
The Department of Justice will soon release a report which will lift the veil of the Ferguson Police Department’s legacy of racially biased policing. To truly change the way Ferguson police and officials interact with communities of color, we must raise the standards of ethics, accountability and transparency for those who wear police badges. No one is above the law, not even a recalcitrant and racially-biased police department who not only terrorized African Americans, but blatantly balanced its budget on the backs of a vulnerable community who had little recourse to protect themselves
OBS' Sistahs Talkin' Back is excited to announce its 25th Affirmations celebration. In honor of International Women's Day, this program is a celebration of the lives of women. This year we will explore the topic Black Lives Matter: Women, Police Brutality & Reproductive Justice. We invite women from across the city and county to join us for an afternoon of massages, African drum & dance, local vendors, free onsite childcare, health screenings, refreshments, politics and culture. Admission is free.
Fifteen young activists successfully complete OBS's first round of the Next Revolution Fellowship Program, and gain invaluable skills for movement building.
Activists Petition Circuit Court to Investigate and Remove Prosecuting Attorney in Darren Wilson Grand Jury
ST. LOUIS, MO — Following damning revelations from the grand jury investigation of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, a group of St. Louisans are asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor that could oust Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch from office. Activists contend that McCulloch acted in bad faith during the proceedings and never intended to prosecute Darren Wilson.
In the 100-plus days since Mike Brown was gunned down by Darren Wilson, we have seen incredible incompetence and intractable racist behavior by the white power structure in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Every week since August 9 there have been acts of defiance and missed opportunities to show real leadership because of institutional racism.
OBS is hosting the People’s Movement Assembly on Saturday March 14th, at the Greater St. Mark Church on 9950 Glen Owens Drive, Dellwood MO 63137 from 3pm – 6pm.
Just over two years ago, hundreds of people who work in fast food restaurants in New York City went on strike. They called for a $15/hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. St. Louis was the third city to join the movement for $15 and a Union, and OBS has been a part of that fight from the beginning.
The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect “one bad apple” police officer. It is a manifestation of a system of policing that is unaccountable, out of control and acts from its worst impulses of racism and aggression.
St. Louis, MO - During the first hearing of BB208 Civilian Oversight Bill at City Hall, Jeff Roorda, business manager of the St. Louis Police Association, single handedly disrupted proceedings and instigated a skirmish.
Members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus met with activists from the Organization for Black Struggle on Friday, January 9 at Greater St. Marks Family Church in Ferguson. They discussed legislative strategy for the upcoming session and ways to incorporate the organization’s Quality Policing Initiative into legislation at the state, county and local levels.