OBS & YCPD 35th Anniversary Celebration
After a tumultuous year, the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS) and the Youth Council for Positive Development (YCPD) are proud to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. Thirty-five years is a long time to be in the fight for political empowerment, economic justice and cultural dignity. We invite you to join us as we mark this major milestone and confront the road ahead.
In the wake of Mike Brown’s murder, we have seen a number of young collectives and individuals emerge: Millennial Activists, Lost/Found Voices, Black Souljahs, Freedom Fighters, etc. And though these groups have been open to hearing and at times working with established organizations, they have also expressed an interest in maintaining their autonomy.
On Friday, December 4, 2014, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and its allies crowded into the gallery at the Board of Alders to witness the introduction of BB208–Civilian Oversight of the Police. This legislation is the result of several years of research and collaborative discussions.
The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in 1980 (as an all-volunteer organization) by activists, students, union organizers and other community members in order to fill a vacuum left by the assaults on the Black Power Movement. We strive to contribute to the creation of a society free of all forms of exploitation and oppression. Our mission is to build a movement that fights for political empowerment, economic justice, and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the Black working class.
ACTIVISTS BLAST NYPD ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE
New York, NY — Activists issued a scathing statement this afternoon in response to recent attempts by the NYPD to silence the efforts of citizens seeking justice for victims of police violence. The letter, drafted by Ferguson Action, and cosigned by over a dozen grassroots organizations takes aim at PBA president Patrick Lynch and Commissioner Bratton for their reckless attempts to conflate constitutionally protected protest activities with the tragic murders of officers Ramos and Liu.
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.
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.
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.
Last year, the tumult in Ferguson tuned America into injustice and inequality that persistently affects people of color nationwide.
Now, 2015 presents a test for social justice organizations, which must figure out how to keep the issues of police brutality and economic inequality part of the national conversation. If they canâ€™t, demands for change may slowly be drowned out as the news cycle latches onto the next trending controversy.