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.
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The Organization for Black Struggle has joined with other national grassroots organizations to host the National Convening for Black Lives. On July 24-26, over a thousand Black freedom fighters from across the nation will gather in Cleveland, OH to map the next chapter in the struggle for black liberation. The convening will be a space to develop a collective mission and coordinate across the nation. It is clear that we cannot depend on the federal government to act decisively and implement sweeping national reforms.
Montague Simmons of St. Louis' Organization for Black Struggle on pushing for justice as Missouri's government continues to fail Black residents. -via Ebony.com
On the last aldermanic session of 2014-2015, the Board of Aldermen voted 17-8-2 to pass BB 208 Civilian Oversight Board Bill. This city ordinance establishes a 7 member board composed of civilians that will have the authority to oversee internal affairs investigations of civilian complaints. The board would also be able to do its own investigations if it believes the Internal Affairs Division falls short, and it can make recommend changes to the police department's policies.
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.
Fifteen young activists successfully complete OBS's first round of the Next Revolution Fellowship Program, and gain invaluable skills for movement building.
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.
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 can't, demands for change may slowly be drowned out as the news cycle latches onto the next trending controversy.
We observe the 50th anniversary of the VRA’s passage this week, the commemoration is dampened by the fact that this hard-won legislation has been gutted by the Supreme Court. And with the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown on Sunday, the nation has failed to address the inequities that still haunt black people in America. As we approach both remembrances this week, we must reflect, take stock, and recommit to the difficult work ahead.
On July 31st the Anti Defamation League (ADL) honored the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police department for their participation in ADL’s Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) training. The ADL’s anti bias training program, a program that uses the holocaust “to teach how police enforcement supported the escalation of violence in Nazi Germany” is insufficient for addressing the prevalence of anti-Black racism in police agencies across the U.S.
On January 15, 2015, we filed a case designed both to obtain some semblance of justice and to send a warning shot to other prosecutors—one meant to convey that there are consequences when a prosecutor treats police officers as if they are above the law.
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
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.
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.
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.
We strongly encourage registered voters go to the polls on March 3. After meeting with multiple incumbents and candidates running for alderpeople, the Organization for Black Struggle will endorse 5 candidates based on their support of the Quality Policing Initiative including legislation supporting Civilian Oversight.
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.