As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.
Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.
Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.
Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.
Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins said that the “people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting”.
Jasmine Heiss, one of the 13-strong team sent by Amnesty, told Buzzfeed that the limits placed on the organisation’s access to post-curfew areas was indicative of “the overall lack of transparency in this investigation”.
Complex Magazine said that police had opened fire into the crowds without warning three hours before the midnight curfew began, causing some children and members of the media to be hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Two black journalists from Complex also said that they had been racially profiled, being refused re-entry into the press area whereas white members of the press had been.
I have developed a fear of stating my own opinions, born entirely of my anxiety around being wrong, ignorant, problematic, or otherwise coming off as a stupid asshole.
we all have a person who’s name we hear and we just
your life is worth living even if you’re “not doing anything”
your life is worth living even if you are “letting life pass you by”
your life is worth living even if you stay in bed all day every day watching netflix
you don’t have to be big, beloved, important, beautiful, wealthy or famous
there is dignity in just being
it is ok to be
you merely have to be
Probably not in any way that will sound intelligent or well thought out.
I will say I believe it to be a necessary movement that I support as well as I can, while recognizing my own flaws and problematic behaviors and actively trying to fix them.
*walks down the aisle of same sex wedding*
*locks eyes with disapproving mother*
*kill bill sirens*
I don’t understand people who are like ‘I don’t drink water’ how are you even alive
shoutout to those followers that aren’t the same blog type as you and never even reblog you but still follow you
this would be a good time to donate to xkit-extension because they’re doing a lot of hard work and they’re just one dude so yknow. toss some cash their way if you can so we can go back to blogging properly.
seriously, chrome broke fucking EVERYTHING in xkit and dude put it first priority before a paying gig and 100% burnt himself out getting it back to moderate functionality. if you use xkit and have money to donate, definitely do. the work he puts in is worth it.
who told people that being redneck is something to be proud of