“Liberation from Oakland to Palestine,” Bay Area marches connect the dots of US state violence

Little girl holding up a sign chanting ” Hands up! Don’t shoot! rest in peace Michael Brown” (image courtesy of Minister Finishes: twitter @federal_flashes)

(by: Nicholas García)

On the weekend of August 15th, organizers in the Bay Area led two major demonstrations: the Friday Ferguson Solidarity march from Downtown Oakland to Berkeley, and the Saturday “Block the Boat for Palestine” march from the West Oakland BART station to the Oakland Port. These two marches could have been separate, focusing on their own single issue demands for justice in Ferguson or in Palestine. Rather, their demands, rallying cries, and frameworks intersected and crossed together. Continue reading

Riots Work: How Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Were Able to Transform the Discourse of an Entire Nation

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The images are brutal. From armored personnel carriers, to sniper’s perched on rooftops, clouds of tear gas billowing down streets, the sudden sparks of flash-bang grenades — it is no wonder that the web is in an uproar and drawing the immediate response that Ferguson has become a war zone.

In less than two weeks, an unknown blip on the North American map has become the central debate of a superpower. One that thought it answered the question of race decades ago (at least, for those that are white).

While sociologists and government analysts are most likely scrambling to formulate theories as to why the killing of this unarmed black male created such uproar, the elephant in the room is quite clear.

Riots work.

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