Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American writer, journalist, and educator. Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, and blogger for that publication's website where he writes about cultural, social and political issues. His writings on race, such as his September 2012 Atlantic cover piece "Fear of a Black President" and his June 2014 feature "The Case for Reparations," have been especially praised, and have won his blog a place on the Best Blogs of 2011 list by TIME Magazine and the 2012 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism from The Sidney Hillman Foundation.
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
A group of Ferguson protesters, part of the NAACP-organized “Journey for Justice” march, ran into a vocal counter-protest as they walked from Ferguson to Jefferson City, Missouri.
From the Columbia Missourian:
About 200 people met the marchers as they reached Rosebud around noon, activists said. A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been placed in the street. A Confederate flag flew. Counter-protestors shouted racial epithets.
One of the counter-protesters was a young boy with a sign that said “go home.”
Rosebud resident John Sharp told connectmidmissouri.com, “Rosebud is a very strong community. We believe that we should stand behind our law enforcement, stand behind our community and we don’t believe in supporting thugs.”
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/12/racists-greet-ferguson-marchers-with-fried-chicken-melon-40-oz-watch/#D7iUvmYYifL4YTsP.99
1) Candle Light Service: A candle light community service hosted at Eliot Chapel at 7 pm the night of the grand jury announcement. It will include Rev. Barbara H. Gadon, Maggie Duwe, David Bennett, Scott Stearmann, Ron Hodges, Jeffrey Croft and Terry McKee.
2) Safe Church: The Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples) will be open 24 hours after the grand jury announcement as a quiet space for prayer, meditation, and listening support. If you would like to take a shift as a supportive presence, please sign up through their sign-up genius website.
November 21, 2014
In August attorneys for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the County of St. Louis and the City of Ferguson signed an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri stating that protesters and the media had the right to record law enforcement officers. But, that agreement was disregarded many times in the last few months so the ACLU went back to court last Friday and filed a motion for a preliminary injunction. Today United States District Judge John A. Ross granted three court orders against the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the County of St. Louis and the City of Ferguson.
“We are pleased that there are court orders requiring the police to respect the First Amendment rights of journalists,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. “With court orders in place, immediate recourse will be available if the freedom of the press is violated.”
The signed agreement , amended complaint and other documents related to this lawsuit, Mustafa Hussein v. County of Saint Louis, et. al can be found on the ACLU of Missouri website.
Community for Understanding & Hope and The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Present: Race & Justice - What Do You Think? - 12/06/2014
Race & Justice - What Do You Think?
Where: Kirkwood Baptist Church
211 N. Woodlawn Ave. Kirkwood, Mo 63122
Speaker: Willis Johnson, Pastor of Wellspring Methodist Church,
Speaker: Michael Voss – Kirkwood Resident
Date: December 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Format: Opening Speaker, Followed by Facilitated Smaller Dialogue Circles
“In a strange, unorthodox, and politically incorrect manner, Jesus reached out to a person different from himself. He sought a connection based not on what divided, but premised on what united them.” Wellspring U.M. Church website
A National Town Hall Special
Taped with a Studio Audience in St. Louis
PBS NewsHour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor
Tune in Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.
National leaders and prominent thinkers in law enforcement, race and civil rights, join government officials, faith leaders, youth and the public to help foster a national dialogue on issues being discussed in the wake of Michael Brown's death.
For the first time PBS will incorporate live tweets during this broadcast. Viewers are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #AfterFergusonPBS to join in the conversation and to have their tweets considered for inclusion in the broadcast.
August 13, 2014
There will be a candlelight service of prayer, healing and hope at the Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 100 S. Taylor Avenue, in Kirkwood at 7 pm on Thursday, August 14 in response to the shooting of Michael Brown.
Rev. Barbara Gadon, Lead Minister, will lead the service. She writes: “We cannot afford to think that what happened in Ferguson does not affect us in Kirkwood and our surrounding towns. We are holding this service to mourn the death of this young man, to pray for his family, and to count ourselves among his friends. We also come to pray for the police officer involved in the shooting. We come to mourn the deep racial segregation of St. Louis, the stark disparities of wealth and opportunity, and the longstanding tensions that have contributed to this great tragedy. We stand on the side of love and justice for all.”
Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Eliot Unitarian Chapel
"What will happen cannot be stopped. Aim for grace." - Ann Beattie
"RACIAL EQUALITY" EFFORTS IN KIRKWOOD-RELATED TO NEW FILM ABOUT THE LATE COUNCILWOMAN CONNIE KARR
On July 8, 2014 NPR hosted a program which focused on taking another look at what has changed in improving communication and understanding between all the citizens of Kirkwood since it's last program 3 years ago.
The guests on the show:
-- Meacham Park resident Ron Hodges,
-- Rev. Scott Stearman, pastor of Kirkwood Baptist Church and
-- Councilman and Deputy Mayor Paul Ward.
"St. Louis on the Air" and "Cityscape"
St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU
Have race relations between Kirkwood City Hall and African- Americans improved and if so, how?
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