I just don't know what we're supposed to do. — me, on Tuesday night
Okay, enough of that. Here are some things to do, that I'm doing, that I ask you to do.
- Donate to the Ferguson Public Library. They stayed open even when the schools were closed this week in Ferguson. We need more public libraries and for our public libraries in towns like this to have sufficient funding. Give money via a link from the library homepage or send a book that they've asked for on their Powell's wishlist. (Supposedly they've received $175,000 already?)
- Change your profile image to a plain black square, perhaps with an important message, for example. (Via @waxpancake.)
- Keep going to protests, wherever you are.
- Contact your local, state and *sigh* federal officials about demilitarizing the police and responsible use of body cameras for police armed with deadly weapons. As the Brown family has said:
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
- Read about possible next steps or browse FergusonNext on Twitter.
I say keep going to protests because we shouldn't let attention disappear from the ongoing violations of the right of people of color to be free from fear of fatal police brutality. We should keep up (variations on) almost all items in this list.
Police shot 12-year old Tamir Rice within seconds of their sudden arrival in a public park in Ohio, apparently because he was holding a BB gun. Police did not administer first aid and he died soon after.