By Anti-State STL on 2014/08/11
All funds collected will be used to support those arrested during the demonstrations–their bail money, fines, legal funds, or other related expenses. In the unlikely event that there are additional funds, they will be used to support people resisting police repression and police violence in the future.
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Look, as much as I deplore police brutality, we’re not going to get past the dehumanization of people until we ALL stop doing it. People, regardless of color, are people. People, regardless of their jobs and attitudes, are people. People, regardless of past or current criminal acts, are people. People may be sick, mean or twisted. But they are people, with human rights. Some people should be hospitalized, some prosecuted, some jailed. But all of them–all of US–have human rights. Even criminals who are flouting the law, and high on drugs. Even cops who are ignorant of the law, and high on their own sense of power.
It’s OK to hate some people. Heck, it’s probably inevitable. It’s OK to rage at what people do. But it is not OK to make people into “not people,” mentally, and then treat them that way.
America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s. Given the proliferation of military weapons and military training among America’s police departments, the use of military force and military tactics is not surprising. When your only tool is a hammer, after all, every problem looks like a nail.
Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.
By providing law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment free of charge, the NDAA encourages police to employ military weapons and military tactics.
1033 procurements are not matters of public record. And the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which coordinates distribution of military surplus, refuses to reveal the names of agencies requesting “tactical” items, like assault rifles and mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP).
We’re working on that. Sorry it hasn’t been resolved yet. We are going to need consistent funds to support people into the future, so your donation will still be very helpful in the near future when we sort that problem out. So please be patient.
Hi, I really want to help you guys out, but unfortunately the form won’t take donations from outside the US. Is there another way to donate?
It’s honestly scary how ignorant a lot of people still are about the situation. An unrelated party starts looting in one instance, and one rioter throws a bottle at the police who were teargassing innocent protesters – and suddenly, it’s all about ‘animals getting arrested for looting’ and ‘shooting at cops’. Last I heard the mainstream news was mysteriously mum about this, though the fact that the cops aren’t allowing news stations into the area may have something to do about it.
This started when a white cop shot an unarmed black teenager who had done nothing wrong, which isn’t new, but it was a final breaking point. Regardless of the mainstream news, anyone paying attention to social media can see the pictures and livestreams of kids getting gassed, rubber bullets being fired into the neighbourhoods, reporters getting arrested. They gassed their own state senator when she was peacefully protesting. Veterans are tweeting in response to pictures of the forces being sent to put down the riot and remarking they’re more heavily geared than the vets were when they invaded Iraq.
But yeah, we’ve still got people in the comments screeching out ‘they’re thieves and looters!’. Even if it’s honest ignorance, we’ve got a word for people who instinctively believe this is all about a criminal mob of black people and desperately hold on to that despite overwhelming first-hand evidence to the contrary, and yeah, that word is racism.
We’re working on that problem. Check back with us tomorrow. Sorry.
it’s a sad day when you feel more scared than protected when you see a cop on the street. the ferguson police department are scum, as is anyone who stands behind them.
I can’t believe this is still happening in the world why can’t we ever change?
To the naysayers: have you even seen the videos of what’s going on? People are being gassed, shot at, and arrested just because they won’t stay quiet about police brutality and media-silencing. They don’t even have guns – so UW is clearly a liar and probably one of these cops. Fuck racists, and fuck the (American) police.
To the people below, the donations are for people arrested during “the anti-police demonstrations”. You can use your $$ to get some reading and comprehension lessons. We could all benefit from a more educated public.
Things need to change
If anyone has any info on what else those of us outside MO can do to help, please let me know.
Hey, y’all, is there a way to donate that doesn’t involve PayPal? I’m concerned that they will seize the funds raised (which they have done in the past when they don’t like the cause.)
Wish i could donate more but $5 is better than nothing :/ Word is starting to get on the TV here in the UK on BBC so its being seen more and more. You have our love an support Ferguson <3
Donating from the UK, the world is watching
Will you guys also be able to keep us up to date on jail support? When/if protesters are released and info on their court dates and charges? Thank you!
Sorry to those experiencing problems with the PayPal link. Hopefully they are resolved now.
hi, tried donating and the paypal won’t go through. is there another way i can send money? thank you for your efforts. you have my support from Olympia, WA
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