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Pulling the plug on police murders in Ferguson and DC

This Thanksgiving, I had a chance to return home and visit my sister's family and my parents in St. Louis. They live in the same county (though not the same town) where I grew up, roughly a 20 minute drive from Ferguson. The two suburbs are part of the same county but seem like different countries altogether.

While in St. Louis, I had a chance to join in several actions organized by local activists. The night I arrived, I joined a march in the Grove, followed two days later by a die-in that shut down the St. Louis Galleria (where I used to watch movies with my high school buddies) on Black Friday, when the movement claimed credit for shrinking holiday retail sales by 11%. 

We recognize, as we did during the Occupy movement and the Peace movement before that, that to seriously challenge state power requires challengig the corporate cabal that insulates government from democratic accountability. 

Later that weekend, I joined an amazing community meeting at a church that included -- and even meaningfully involved -- hundreds of people, and helped organize an arts workshop for kids on the same block where Mike Brown was killed by a police officer who, having been declared above the law, remains at large today.

Earier that week, prompted by the "no indictment" finding of the grand jury empaneled to examine Ferguson police officer & murderer Darren Wilson, I joined actions across DC. On Monday, I was in a march to the White House before on Tuesday occupying a corporate retail district encompassing Chinatown (from which one of my tweets depicting 5,000 residents taking over Chinatown was included in a recap of actions from around the country).

The day I returned to DC from St. Louis, I fell into an occupation of Washington's Union Station, thich then led to more actions that night, and more ongoing around the country.


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