What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri is deeply disturbing and all of us have a responsibility to speak out.
On Saturday, Ferguson police shot and killed a young, un-armed, black man named Michael Brown. Eyewitnesses say that Brown had his hands in the air, declared he didn’t have a gun and pleaded “stop shooting” when Ferguson police fired the shot that killed him.1
Since then, members of the community have stood with Brown’s family demanding justice for Michael.
And every day since the Ferguson and Missouri authorities have escalated their responses to peaceful protests using increasingly militarized tactics. Last night they fired tear gas at peaceful protestors, used rubber bullets on the crowd and arrested countless citizens–including journalists from around the nation who are covering the incredible injustice that is happening on our own soil.2
That’s why we’re joining Civil Rights leader Congressman John Lewis to call on President Obama to intervene in Ferguson to protect peaceful protestors demanding justice for Michael Brown. No more innocent families should be terrorized by militant police forces for exercising their right–their responsibility–to protest injustice. Can you add your voice?
Add your name.This is a moment of national reckoning. What’s happening in Ferguson is about who we are as a nation, what we will do in the face of gross injustice, and how we will continue the fight for equality. UltraViolet’s motto is “equality at a higher frequency” and that means speaking up at moments like this.
Because so long the police gun down black men like Michael Brown, and are put on paid leave rather than face justice, this country remains unequal.3And as long as there are communities like Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are African-American, but the people in power are overwhelmingly white and the police are 95% white, we must keep fighting for equality.4
That’s why UltraViolet is joining dozens of other organizations in the call for justice in Ferguson today.
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Gabriela, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, and Onyi, the UltraViolet team