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GPUSA: National March on Ferguson, August 30, 2014

The Green Party USA invites you to the National March on Ferguson, on Saturday, August 30, 2014.  The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition will begin the march at 10 am at “Ground Zero,” the corner of W. Florissant Ave. and Canfield Dr. (63135).  This site of ongoing activity is a block from where policeman Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown by pumping six bullets into him as he held his hands up saying “Don’t shoot!”

In recent days, St. Louis press has been parroting the police claim that protests are due less to the murder than because of “outside agitators.”  “Outside agitators” is the identical phrase used by racists during protests of the 1950s and 60s that led to Civil Rights legislation.  Now, as 60 years ago, white power elites claim that people would be happy if others would not “stir them up.”
The GPUSA and its affiliate, the Missouri Green Party, invite everyone who has been attacked or mistreated by police anywhere to meet us in St. Louis.  We are all part of the same struggle to put an end to police brutality.  This includes victims of racial profiling (whether black, brown, yellow or red), victims of police sexual harassment, anti-war protestors, environmental activists, civil rights demonstrators and Occupiers.

Darren Wilson is currently on paid leave from the Ferguson Police Department.  The August 30 march will demand that he be immediately fired.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon should immediately remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.  McCulloch has a track record of extreme bias against prosecuting police who shoot black victims.  He drags out judicial processes so that nothing is done.  McCulloch’s current plan to turn the case over to a grand jury instead of charging Wilson with murder is a common tactic to ensure that cops who kill blacks walk free.

When police are encouraged to harass blacks on a daily basis, the stage is set for them to believe that they can get away with murder.  Therefore, the Coalition is asking US Attorney General Eric Holder and Missouri State Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate practices of municipalities throughout Missouri who have a history of racial profiling.  There must be penalties for municipalities that show racist patterns of arrest. 

Currently, many Missouri municipalities generate money by profiling blacks for traffic stops and fines.  Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich must audit funds of municipalities to find out which have a history of racial profiling.
The death of Michael Brown is largely due to the institutional racism of the City of Ferguson.  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Police Chief Thomas Jackson must immediately resign from their positions, and, if they refuse, the people of Ferguson should recall the Mayor.

The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is growing.  As of now, it includes the Universal African Peoples Organization, Tauheed Youth Group, Nation of Islam, Organization for Black Struggle, Black Lawyers for Justice, St. Louis Urban League, Better Family Life, St. Louis City NAACP, St. Louis County NAACP, MOKAN, Missouri Green Party, New Black Panther Party, St. Louis Stop the Killing Initiative, Attorney Jerryl Christmas, Rev. Spencer Lamar Booker, Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Payne, Greendale Alderman Robert Ringo, and Missouri State Senators Jamilah Nasheed and Maria Nicole Chappelle-Nadal.

We apologized for the short notice for the August 30 demonstration — but tactics of government and police repression are changing daily and it is vital to build a broad movement of opposition to ongoing killings by police.  While we welcome everyone, those coming to Ferguson need to be “self-sufficient,” which means having a place to stay in the St. Louis area.  Organizers are already stretched thin and cannot provide housing.

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