Wednesday Open Thread | #HealSTL

A volunteer folds HealSTL shirts. The org is selling them for a $9 donation

A volunteer folds #HealSTL shirts. The org is selling them for a $9 donation.

Heal STL has grown from a hashtag to a headquarters where community leaders, volunteers and would-be volunteers gather, organize, sell T-shirts and prepare for the change many hope is coming to Ferguson. French paid a six-month lease for the storefront at 9171 West Florissant Avenue and plans to re-up another six months when that runs out.

“It’s an early thing for us to get our legs up under us…learn the streets here, learn the people,” French says. “We’ve just got to get organized, that’s what this is about right now. This is a place to share.”

Technically, Heal STL isn’t even “open” yet, but that doesn’t stop the volunteers (and rap legend MC Hammer) from showing up to help.

Heal STL: Join the Movement

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Tuesday Open Thread | #HealSTL

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Antonio French pins a map of Ferguson to the wall at his new office that he just opened in Ferguson on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2014. French plans to do voter registration out of the office. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Marches, protests and prayer vigils have been a constant in the region for more than two weeks, and as a grand jury pores over evidence in the Michael Brown killing, similar actions are expected to continue.

But other responses to the police shooting, designed to be more long-lasting, have popped up. They include getting more African-Americans engaged in their communities and challenging people to leave their comfort zones and talk about race.

On Wednesday, a storefront on West Florissant Avenue opened as the office of #HealSTL, which grew from a Twitter hashtag, and is being developed as an outreach center, including offering voter registration.

It’s on the same busy strip that has been the center of unrest, including looting, tear gas, arrests and a curfew.

“This has been a Twitter story,” said the effort’s organizer, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French. “It has touched so many people because of social media.”

Heal STL: Join the Movement

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Monday Open Thread | #HealSTL

Heal STL- Ferguson Nonprofit Braces for More Violence If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted

Antonio French says there will be more violence if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn’t indicted. “That’s predictable.”

The nightly violent standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson may have stopped, but the anger that fueled two weeks of unrest here — anger at police, at elected officials, at oppression — remains.

And if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn’t charged with a crime for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, anger could again swell into chaos.

“If there isn’t an indictment, we’re going to see the same thing again,” says Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has emerged as one of the leaders behind the movement for change and peace in Ferguson. “That’s predictable. It’s going to get bad.”

Heal STL: Join the Movement

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Photo gallery: National March on Ferguson

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Sunday Open Thread

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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Call to Action: National March on Ferguson

National march on FergusonThe Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition will be holding a massive demonstration in Ferguson, Mo at Ground Zero on Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 am Central Time and are calling for supporters nationwide to stand with them in solidarity in a national day of protest against police brutality throughout the country!

Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition Demands

1.We demand that Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be immediately fired from Ferguson police department instead of remaining on paid leave. We demand Darren Wilson be charged and vigorously prosecuted for the murder of Michael Brown.

2.We demand that Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, under the emergency law clause he issued immediately remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch from the case involving Michael Brown.

3.We call upon the United States Federal Attorney General, Eric Holder and Missouri state Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the policies and practices of the local municipalities in Saint Louis City, Saint Louis County and other municipalities throughout the state of Missouri that have demonstrated a legacy of racial profiling. Accordingly, we call upon those officials to develop penalties/policies to put an end to those practices.

4.We call for the Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich to do an audit of the funds of the local municipalities that have demonstrated a history of racial profiling. We demand accountability of how much revenue is being generated from traffic violations and how these funds are being spent.

5.We call for the Ferguson Mayor, James Knowles and Police Chief Thomas Jackson to immediately resign from their positions of authority and if not we will call upon the people to immediately do a recall of the Mayor of Ferguson.

Live: I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO

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Saturday Open Thread

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

Published on Aug 28, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the White House honored two important anniversaries, for Women’s Rights and Civil Rights, and the President announced new actions to improve access to quality healthcare for veterans.

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