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Kristin Stoneking

Last night, about two hours after the announcement of the Missouri grand jury’s determination that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted, I received a text from our staff on the ground in Ferguson.

They believed police were shooting live rounds into groups of protestors and using tear gas. Nonviolent protestors who could were taking shelter in safe houses and sanctuaries. Others endured violence as they attempted to hold the...

FOR

St. Louis, MODon’t Shoot, a coalition of approximately 50 local organizations formed in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown, renewed its call for police accountability and oversight following the Grand Jury’s decision not to hold Officer Wilson criminally responsible for killing Brown.

“We will redouble our efforts to secure...

Kristin Stoneking

The moment we’ve been preparing for is upon us. A Missouri grand jury, empaneled to determine whether to charge Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson with a crime for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, is about to announce its decision.

After pressure from the Don’t Shoot Coalition in St. Louis — of which FOR is a member —...

Ruby Sales

As I have heard the national accusations that keep resonating in the media and through other resources in America about protestors and violence in Ferguson, these thoughts come to me. Those accusations are designed to negate the power and the national effect of this tremendous Movement that you are building. Without equivocation as a long distance runner for justice, I want to say that you are building a tremendous Movement that is shifting the racial and systemic gravity in this nation. (1) You have elevated Black people from disposable waste to real human beings as the Civil Rights...

Meredith Nicolich

The Nyack Area Peace Prize honors an organization or individual involved in significant peace and justice work in the community of FOR’s national headquarters. This year, the prize will be awarded to Kim Cross and the Nyack Center; and to philanthropist Herb Kurz, a life-long progressive supporter of civil liberty activism and the founder of...