The family of Michael Brown, including his father Michael Brown, Sr., center, watches as his vault is lowered during the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Normandy, Mo. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
The response to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., — sparked by the police shooting death of Michael “Mike” Brown by a police officer — has galvanized a nation. Social media has been instrumental in engaging supporters who want to provide assistance to relief workers in the town to bring calm and order in the aftermath of violent police clashes with demonstrators. NewsOne has looked over a number of organizations and groups that are on the ground in Ferguson. Here’s how you can get involved.
Through the combined efforts of Twitter users @akacharleswade, @bellebutters, and @SheSeauxSaditty, the #OperationHelpOrHush movement sprang forth in response to the events in Ferguson. The group’s three-part strategy is to assist organizers, support protesters, and provide resources for Ferguson residents.
The NAACP’s national office has launched a page that has focused on the ground efforts of organizers in Ferguson. The group has provided some tools for those who wish to support its efforts. Supporters can also send notes of condolences to the Brown family.
Dream Defenders has been instrumental in various social justice causes and has been organizing national #HandsUp events dedicated to raising awareness about police injustice. With the deaths of Brown, John Crawford in Dayton, Ohio; Eric Garner in New York; and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles — which have all occurred in the past month — the group is presenting six national demands regarding the conduct of police.
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a nationwide petition to the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice regarding police presence and response to issues in communities of color.