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.
- The United Way Of Greater St. Louis has provided a web form for potential volunteers and for those seeking information on how they can help citizens on the ground recovering from the clashes.
- The St. Louis Area Foodbank has launched the “Feed the Students of Ferguson” campaign. The group is asking for donations.
- 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.
- A GoFundMe account was set up by family attorney Benjamin Crump to assist with funeral costs and legal fees. So far, nearly $250,000 has been raised, far surpassing the campaign’s goal of $200,000.
- The MORE organization, based in St. Louis, is asking for donations for a legal defense fund for Mike Brown.
- A Care2 petition has been started to call for the demilitarization of city and state police.
- An independent petition to the White House has been started to get details of the Mike Brown Law, which would require all state, county, and local police to record all activities.
- The human rights group has a petition aimed toward Ferguson authorities regarding police conduct and unnecessary force.
- The OBS group is looking for St. Louis residents to assist with volunteering and donations.
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