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8.27.2014

EVENT ALERT: TOWN HALL: Ferguson and Beyond (LIVE WEBCAST AUG 27 6:30PM EST/ 5:30 CST)

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

STAY BLESSED

I am sure the police and the rednecks and repuglycons of Ferguson and the rest of the world would like to think that now that Michael Brown’s funeral is over, things can go back to business as usual. But, ain’t no mo days like that! The world has been galvanized, and this will not end until justice has been served, the police attack/assault mode against Black and Brown brothers and sisters has been reigned in, and the perpetrators have been punished.

There has been a lot of complaining on the part of the repuglycons, who were clearly upset to find that people who attended Michael Ferguson’s funeral also registered to vote while there. Well, they can expect to see a lot more Black and Brown people registering as they prepare to make sure that there are no more situations such as have existed in the community of Ferguson, where the Blacks are in the majority, but the whites are running the show, riding roughshod over them with impunity.

No more CYA (cover your ass) lies, where they keep telling one after another to see which one is going to finally be believed. No more low wages, high taxes, and under representation in the major positions that matter – Police, city government, education, etc. Ferguson’s paradigm shift is going into high gear and taking other Black communities along with it.

And while Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama, and Rev. Sharpton are playing their roles in this, there is something that we, ourselves, must do as well. Because, no one can do our doing for us. There is an old African proverb that says: “If the people will lead, the leaders will follow.” We it’s time for WE, THE PEOPLE to lead.

Below is an invitation to be part of a live-streamed town hall meeting coordinated by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Take some time out to sit down and catch up with what others are doing in our behalf. Be prepared to replicate some of the strategies in your own communities.

I truly hope it doesn’t take a similar wake up call, such as the one tragically endured by Ferguson, Staten Island, Los Angeles, Florida, and other major communities where Black people are disrespected by Police on a regular basis, to get our act together and make sure that we obtain and maintain the balance of power – we do this through out votes; we do this through uniting our communities, from those next door, to those across the street and around the block; to those across the city, the state, the nation.

It’s our wake up call – if you snooze you lose. We can’t afford to be on the late show. Pass this information on – make it viral and make it your business to tune in. If no one else will save you – save yourself.

Stay Blessed &
ECLECTICALLY BLACK

bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

 

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Panelist & Speakers
Dr. Ron Daniels

Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World (IBW)

Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal, Artist, Activist, Owner of Busboy & Poets, Host

Danny Glover

Danny Glover, Actor/Activist (via Skype)

Barbara Arnwine

Barbara Arnwine, President, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Hilary Shelton

Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Office of the NAACP

Nkechi Taifa

Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations

Ron Hampton

Ron Hampton, Former Executive Director, National Black Police Assn.

Jasiri X

Jasiri X, Hip Hop Artist and Activist

Keenan Keller

Keenan Keller, Senior Counsel, House Judiciary Committee

Don Rojas

Don Rojas, Director of Communications, IBW
**Report from DC activists who recently visited Ferguson, MO.

http://ibw21.org/ferguson/

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