How your space, band, or label can support Ferguson action right now
If you have space, share it. If you have a following, flood them. If you have means to donate money, funnel it. This Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict white cop Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of an unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown. There is an international movement of protests that have been answered by hundreds of arrests and continued police brutality. Read about the spread of protests here, connect with national response here, and follow ongoing Ferguson action here (unfortunately, tag is not white-supremacist-proof. Scroll-dodge. Scroll-dodge.) Here are some ways your space, band, collective, or label can support the Ferguson response right now:
Use your space to make space
Have a room? Outlets? Wifi? Offer it up. Share it with organizers, protesters, anyone who needs a safe space. The Ferguson Public Library and St. Louis area churches offered refuge and sanctuaries of peace for protesters. Solespace, a shoestore/art gallery combo in Oakland covered their storefront in a mosaic of posters featuring the faces of Black lives lost to cops. They handed out Mike Brown posters to protestors this week, and have opened their space to art and sign-making in the past as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Collaborate and produce powerful messaging through arts. In August, Mayday Space put on a #NYCSTANDSWITHFERGUSON arts showcase & live performances in Bushwick. Bridgetown DIY in La Puente has a benefit show in the works on December 10th. Orchestrating Diversity is a program organized through Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center in St. Louis; many of their students live in neighborhoods around Ferguson. In addition to providing a safe space for their students to discuss and organize around Ferguson action, their upcoming concert on December 7th has the following theme:
“The concert will feature a performance of Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture”. This piece, is written for the Göethe play of the same name which stands as a political manifesto in which Egmont’s craving for justice and liberty is opposed to the despotic authority of the Duke of Alba. While, Like Michael Brown, he dies at the hands of the government, in the end, he is the martyr who brings freedom for others.”
Don’t dilute the feed; Use your following to signal boost action
To post about shows, updates, and other miscellaneous banter directly weakens the strength of the Ferguson-related narrative. Don’t dilute the feed while the country is in revolt having to actively insist that #BlackLivesMatter. Retweet. Reblog. If there’s action in your area, focus on that.
Donate funds into direct action organizations in the Ferguson area.
This could be door sales, records, shirts, tips, and whatever other merchandise you have. Kat Kat Records are selling a ‘Wanted for Murder’ Darren Wilson shirt, with all funds going to support Ferguson. The World Is… are donating 100% of money donated to their The Distance EP to the following:
St. Louis Area Foodbank:
The Organization for Black Struggle:
The Legal Support Fund for Justice for Mike Brown:
Operation Help or Hush:
Hands Up United: