By Thao N. Lam “I want to do more for my clients, but I can’t. Then I can’t look at my phone and see the news about Ferguson. I feel awful,” said a social service colleague, blinking back tears of frustration and anger.
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By Alex S. Morgan Friendly reminder: gender presentation and identity are not the same thing. Too often we either just guess, or only ask someone’s pronouns if they’re visibly androgynous or gender-non-conforming. (I can count on one hand the number of people who asked me mine before I cut my hair, though I was out as genderqueer for years.)
By Bill Ritchey When Occupy had a camp in Portland, I was there, and everyday and night I watched the police and the TV news fabricate some outlandish story.
By Erika Victoria Ten days of war in the United States because a Black man was killed by a white man, and the white man was a police man.
By Chris Crass So I’m seeing all these pictures from last night of adults trying to convince young Black people to leave the streets and only protest during the day in Ferguson, and this is being heralded by the police and mainstream media as “helping bring peace to Ferguson“.
By Mark Naison The problems of America’s poor have been “off the grid” for some time. Politicians of both parties reserve their concern for the middle class, fearing that any reference to poverty will destroy their electoral appeal.
By Vernon Huffman “Everybody’s gotta eat,” explained the Stone Soup volunteer with a smile. Every day people from the Corvallis area come together in one of two churches to share a free meal prepared by volunteers. There are no forms to fill out, no sermons to sit through, and no questions asked; just good food for hungry people, often…
White and Black Opinion Differs on the Importance of Ferguson for Race By Joseph Orosco and Phoenix Calida The Pew Center for People and Press conducted a survey last week to ask Americans their views on the top news stories and to gauge their reactions to the developments in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. The results are…
By Mark Naison If the death of Michael Brown reflects normal police protocols in the US, we need to change “normal police protocols” and not only in Ferguson.
By Phoenix Calida. This past weekend, Phoenix Calida delivered food and supplies to residents of Ferguson, Missouri. This is her photo essay. All photos by Phoenix.