Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote. As soon as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, they were violently attacked by the Alabama State Police, beaten with nightsticks and electric cattle prods, set upon by police dogs and tear-gassed. They were chased off the bridge, all the way back to Selma's Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, where the march began. News and images of the extreme and unprovoked police violence, in contrast to the conduct of the 600 marchers, who practiced disciplined non-violence, spread across the globe.
The blog Prison Culture has curated this amazing resource, #FergusonSyllabus, a post that brings together all the best teaching materials about the shooting of Mike Brown and the injustices that are faced by peaceful protesters in Ferguson. The post also includes resources to facilitate popular education around police violence and the prison industrial complex from Project NIA (No Youth in Prison), Buzzfeed, Chain Reaction and many more.
Halifax, Hands Up, a rally in solidarity with Ferguson protesters was held this Tuesday in downtown Halifax. It was about much more than the police killing of an unarmed black young man and subsequent police violence in faraway Missouri.
The rally was just as much about Nova Scotia, spoken word artist and teacher El Jones told the Halifax Media Co-op. Jones is one of the organizers of the event.
"Systemic violence does not just take place in one part of the globe, it is part of a 500-year history of violence against African people everywhere," said Jones.
"I have been in court while the police openly admitted that they committed brutality against black people," she said.
This petition is for Amadou Diallo - shot at 41 times. An innocent, hardworking man simply reaching for his wallet, Diallo should be alive today.
This petition is for Sean Bell - shot at over 50 times and killed on his wedding day.
This petition is for Oscar Grant - handcuffed with his hands behind his back for breaking a fight on the subway - Oscar was shot in the back and killed by a police officer while sitting down.