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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge.
 
Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate. Today, Black people use sites such as Twitter and Facebook at higher rates than other groups. Last year, the Pew Research Center found that 29 percent of all Black Americans who are online use Twitter, and 76 percent use Facebook, compared to 16 percent and 71 percent of Whites, respectively.

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Stress Is a Growing Way of Life in Ferguson

Stress Is a Growing Way of Life in Ferguson
Friday, Aug. 8, was a big day for Kizzie and Charles Davis. It was the day they opened Ferguson Burger Bar & More on West Florissant Avenue for the first time after taking it over from the previous owner, they told The Root Monday.
 
But the next day, they were saddened to learn that Michael Brown was gunned down by a police officer, and within hours the streets were catching fire as angry protesters rolled out to call for justice over the shooting. The Davises’ business has closed early nearly every day since the shooting, and they worry about its future, but they are keeping faith. And while saddened by Brown’s death, they see one silver lining. There is new attention on a long-simmering issue in the black community: police brutality and the use of excessive force.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge – social media nincompoopery for good

The Ice Bucket Challenge – social media nincompoopery for good
As you scroll through your news feed in Facebook or through the tweets of those you follow you might have noticed short videos of people pouring ice water over themselves or #icebucketchallenge or both. Prank?  Latest “social media thing”?  Charity fundraiser?  A little bit of all three, but if the last one surprised you, you’re not alone.
 
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Missouri KKK Chapter to Raise Funds for Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

Missouri KKK Chapter to Raise Funds for Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, has enjoyed his share of supporters, and a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is adding its voice to the mix, USA Today reports.
 
“All money will go to the cop who did his job against the Negro criminal,” the New Empire Knights of the KKK noted, according to the news site.

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National Bar Association Filed a Lawsuit Against the City of Ferguson & the Ferguson Police Department

National Bar Association Filed a Lawsuit Against the City of Ferguson & the Ferguson Police Department
WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, the National Bar Association filed a lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, MO and the Ferguson Police Department seeking any and all incident reports, investigative reports, notes and memorandums prepared by Ferguson Police officers, in-dash camera video, photographs, cellphone video and recordings in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown. 
 
The National Bar Association also sent a Preservation of Evidence Notice to both entities requesting that they preserve the police officers' raw notes of all statements, observations, and data collected from the scene of the incident, specifically including the officer involved and all responding officers, officer detail logs from the crime scene, and video & photographic evidence related to the August 9, 2014, fatal shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent arrests of protestors in the City of Ferguson.
 

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Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot six times

Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot six times
FERGUSON, Mo. — A preliminary autopsy report shows that Michael Brown was shot at least six times including twice in the head, a lawyer for the family said Monday.
 
Benjamin Crump said all of the bullets entered from the front.
 
"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed," Crump said. "It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That's what the witnesses said from day one."

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