Missouri, USA NAACP supports civil rights march

This video from the USA says about itself:

NAACP march to Washington begins with civil rights rally in Selma

2 August 2015

The NAACP has launched a 40-day march across the US South on Saturday (August 1) with a rally in Selma, Alabama, aiming to draw on that city’s significance in the 1960s civil rights movement to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America.

Organizers of “America’s Journey for Justice” want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue over race relations that was prompted by the killing of a number of unarmed black men by police officers over the past year.

Read more here.

From Connect Mid-missouri.com in the USA:

Rally planned to support NAACP Southern march

by Mark Slavit

Posted: 08.07.2015 at 6:18 PM

It was one year ago when the nation watched the city of Ferguson, Missouri erupt into a chaotic tragedy after the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. President of the Missouri Chapter of the NAACP Mary Ratliff said social injustice continues in America after Brown’s death.

COLUMBIA, MO — Members of the NAACP said things have not changed enough since the death of Brown. We were there when the organization held a Journey for Justice March from Ferguson to Jefferson City. Members will show their support for another Journey for Justice March at a Columbia church on Saturday morning. Ratliff remembers being afraid during the first Journey for Justice March in December. Ratliff was one of about 20 Ferguson protestors greeted by a large crowd of hecklers along Highway 50 in the town of Rosebud. Ratliff said this year’s march across the Southern States to Washington D.C. will have a bigger impact on the nation’s view of Brown’s death.

Ratliff said, “We are marching for justice against police brutality. We want the justice system fixed so that it is really a justice system for all.”

Ratliff was upset in March when the U.S. Justice Department found no grounds to prosecute Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Ratliff said, “When we say the term, no justice no peace, that’s what it has to be. In Columbia, we will quit marching when we have justice. We will quit holding rallies.”

Ratliff and other Ferguson protestors will show their support for this year’s Journey for Justice March during a rally at Columbia’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. The hour long event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

A recent survey by the Associated Press shows that one year after the death of Brown, more than 3 out of 5 African-Americans said they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by police officer. They say the reason is their race.

Ratliff plans to have a rally at a different Columbia church every time this year’s Journey for Justice March reaches a new Southern State until the march ends in Washington, D.C. in September.

First Ferguson Friday, a community leadership brunch held today by the St Louis County NAACP at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, brought local, regional, state and national elected leaders together to not only reflect on the past year, but to work together for a better community. In that vein, the NAACP announced a new endeavor to fight unjust discipline of school children, with Advocates for Education Reform, a program that will be led by St. Louis attorney and former National Bar Association president Pamela Meanes of the law firm Thompson Coburn Hamlin Meanes: here.

Run The Jewels talk Ferguson tragedy on BBC documentary: here.

Michael Brown’s death helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement. Ten activists, politicians and community leaders talked to The Root about how the Missouri teen’s death changed everything: here.

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot in cold blood by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The subsequent crackdown against peaceful demonstrators, and the declaration of conditions resembling martial law, set a precedent for the use of militarized police and the National Guard to intimidate and suppress social opposition in the United States: here.

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