Ferguson October Continues With National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration
Activists organized actions nationwide yesterday to protest police brutality in cities across the country as part of ongoing Ferguson October events.
Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday.
As feminists, as advocates for racial justice and non-violence, we cannot rest until all people – no matter who they are – can enjoy the right to life, liberty, and justice.
The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials during ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri caught the attention of the world this week.
"I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don't. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day, but I can't. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won't."
After a full week of standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed two lawsuits against the local police department.
"This is just the first step," leaders of the rally told the crowd.
The shooting of Michael Brown has sparked days of protests and called national attention to continued and persistent police violence in African-American communities. Less focus, however, has been placed on how his death is directly linked to the struggle for reproductive justice.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon last week vetoed a 3-day waiting period for abortions and issued a fiery response to state lawmakers who signed off on the measure. Now, the Republican-led legislature is threatening to override when Missouri's state session resumes next term.
The Missouri House voted last night, in the middle of an ongoing 3-day protest on the steps of the state capitol, to approve a measure that will triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Reproductive rights activists in Missouri are halfway through a 72-hour rally on the steps of the state capitol in protest of a state bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion.
"In a state that only has one remaining abortion provider, anti-women's health politicians in Missouri are doing whatever they can to limit a woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions."