Ferguson and Camden; one hit hard with foreclosures, the other topping lists of poorest cities in America, with double the national poverty rate, and nearly triple that of surrounding Camden County. Both with police issues; Ferguson the national epicenter for police misconduct, Camden, with its police services in flux – entire department disbanded, new force brought in, with officers much whiter and from the suburbs and young recruits who didn’t know the people they patrol. There are issues of loss of community control in both, with schools in Camden and part of Ferguson under state control and moving toward privatization. And high-figure jobless rates in both, particularly for young black men.
Rally Thursday: I got the heads up of a rally tomorrow for people to express their solidarity with the protesters of Mike Brown’s death and the militaristic police crack down on his neighborhood after his death.
When: 1pm Thursday
Where: Camden City Hall park area, 520 Market St
Participants: Camden community, CWA and other union members, students, faith communities (organizers list, jump page)
Michael Brown’s home going service was Monday, the day he would have started college. Amid the grief of thousands present were clear calls to non-violent action. His great-uncle, Rev. Charles Ewing, spoke of a “cry from the ground, not just for Michael Brown but for the Trayvon Martins, for those children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for the Columbine massacre, for the black-on-black crime.”
Outside the church, thousands stood In the pews, family members of other black men killed by whites, including Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Emmett Till. Martin Luther King’s son and daughter, Martin Luther King III and Reverend Bernice King were there. (Here’s what you might not know about the service).
Mike Brown’s father screams out at his casket. Photo:AP