EBONY: Ferguson activists targeted by aggressive police

Activists from Ferguson and other parts of St. Louis say they were targeted for arrest at a protest last week. Nine people were taken into custody last Monday after roughly 40 people protested the police shooting of 16-year-old Brandon Claxton, who is now paralyzed from the waist down.  St. Louis Police shot Claxton on Saturday, July 11 claiming that he had a gun. They then detained his 14-year-old brother for 48 hours without alerting the child’s mother or giving him access to a lawyer. Monday’s arrests came one day after police violently arrested an initial set of protesters from the youth group Lost Voices, breaking one young woman’s arm and spraying a young man in the face with mace.

“We weren’t arrested–we were kidnapped,” he said. “They were pulling people off the sidewalk in an organized fashion. Deliberately going to specific people. If it’s about arresting people who were impeding traffic, we weren’t the only ones impeding traffic.”
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EBONY: Angela Davis & Rasmea Odeh: Connecting Palestine, Prisons & Police

Last month, scholar, activist and former political prisoner Angela Davis gave the keynote address at a Chicago rally in defense of Palestinian political prisoner Rasmea Odeh. Odeh is a 67-year-old Chicago-based activist who has been stripped of her US citizenship and faces imprisonment and deportation, pending appeal.

“I identify with [Rasmea] because I know that it is through individuals that entire movements are attacked,” Davis said.  “I knew when I was placed on the FBI’s ’10 Most Wanted List’ that it would have made no sense to put a single person on that list in that way unless the target was much larger.”

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