Letters to the Editor

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has decided not to charge former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. For many, this news has unearthed painful memories and reopened still-unhealed wounds. In a moment during which many thousands of people are taking to the streets to demand we build a society in which Black lives matter, we are reminded yet again that all too often, in the eyes of our criminal legal system, they do not.

The organizations below first came together in 2015 following the tragic killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Uprising that his death spurred. We have aligned around a vision for this region rooted in principles of justice, equity, and self-determination in which the longstanding oppressive systems of power are dismantled and replaced. We do the work of changing systems and shifting power because we know that the status quo does not and never will serve the interests of poor people and Black people in this region. 

Audre Lorde taught us long ago that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” And yet, the pain remains.

Our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown. We stand in solidarity with Lezley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., who have now six years without their beloved child. We hope that they will be enveloped by a community of love and support to face yet another moment of heartbreak and disappointment.

We now recommit to the work of transforming our communities to honor the life and loss of Michael Brown and the homegrown movement that he inspired.

ArchCity Defenders

Action St. Louis


Metropolitan Congregations United

Empower Missouri

Deaconess Foundation

Organization for Black Struggle

Peace Economy Project

GrassRoots Accountability Movement

ACLU of Missouri

United Congregations of Metro East

Forward Through Ferguson

Missouri Jobs with Justice 

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