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Talib Kweli Raises $100,000 for Ferguson Defense Fund

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Brooklyn native, artist, activist and Hip Hop luminary, Talib Kweli organized the Action Support Committee and launched the Ferguson Defense Fund back in October 2014.  The fund was established to support Ferguson activists who had been protesting for over 60 days in the face local and state police.  The original goal of the IndieGogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-defense-fund was to raise $25,000 but instead to date has raised over $112,000!

In a press release Kweli said  “These are young men and women who have put their lives on hold to stand up for all of our freedoms.  “The overly militarized police force in Ferguson has attempted to criminalize them by harassing and throwing them in jail for exercising their right to peaceful protest. We hope these funds help to empower.”

The funds raised are to be released in the form of grants in various forms which include and disperse funds to:

– A Revolutionary Reading Program,

– Tech Impact Initiative

– THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM

and more.

The full press release can be viewed on Talib’s Tumblr. http://talibkweli.tumblr.com/post/110837156912/action-support-committee-press-release-re

Hip Hop Gives Back salutes Talib Kweli and the entire Action Support Committee for coming together and taking the lead on organizing and assisting the Ferguson protestors on the front line.

ABOUT THE ACTION SUPPORT COMMITTEE
The Action Support Committee (ASC) is a committee of activists, organizers and artists established by musician Talib Kweli. ASC is committed to supporting the ongoing social justice work of individuals and community organizations based in Ferguson, Missouri and at large.

Killer Mike Gives Impassioned Speech After Mike Brown No Indictment Announcement

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Activist and emcee Killer Mike spoke on stage at the Run The Jewels show about the announcement of the No Indictment against Darren Wilson, the police office who killed 18 year old Mike Brown Jr. in August in Ferguson, Missouri.  As well as the current state of Ferguson with the turn out of the people and his feelings about the prosecutor and handling of the case. His impassioned words from a standpoint as a black father, citizen and a man who isn’t valued by this country speaks volumes for this generation.

 

 

Killer Mike Shares Thoughts on Chaos in Ferguson

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On August 19, 2014, rapper Killer Mike addressed the events in Ferguson, surrounding 18-year old Michael Brown’s death, in a Billboard article. Killer Mike points out how police officers in Ferguson, MO. have used tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas against the citizens that pay them to protect and serve. He warns Americans, “Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.”

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Check out Killer Mike’s Billboard article on Ferguson here.

David Banner Appears on CNN Panel

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On August 12, 2014, David Banner appeared on a CNN panel led by Don Lemon, to discuss violence against black teens with Charles Blow, Sunny Hostin. The panelists spoke on the conversations that many African American and Latino parents have with their sons about racial profiling. David Banner discussed some of his tweets, regarding police and the value of black life.

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Check out the video here.

T.I. Speaks Out on Ferguson Protests

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T.I. took his thoughts on the Ferguson Protests to Instagram. Here’s what he had to say:

“Look at us….America has created a monster. The result of ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked,& ignored. We were brought to this place,unaware of our own cultures,religion,&traditions therefore,we created our own. Now look at us. For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken,lives shattered,and futures lost on your watch….unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers,uncles,brothers& role models were killed& Imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends,& relatives Murdered and cast aside without thought,as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence? Now Look at us. How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u can’t do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of dis tragedy….I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault to a degree & I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way,expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!”

Click here to check out T.I.’s Instagram post.

Killer Mike’s Instagram Message About Michael Brown’s Shooting

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Under the picture of Michael Brown’s parents this is what Killer Mike wrote:

“We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loss. These are not ‘THOTS, nigg-s/nigg-rs, h-es, Ballers, Divas.’ These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street.

Look at the pain of this mother; look into her eyes. Look at the man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don’t debate. Don’t insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these two Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt-sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt.

I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ballplayers and rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.”

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Click here to check out Killer Mike’s Instagram post.

J. Cole’s Powerful Tribute to Mike Brown, “Be Free”

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On August 15, 2014, rapper J. Cole released, “Be Free”, a tribute to 18 year old Michael Brown. The teen was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. J. Cole stated that this emotion-filled song was not only a tribute to Michael Brown, but it was also a tribute to every  young black man murdered in America.

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“Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.” – Cole

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!

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West Coast rapper, The Game calls on an all-star group of artists to help with his tribute to Michael Brown. The 18-year old was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. The Game collaborated with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, Dj Khaled, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT on “Don’t Shoot.” The song was released today on iTunes and all proceeds from the song will go to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund.

You can check out the song and purchase it here!

 

#HHGB St Louis Benefit Concert for #MikeBrown

MikeBrown2We’ve all been horrified by the scene that has taken place over the last week in Ferguson, Missouri with the senseless murder of Micahel Brown Jr by the hands of an officer with the Ferguson police department.  And we’ve been mortified by military style occupation of the city to stop attempts for the people to peacefully protest, honor and grieve the loss of  one of the city’s promising sons.  As the the rightful but late decision has been made and spread to allow the protestors we have received word of an upcoming benefit concert by the St. Louis Hip Hop community.  100% of the proceeds from the benefit concert will go to Mike Brown’s family.  Lets continue to support citizens of Ferguson and the Brown family and show again how #HipHopGivesBack.

Sunday August 24th at Plush STL. Benefit concert for Michael Brown.  The concert features many of the emcees who are active on the ground bringing the world updates via social media of the treatment, abuse and state of affairs in the days following Michael Brown’s murder, including Tef Poe, Haiku, Bo Dean and more!

Plush STL is located at 3224 Locust St, St Louis, MO 63103.

 

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