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Decision from Ferguson breaks our hearts

Decision from Ferguson breaks our hearts

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With saddened and outraged hearts, we join the nation in mourning the denial of justice for Michael Brown. The grand jury's failure to acknowledge the abuse of power that took an innocent life is a serious affront to our values, to justice and to our democracy.

As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to stand up for a society that values and protects the inherent human dignity in ALL of us. We pray for strength drawn from our indignation so we might stand up and organize in our workplaces for a fair economy, in our neighborhoods to build a just democracy, and in our communities to build a society that values all of God’s people.

Earlier, the Workers Center for Racial Justice in Chicago joined the Black Youth Project at a rally in City Hall reminding Government officials that black lives matter.

Today, we must take action and lift up this crucial struggle for justice.

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  1. Shoshana Katz's avatar
    Shoshana Katz
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    All Americans, especially black and Hispanic Americans need to register to vote for the next elections. They need to start now so that by 2016 they are assured of their registration. If registration is only for one year at a time they should request that information in writing. Get the forms, fill them out. Do it now!. And when the time comes VOTE1
  2. Edwyna Spiegel's avatar
    Edwyna Spiegel
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    It sickens my heart to know the decision was made to NOT hi,d this police officer accountable for Brown's tragic death. I share a sense of moral outrage for both the atrGedy and how we allow such living conditions and social injustices to perpetuate.
  3. Jorge I. Gomez's avatar
    Jorge I. Gomez
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    If I am outraged that this is still happening in America today, I imagined how mad Brown's parents are. You would think that after the election of the first black as president, finally in America, racism was a thing of the past, but no, with republicans, tea partiers and a racist supreme farce leading the charge, America has gone back to the 60s. It's shameful that this racism is still with us and getting worse in the 21st century. Racist killers should be in jail, not walking free. I'll bet that the jury was all white.
  4. marsha maxwell's avatar
    marsha maxwell
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    I am very sad about the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED, for Mike Brown, and his family!
  5. James C's avatar
    James C
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    I am also very sad about the on goings in Ferguson and area. I am not privy to the information that was given the grand jury so I am not in a position to judge them or for that matter officer Wilson either. Like many others I believe there must have been a better way to enforce the law than with deadly force. If there is sufficient evidence that the Brown family attorney has and he shared the evidence with the DA and the DA did not share that information with the grand jury then there was justice denied, but lacking that we might consider that there was no lawful reason to charge officer Wilson. I certainly believe IWJ is correct that legislation needs to be overhauled about police overstepping their authority with undue brutality, the fact is that we have to deal with current law and work even harder for change. Certainly rioting and looting are no more of an answer now than during the riots of the late 60's and 70's.
  6. louise lynch's avatar
    louise lynch
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    We saw info on PBS from the official lawyers hired to monitor the grand jury proceedings - they both said the decision was taken after a distinct changing of questions directed at the policeman involved - he was not properly questioned at all: and neither of them have ever witnessed a grand jury like it
  7. Tom C.'s avatar
    Tom C.
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    James C.:
    You don't have to be privy to what the grand jury saw, heard or read to understand that, with a multitude of conflicting testimony, with clear-cut evidence to disprove the officer's story and with the blatant racist attitude of the police in Ferguson, justice was not served.

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