Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality


Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Movement Grows #Ferguson

In 1938 civil rights activist and poet Langston Hughes wrote his chilling poem “Kids Who Die” which illuminates the horrors of lynchings during the Jim Crow era. Now, Hughes’ vivid poetry is being featured in a three minute video created by Frank Chi and Terrance Green. It is a startling reminder that the assault on Black lives did not end with the Jim Crow era.

As we approach the one year mark of the Ferguson uprising that has sparked a movement of resistance against state violence, we are reminded of our ability to secure real change. This is a matter of life or death and we need collective power to win. Join the movement and text JUSTICE to 225568.

Watch the video here! 

Every 28 Hours Video

We're formally launching the campaign next week but it's live now. Funds are primarily supporting supplementing artists from theaters who cannot support their full travel or housing needs. Check the video out edited by Donya Washington.  Thanks to the many people who gave their footage for the project.


Friday, August 7, 2015


It has been almost one year since the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. and the uprising that followed. Our movement has grown immensely and here in Ferguson and St. Louis, we continue to fight for all those who have been lost. From August 7-10th, we will stand together, united in purpose, as we uphold our commitment to this movement for Black Lives.

Over the last year, our movement has made it clear that Ferguson is Everywhere. That’s why we’re using the hashtag #UnitedWeFight — because we lift up and demand justice not just for Michael Brown, Jr., but for Sandra Bland, for Cary Ball, for Yvette Smith, for Kajieme Powell, for Dontre Hamilton, for Taneisha Anderson, for Vonderrit Myers and for far too many more.

We invite you to join us in St. Louis for the Anniversary Weekend. We have a huge variety of events planned including mass meetings, rallies, concerts and protests. If you can’t join us, we ask that you plan solidarity actions in your own communities. We ask that groups honor Michael Brown Jr by participating in a four and a half minute National Moment of Silence on Sunday, August 9th at 11:55AM CST. We also ask groups to join us in a day of mass civil disobedience by planning Moral Monday actions for August 10th. Investigations and reports are not enough. We must demand federal intervention into the systematic terror against people of color by police.

I Will Not Stay Silent Mary Engelbreit

"Regardless of the details of Michael Browns actions,none of which deserved the death penalty, by the way, his death made people open their eyes to the racism in this country. It opened the eyes of the government on local, state, and federal levels. It became impossible to ignore anymore. Changes are slowly being made. Today, on the 1 year anniversary of his death, peaceful protests are being held across the country. This is my way of participating in those peaceful protests. If you'd like to leave this page and throw out all your ME items, be my guest. Just don't throw them AT people--- that would not be peaceful." --- Mary Engelbreit

What to Watch This Weekend: 15 Short Films That Say #BlackLivesMatter

"Like most of you, I'm constantly, immensely frustrated by the overcoming helpless feeling that many of us experience each time the name of another black man or woman becomes a Twitter hashtag after his/her life has been taken by a police officer (usually white) with an itchy trigger finger; and, like you, I want to do something, but I'm not sure what exactly that should be. I can write, but I feel like there's only so much that words on a screen can do. Besides, many have already written wonderful volumes on the subject, and continue to do so - better than anything I've ever put on paper. My paragraph or 3 won't make any difference. Other than becoming the kind of vigilante we've all seen in movies, who goes on an avenging rampage - something that I'm obviously not going to do, nor am I suggesting that anyone should - one feels utterly impotent, which only frustrates even more.

I don't have all the answers, but I thought this would be one way for us to, for lack of a better word, deal with these issues - via the art that we create, even if only because this is a film blog. Art has the power to inspire and educate, both of which I think are necessary predecessors of actual change.

So, to keep this brief, I'm inviting filmmakers who have made films that, in some way, speak to the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter movement, so that I can share them here on this blog for others to watch. Obviously it means that the work needs to be online (you can always upload it to any number of video sharing platforms if it's not already), and will likely have to be short films (unless you have a feature film that's online, or you're willing to upload to the web for me to share here).

As I receive them, I'll update this post with the films. And in the end, after a period of time has passed, and there are a good number of films for you all to watch and consider, we will all vote on which one we love best and we believe really tackles the issue at hand, and the winner will receive a $500 cash award, courtesy of yours truly. I'm certainly not rich, otherwise I'd prefer to actually commission and finance films that speak to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But I'm just one person, and this is what my available resources allow me to do, and so I'm doing it. But it's an open initiative, so if anyone reading this wants to join the effort, whether it's by contributing to the winning pot to make it even more attractive, or even if it's just spreading the word, helping elevate the contest to an even higher platform, so that it gets wider attention (meaning, even more films, and even more people will watch them; or the initiative attracts larger donors allowing for the financing of films on the subject), or even if you have some idea of how to better-organize something like this, be my guest. I'm not really one for speeches, or formalities. You can email me at obensont@gmail.com.

I'll give this several months, to ensure that there's enough time to let the news travel, and hopefully inspire some action on the part of filmmakers, audiences, potential partners, etc. So let's put a 3-month deadline on it. At the end of October, I will take an inventory of all that would've happened by then, and then decide whether to continue to solicit films, or end the contest and we vote on a winner, and that winner gets the award."--Tambay A. Obenson

Click here to read about the films presented: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-the-third-set-of-5-short-ffilms-for-the-s-a-blacklivesmatter-film-contest-20150807

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Washington University in St. Louis, Laboratory Sciences Building Rm. 300, 
1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO, US
Thursday, August 6at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

A Message from HANDS UP UNITED : We are excited that you will join us tonight at 7pm for the advanced screening of 3 1/2 bullets 10 minutes with post-movie discussion with the parents of Jordan Davis. We we are equally excited to roll out the curriculum guide that will help continue this conversation beyond tonight.

The Documentary "3 1/2 Minutes" tells the story of Jordan Davis, an unarmed African-American teen in Florida who was killed by a white man after refusing to turn the music down in the car. Ricky meets Jordan's parents at the Sundance Film Festival.


"This cat is a hell of an MC and brilliant anti-racist (based out of Baltimore). Folks who aren't familiar with his work should really check it out." 
--- Alexander Billet, The Ferguson Moment facebookgroup

Sun of Nun reemerged trying to shake off the rust of his creative hiatus when Baltimore exploded all around him following the in-custody death of Freddie Gray earlier this year. “At that point I was working on a song, it wasn’t coming together,” the rapper says. “As the protests happened, then it really came together.” James went out to the marches as a street medic and felt the righteous rage of the people, transforming the experience into “It’s Like That,” an urgent critique of police violence that shows Son of Nun not missing a beat.

“It’s Baltimore and beyond!” James says. “It’s justifying what’s usually not justified, rioting and rebelling.” The single is exemplary of what Firebrand is trying to accomplish. “Something like this should have been in the works a long time ago,” he says. “It means having more opportunities to put the reality of oppressed people on blast.” The rapper believes that the new label will change up the relationship between music and activism, giving it a more organized base.

Firebrand, he hopes, will reinvigorate protest songs now that artists know they have a place to potentially call home. “The label is about giving that aspect of the music a platform,” James says. “Political music is kind of like the black people of music in the sense that they’re the last ones on and the first ones cut.”

Firebrand is on the move, connecting the content of its songs with the urgency of movements across the United States. Police brutality is a key front. Son of Nun is heading to Ferguson, Missouri to do a show in early August with label head Tom Morello and The Coup. Firebrand has also put out a new compilation “A New World in Our Songs,” a riff off the famous quote from Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti.

Read More here: http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/commentary/son-of-nun-redemption-song

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

StoryCorps: One photo reunites two Ferguson protesters


Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014, the world watched the aftermath of the shooting and the subsequent demonstrations and police actions through news coverage, including many stirring photographs.

One of those photos was taken by St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen. It was part of a portfolio of work that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography. The picture shows a young man, body tensed in anguish, his face in a scream of sorrow, anger, frustration and fear. He is surrounded by other young people and one adult woman, her face grimaced with sadness, her hand on his shoulder in an attempt to comfort him.

Those two subjects, 21-year-old Jamell Spann and 47-year-old Elizabeth Vega, sat down at StoryCorps St. Louis to talk about the Michael Brown shooting and that photographic moment in time.--SHULA NEUMAN

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.

Listen to it here:http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/storycorps-one-photo-reunites-two-ferguson-protesters

Remember Michael Brown

The Counted

"The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died. The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the US, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible. Contributions of any information that may improve the quality of our data will be greatly welcomed as we work from a dearth of available information toward better accountability. Please contact us to pass on tips, links and multimedia as well as new information on existing cases already recorded."

It is reported by Jon Swaine, Oliver Laughland and Jamiles Lartey. It is designed and produced by Kenan Davis, Rich Harris, Nadja Popovich and Kenton Powell.



Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement

"As millennials architect the Civil Rights Movement of our time to destroy systemic racism, police brutality, economic disenfranchisement, failing public schools in urban areas and White supremacy, hip hop can be accredited as the blue print of the movement. Hip hop is one of the premier pedagogies for self-determination and resistance - particularly at this moment in time when high levels of state violence and domestic terrorism towards people of color has birthed the banner axiom that Black Lives Matter, according to Nas Fellow Dr. Bettina Love."
Sheena C. Howard



Monday, August 3, 2015

Don't Shoot PDX presents Mike brown Community Art Project


August 3, 2015
Contact: Lead"Organizer, DontShootPDX
DontShootPortland@gmail.com, Portland #BlackLivesMatter Activists to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Killing of Michael Brown Don’t Shoot PDX to Host Discussions, Training Sessions, and Art Project to Honor the Life of Michael Brown

#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 7, 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; August 8, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland
Mike Brown Day of Remembrance
Community Art Project and Activist Trainings
August 9, 12:30 p.m. -5 p.m.
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division, Portland
Who: #Don’tShootPDX, #Whitelandia, #BlackLivesMatter, and Portland Rising Tide

PORTLAND, Ore. – Social justice organizers in Portland will hold a series of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown including discussions, activist training sessions, and a community art project. The events begin with series of discussions based on the Oregon Black Political Convention platform and featuring activists, advocates, and community members. The discussions will be moderated by local activists Mic Crenshaw, Teressa Raiford, and Devin Williams. The weekend will culminate with a family-friendly Day of Remembrance event featuring live performances by local musicians, a community art project, and activist training sessions.

The discussion topics offer a chance to reflect the work of local activists over the last year as well as to look at what is ahead in the movement. Organizers are also hoping to motivate a new set of change agents, young Black Portlanders. “For young Black Americans to realize their potential and for change to come, they must learn, understand and know politics and process as well as their history,” said Teressa Raiford, a leader in the Don’t Shoot PDX group. “To truly make the changes necessary to move towards a more just and fair nation, we must engage in these important discussions in our homes and in our communities.”

Participants at the Day of Remembrance event on Sunday are invited to contribute to a community art project, to make signs in honor of Mike Brown, and to attend activist trainings. Local rapper Glenn Waco and dancer Marcus Cooper are among the performers. Don’t Shoot PDX, Portland Rising Tide, and other social justice groups are gearing up for a fall campaign to interrupt all forms of structural injustice through training, direct action, and civil disobedience under the banner of the continent-wide #FloodtheSystem campaign. A training on non-violent, direct action by Portland Rising Tide also marks the launch of that campaign in Oregon.

#Whitelandia and #BlackLivesMatter
Conference Schedule
August 7 – 9
Day One
#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 7
3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland

Panel 1 - Political Action
4 p.m.
Dr. Cal O’Henry, Oregon Assembly of Black Affairs, Ricky Muhammad, Nation of Islam, Sharon Gary Smith, Mckenzie River Gathering, Ahjamu Umi, All Africans Peoples Republic

Panel 2 - Black Youth
5 p.m.
Glenn Waco, Rapper, Activist
Marcus Cooper, Dancer, Activist
Raissa Lyles, Student, Youth Activist
Mykia Hernandez, Student Youth Activist
Panel 3 - Access To Justice
6 p.m.
Andrea Thompson, Law Student Black Student Union, Lewis and Clark
Noni Causey, Beam Consulting
Ashlee Albies, Esq Civil Rights Attorney, Creighton and Assoc

Panel 4 - Community Health 7 p.m. Alyssa Pagan, #BlackTransLivesMatter PSU Student Activist Robin Davis, Bradley Angle, Healing Roots, Youth and Family Jasmin Thana #

Day Two
#UnitedWeFight Community Discussions
August 8
1 – 5 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Portland

Panel 1 - Business and Community Economic Development
1:30 p.m.
Carl Talton, United Fund Advisors
Royal Harris, Youth Builders
Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen
Panel 2 - Police Accountability and Reform
2:30 p.m.
Kayse Jama, Center For Intercultural Organizing
Brandon Lee, Training 4 Transformation
Kimberly McCullough, ACLU of Oregon
Sharon Maxwell, Business Owner and COAB
Panel 3 - School to Prison
3:30 p.m.
Chris Riser, Educator PPS, Activist
Bryan Chu, Educator PPS, Activist
Carolyn Leonard Ret. PPS Administrator, Civil Rights Leader
Tamberlee Tarver, Education Advocate
Lamarra Haynes, PSU Student Organizer and Activist

Q and A with #BlackLivesMatter activists
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us to share opinions about the movement.
Day Three
Mike Brown Day of Remembrance

August 9
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division
Live performances from local artists including spoken word, rap, graffiti, freestyle, dance and activist training sessions:
Portland Rising Tide - Non-Violent, Direct Action training to mark the launch of the #FloodtheSystem campaign
ACLU of Oregon - Know Your Rights training
Oscar Grant Foundation - Street Medic training
For more information contact dontshootportland@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/DontShootPDX.

Ferguson the shooting one year later, the Washington Post looks back

"In three minutes, Brown would be dead, Wilson would be on his way to becoming the nation’s most controversial man for a time, and the country would be en route to a difficult dialogue on race and policing that continues to date."



#BlackLivesMatter: the birth of a new civil rights movement

 Photograph: Kristin Little Photography
"Black America is in a state of protest. The 21st-century civil rights movement, exemplified by the action taken by Garza and those like her, is democratic in its aims and agile in its responses. It is fuelled by grief and fury, by righteous rage against injustice and institutionalised racism and by frustration at the endemic brutality of the state against those it deems unworthy. In almost every area of society, black Americans remain disadvantaged. Education? Forty-two percent of black children are educated in high-poverty schools. Employment? The unemployment rate for black high-school dropouts is 47% (for white high-school dropouts it is 26%). Housing? Although black people make up just 13.2% of the US population, they account for 37% of the homeless. Voters’ rights? One in every 13 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised because of a felony conviction – a rate more than four times greater than the rest of the US population. In fact, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million jail population and are incarcerated nearly six times as often as white people."

Elizabeth Day 



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wake up the Vote

“Every28hours” Fact Checked

" 'Every28hours' as a hashtag, like most hashtags, lends itself to oversimplification and misrepresentation. The focus on this straw man attempts to shift the narrative and ignore the significance of the movement against police terror. It fails to help readers understand either the report or the context and dynamics of policing black communities. Those of us who respect and take seriously the movement that was triggered by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson understand that whether people repeat “every 24, 28, 54 or 84 hours” is not the point. Any of these numbers carry the meaning that police killing of black people is systemic, routinized and without legal consequence. The hashtag went viral because it challenges the assumption that these killings are isolated or the result of the personal prejudice of a handful of rogue cops. Those dubious assumptions support a package of myths that policing in the U.S. is “race-blind”, dedicated to protecting all communities equally."
Arlene Eisen



Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People

"Does a Black person really get killed by police, security guard or vigilante every 28 hours? No: No doubt it’s worse than every 28 hours. After more than three months of marathon internet searching, we are sure that the actual number is closer to one state‐sanctioned killing of a Black person every 24 hours. We found the names of more than 70 additional people killed by police whose race we could not confirm and countless others who the press never bothered to identify after police departments refused or delayed releasing their names. And, there were others who were in critical condition from police shootings, but the press never reported on whether they survived."

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement