Ferguson Response Resources

[image description: A line of Black activists standing still, locking their arms on the West Oakland BART platform, with other folks standing in the background. The line of activists stretches into a BART train. Their arms are locked with black piping. Spray painted in white letters on the piping: "BLACK LIVES MATTER NOW"]

30 Black activists shutting down BART trains in all directions on Black Friday 2014. Pic by Joshua Kahn Russell with caption “Locked down. #Ferguson2Oakland #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForMikeBrown #NoMoreBusinessAsUsual #Ferguson #Oakland”

We believe that the freedom of a queer/trans person anywhere depends upon the liberation of Black folks everywhere. Peacock Rebellion’s providing this list of Ferguson response resources as one small thing we can do in solidarity with the critical work happening on the ground in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder.

Like this list? Don’t give to Peacock Rebellion; we are not in leadership of this work. Instead, please give (time, energy, money, whatever you have capacity to give) to one or more of the groups in the Ferguson Rapid Response Giving list below.

Please email us to add to this list.

List updated 12/18/14

Get some action:

#BlackLivesMatter web site – “not a moment, a movement”

26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets – crip & ill QTPOC -centered brilliance

Ferguson Action
– sign up for email and text updates directly from a powerful team of organizers on the ground in Ferguson

Find and submit actions around the US – from Ferguson Action

@blackoutcollect – follow the BlackOut Collective on twitter for hellacious amounts of inspiration


Talking points and research:

Ferguson talking points – awesome responses to misinformation

 The national demands – from Ferguson Action

Vision for a New America – from #BlackLivesMatter

A herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter movement – by Alicia Garza

Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore

#BlackLivesMatter as new political strategy – by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

On Ferguson protests, the destruction of things, and what violence really is (and isn’t) – great post by Black Girl Dangerous founder Mia McKenzie

Gays condemning riots: the greatest of hypocrisies – Bilerico post: how did the gays get here?

Why we won’t wait – a response to Obama by Robin D.G. Kelley

63% of white people are wrong about Ferguson

Military police caught setting fires in Ferguson

Darren Wilson violates First Amendment – video

How police murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice – Not just in Ferguson. Warning: graphic video of the murder

Cop who killed Tamir Rice was judged unfit for duty two years ago

US Department of Justice calls Cleveland police chaotic and dangerous

How every part of US life became a ‘police matter’

Ferguson shows how the police can kill and get away with it

Why it’s impossible to indict a cop


Direct action, safety, wellness, know your sorta-kinda rights:

Ferguson Action’s resource list

Caring for Ourselves as Political Warfare – from adrienne maree brown: ” i invited adaku utah, leah lakshmi piepzna-samarasinha and susan raffo to generate an offering of practices to restore us to ourselves, to recenter us on why we are here and doing this work. autumn brown and maryse mitchell-brody are developing a guide with many others for how to create a healing justice practice space.”

A season of love (for all those killed with impunity) – adrienne maree brown’s post about love at the core of  this work

2014 Healing Justice Practice Space – A How-to Guide – practical tips from Adaku Utah, Autumn Brown, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Maryse Mitchell-Brody, Susan Raffo, and Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis

Know your rights – National Lawyers Guild SF chapter – hotline (if you witness/experience police brutality at a demo/action in the Bay Area): 415-285- 1011

Peacock’s resource lists – low-cost QTPOC therapists, healing tips. Also check out the awesome wellness tips from Ferguson Action at the link above.


Redirect funds:

Ferguson Rapid Response Giving – Please donate to these groups. List compiled by folks connected to Resource Generation

The official #BlackLivesMatter tee – Buy this tee. Some folks are selling tees with #BlackLivesMatter on them but who knows where the money goes.

The ‘Shut shIT Down’ Shopping Guide: Bay Area

Ships in the Night 12/6 benefit for Millenial Activists United – Originally a benefit for Peacock Rebellion, we and Ships (a radical queer and trans people of color -centered monthly dance party in Oakland) are redirecting this month’s funds to Millenial Activists United, a queer feminist woman of color -run grassroots group in Ferguson


News and inspiration:

St. Louis Rams football players enter game in ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ pose

Ferguson protestors block traffic in DC for a second day

Map of nationwide protests in 37 US states

Ferguson protestors shut down St. Louis Galleria

Was #BlackOutBlackFriday successful? sales dropped 11% – about 6.5 billion dollars

Wal-Mart is seeing its biggest Black Friday protests ever