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As the city of Ferguson awaits the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case, many local organizations are preparing for the aftermath of the verdict. Local churches throughout the community are planning on leaving their doors open as safe spaces and sanctuaries for protestors. The Don’t Shoot Coalition, a campaign that was created after Michael Brown was killed, and Metropolitan Congregations United, have joined forces to create a list of churches that will offer their space. “The highest priority here is the saving of lives,” said Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation. “Because what started this whole protest movement is the loss of Michael Brown’s life. He became the symbol for all the loss of life that we believe can be prevented.” The churches will provide food, water, and phone chargers and will also have medics on hand. Read more.

Michael Brown’s Father Calls for Peaceful Protests in Ferguson

The parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was left slain by a Ferguson police officer, are calling for peaceful protests in Ferguson, especially after the grand jury’s decision is announced. In a recent interview with Radio One/St. Louis, his father Mike Brown Sr. expressed his gratitude for the outpour of support that they received, and explained how in order to evoke change, the protests have to remain peaceful. “I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation. But hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. No matter what the grand jury decides, I don’t want my son’s death to be in vain,” said Brown. “I want it to lead to incredible change. Positive change. Change that makes the St. Louis region and the world better for everyone.” Read more.

Study Shows Whites View “African-American” As a More Favorable Term than “Blacks”

Since the use of the term “Negro” was recently expunged from the army’s racial designations, there has been a heightened national conversation about the language that is used to address African Americans in our country. A new debate has been sparked concerning the terms “black” versus “African-American.” A recent study discovered how whites view the terms. “As a proud woman of color, I am comfortable with both terms. However, I’ve noticed that socially awkward cocktail party conversations become even more awkward when a white attendee begins to refer to people of my racial background — and nervously grapples with whether to call them black or African-American,” said Erika Hall, the woman behind the study and an assistant professor in the Organization & Management department at Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. Salary, managerial position, education level, and socioeconomic status, were all factors that were taken into account during the study. Across the board the term “African American” was viewed more favorably than “black” for whites. Read more.

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