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Abby Zimet | Killology Inc: America’s Police

The murders by cop go on – the latest, Lymond Moses, was asleep in his car – prompting furious calls for police reform from many weary of the carnage.

May 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Down Home St. Louis

In a few hours, I’ll have to go the university’s extension in southern Illinois. I have to leave before four, to beat the early traffic across the bridge. (One bridge … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Ferguson and the We-ness of Transition

All we have is anger and sadness. On the front page of Friday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch was a story of two policemen shot in Ferguson. There was also a huge photograph … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Camisha Jones: How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown.

We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability. I don’t want to … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine

I grew up in Ferguson, Mo.  No one ever heard of it, unless you lived elsewhere in St. Louis County. Then my family moved to Palestine – my father’s first … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story

Another police killing of an African American has occurred. Caught on camera by a bystander (see video below the fold), apparently the man, identified as Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old, had … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: What happens after the riots end?

Are we radicalizing a whole generation? When I was in Vietnam, a near-by artillery unit called a cease-fire.   Somebody realized they were shelling the wrong coordinates. A private said, “I … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Economic Justice and the St. Louis Riots

St. Louis is seething. A profound, inexplicable seething. A young man, Michael Brown, his hands in the air.   Then eight shots.   Graphic photographs of his body lying for hours on … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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