Mpls women head to Ferguson to protest, raise money

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From left to right, Margaret, Illuebbey, and Luby prepare before protesting in Ferguson.
As Jes Luby watched TV news coverage from home during one of the first nights of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown, she broke down crying.

Soon, she and two Minneapolis friends -- Britta Margaret and Mickey Iluebbey -- were driving down to Missouri to raise money for the protesters and to take part themselves.

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Luby, Margaret, and Iluebbey arrived in Ferguson around midnight Tuesday morning, and stayed until Thursday. During that time, they raised about $2,500 via PayPal, with then money being spent on bottled water, first aid gear, tear gas treatments, and other items for protesters.

Those supplies were stored at the Greater St. Mark Family Church, which served as a headquarters for protesters and those supporting them until it was raided by police on Wednesday afternoon: We asked them what surprised them about their experiences in Missouri.

"How very few protesters were there," Margaret replies. "There were more police than protesters. It felt like the town was occupied."

During their first full day in Ferguson, video emerged of St. Louis cops fatally shooting Kajieme Powell less than four miles away from where Brown was gunned down.

Asked about how they reacted to that footage, Iluebbey says, "I thought, this is why we're doing this. They shot another young black man, then handcuffed his dead body."

Though some predicted that Powell's shooting would reignite unrest in the area, the protests continued to wind down. Iluebbey says she was disappointed, but understood that people needed to get back to their day-to-day lives.

"We need people to keep caring, and [protesting] until this thing is resolved," she says, alluding to the frustration many protesters felt about the fact that the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, hasn't been charged with any crimes in connection with Brown's death.

Margaret says that during her three days in Ferguson, she didn't see any protesters throwing Molotov cocktails or acting violently toward police in any way. That said, Luby did say there was a faction of out-of-town protesters who came to Ferguson "just to unleash outrage."

A day or so after their return to Minneapolis, we asked the women what lessons they took from the experience.

"It is and it isn't about Michael Brown," Margaret says. "It's a longstanding, systemic problem. Ferguson could happen anywhere."

"Black and brown lives have no worth," Iluebbey adds. "Police are like that everywhere."

To see videos and photos shot by the women during their time in Ferguson, click to page two.



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tishkinoyzer
tishkinoyzer

What an absolutely worthless project! It will have an entirely different effect. IT IS A PRO-RACIST PROJECT. If you thought whitey was racist now, he will be the hick town Mipples version of a redneck racist, kicking names and taking ass.

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

Once again, Citypages reports on actual issues surrounding racism and here come the local klansmen to shove all their hatred and ignorance into the comments section. Awesome.

animal1
animal1

This crap isn't news worthy what the hell is City pages doing Posting this shit ! Putting the Pictures of three disgusting looking Hoe's and trying to justify this is pure CRAP.... The people of Ferguson don't want these trouble maker down there .... I hope they get shot or arrested while they are there just so City Pages has something more to write about We don't need loser's like this in Minneapolis I hope now they are there they stay there!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Losers Progressives are really trying to stir up a Race war. Nice gas masks.  Nothing more than anarchists. 

Eric Hurst
Eric Hurst

One issue in MN is the "darkie's" need to be quarantined to one area and stay out of the suburbs! No one wants them because blacks are inferior to the mind. Lock them in a dome like the simpsons movie and they can kill and destroy that.

Daniel Newkirk
Daniel Newkirk

There are so much more important issues here in Minnesota to fix. Forget Ferguson. Fix shit hee.

John Bunch
John Bunch

You know what happened? I weigh 200 pounds. Not that I ever would do it, but imagine I just randomly attacked a police officer that weighs 140 and beat him so badly that his eye socket was damaged. Now imagine that I was winning and he feared being killed. He would shoot me. There was a case in KC recently in which exactly that happened. You can watch the YouTube video. The officer can't control the suspect on the ground and fears being beaten to death and shoots and kills him. But because it is white-on-white, we think it is justified. Question: have you even been attacked by a man weighing 300 pounds, who is trying to hurt you? I didn't think so.

John Bunch
John Bunch

They are not protests. More like riots or mob violence. Maybe the rioters are justified, but let's not call looting stores a protest.

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

On a different note. When Obama finishes his term in office, and European American tribes aren't feeling as oppressed, perhaps all these odd happenings might die down? And America can refocus our hatred back upon the Middle East, where it should be, right?

Dave Doucot
Dave Doucot

I hope Aaron doesn't "shit about" them. That would be just plain rude.

Dave Doucot
Dave Doucot

"Though some predicted that Powell's shooting would reignite unrest in the area, the protests continued to wind down. Iluebbey says she was disappointed"... Direct quote from her mouth. Sorry if I paraphrased.

Tiffany Val
Tiffany Val

No, she didn't say that, at all. Nice try though.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

The last thing they need are idiot outsiders coming in. Both sides down there are against it. Get a clue and stay the hell away. Seriously.

Rob Rydberg
Rob Rydberg

As streetwalkers or working real jobs? Just curious. I hward Servicemaster has lots of vandalism to clean up after.

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

I chuckled now that CNN is backtracking on this recording of the cops gunshots. Kind of like the first eyewitness who has a history of lying to cops and has a warrant for his arrest. #STFU

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

LOL! Okay, which one of you had the colored guy outside my place saluting me, when I got home? That was hilarious.

Kara Marie
Kara Marie

No one knows all the facts LILY.

Keleigh Jackson
Keleigh Jackson

The most important thing is not the rioting, but the family who lost their child/brother/cousin/friend. People seem to forget he was a human being. He was no murderer or molester. The only thing he was guilty of was being at the wrong place at the wrong time...aka "being black on Friday night".

Charles Fourness
Charles Fourness

Dave, you have a lot of ideas. I'm glad we have this open forum, to share them and our opinions. Thanks for your response.

Eric Mincke
Eric Mincke

Why is that so hard to believe? The left does it all the time,from any union rally to the Traybon Martin case to occupy Wall Street why wouldn't they do it in Ferguson

Reality___
Reality___

"It is and it isn't about Michael Brown," Margaret says. "It's a longstanding, systemic problem. Ferguson could happen anywhere."


She's right. It is a longstanding, systemic problem.


Young black men systemically commit more violent crimes compared to any other race or sex of people in America and therefore come into potential deadly confrontations with police more often.


So here is my solution to the systemic problem: Quit committing crimes and you won't have to worry about the police. 

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I knew we recently acquired a lot of racism in our metro and dredged up a lot of deep-seated bigotry due to the influx of diversity but this is fucking embarrassing. Evolution is a train that will keep on going without you when you and your ideals and your people die off. Get on, or get left. You have a lot of misery inside if you can't share compassion for everyone for the 80 or so years that you have here.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

You don't know what facts they have. You don't shit about them.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I like how no one talks about the crap being thrown around as facts in favor of the cop that have zero proof and were thrown out by a self-proclaimed white trash reporter from Fox News.

Holly Kay
Holly Kay

Go use your time on the north side. help by talking to youth and fueling positivity. instead of wasting your time.smh

tishkinoyzer
tishkinoyzer

DEPORT ALL MUSLIMS LIVING IN THE USA! Problem solved! We are in a clear and present danger!

animal1
animal1

I see we have another IDIOT

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Not guilty of robbery moments earlier?  Walking down the middle of the street?    You are not very smart.  Sorry to sound gruff but really?  Are you serious?

Downtown1
Downtown1

it's actually a st paul cop 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Reality___  Good logic here.   Since racist white people commit more crime than non racist white people would you please mind printing your name, employer, and address so the police can start checking on you more?    You obviously wouldn't mind because you have nothing to hide.  If you want a safe society we should be able to check how many guns you have since racists are more likely to do mass shootings.   Also, let's check the welfare of your children because racists are more likely to abuse their children.   Of course you understand the police will need to do all of this at gunpoint because we know what white thugs are like.  Of course if the police shoot you and you are unarmed we will make sure the cops don't get in any trouble because we know how violence prone white racists like you are.  




The majority of white gangs consist of white racists like this guy.  Time society starts cracking down on violent thugs like him.  

tishkinoyzer
tishkinoyzer

@mr.nambangi Any four fat mamas in the MAUL bus, each with ten chillin, from ten different sambos. There are four samples.

Reality___
Reality___

@MicheleBachmann You do realize that you just wasted 3 minutes of your life typing the most moronic, nonsensical comeback of all time completely devoid of any logic, statistics or reason. 


You're a special kind of stupid, aren't you princess? 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Reality___   Everything I typed is logical.  Racist whites commit more crime than other whites.  Thugs like you only care about making excuses.   Treat racists like you like the cops treat poor black teens and let's see what happens.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Reality___ Racist white people are a huge crime problem.  The police should target people like you.  Cops should track your ISP and monitor you for violence.   Shouldn't bother you unless you got something to hide boy.  Do you remember a little something called WW 2?   Racists like you killed millions.  By your own words society should pick on racist nazis like you.  Why are you pretending racist whites aren't a problem with their toxic culture.  Did you see that thug 9 year old white girl murder that guy with an Uzi?    When are racist white thugs like you going to take responsibility for your gun toting lifestyle?



Racist white men systemically commit more violent crimes compared to any other group of whites in America and therefore come into potential deadly confrontations with police more often.  So here is my solution to the systemic problem: Quit committing crimes and you won't have to worry about the police.  Why are you being such a hypocrite?  If you really cared about stopping crime you would demand racist whites should be targeted by police just like those bad young black men.  What is the difference?   Why are you hiding?   Tell the world your name.  The police will treat you fair when the problem of violence with racist white people ends.  

Reality___
Reality___

@MicheleBachmann Well, you proved me wrong. You are neither retarded or fucking stupid: You are clinically insane. 


But even insane people can understand statistics:


FBI statistics for 2011


1.) Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.


2.) Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.


3.) Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.


4.) Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Reality___ Listen stupid.  Racist white people like you are not the same type of white as me.  Educated progressive whites don't commit crimes.   Racist trailer trash like you commit crime at a much higher rate the rest of white people.   By your logic the police should crack down on stupid racist losers like you. White people commit plenty of violent crime.  The white people that commit violent crime are racist losers like you.   All your stats do is prove how necessary it is to crack down on racist nazi losers like you. Why are you being such a hypocrite.    Thug trash like you always makes excuses.  

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