10 Ways To Help Ferguson Right Now

With the news coming out of Ferguson, many people are asking how they can help. I've outlined a few ways you can join the fight to find justice for Mike Brown and contribute to the larger conversation around the deep-seated issues we face in our immediate community and across our country.

Ways to Help Ferguson Right Now #JusticeForMikeBrown #NoJusticeNoPeace
Ferguson residents immediately jumped to clean up and rebuild their community.
Photo Credit: @MattFredSTL

Here are 10 ways you can help right now.

  1. Call Governor Jay Nixon's office and ask him to remove Police Chief Thomas Jackson and arrest police officer Darren Wilson at 573-751-3222. And SIGN THIS PETITION.
  2. Call St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert "Bob" McCulloch's office at 314-615-2600 and ask him to remove Police Chief Thomas Jackson and arrest police officer Darren Wilson.
  3. Donate to the Reinvest North County Fund.
    1. The St. Louis Regional Business Council has organized a fund to provide relief to small businesses affected by the unrest in Ferguson following the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Saturday.- From the St. Louis Business Journal.
    2. Donations are encouraged to support this effort; checks can be made payable to the Reinvest North County Fund at the 501(c)3 non-profit North County Regional Development Association (NCI),  350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042. Supporters will be able to donate online as early as Monday, August 18, 2014.  EDT: DATE ONLINE HERE: https://givver.com/north-county-inc/ferguson
    3. Learn more about the Regional Business Council, how to apply for a Reinvest North County Fund grant and how to donate HERE.
  4. Donate supplies to the peaceful protesters at the Ferguson Police Department and the Ferguson QuikTrip. Supplies needed include bottled water, gatorade, individually wrapped food items, substantial and easily shared food items (like pizza), ponchos, brooms, trash bags and large clearly printed signs that say "Hands Up Don't Shoot".
    1. If you would like to donate any of these items but are unable to deliver to Ferguson, please leave a comment on this post and we will pick up your items and deliver them for you.
    2. If you are a restaurant owner or manager, please consider donating pizza or other food to the peaceful protesters. You can email me directly at LRPattan@gmail.com or tweet me at @Lindsay_Pattan for assistance with delivery. 
  5. Donate to the students of Ferguson. There are children who depend on school lunches who are in need of food. You can donate here to help feed the children of Ferguson while schools are closed.
  6. Join the peaceful protest on the ground at the Ferguson Police Department at 222 S. Florissant Road Ferguson, MO 63135 or the Ferguson QuikTrip at 9420 West Florissant Ave. 63136. We will be on site at the Ferguson Police Department at 6:00PM on Saturday, August 16. Join us and bring supplies. If you plan to attend, tweet me at @Lindsay_Pattan and RETWEET this.
  7. Share this eyewitness account of the shooting which was tweeted in real time.
  8. Share peaceful, positive stories like this one and avoid sharing images of looters and violence from civilians or media reports of violence taken out of context.
  9. Share this map showcasing the lack of violence in Ferguson. Did you know that Mike Brown was the FIRST murder to occur in Ferguson this year? Help spread the message that Ferguson is NOT a violent place to live. There have been more murders in Chesterfield, Missouri than in Ferguson in 2014 so far. You can also retweet this.
  10. Donate to Michael Brown's Memorial Fund to assist the family.
We will be on site at the Ferguson Police Department at 6:00PM on Saturday, August 16. Join us and bring supplies if you can. If you plan to attend, tweet me. You can also retweet this to encourage others to join us.

Learn more about the initial incident, police reaction, protests, riots and conversations that have emerged, and hear what the people have to say by following the #Ferguson and #JusticeForMikeBrown Twitter feeds.