On Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, MO, Officer Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown, an unarmed, Black, 18-year-old, with his hands up in a posture of surrender. To this day, the officer has not been arrested and police have used excessive force and military weapons against peaceful protesters.

To combat the injustice in this case and countless others, and to dismantle the system that allowed it to happen in the first place, youth in Ferguson have formed a movement called Hands Up United. Our goal is to bring justice to Mike Brown in the short term, and prevent future incidents by building a nation-wide movement to dismantle the New Jim Crow and the prison industrial complex.

This means an end to state sponsored violence, including the excessive use of force by law enforcement.  It means ending mass incarceration and the criminalization of black and brown people. It means ending racial bias and white supremacy in all its forms. Our dreams are directly linked with those resisting militarism, war, and state repression around the world. We will achieve this new beloved community hand in hand, step by step, in global solidarity with all people committed to lasting peace and full justice.