The Monday Catchup

Jeffrey L. Williams, arrested in connection to the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, MO

Good morning folks! Here’s what you missed while enjoying your last moments of break:

The lead story: A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, MO. The officers were shot last Thursday amid continuing tensions in the city. However, the suspect, Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, claims he was not targeting the police officers; protesters in Ferguson have been quick to announce that Williams has not been among them and has no connection to the protests continuing in the city after the shooting of Michael Brown last summer.

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Do it Tonight: Civil Rights and the Police: How Events in Ferguson and Cleveland Connect to Life on the Hill

via calendar.kenyon.edu

via calendar.kenyon.edu

Join President Decatur and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a community-wide conversation about the recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, and our own community on the Hill. Come ready to listen and contribute. Panelists will include Marla Kohlman, professor of sociology, Irene López, associate professor of psychology, Glenn McNair, professor of history, and Ric Sheffield, professor of sociology and legal studies.

  • What: A conversation about the current situation of civil rights and law enforcement both at Kenyon and throughout the country.
  • When: 4:10p.m. – 5:30p.m.
  • Where: Higley Hall Auditorium

Ferguson March Round-Up

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This past Sunday, December 7, students, faulty, and members of the Gambier and Mount Vernon communities held a rally in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, MO. One group walked south from North Campus and one group walked north from South Campus; the marchers chanted “no justice no peace.” The groups met on Middle Path in front of the Village Inn where a number of the marchers gave speeches sharing their opinions on the recent racial tensions and their experiences with both privilege and racism. The rally was sponsored by  the Black Student Union, Discrimination Advisers, Sisterhood, Kenyon Democrats, Kenyon Students Against Gun Violence, and the Roosevelt Institute Chapter at Kenyon.

After the jump, highlights from the Thrill’s livetweet.

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Live tweet: Stand with Ferguson rally

source: nydailynews.com

source: nydailynews.com

As many of you are by this point aware, there is a rally in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, MO, happening at 1pm today. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Discrimination Advisers, Sisterhood, Kenyon Democrats, Kenyon Students Against Gun Violence, and the Roosevelt Institute Chapter at Kenyon.

The Thrill will be live-tweeting this event (starting shortly) from our Twitter account. Check out the live-tweet here.

Information on Ferguson, MO

source: nydailynews.com

source: nydailynews.com

As mentioned in the Monday Catchup, the grand jury reviewing the case of Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown this summer, declined to indict him. This news was widely reported, as was the coverage of the resulting protests and riots, with voices from around the world chiming in on both the events and what they mean for the state of American society. The topic of Ferguson, particularly in the discourse of race relations, is extremely sensitive, to the point of being painful; nonetheless it is critically, vitally imperative that we do not turn away from painful topics just because they hurt. Dialogue about Ferguson, MO is not only globally relevant but also immediately imperative.

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The Monday Catchup

Officer Darren Wilson, pictured after his altercation with Michael Brown, via nbcnews.com

Good morning! Here’s what was missed over the weekend:

The lead story: As most of you likely know by now, the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO, did not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Officer Wilson has now resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, and while the decision was his own, he was not asked to leave, many protesters and advocates for Michael Brown are pleased with this development, despite disappointment that Wilson was not indicted.

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The Monday Catchup

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The lead story: It has been confirmed that US aid worker Peter Kassig (pictured above) has been beheaded by the Islamic State. Kassig is the fifth Western hostage to be murdered on video by the Islamic State. His death comes after the group threatened to kill him if the US did not stop its bombing campaign.

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