#WeChargeGenocide: Black Rights Activists Head to UN
There's something different about Mike Brown's death. Festering on the injustice of Trayvon Martin's murder, when Mike Brown was violently gunned down by Darren Wilson, Black rights activists and community organizers gathered with an enduring understanding that collective coordination was instrumental to ensuring justice.
Recent developments seemingly suggest that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for Mike Brown's death. Earlier this week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a state of emergency. Local law enforcement are gearing up with a menacing arsenal of weapons and equipment, and threats to peaceful protesters generated immense controversy on social media platforms.
The local tension is fueling anxiety across the nation, but what isn't gaining nearly enough attention is a select group of delegates that are currently in Geneva, Switzerland meeting with the United Nations about the plight of the Black and Brown communities in the U.S.
Formed in the post-World War II era, the UN is charged with promoting and protecting human rights for vulnerable populations across the globe. Almost all of the world's countries are party to the UN, but some have more influence than others.
Unofficially considered the leader of the UN, the United States holds monumental clout and influence within the multinational group. For this reason, very little global information and worldly social organizing surround the hardships of the Black and Brown American populations.
But this narrative is courageously changing thanks to a daring network of local activists who are meeting with the UN Committee Against Torture. Among this collective are Mike Brown's parents, whose gut-wrenching testimony introduced the global community to the routine human rights violations occurring in the US.
Also in Geneva is local raptivist Tef Poe, a noted hip hop fixture within the Ferguson community. One of the most vocal critics of systematic racism and institutionalized violence, Tef Poe's inclusion within the global delegation is sure to bridge gaps between the marginalized community and the international politic.
He, along with the parents of Rekia Boyd, and members of the action unit We Charge Genocide, delivered testimony, statistics, and statements meant to detail the prevalence at which local police units kill people of color. Organized in part by the US Human Rights Network, these series of meetings and conferences are sure to bring change to violent law enforcement practices in the United States. This is trip was inspirational in that it introduced the global community to the Black and Brown American plight. Oftentimes, our narratives and experiences are shielded from the global world. Finally, we have a voice within the international community. A voice that will hopefully translate to local direct actions with expansive international support.