- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Three prominent organizers of the protest movement in Ferguson, Missouri, say they are willing to die in the streets if the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown is not “brought to justice.”

The organizers told a rally in New York Tuesday night that there would be a fierce backlash if a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson, The Guardian reported.

“If they can’t serve justice in this, the people have every right to go out and express their rage in a manner that is equal to what we have suffered,” said Ashley Yates, a co-founder of Millennial Activists United, who was arrested last week while protesting in Ferguson, The Guardian reported.

“We’re going to take our anger out on the people who have failed us, and if [police] are prepared to deal with that, then let them have at it,” she added.

Tef Poe, of the Organization for Black Struggle, said that Ferguson may be America’s turning point, where “casual revolution” is no longer possible. He criticized race commentators who didn’t get involved with the protests because they “didn’t want to get shot.”

Mr. Poe denied that he’s inciting violence, arguing that police “incited a riot by leaving Mike Brown’s body on the street for four-and-a-half hours.”

“Don’t come to Ferguson if you aren’t ready to die. Stay at home, as it could happen,” he told the crowd.

Joined by Tory Russell, organizer for Hands Up United, the three activists spoke in the ballroom in Washington Heights where Malcolm X was shot dead nearly 50 years ago, The Guardian reported.

They defended protesters’ behavior in previous clashes and encouraged “outside agitators” to join the fight.

Mr. Russell, who was also arrested during the protests, argued that Martin Luther King Jr. could be considered an “outside agitator.”

“Don’t be afraid to come from outside and help us do this work. Don’t be afraid to be an outside agitator for some true change,” he said.

Tuesday’s speakers are preparing to take leading roles in a “Weekend of Resistance” in Ferguson beginning Friday, in which Muslim groups and pro-Palestine groups will also take part.

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