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Shop Small Business Saturday

 

Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. In 2014, Small Business Saturday will be November 29. The day is intended to encourage American shoppers to consider small retailers and merchants as they think of their holiday shopping. It comes as an answer to the Friday after the U.S. Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday of November) called Black Friday and the following Monday called Cyber Monday. Both of those days have come to be associated with discounts and promotions at large retail chains and ecommerce businesses. Small Business Saturday is a promotional effort intended to encourage consumers to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

 

History

In 2010, the Small Business Saturday promotion was created and sponsored by American Express, who registered the URLSmallBusinessSaturday.com and registered the trademark for the term Small Business Saturday. The company also created a Facebook page supporting the event and promoted the event with national television advertising and a broad array of public relations activities. It was inspired by the 3/50 Project (choose three independent businesses at which to spend $50 each), that was created by Cinda Baxter, a small business advocate in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

As part of the promotion, the first 10,000 small business owners who signed up to participate received $100 worth of free Facebook advertising, and the first 200,000 American Express cardholders who pledged to use their credit cards on Nov. 27 to support small businesses received a $25 credit.

 

On the American Express website and Facebook page in 2010, credit was given also to the following co-sponsors and endorsers: American Express OPEN, The 3/50 Project, Business Matchmaking, Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, Count Me In, Destination DC, E Women Network, Facebook, Girls Inc., Greater Boston Conventional & Visitors Bureau, LA Inc., NAWBO, National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s Main Street Center, NYC & Co., NYC Department of Small Business Services, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, SCORE, Women Impacting Public Policy, Women Presidents’ Organization, Women’s Leadership Exchange, Yelp.

 

In 2014, the Small Business Saturday website lists the year’s premiere sponsors as FedEx, Four Square, Twitter and the U.S. Postal Service. New promotional aspects of 2014 include an interactive map for participating businesses that accept American Express cards and a promotion that enables American Express card holders to get three $10 credits (total, $30) for use at three small businesses that accept the American Express card.

 

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BE PART OF AN AMERICAN STORY

SHOP SMALL® IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON NOV 29

The story of America is written in every small business. It’s written in the cafes where we meet our first loves. And in the boutiques where we buy our babies’ clothes. On Nov 29, be there for the businesses that are there for you to help write the next chapter.

 

Small Business Saturday

 

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation.

 

In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.

 

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.

 

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.

 

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Small Business Saturday UK began in the UK in 2013 after the success of Small Business Saturday in America.

 

Small Business Saturday
Observed by United States
Celebrations Shopping
Date Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving
2013 date November 30
2014 date November 29
2015 date November 28
2016 date November 26
Frequency annual
Related to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day,

Cyber Monday,Giving Tuesday, and Christmas

 

The First Family Supports Small Business Saturday

Raw: Obama Goes Shopping at DC Bookstore

Published on Nov 29, 2014

President Barack Obama bought at least two bags of books at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore on Small Business Saturday, a day designated to support independently owned businesses. (Nov. 29)

 

 

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Why You Need to Support Small Businesses

Small business is – quite frankly – big business. The Small Business Administration identified that there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States as of March 2014, with about 63% of new jobs being created from small businesses between 1993 and mid 2013. Of these 28.2 million businesses, most are “self-employed” – making up about 3/4 of the U.S.’s total businesses. Meanwhile, approximately half of small businesses survive five years or more, many of which make up your local coffee shops, favorite local boutiques, preferred chiropractor or local pet shop.

 

When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive. Yet, many Americans frequent chain stores without considering their local merchant or other small business options. Whether it’s filling a prescription at a local pharmacy vs. Walgreens or picking up eggs and milk at a local corner store vs. your nearest Walmart, small businesses are too often overlooked for all the wrong reasons. Customers assume that pricing will automatically be higher at a small business vs. a corporate owned store,  as well as they dismiss the perks that many small businesses offer such as customer care, inventory assortment and community support. However, did you know that many of these misconceptions about small businesses are just that… misconceptions? Here’s why:

 

1. Stores do not control pricing of most products. Vendors do. When you consider brand names like Under Armour UA +1.15%, Melissa & Doug children’s products or Fossil FOSL -0.42%, you have to also consider that the prices identified on them for sale are identified by the vendor – not the store. With some exceptions, stores primarily have no control over a product price but rather are provided a MSRP (Manufactured Suggested Retail Price) that tells them the price the product should be sold at. Over time, if the product doesn’t sell or a store has a promotional event taking place, this price may be lowered. But generally speaking, vendors want their products sold at their suggested rate, therefore retailers are not encouraged to lower them unless it’s discussed in advance – such as stores like Nordstrom do for their famous Anniversary Sale. Many small merchants, as well, also offer discounted items for special occasions – therefore not making this exclusive to big box stores.

 

2. Inventory is not always more easily available at big box stores. Smaller merchants have the same access to vendors as big box stores do, therefore if you need an item and it’s not available in their store, it’s likely they can get in touch with the vendor right away and try and order it for you right away. Of course, there are always exceptions, but most small store owners are eager to go above and beyond in their customer service support and this is just one way they can do so for their customers.

 

3. Customer service is more personalized, hands-on and noteworthy from smaller businesses. Again, there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking you should expect that a smaller business will deliver stronger customer service. Their personal commitment to their business certainly helps in these efforts, but even from their collective team – no matter how small or large it is – typically stronger customer care is experienced. Among the reasons why is that they have a more hands-on role within the company, therefore building a stronger sense of care for the job they do. Additionally, smaller companies are more flexible in their customer support – with a willingness to bend rules if necessary (such as alter a return policy) or deliver VIP treatment when least expected (such as home delivery for a customer during a rain storm). While every business is different, what also makes customer care among small businesses more valuable is just that – being different.

 

4. Product diversity and options are often greater at small businesses vs. chain stores. Sure, a big box merchant may have a larger footprint in your local community, but that doesn’t mean they have more variety to offer you. When you walk into a chain store, you know exactly what you will find. However, when you walk into a local business, you are often surprised by the inventory options. This is to a customer’s advantage and is among the many reasons to frequent your local stores more often. And remember – just because a big box store is just that… bigger… doesn’t mean they have more to offer. The assortment of inventory at big box store are just deeper, not more diverse.

 

5. Local business owners are more likely to give back to your community. Beyond actual dollars being kept within your local community – which is significantly higher when dollars are spent at a local business vs. corporate one – small business owners are also more likely to “do good” for your community, as well. Small businesses deliver community character and economic advantages to the town they are positioned in, but also strengthen partnerships among neighbors, residents, other small business owners, community leaders and even schools by offering social and economic relationships. Many also support local causes, creating even more good within a community.

 

Another interesting point to consider is that small businesses do not always stay small – such as Ben & Jerry’s or Ralph Lauren. Both began as just dreams filled with a tremendous amount of hard work, long days and tired nights. Today, they are among the most recognized brands in our country. Yet while most small business owners will not see this type of growth, their value to our economy and more specifically – your local economy – are just as important. There’s even a day to celebrate them – Small Business Saturday – which takes place the Saturday following Thanksgiving, anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

Small Business Saturday, any Saturday or any other day in between, supporting small businesses deserves to be part of your everyday routine.

 

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the Author of Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business from McGraw-Hill.

 

Expansion of Small Business Saturday

American Express continued its backing of the promotion in following years. Beginning in 2011, the company offered its cardholders a $25 “statement credit” for purchases a small businesses made on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. To support the promotion, in 2011 American Express produced a television advertising campaign that it ran on network and cable television networks prior to Small Business Saturday[6]. The official American Express promotion gained the endorsement of dozens of small business state and local government agencies, and small business-oriented organizations. Several large corporations that sell products and services to small businesses also provided financial and advertising support.

 

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Shop Local

Beginning in 2013, American Express began to use another trademarked advertising tag line, “Shop Small” in its Small Business Saturday promotions. The tag line enables the company to extend the marketing efforts surrounding Small Business Saturday into other parts of the year.

 

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Small Business Saturday 2014 Promo

Published on Nov 9, 2014

Rocky Hill CT Town Council passes Resolution supporting Small Business Saturday 2014 proposed by Scott Coleman of Business Now!. Mayor Henry Vasel reads resolution into the record.

 

 

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Shop Small Business Saturday

Published on Nov 3, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here, that means the start of the holiday season! More food, more family and likely, lots of gifts. When you head out for holiday shopping, remember to visit your neighborhood businesses. Those local shops are what help communities thrive.

American Express wants to encourage people to shop at small businesses on “Small Business Saturday” November 29th!

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving? HELL No.


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Happy Thanksgiving? If you’re caucasian. And accepted for who you are. If you’re wealthy and have food to eat. If you’re a racist and express hatred toward those unlike you. Yes, I guess today would be a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Not a Happy Thanksgiving for me. Or The Michael Brown Family. The Trayvon Martin Family. The Sean Bell Family. The Oscar Grant Family. The Michelle Cusseaux Family. The Miriam Carey Family. The Renisha McBride Family. The John Crawford Family. The Kajieme Powell Family. The Clinton Allen Family. The Ezell Ford Family. The Eric Garner Family. The Roshad McIntosh Family. The Vonderrit Myers Family. The Kendrick Johnson Family. The Jordan Davis Family.

 

There are literally thousands I am not listing here this morning, mostly because I can’t recall them all, and that shames me but also makes me violently angry that a list of Black Americans, Black human beings, have been executed by AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement. The largest gang of true thugs on the planet. So well organized a gang are they, that they all have unions to protect their legalized murder of Black  Life.

The REAL Thugs In AmeriKKKa...The Police.

The REAL Thugs In AmeriKKKa…The Police.

I offer my sincere apologies to all the families of victims of The Black Genocide. I am sorry I can’t remember each and every dead Black man & woman, each slaughtered Black child, at the hands of those we pay to “Serve & Protect” us. I am saddened the total number of those murdered by police is not tracked or documented by anyone in AmeriKKKa. I am pissed that there is no agency policing the police.

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I am also very angry with the multitude of caucasians who criticize the reactions in Ferguson, Missouri, to Darren Wilson being exonerated for murdering UNARMED Michael Brown. 

 

 

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Lets get to the rioting in Ferguson. This image says it all: From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King…..I took the liberty of writing this quote from MLK so those who condemn the reaction in Ferguson by asking the dumbass question “what would Dr. King do”, can read his words.

 

 

Just in case you can’t see the words………

 

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contigent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. Ans I must say tonight that a riot  is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promise of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

I have come across many many many dumbass caucasians, some racist and some not racist, with all types of opinions on what is happening not only in Ferguson, Missouri, but nationwide in cities and towns….protest against the no indict decision by the Ferguson Grand Jury. Racist or not, many caucasians just don’t get it, simply don’t understand. 

 

Until you experience racism, until your caucasian race starts to die for being caucasian, until a caucasian POTUSA gets the racial hatred Barack Hussein Obama has received just for having skin like mine, until you get racially profiled in a store when inside your pocket is 7 times the cash of anyone else in that store, your judgement of the violence in Ferguson means jack shit. I love how people sitting comfortably in their homes pass judgement on people reacting to Black Genocide in Ferguson, Missouri. Racism is the problem, racism is the cause and racism requires a response. The response in Ferguson is appropriate.

 

Black Americans are tired. Fed up. Angry. Hurt. Insulted. Disrespected. All because of a beautiful skin tone given them by DNA missing in caucasians. YOU mad cause you lack Melanin in your skin. Then you turn around and attempt to judge a people who bear the brunt of racial discrimination, racial profiling, racial hatred and being singled out as a thug every time a Black man stands up and reacts to violence with violence.

 

Then there’s this bull shit miscarriage of justice: From Lawrence O’Donnell’s Rewrite…..

 

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MSNBC  host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force.

 

“With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said.

 

O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.

 

NBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force.

 

“With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said.

 

O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.

 

Thank you NBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

 

In 1985 the Supreme court found the statute that had allowed police to shoot a suspect for running away, unconstitutional. This old outdated law, struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court was handed out to the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury by St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh…..as fact and jury instruction.

 

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As of 1985, American law enforcement is no longer allowed by law to just shoot a suspect, or any American citizen, for running away. That police action was deemed Unconstitutional by The U.S. Supreme Court. Yet St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh, handed out that outdated law, that unconstitutional law, as a guideline in considering Darren Wilson actions in murdering Michael Brown.

 

Darren Wilson testifies before the Grand Jury

 

A Closer Look at Darren Wilson, Cop who Murdered Michael Brown – Lawrence O’Donnell

 

You can see from the contents of this post, how this Thanksgiving is not Happy for me. Or for any Black family missing their loved ones due to Black Genocide.

 

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Help Right Now In Ferguson. Michael Brown’s Parents React To Darren Wilson’s First TV Interview “How Can Your Conscience Be Clear After Killing Someone?”


 

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Here’s a way to do something for Ferguson right now: Join me in donating to one of the Ferguson-area classroom projects below.

-Rachel Sklar

 

 

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Hearing a book read aloud helps my students see how the words on the page can come alive in a fluid, expressive way. It provides a model of fluent reading! My students are in need of more… more

My students need 2 mini iPads and cases to have access to technology. This will allow them to listen to reading in order to implement the Common Core Standards.

 

 

#FergusonStrong with iPads for Autism

A normal day in my classroom begins when my five students with autism walk in and give me a bright “good morning!” We work hard to practice social skills, math, reading, and communication in small… more

My students need two iPads to increase engagement and communication throughout the school day.

 

 

Building A Technology Classroom in Ferguson

My classroom is a place were students can experience things that they never knew they would enjoy. They can work cooperatively to build free-standing structures out of unusual materials, design… more

My students need 6 Chrome books to complete a classroom set.

 

 

Hear All Our Voices in Ferguson

By the time they finish 3rd grade, I want my students to have a strong, unwavering writing voice. Children need to know that their stories matter. They need to know that everyone has a story, and… more

My students need 10 laptops for a classroom writing program that includes an after-school community collaborative writing group.

 

 

All About That Bass – Round Three!

My students walk into my classroom excited about learning how to play a string instrument. Some students are trying out the instruments for the very first time; others have been playing for up to… more

My students need a 1/4 sized upright string bass, a bass stand, humidifier to help eliminate potential repairs due to weather and back up strings should any break.

 

 

Promoting Success for All Students in Ferguson

From childhood the belief that ‘education is the one thing that can’t be taken from you’ has been instilled in me. People can take your fortune, home, freedom, but they cannot take your education… more

My students need stability balls to replace their classroom chairs. Studies show that when both sides of the brain are simultaneously stimulated students greatly benefit.

 

 

Tablet For Flipping The Classroom

I recently started to use the flipped classroom strategy for my science classes. The students are able to watch the lectures at their own pace and as many times as needed prior to the actual class… more

My students need a tablet that has stylus technology.

 

 

All About That Bass – Round Four!

My students walk into my classroom excited about learning how to play a string instrument. Some students are trying out the instruments for the very first time; others have been playing for up to… more

My students need a 1/4 sized upright string bass, a bass stand, humidifier to help eliminate potential repairs due to weather and back up strings should any break.

 

 

Tablets For Tots

Every morning we start the day by singing along to Will.i.am’s Sesame Streets song “What I Am”. We call this our “pump it up jam.” Much like athletes have a song to get them ready to give their… more

My students need 5 IPad mini’s, protective covers and cases

 

 

Kindergarten Confidence Through Technology!

Our classroom is a place of safety, honesty, laughter, stability and most of all equality for all my kids. Equality is not only race or gender but giving each child the opportunity to learn using…more

My students need two iPad minis with Wi-Fi.

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Michael Brown’s Parents React To Darren Wilson’s First TV Interview “How Can Your Conscience Be Clear After Killing Someone?”

 

 

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An Open Letter to White America

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I am sending out a call for compassion. I am sending out a call for reason. I am sending out a call for an expansion of our presence with one another. This morning, a Black woman tweeted that she thought she was okay, until she saw a group of children walking to school and burst into tears. I don’t know what it is like to live inside that sort of fear, anguish, grief, and pain.

 

I am not a parent, frightened that a child might not make it home from the store. I am not a man who knows that just walking out the door might get me shot. I am not a woman – cis or trans – who knows that asking for help from police might just get me raped or killed.

 

The rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter” is important because, within these systems, they clearly don’t. Black lives, in the United States, only matter to the systems of capitalism and imperialism as resources to be exploited and cast off. 

We have got to turn this around. Black. Lives. Matter.

Someone on my Facebook feed commented this week that all life is sacred, and we shouldn’t preference Black people as being special. I replied that all life is indeed sacred, but some life is more endangered. Black lives are more endangered. This is simple reality. In this, I’m not appealing to empathy or emotion, I’m drawing upon facts.

This is not something over which we can “agree to disagree.” This is a truth.

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Powerful Open Letter Ferguson Protesters Just Released to the World …..


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Ferguson protesters released an open letter Monday night after a St. Louis grand jury handed down its decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

~THE RESULTS ARE IN~

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An Open Letter from Protestors On The Grand Jury Decision

November 24, 2014

In Ferguson, a wound bleeds. For 108 days, we have been in a state of prolonged and protracted grief. In that time, we have found community with one another, bonding together as family around the simple notion that our love for our community compels us to fight for our community. We have had no choice but to cling together in hope, faith, love, and indomitable determination to capture that ever-escaping reality of justice. After 108 days, that bleeding wound has been reopened, salt poured in, insult added to the deepest of injury.

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The MilitantNegro™ Potpourri: Officer Darren Wilson.


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I am showing this interview with ABC News’George Stephanopoulos of killer cop Darren Wilson because it is imperative you see the lies and misinformation first hand, from the mouth of a live breathing Sociopath.

 

Sociopath definition, a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility, or social conscience.

 

After watching this interview, you will see the definition fits Darren Wilson.

 

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Darren Wilson speaks publicly for the first time

Published on Nov 25, 2014

Darren Wilson speaks publicly for the first time

 

 

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos sat down with Darren Wilson in the Ferguson police officer‘s first interview since the shooting death of Michael Brown.

 

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.

 

Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 but was in fear for his life and was just doing his job.

 

Wilson told ABC News that Brown reached into his car and grabbed his gun. He described how Brown charged toward him and he felt that he had to shoot Michael Brown.

The interview comes a day after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson in an incident that sparked national outcry.

 

Wilson did say that he was sorry for the loss of life but he would not do anything different that day. He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.

 

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Now that you’ve watched ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos guide this killer cop through his first of many scripted TV interviews, you’ll see what a lying piece of feces is and how the pile of feces goes about telling it’s side of the story. Problem with this set up is there is no representation for the murdered 18 year old Michael Brown. No family members present. No legal representation present. Nobody to speak for Michael Brown. A bit unfair, don’t you think?

 

(Full Video) Ferguson grand jury announcement

Published on Nov 25, 2014

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announces that a grand jury decided against indicting Darren Wilson.

 

 

This version of Bob McCulloch announcing the killer cop will walk scott free is interesting because it shows the crowd in Ferguson as it listens to the lies and misinformation out of the mouth of a racist prosecutor….who worked for the defense instead of the prosecution…..reminiscent of Angela Corey.

 

Legal analyst says Bob Mccullough played defense attorney not prosecutor

 

“It is Officially Open Season on Black Folks”: Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

 

Brown’s mother reacts to grand jury decision

Published on Nov 25, 2014

The New York Times captured footage of Michael Brown’s mother and stepfather reacting to the grand jury’s decision

 

 

Darren Wilson defends shooting Michael Brown

Published on Nov 25, 2014

In an interview with ABC News, Darren Wilson says Michael Brown charged at him and acted hostile toward him.

 

 

 

Why officers like Darren Wilson are so rarely prosecuted for killing civilians

Published on Nov 25, 2014

On November 24, a grand jury decided that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson should not be prosecuted for shooting Michael Brown. Vox’s Amanda Taub explains why it’s so rare for police officers to be prosecuted for killing civilians.

 

 

 

Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

Published on Nov 25, 2014

http://democracynow.org – “It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” Those were the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in March 1968, weeks before he was assassinated. Today parts of Ferguson are still burning after a night of protests following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown. At least a dozen shops in the Ferguson area have been broken into and burned. A number of businesses burned for hours before firefighters arrived. We speak to Rev. Osagyefo Sekou of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Jelani Cobb, director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut and a contributor to the New Yorker. “For over 100 days [the protesters in Ferguson] have been primarily nonviolent in their approach to this,” Sekou says. “They gave the system a chance, and the system broke their heart.”

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson sat down with ABC News, speaking publicly for the first time on the shooting death of Michael Brown. He described his side of the altercation, saying there was ‘no way’ Brown had his hands up when he was fatally shot.

 

Wilson says he couldn’t have done anything differently in his confrontation to have prevented the 18-year-old’s shooting death.

 

A grand jury on Monday declined to indict Wilson on any charges, setting off a night of angry protests, looting and gunfire in the Ferguson area.

 

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos tweet-bragged about landing the first interview with cleared Ferguson cop Darren Wilson.

 

“Just finished a more than hourlong interview with Officer Darren Wilson. No question off limits,” tweeted the co-host of Good Morning America on Tuesday.

 

 

The interview led off World News with David Muir Tuesday night, with Wilson insisting to Stephanopoulos that he had no choice but to shoot, Brown was huge and intimidating, that he had grabbed Wilson’s gun and punched him, and that he, Wilson, feared Brown would kill him.

 

When asked if he would be haunted by the incident, Wilson said, “I don’t think it’s a haunting; it’s always going to be something that happened.

 

“The reason I have a clean conscience is I know I did my job right,” he said.

 

Wilson said he asked himself if he could legally shoot Brown. “I thought, ‘I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.’ “

 

 

Over the weekend, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter reported that Stephanopoulos was one of several major news anchors who had met secretly with Wilson for off-the-record chats aimed at persuading the officer, then in hiding, to grant his first interview after the grand jury decision was rendered.

 

Stephanopoulos appears to be the winner of the coveted “get” but others who were angling included Matt Lauer of NBC, Scott Pelley of CBS, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN.

 

The get is likely to add to ABC’s bragging rights over GMA, which has toppled NBC’s long-leading Today show in the morning-show ratings.

 

And it’s a major coup for Stephanopoulos, who first came to America’s attention as a young, brash political operative in 1992.

 

As communications director during Bill Clinton’s first winning presidential campaign, and early in Clinton’s first term, Stephanopoulos was known for testy jousting with reporters, until he got fed up and quit. Later, in his memoir, All Too Human: A Political Education, he described White House pressures so great he became depressed and his face broke out in hives.

 

Contributing: Melanie Eversley, Associated Press

 

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President Obama Issues a Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Published on Nov 24, 2014

Tonight, the President spoke to the American people following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. November 24, 2014.

 

 

Friend of Darren Wilson: ‘Sigh of relief’ after grand jury decision

Published on Nov 25, 2014

A spokeswoman for a Darren Wilson support group speaks to CNN about the grand jury’s decision to not indict the officer.

 

 

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Now lets get to some facts. 

911 Convenience Store Call Tapes:

The 911 call from the convenience store owner, that set in motion Michael Brown’s murder, you know the 911 call that the convenience store owner publicly said he never made, the same 911 call that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said on August 9th, the day Michael Brown was murdered by killer cop Darren Wilson, was never made to Ferguson 911 dispatch…where are those 911 call tapes? Since Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, NOW says that 911 call was what alerted the Ferguson police to Michael Brown. Where is THAT 911 call tape?

 

The Ferguson PD dispatch has released radio chatter describing exactly what Michael Brown was wearing, but there is NO 911 CALL FROM THE CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER saying he was robbed or strong armed in any manner. WHY? It took ‘em 6 weeks to cook up this bull shit.

 

Grand Jury:

It has been said by County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch that the juror’s on this grand jury met a grand total of 25 days. It took ‘em over 100 days to reach a decision, although they met to discuss this case 25 days total. Mmmmm. Why? Did it take 75 days to create a plausible lie about the facts, so Darren Wilson could be exonerated? Here’s the thing about a grand jury, they are not the end all be all when it comes to bringing an accused to trial. A grand jury is charged with the responsibility of determining IF THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO TAKE DARREN WILSON TO TRIAL. Not guilt or innocence or probable cause. 

 

Let me repeat that: A grand jury is supposed to find enough evidence to warrant a trial. Thats ALL. If there is enough evidence for a trial, they decide to indict based on THAT reason alone. Grand juries do not give a flying you know what about guilt, innocence or probable cause.  IS THERE ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR A TRIAL is all a grand jury is concerned with finding for a indict decision.

 

Hope that is crystal clear to all you misinformed misguided Fox News listeners.

 

Another fact: a grand jury is not the last stop in taking an accused to trial. A grand jury can decide not to indict and a “county prosecutor” can decide to try a case at his/her discretion. In most cases a grand jury is not even convened, instead a preliminary hearing is held before a judge. Bob McCulloch very well could still take killer cop Darren Wilson to trial. Yes. I Know. A pipe dream of mine.

 

I guess I am done with this. The disgust I feel for AmeriKKKa is palatable.

 

St. Louis riot police pepper spray protesters blocking highway

 

 

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