The Girls’ Room Recap: 7 Lessons We Learned From #MGFerguson

1. On what’s going on in Ferguson

Ashley Yates (@brownblaze): These were just everyday citizens that stood up and said this was an injustice, and it’s wrong. The energy behind that — just that pure fire of standing up for something without knowing exactly how you’re going to get to your intended result or what even justice looks like — that’s really what’s necessary in this work.
You have these young people that are radicalized, not necessarily politicized, but they have that ability to really just think entirely outside of the box because the box doesn’t even exist to them in the first place, and I think that’s awesome.

Suhad Khatib (@suh_ads): What happened after the mobilization was the connection between the people themselves. I can’t tell you how many times I have been stopped after the demonstrations in Ferguson by black youths asking me if I was Palestinian, and, when I would say yes, they would hug me just because I’m Palestinian. And they would say, “We see you, we hear you, we feel you,” and those connections are priceless.