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Mid-Week Round Up: August 27
Illustration: Erin McPhee
With the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the internet, actor Orlando Jones released his own video last week featuring a bucket full of gun shell casings being poured over his head. In the video Jones discusses the importance of supporting ALS fundraising efforts but how we also need to discuss gun violence. Similar to Jones, videos dubbed the Rubble Bucket Challenge use the Ice Bucket Challenge motif to raise awareness of the recent destruction of Gaza.
Monday, August 25 was the funeral of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old teenager who was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri. In the wake of his death there have been many protests in Ferguson, across Missouri and the rest of the US condemning police violence and in particular racialized police violence.
The mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell (all three whose sons who were killed by racial violence: Brown and Bell by police and Martin by a vigilante) met to provide one another support.
The People’s Social Forum, the largest activist gathering in Canada, took place in Ottawa last weekend. To get the highlights of what went down, check out the multimedia coverage done by The Media Co-Op.
The tenth annual Afropunk festival rocked New York City last weekend with a stellar lineup including punk legends Bad Brains and Fishbone. You can browse through some of the amazing festival fashion here and the hashtag #AfroPunk2014 on tumblr for more pictures and video.