They stood up and in a simple act, spoke his name - Mike Brown. Others have stood up since.
Does "Black lives matter" ask for something from the dominant culture that would require economic loss or will it mean gains and not losses, morally and economically, for most Americans?
The veil is being lifted from an entire interdependent system of institutionalized racism and oppression and its ugly inner workings.
Everyone pressing for justice understands that appropriate actions against obstructionist public officials need sustained public oversight and engagement every step of the way.
We need a system change here and it's not going to happen unless we, the people make it happen.
The people's movement must make ending homicides and institutionalized racism a central aspect in the elections and beyond.
Some day organized dissent will change the system that allows cases like that of Sandra Bland to occur; let's make that day happen sooner rather than later.
On Feb. 20, a police officer shot and killed Mexican national Rubén García Villalpando on the side of a highway outside Dallas.
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson never went to trial for killing Mike Brown, but he had one of the best attorneys anyone in his situation could have had.
Almost 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and asked "How long?" His words ring as true today as ever.