…additional players have been added to the mix of protesters. Along with the support of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a mention from President Barack Obama at the United Nations during his remarks, other liberal interest groups found their way onto the Ferguson issue, including: national LGBT organizations, climate environmentalists, amnesty groups, pro-Palestinian organizations, Christian social justice groups, and Planned Parenthood.
Abortion rights activist Cecile Richards posted on her Facebook page on August 14 an illustration stating, “You deserve to parent your child without fear that he or she will be hurt or killed. Freedom from violence is Reproductive Justice.”
One young woman explained her small cardboard climate sign, saying she is traveling “the world to collect stories from people she meets about water and climate change, starting three weeks during the climate march in New York City and now here. “
“All struggles are connected—racial injustice is linked with climate injustice, and I’m here to show solidarity with this fight because an injustice to one person us an injustice to us all,” she said.
Ferguson resident and pro-Palestinian protester “Jay” equates the issues black Americans face with the Palestinians on the Gaza strip.
“I feel that their struggle is the same as our struggle. We’re both fighting to be free. The same gas canisters the Israelis shoot at them are the same ones they shoot at us—made in the USA. It’s like the gas we sold to Saddam—made in the USA,” He said. “It’s the same issue. It’s all oppression. The oppressed stand with the oppressed and we’re oppressed. All these counties and all these municipalities are oppressed. We’re oppressed.”