Western Mass locations named on 83 nation-wide list of Ferguson response rallies

 

As thousand across the country wait in anticipation for a grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case, rallies are being set up.

Three Western Mass locations are part of a list of 83 nation-wide sites named as response rallies for when the decision is announced.

It's called the Ferguson National Response Network and can be found on the website, tumblr.com.

The site is a list of planned responses around the country to the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Announcement,.

From Florida to California, and every state in between, addresses of locations and what time to be there are all posted informing Americans of where they can go to express their feelings about a decision that has captivated the nation.

Among the nearly hundreds of locations named are Springfield, Northampton and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.

Officials at the college said they're holding the event on campus so students have a safe place to be to talk about the grand jury's decision.

"We want to have dialogue to think about next steps, how they want to be as a community, what they want to do in response depending on what happens," said Dean of Students Marcella Runell-Hall.

The information, posted on Tumblr by students says a gathering will be held at the Betty Shabazz Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m. whenever the announcement is made.

Since Mount Holyoke was founded, its student body has been vocal on national issues and this one is no different.

Last month a group of them traveled to Missouri for Ferguson October.

"We're very proud of them and supportive and they came back and shared their experience and we came together as a community to listen and learn from them," said Runell-Hall.

And students and faculty hope to continue that learning experience through the event.

However the school understands with the information posted to a public website, there is a risk that anything could happen. They say they are taking precautions.

"Certainly we're always prepared. Our hope is that this is the first step so that students can get together to talk about emotions, feelings, responses rather than get right into the action of what comes next, but that really depends on the on what they want to do. Either way, we will support them and we certainly want to hold the space to have conversations,” said Runell-Hall.

Arise for Social Justice has been named as the Springfield location. Interested attendees are asked to meet at their State Street headquarters at 5:00 p.m. the day of the announcement.

Northampton City Hall is the third location named on the list. Gatherers are expected to meet at 5:30 p.m. the day after the announcement.

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