Looking Ahead After Ferguson Protests: What Happens Next?

What Is The End Goal For Ferguson Protestors?
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Though the fierce protests in Ferguson, Missouri seemed to have died down in the last week or so, the outrage continues across the country — specifically with young people — with its focus on a single point: black lives matter.

A four-person roundtable — Max Rameau, co-found of Take Back The Land, Alisha Sonnier, leader of Tribe X, activist and journalist Rosa Clemente, and New York City council member Robert Cornegy — joined HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss that point. In doing so, they also talked about the future of these protests and what they may be able to accomplish in the long haul.

"We have to have control over our community," Rameau told host Marc Lamont Hill. "That's the only way we're going to solve this problem."

He means control over the community in the form of reforming America's police into more of a community partner rather than a militarized rule-enforcer. Protests also took aim at Black Friday, urging Americans to boycott the national shopping day. Maybe not coincidentally, stores saw an overall 11 percent sales drop on Friday from last year.

"These young people are saying, too, 'If these black and brown bodies don't matter, then your green money matters,'" Clemente said. "I think this is part of a slight victory we have to take at a time of such hyper-consumerism that young people, and all people who are out there, could kind of halt the economy for that moment and make it very uncomfortable for capitalism."

The protests have continued this week at high schools and colleges across the country, encouraging many, including Tuesday's panel members.

"I just want to say that the work the young people are doing is just amazing. It's incredible. And it shows courage, it shows determination, it shows an extreme willingness," Max Rameau, co-found of Take Back The Land, said. "It also, however, going to the second point, it shows really a lack of organization and a lack of political ideology."

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Wheaton College students participate in a walkout on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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Die-in for Mike Brown at Harvard Law School on Dec. 1, 2014.
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Students participate in a walkout at Smith College in Northampton, MA. on Dec. 1, 2014.
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Episcopal Divinity School participates in a walkout in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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People protest in New York City during a walkout on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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Protestor participates in a walkout on Dec. 1, 2014.
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People protest at Union Square in New York City on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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Students at University of Missouri St-Louis participate in a walkout on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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People protest in New York City during a walkout on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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Protestors participate in a walkout in front of the Department of Justice building in Washington, DC on Mon. Dec. 1, 2014.
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Protestors march toward Harvard Yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Dec. 1, 2014.
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Veterans For Peace member Arnie Stieber spoke to the crowd during a Ferguson solidarity protest on Monday. "We need to de-militarize the police," said Stieber, a 68-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War. "You can't undo bullets."
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Protestors gather in the Loop in downtown Chicago during one of several Ferguson-related demonstrations taking place Monday.
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Aronya Kawji, 20, (right) and Ayatt Askar, 21 (left), stopped to join the protest while they were out from classes at The University of Illinois at Chicago and Roosevelt University, respectively. As natives of Syria and Palestine, both young women said they see clear similarities between the situation in Ferguson and in their home countries.
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