Yesterday at Peacefest in St. Louis, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who is originally from St. Louis, told the crowd to honor Michael Brown by taking action. Voter registration has been a major theme in the weeks after the shooting death of Brown, which happened on Saturday, August 9.
Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, also attended Peacefest. Tracy Martin, is a native of East St. Louis. The Martins and Rep. Waters will attend Michael Brown’s funeral today.
Rep. Waters’ full statement is below:
“I am particularly sympathetic to the parents and relatives of Michael Brown for their loss, and am unsettled over the circumstances of his death. I was reared in St. Louis, Missouri, attended elementary school and was a graduate of Vashon High School. Still today, I have many family members in St. Louis and recently buried my mother there, Velma Carr Moore, a longtime resident of St. Louis.
I have closely followed the daily reports regarding the circumstances of Michael Brown’s death and have paid close attention to eyewitness accounts of the shooting. I have also continued to watch the televised protests that have been going on for the past 13 days in Ferguson. I am reminded of the police shootings that have taken place in the Los Angeles area, and the role I played in attempting to articulate the pain and hopelessness of the people of South Los Angeles following the Rodney King beating by L.A. police officers.
I have been in contact with some of the elected officials and community leaders in the St. Louis area and join with the overall community in calling for justice for Michael Brown. My presence at the funeral will afford me the opportunity to personally share my condolences with the family. While I am in St. Louis, I will meet with local leaders and offer my assistance in future political organizing to help create change in the Ferguson community. “