Ashley Yates

A Black man wearing a t-shirt that says "Ferguson is everywhere" protests at night.

Message From the Ferguson Grassroots, 5 Years After Michael Brown's Death

Five years after the Michael Brown Rebellion, key activists and organizers weigh in on the impact of their local movement. 

A little Black girl wearing colorful barrettes holds a rag in front of her mouth to block police tear gas during a protest against the killing of Michael Brown

Police Killed Michael Brown 3 Years Ago. Reflections on the Energy and Trauma of the Uprising It Sparked

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Ashley Yates was on the ground organizing during the uprising that followed. In this Q&A, writer, activist and artist Ashley Yates talks about facing militarized police daily, healing from burnout, and where the movement should go from here.

Young Black man with dredlocks and a blue hoodie votes in Ferguson

Millennial Activist Ashley Yates: 'Voting Can Help End Police Brutality. No, I'm Not Joking'

The Movement for Black lives and Ferguson-area activist makes a pragmatic pitch for voting, particularly in local and state elections. “The majority of over-policing and incarceration originates there, with judges, prosecutors, sheriffs and city officials,” she writes.

Watch: HuffPost Live Interview With #BlackLivesMatter Activists Who Took Over Netroots Nation

#BlackLivesMatter activists on the presidential hopefuls’ commitment to issues that impact black community: “We need bold and courageous leadership right now. We don’t need people who are gonna be cowardly and people who are going to be defensive.”