Kaitlin Ugolik is an award-winning journalist based in Brooklyn. She writes and edits stories about the law, health, finance, technology and the media.

Ferguson

I had something else I was going to write about today, but I can't get my mind off what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri, and I think that's good, and I think your mind should be on it, too. But instead of waxing on about my thoughts on the whole situation, I'm going to post a bunch of links to information about the situation, as well as ways that you can help, if you're so inclined, because regardless of what you think about how this whole thing started, it's pretty clear that there are many innocent, peaceful people in a very, very dangerous and difficult situation right now. H/T to my friend Lachrista Greco for many of these.

MTV News has a pretty good timeline of events: http://www.mtv.com/news/1897468/michael-brown-shooting-timeline/

Here's a livestream of the protests: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/9035483/events/3271930

Reddit livefeed: http://www.reddit.com/live/tdrph3y49ftn/

Journalists arrested, assaulted and tear-gassed: http://www.newsweek.com/journalists-arrested-assaulted-and-teargassed-ferguson-264610

A Storify of veterans talking about the militarization of police in Ferguson: https://storify.com/AthertonKD/veterans-on-ferguson

Obama's comments on the shooting of Michael Brown: http://abcnews.go.com/US/president-obama-excuse-excessive-force-police-ferguson/story?id=24980370

And if you want to help:

A food drive for kids who haven't been able to go to school, and therefore haven't been able to get their free and reduced lunch: https://twitter.com/Jewles

A National Moment of Silence that's taking place in many cities around the country tonight for everyone killed by police in 2014: https://www.facebook.com/NMOS2014

And, a friend of a friend in Ferguson is collecting letters for her students, ages 8-12, whose lives have been disturbed by this event. If you're interested in writing to them, let me know and I will get you the address. EDIT: Here is a link for more about this project http://jburnquist.tumblr.com/post/94749572815/about-dear-students-sinclair

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