Standing On The Side of Love Campaign – 8/25/2015
Ferguson Is Everywhere: Organizing Forward Webinar

Sputnik International – 8/19/2015
Ferguson National Response Network to Hold Vigil for Police Shooting Victim

A vigil will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri for the death of a 25-year-old mentally ill man who was shot dead by police last year, the Ferguson National Response Network said on its website on Wednesday.

“Join us as we remember Kajieme [Powell] and stand united against violence,” the Network stated…

The Network organizes response events in cases of police brutality and racial injustice in Ferguson, but also for other incidents across the United States, according to the organization’s website.

NBC Connecticut – 6/9/2015
17 Arrested in Hartford, “Black Lives Matter” Protest

“It looks like the Ferguson National Response Network chose the capital city to have one of their Black Lives Matter rallies today. It’s kind of classic sort of civil disobedience right now where folks are volunteering to be arrested,” Maribel La Luz, a spokesperson from Hartford Mayor Segarra’s office, told NBC Connecticut early Monday evening.

UU World Magazine – 5/15/15
Black Lives Matter banner ‘brings out conversation’

Leslie Butler MacFadyen, a UU activist who runs the Ferguson Response Network and the Black Lives Matter Visibility Campaign, believes articulating that “black lives matter” doesn’t contradict the faith’s principle of every person’s inherent worth and dignity, but in fact helps Unitarian Universalists live out that belief.

“We are focused on humanizing black people and fighting issues that affect black life at disproportionate levels,” MacFadyen said.


takepart – 5/2/15
Baltimore Police Officers out on Bail; Protesters Linger

Nationwide protests: The Ferguson National Response Network, a grassroots organizing group, announced solidarity marches and demonstrations for Baltimore in cities across the country, set for Saturday.

#BlackLivesMatter: The VUU 101- 4/30/2015
Leslie Butler MacFadyen and David Carl Olson meet with The VUU team to discuss events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond.

UU World – 4/30/15
In Baltimore, Unitarian Universalists look for ways to help

Leslie Butler MacFadyen, a black UU from Cherry Hill, N.J., and one of the leading organizers of theFerguson National Response Network, led the effort, which provided 2,100 lunches or snacks from three sites in the city.

Butler MacFadyen challenged notions that the Black Lives Matter movement consists of black people aimlessly, and violently, protesting. “It is incorrect to think that while people are protesting police violence there isn’t a lot of work being done to address the many issues that plague the black community,” Butler MacFadyen said. “Protests all week in Baltimore were without incident, and Saturday was no different, until the protests entered white populated areas where the protesters were screamed at with insults.”

POPPYN Presents: Reclaim MLK March & Rally – 3/4/15

LEO Weekly – 2/18/2015
#BlackLivesMatter: the new civil rights movement 

The young activists at the City Hall event on Valentine’s Day came from different backgrounds. Representing various local social justice organizations, they varied by race and socio-economic class. What they had in common was an urge to change the world and the Internet. Most of them were notified about the event by the Ferguson National Response Network (, a Tumbler page that lists opportunities for social activism across the country. It is where one goes to learn about a Ferguson-to-Philly Town Hall in Philadelphia, a Youth Assembly in North Carolina, or a candlelight vigil in Portland, Oregon.

LEO Weekly – 2/14/2015
#BlackLivesMatter: the new civil rights movement

The young activists at the City Hall event on Valentine’s Day came from different backgrounds. Representing various local social justice organizations, they varied by race and socio-economic class. What they had in common was an urge to change the world and the Internet. Most of them were notified about the event by the Ferguson National Response Network (, a Tumbler page that lists opportunities for social activism across the country. It is where one goes to learn about a Ferguson-to-Philly Town Hall in Philadelphia, a Youth Assembly in North Carolina, or a candlelight vigil in Portland, Oregon.


Millions March NYC Presents: The Gathering from Millions March NYC  – 2/12/2015
Workshop: Independent Media & the Movement

#BlackLivesMatter a Conversation on The VUU – 1/29/2015
Special Guests Kenny Wiley, Leslie Butler MacFadyen, & CLF’s own Lena K Gardner join regular hosts Meg Riley, Joanna Crawford, Patrice Curtis, Tom Schade, and Hank Pierce to discuss #BlackLivesMatter.

CBS Philly – 1/23/2015
Monday’s MLK Day March Through Center City Puts Next Generation of Leaders in Spotlight

The Declaration – 1/20/2015
Thousands March in Philadelphia to ‘Reclaim MLK’

Leslie MacFadyen, an organizer of the event, shared with the crowd:

“I’m often asked ‘What is so special about Ferguson?’” she says. “The answer is nothing, and everything. Nothing because the murder of Mike Brown is a carbon copy of so many black lives at the hands of law enforcement, but it was everything, because this loss awakened the Ferguson protesters. That’s how this movement was born. We were waiting for a new example of sustained civil disobedience. And today we declare, that until black lives matter, in this city, business as usual is over.”

San Diego Free Press – 1/20/2015
Taking Back the Streets and Their Stories, Thousands Reclaim MLK Day

“Here in Philadelphia and from shore to shore, a black child is likely to be poorer, go to worse-funded schools, and more likely to go to jail than his white brother,” said Leslie MacFadyen, founder of the Ferguson National Response Network. “We are called to follow in King’s footsteps this year as we march in his legacy, and in the legacy of thousands of other men and women of his generation who stood up and said enough is enough.”

6ACB Action News – 1/19/2015
MLK Day March Fills Streets in Center City

NewsWorks – 1/19/2015
Reclaiming the MLK Holiday, from service to social justice action
Dr. James Peterson welcomes Philadelphia-based community organizer Leslie MacFadyen, one of the activists behind the local and national Reclaim the Dream movement.

NewsWorks – 1/15/2015
Activists hope to turn MLK day of service into day of action

Newsweek – 12/4/2014
Second Night of Protests of Decision in Eric Garner Case

The Ferguson National Response Network, which has organized a number of protests since African American teenager Michael Brown was killed in August, posted over a dozen protest locations around the country, including Orlando, Pittsburgh, Reno, Buffalo, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and more. The Network was created by Philadelphia resident Leslie MacFadyen, it works with the Ferguson Action group.

Newsweek – 12/1/2014
Ferguson Protesters Stage Walk-Out

The Ferguson National Response Network, an organization that has galvanized demonstrators in the aftermath of the August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, organized a student walkout today at 12:01 p.m. CST (the approximate time of Brown’s death on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri). The organization was started by Philadelphia resident Leslie MacFadyen, together with the Ferguson Action group, and has organized dozens of protests across the country following the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Bloomberg – 12/1/2014
Pastors Join as Protests Linger Over Ferguson

More than 100 U.S. cities have staged Ferguson-related protests since the grand jury said it would not indict Wilson for shooting Brown, who was unarmed. Each day, protest activity in various cities is listed on a website created by Leslie MacFadyen, 38, an activist from Philadelphia.
MacFadyen said she started the Ferguson National Response Network after participating in a conference call St. Louis pastors earlier this month. The local clergy didn’t have a strategy for coordinating protest activity on a national scale, she said.
The site has become a hub for people outside of Missouri who want to participate in Ferguson-related protests. Groups have shut down mass transit in California, blocked highways in Washington and shut down shopping malls in greater St. Louis. Protesters in more than 40 cities plan to walk out of schools and businesses today, according the website.

International Business Times – 11/29/2014
Ferguson Protests: 16 Arrests in Missouri and Unrest in Other US States

“This has grown from a moment to a movement,” said Leslie MacFadyen, who runs a website that aggregates information about the hundreds of Ferguson-related protests nationwide. “And part of it being a movement is that the activity needs to be sustained. There are many things that are going to be planned in the coming weeks and months.”

The Telegraph – 11/28/2014
Black Friday 2014: as it happened 28 November 2014

Leslie MacFadyen, who runs a website that aggregates Ferguson-related protests nationwide, told Bloomberg more are planned in shopping locations in more than 40 cities. – 11/26/2014
Chaos erupts in Ferguson after grand jury decision

“A life is lost, no matter what a prosecutor announced tonight,” said Leslie MacFadyen, a South Jersey resident who founded Ferguson National Response Network, a group that organized protests in several dozen cities. “We need to end this culture of fear and suffering for all families.”

Examiner – 11/26/2014
National response network protests Ferguson Decision at Ohio Statehouse

Rachel Maddow Show – 11/25/2014

 PBS NewsHour – 11/25/2014
Marches across the country show support for Ferguson

The Ferguson National Response Network is maintaining an online list of dozens of protests that were planned for Tuesday night. Protesters have organized around the hashtag #IndictAmerica on Twitter and Facebook to spread information on protest plans. – 11/24/2014
Ferguson Protests Widen to Include Police Killings Elsewhere

Leslie MacFadyen, a Philadelphia activist who founded the Ferguson National Response Network website, said activists across the country are linking Brown’s death and the killings of other unarmed black males.
“This is a movement that, while it may have started in Ferguson, has expanded far wider than that,” she said. “And these issues of police interaction in minority communities resonate in other communities as well.”
She highlighted deaths including those of Rice and Eric Garner, an unarmed black man killed by New York police officers in July during an arrest on Staten Island. – 11/20/2014
Police Arrest Ferguson Protesters as U.S. Braces for Decision

About 13,000 people nationwide have signed up to get a text-message alert after the decision is disclosed, said DeRay McKesson, a protest leader from Minneapolis. The Ferguson National Response Network and Ferguson Action, a coalition of groups in the St. Louis area, list details of demonstrations in almost 90 cities in 34 states and Canada.

The Atlantic – 11/20/2014
Ferguson Protests Are Coming To Your City

“The Ferguson National Response Network and Ferguson Action, a coalition of groups in the St. Louis area, list details of demonstrations in almost 90 cities in 34 states and Canada.”

Ferguson National Response Network

Huffington Post – 11/17/2014
Ferguson Response Network: Protesters Launch Nationwide Engagement Campaign

Huffington Post – 9/12/2014
Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

On August 14, the city of brotherly love gathered to pay homage to their lost brothers and I was utterly exhausted.

With the organizing prowess of Leslie MacFadyen, Philadelphia was taking part in a nationwide vigil and moment of silence (#NMOS14) launched by blogger and activist Feminista Jones to remember victims of police brutality. – 9/11/2014
Twitter hashtag sparks a nationwide movement

Cherry Hill resident Leslie MacFadyen, an account executive at a Philadelphia-area IT training company, is responsible for organizing Philly’s branch of the nationwide vigil, which is scheduled to take place at LOVE Park at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard on the designated date and time, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. (EST). At 7:20 p.m., each vigil is expected to have a unified moment of silence.

MacFadyen is a founding member of the Unitarian Universal Legislative Ministry of New Jersey’s “Ending the New Jim Crow Task Force,” aimed at ending mass incarceration with state legislation. She learned of the hashtag and ensuing vigils from Jones’ Twitter account.

“I CAN do something to bring attention to this important issue in our country and in our cities,” MacFadyen said in an email interview. Using the vigil, she wants to gather similarly minded individuals and contact information in hopes to “continue work in this area.”

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