US celebrities called for a boycott to take place Friday -- one of the busiest US shopping days -- to protest a grand jury's decision not to prosecute a police officer who fatally shot a black teen. A number of well-known figures, among them hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, have signed onto the action, under the Twitter hashtags #NotOneDime and #BlackoutBlackFriday. Also backing the campaign was TV star Jesse Williams, while journalist Soledad O'Brien retweeted a message with the hashtag #NotOneDime. So let's talk to 'em," Williams tweeted, along with a link to a video compilation of police brutality.
The streets of Ferguson were decidedly calmer on Wednesday after two days of nationwide protests against the decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. Just a few dozen protesters and clergy braved rain and light snow to protest outside the police department in the St Louis suburb, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed on August 9. A Missouri grand jury decided Monday not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson, who fired the fatal shots -- a move that inspired coast-to-coast anger in the United States as well as a rally across the Atlantic in London. After they were rebuffed, extra police and a National Guard Humvee were drafted to protect the building.