Ferguson Legal Defense Committee Issues 48-Hour Emergency Call To Action

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Ferguson Legal Defense Committee Issues 48-Hour Emergency Call To Action & All-Points Bulletin

 

To All People of Conscience:

The Ferguson Legal Defense Committee (FLDC) has issued the following EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION for all lawyers, legal workers and law students of conscience in anticipation of a major reaction to the (non or under) indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. FLDC was formed by lawyers and legal workers who provide legal support to the greater Ferguson organizers, their supporters and their communities. Support includes legal representation in criminal and other cases, jail support and visits, legal research and legal observation and training.

We expect a strong reaction after the grand jury decision. We want to be ready and NEED YOUR HELP. We are looking for people to provide legal support on the ground in Ferguson/St. Louis and from remote locations in the following ways:

Lawyers (Missouri admitted and out-state admitted via pro hac vice) to do:

Criminal representation
Civil Rights/Constitutional claims
Jail visits (any bar admission)
Legal observing and legal observing training
Volunteer coordination

Legal workers to do:

Legal representation support
Legal observing and legal observing training
Volunteer coordination

All people of conscience to:

Donate to the FLDC’s legal support fund here. Proceeds go towards bail, court costs and legal supplies.
Stay informed on developments in Ferguson/St. Louis
Spread the word about our legal call to action. PLEASE FORWARD THIS CALL WIDELY

PLEASE NOTE: We are looking for politically-conscious lawyers, legal workers and law students who will respect the leadership of local activists/organizers and who are willing to think creatively and collectively about how the law can be used to support the Ferguson movement. We are also looking for lawyers who understand that the vigorous representation of activists includes respecting their client’s political choices and strategies. Finally, as the death of Mike Brown has exposed an enduring fault-line in our country around race, we call for legal advocates who have a deep commitment and solid track-record of implementing an anti-racist practice throughout their legal work. Legal advocates of color, women, and LGTBQ folks are especially encouraged to volunteer.

This is a pivotal and historic moment. Success (or failure) will have a dramatic effect on police abuse, racial profiling and mass incarceration across the country. We invite you to step up and help the people of Ferguson/St. Louis.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.

If you would like to donate to the legal support fund, please do so here

In solidarity,

Ferguson Legal Defense Committee

fergusonlegaldefense@gmail.com

Endorsing Organizations:

American Civil Liberties Union–Missouri • Arch City Defenders • Bronx Defenders • Center for Constitutional Rights • Community Justice Project – Florida Legal Services • Don’t Shoot Coalition • Latinos En Axión STL •

Millennial Activists United • Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) • National Lawyers Guild – National Office • National Lawyers Guild – St. Louis • Organization for Black Struggle

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