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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2014

Contact: Legal Support Team, 314-862-2249

7 Arrested in Ferguson Were Sitting in Cars, Some Were Dragged Out by Hair

**Arrestees are available for interviews.**

Two different groups totalling seven people, charged with failure to disperse, were arrested in Ferguson this morning at approximately 1:30am. Five out of the seven people were released this morning at 7am. The Legal Support Team picked the arrestees up from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton and received the following report of how arrests happened last night.

The first group was comprised of five people who had been at the Justice for Mike Brown march earlier in the evening. After leaving the march, they went to the home of one of their aunt’s on Kirk Drive. They were sitting in their parked car in front of the house smoking a cigarette when a swarm of police officers dressed in fatigues and what the arrestees describe as “military garb” rushed the car, put guns in their faces, and began pulling them out of the car. Two young women were pulled out of the car by their hair, and one...


Please donate HERE to the bail fund to help release those arrested in Ferguson protests standing for Justice for Mike Brown! 

Since the killing of Mike Brown, dozens of people have been arrested by the Ferguson police for participating in protests. This bail fund has been set up to support all people currently in jail.

All people, regardless of their charges, have a right to legal representation. We know that currently public defenders are overworked. If you are a lawyer and are interested in doing support for those arrested, please email join@organizemo.org. If you are interested in helping with jail support as a volunteer, please email join@organizemo.org. If you know people who are currently in jail, also please email join@organizemo.org.

According to the law, each person is innocent until proven otherwise; however, this is not how the system plays out on a day-to-day basis, particularly for communities of color. Mike Brown’s murder is only the most recent reminder that the United States criminal justice system is at war with many of our communities. We see daily that the criminal justice system impacts people of color much more severely than white people --...


MORE’s Statement in Response to Peabody’s Demand that EPA End Carbon Regulations

Today, Peabody Energy, based in St. Louis, testified in an EPA hearing in Washington DC. Fred Palmer, the Vice President of government relations, testified and demanded that the EPA withdraw its proposal to regulate carbon emissions. In response, Peter Thacher with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment released the following statement:

Peabody Energy’s testimony today demonstrates this company’s purposeful ignorance toward the detrimental effects that climate change will have on St. Louis and the Midwest, such as increased heat waves and extreme weather events. While Peabody says they care about “energy poverty,” Peabody’s behavior in St. Louis says otherwise. Peabody has received millions of dollars in tax breaks meant to go to the disadvantaged St. Louis public school system even as they have created no new jobs at their headquarters. Instead, they used their tax breaks to put in a new office gym and build out their CEOs office. When citizens in St. Louis have tried to redirect tax dollars to help create green jobs, Peabody blocked these efforts. Peabody’s “energy poverty” rhetoric is just their newest attempt to lock us...


Take Back St. Louis Statement on Governor Nixon’s Signing of SB 672

Today, Governor Nixon signed SB 672, a bill that contains Amendment 135.980. Amendment 135.980 bans the City of St. Louis from restricting through ballot initiative public financial incentives for coal mining companies for two years. In response, the Take Back St. Louis campaign put forth the following statement:

Today, as the Slay-Peabody amendment is signed into law, Mayor Francis Slay has picked his side of history -- and it’s the side of Big Coal. In the process, Mayor Slay has attempted to silence the voices of over 22,000 St. Louis residents who signed the Take Back St. Louis initiative, depriving them of a vote on stopping giving incentives to coal companies to create a green economy. Instead, Mayor Slay has made it clear that his allegiances are to Peabody, not to his constituents. Mayor Slay and Peabody lobbyists worked hand in hand, whipping votes to pass this amendment. It is clear who our Mayor works for -- and even more clear the work that we need to do to make St. Louis a city that works for everyone, not just Big Coal.

Despite...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014

Contact: Arielle Klagsbrun, arielle@organizemo.org

Take Back St. Louis Files Appeal On Permanent Injunction Ruling for Ballot Initiative

ST. LOUIS -- The Take Back St. Louis coalition filed a notice of appeal with the Eastern Missouri court of appeals yesterday challenging a judge’s granting of a permanent injunction on a municipal ballot initiative. The Take Back St. Louis initiative was removed from the April 8th ballot by the granting of a temporary restraining order. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, represented by a former Peabody lobbyist, finding that the initiative’s directives on the local allocation of tax increment financing (TIFs) conflicted with state law. The Take Back St. Louis coalition is looking to place the issue on the November ballot.


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