Recent Updates

In 2015, we’ll be sending out weekly updates about the work we’re doing. The St. Louis Legal Collective formed spontaneously in response to the Mike Brown protests to provide accessible, democratic and accountable legal support to people fighting for social justice in St. Louis City and County. We currently have 15 core collective members and work with over 100 other movement volunteers. We are regular people (not lawyers) who refuse to allow the legal system to separate and silence us. To get involved email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com.

As mass arrests have decreased the focus of our work has shifted from primarily providing protest support (24/7 hotline, tracking people through the system, dispatching lawyers for jail visits, coordinating with arrestees friends and family, posting bail, dealing with warrants, giving rides home from jail, etc.) to helping people fight their court cases. We’ve scaled back the jail support hotline hours to Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 1pm - is this correct. However if you’re planning an action and you’d like to arrange jail support we’re still here for you!  If possible please give us at least two days notice and email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com or call the jail support hotline (314-862-2249) during our regular hours.


In 2015, we’ll be sending out weekly updates about the work we’re doing. The St. Louis Legal Collective formed spontaneously in response to the Mike Brown protests to provide accessible, democratic and accountable legal support to people fighting for social justice in St. Louis City and County. We currently have 15 core collective members and work with over 100 other movement volunteers. We are regular people (not lawyers) who refuse to allow the legal system to separate and silence us. To get involved email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com.

As mass arrests have decreased the focus of our work has shifted from primarily providing protest support (24/7 hotline, tracking people through the system, dispatching lawyers for jail visits, coordinating with arrestees friends and family, posting bail, dealing with warrants, giving rides home from jail, etc.) to helping people fight their court cases. We’ve scaled back the jail support hotline hours to Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 1pm - is this correct. However if you’re planning an action and you’d like to arrange jail support we’re still here for you!  If possible please give us at least two days notice and email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com or call the jail support hotline...


In 2015, we’ll be sending out weekly updates about the work we’re doing. Check out our first one! The St. Louis Legal Collective formed spontaneously in response to the Mike Brown protests to provide accessible, democratic and accountable legal support to people fighting for social justice in St. Louis City and County. We currently have 15 core collective members and work with over 100 other movement volunteers. We are regular people (not lawyers) who refuse to allow the legal system to separate and silence us. To get involved email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com.

As mass arrests have decreased the focus of our work has shifted from primarily providing protest support (24/7 hotline, tracking people through the system, dispatching lawyers for jail visits, coordinating with arrestees friends and family, posting bail, dealing with warrants, giving rides home from jail, etc.) to helping people fight their court cases. We’ve scaled back the jail support hotline hours to Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 1pm - is this correct. However if you’re planning an action and you’d like to arrange jail support we’re still here for you!  If possible please give us at least two days notice and email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com...


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Contact:  
Sarah Coffey
313-575-2332  
coffey529@gmail.com   

Kris Hermes            
510-681-6361
krishermes@earthlink.net

    
    

End-of-Year Round-up for Ferguson Protests: More than 600 Arrests, 
At Least 18 Still in Jail with Serious Charges
Community Groups Call for Amnesty


St. Louis, MO – As the year draws to a close, those providing legal support to people arrested in Ferguson and St. Louis City and County have taken toll of the official reaction to protests which have continued on an almost daily basis since the August 9th killing of Mike Brown. Over 600 people have been arrested, mostly on municipal charges, but 70 people are facing felony charges. St. Louis Artist and Activist Damon Davis said, “Protest and dissent are the most natural and necessary part of democracy. When people expressing their disdain with a power structure can be easily silenced by imprisonment, true democracy can be snuffed out in an instant. The jail support system gave people confidence in their ability to express contempt for the system without fear of being silenced in jail cells permanently. That confidence spread throughout the world and is a pivotal part of our protest infrastructure.”


Since we started jail support the week after Mike Brown was murdered, our goal has been to create an effective and trustworthy support structure that emboldens St. Louisans to be in the streets to demand justice. We believe jail support is one small part of building a movement powerful enough to create a world in which Black Lives Matter. We also firmly believe that an action, march, or rally isn’t really over until everyone is out of jail.


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