St. Louis Legal Collective 1/25/2015 Update

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.

Court Appearances

This week, 7 protesters facing felony charges had court appearances.  Jail support volunteers continued giving protesters rides to court and accompanying them into the courtroom for support. 41 protesters facing felony charges have court appearances in the next two weeks. If you are interested in driving protesters to court or supporting them in the courtroom, please email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com .

Protesters Still in Jail

There are twelve protesters still in jail. This week, we were able to bond out two protesters who had been in jail for a month. We are continuing to work with people’s lawyers to coordinate bond reduction hearings.

Meeting for protesters who were arrested

We spent most of our energy this week planning for our February 3rd meeting for protesters who have been arrested. This meeting will focus on creating a more permanent support group for protesters facing serious felony charges and prison sentences, as well as how the legal collective and arrestees can organize together to dismantle the prison-industrial complex. We’ll be phonebanking to invite people to the meeting this Tuesday, January 27th at 6pm. If you are interested in joining us, please email fergusonjs2014@gmail.com. 

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