Protect CoMo citizens’ civil rights

$2,055 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 36 months
The Federal civil rights case Betty Wilson & Michael MacMann vs City of Columbia & Mike Matthes is scheduled to proceed to trial in October.

We are raising money to defray out-of-pocket costs for taking depositions, hiring court reporters, and related mandatory court costs. Contributions will not be used to pay our attorney fees. Plaintiffs’ attorneys Jeremy Root, Josh Oxenhandler, and Richard Reuben have taken the case pro bono and will only recover their fees if the Plaintiffs prevail. 

We brought suit after the city permitted construction of the Opus student housing development to proceed even after citizens submitted two valid, certified petitions demanding repeal of ordinances approving the project.

Over 5,000 Columbia residents signed the petitions. Many signers were concerned that the high-density housing project would overburden the aging sewer main serving downtown. Manholes along the main already often overflow, sending raw sewage into nearby creeks and onto adjacent recreational trails. When the petitions were submitted, the city itself had conceded that existing downtown infrastructure was inadequate to handle the development.

The city circumvented the first petition by approving a second ordinance identical to the first ordinance. When citizens submitted another petition to repeal the second ordinance, the city issued construction permits to Opus anyway. By its actions, the city undermined the petition process, a civil right granted to citizens by the U.S. Constitution and the city charter. The only recourse available to citizens was to challenge the City's actions through the courts. 

If the plaintiffs win, it will mean that CoMo citizens will be  granted the opportunity to bring about substantive, meaningful changes to how Columbia's city government conducts itself.

Litigation is a costly process. Please give whatever you can to help us protect the rights of Columbia’s citizens

Sincerely,
Repeal 6214 and Central Missouri Citizens Council

(Donations are being managed by Central Missouri Citizens Council, a Missouri-registered non-profit organization assisting Repeal 6214 with fundraising for this case. Contributions are not tax deductible.)
+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$2,055 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 36 months
Created July 29, 2015
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
$20
Anonymous
34 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
Anonymous
34 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
Anonymous
34 months ago (Offline Donation)
$500
Anonymous
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
$20
Anonymous
35 months ago
$100
Anonymous
35 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.