On Sunday night and early Monday morning, civil unrest plagued downtown Birmingham as what began with peaceful protests turned into a series of unfortunate events.
My name is Ellise Washington and I am attorney in Birmingham, Alabama who attended the rally at Kelly Ingram Park on Sunday afternoon as my office building is located directly across the street from the park in the historic civil rights district. Upon leaving the rally and seeing the rising tensions at Linn Park on social media later that evening, I wanted to help other peaceful protesters who may have gotten caught up in the mix of the drastic change in circumstances.
The donations will be used to provide bail money and other legal support like fines, court costs, and legal fees for those who had their civil liberties deprived when they were arrested during the protests. I will also use the funds to host community events and workshops in partnership with other organizations like the Magic City Bar Association to educate others on knowing their rights and how to respond to potentially dangerous situations while protesting. I will then use any remaining funds to support other social justice initiatives in Birmingham that educate and support traditionally marginalized communities.
We will respond to those who have been arrested and will deliver funds by check, cash app, PayPal, or Venmo when we have determined the needs of each individual.
Let’s help raise funds for community members that came out to show solidarity with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and all of the victims of unjust crimes.
If you know anyone whose civil liberties were deprived and need assistance, fill this form out and a representative will contact you.
The form can be found here: https://forms.gle/BrpGGxSCN8XvpxNP8
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- Shaneeza Balgobin
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