#FreeBassem: Let Ferguson Report

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Raised by 455 people in 57 months
Let's get Bassem home to his family for Thanksgiving.

Bassem Masri is one of the staunchest activists on the ground in Ferguson, MO during this trying time for our country. He has been our eyes and ears for what's really happening in the community. His courageous "citizen-journalism" has been getting more attention than the mainstream media outlets that have been portraying inaccurate and sensationalist images of events taking place.

According to protesters around him, he's been getting harassed by St. Louis police as a way to silence his powerful voice, has had his phone stolen from him as he was livestreaming Ferguson events to an audience of 90k viewers, and yesterday was held at gunpoint by undercover police and taken into custody for no clear reason.

The charge brought against him is for driving with a suspended license, though he was in the passenger seat of his friend's vehicle when he was apprehended.

We just received word that they are demanding an outrageous $15k cash-only bond to release him. If you care about the freedom and justice that these protests represent, then help us raise the funds to let him free.

I am the media relations specialist of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee based in Washington, D.C., the largest Arab civil rights organization in the country. Money raised will be going towards Arab-American activist Bassem Masri's bond. ALL funds will be used in to assist in civil rights cases. We are working directly with Bassem's attorney in St. Louis to direct funds to his case.
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On behalf of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, I'd like to thank every single person that has been involved in our collective mission to get citizen-journalist and activist Bassem Masri out of jail. Together, we got him back. He’s home.

Our goal of raising the outrageous $15,000 sum for his cash-only bond was initially perceived to be unrealistic. But, with the incredible spirit of the Ferguson community, we raised $10,000 in under 24 hours — reaching our $15,000 goal shortly the next morning. Family, we made that happen together. Thank you for bringing us to this moment.

Every dollar given to Bassem has been a statement that we will not stand for unjust institutions. Individuals both inside and outside the U.S. rallied together to make this happen — with people donating, sharing, and raising awareness about Bassem’s arrest around the world. Indeed, Ferguson is everywhere.

If the bond is returned, we will be coordinating directly with Bassem and his family regarding how we will direct the funds. To stay updated about Bassem’s case, get emails from us directly by signing up for our newsletter at adc.org.

This would not have been possible without you, and it has been my personal honor to work along your side. Thank you for allowing ADC to serve the Ferguson community in whatever modest way it could. The fight isn’t over. Until next time.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Media Relations Specialist
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UPDATE: BASSEM IS OUT! Updates coming!!!
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UPDATE: All of Bassem's paperwork has been completed! Now it's just a matter of waiting for him to be released!
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UPDATE: Bond has been posted & receipt received for Bassem's release. Now it's just a matter of waiting on the paperwork before Bassem is home. Hoping for the best, I'll be on standby with updates as they come over the next few hours. Thank you for your support.
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Raised by 455 people in 57 months
Created November 26, 2014
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Keep up the great journalism!

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