Seminarian Legal Defense Fund

$10,462 of $75k goal

Raised by 84 people in 26 months
Gini Courter   BERKELEY, CA

Concerned faculty and friends of the Starr King School for the Ministry have set up a legal defense fund to be made available to SKSM students who desire legal representation as they respond to challenges against them by the school.  Funds will be paid out directly to attorneys for legal fees rather than being released to students.
 
The  initial $3,000 goal was a starter goal and the community fully funded this amount within 24 hours. We are now raising additional funds. I have been encouraged by attorneys working with our seminarians (and others who are not, but are just wise people) to increase the goal to $10,000. Please donate generously. 

CHANGE: Any funds remaining after legal fees are paid will be given to the SKSM Student Body government to establish a fund for SKSM students in crisis. First, however, each donor will be contacted to see if they would prefer to have their contribution (or remaining portion thereof) returned to them.  

This fund is held independently under the management of former UUA Moderator Gini Courter. Donations are not tax deductible. If you are a student wanting to request help with legal fees please message Gini via GoFundMe.

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Update 4
18 months ago
Please do not make donations here. Donate on the UUSCM's Student Legal Fund page. http://www.uuscm.org/SKSM-Student-Legal-Defense-Fund
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Update 3
18 months ago
The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries is now managing the Seminarian Legal Defense Fund. Please contribute here: http://www.uuscm.org/SKSM-Student-Legal-Defense-Fund
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Update 2
26 months ago
For more information on the reason for this fundraising effort, please see yesterday's article in the UU World online: http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/295665.shtml

Thank you to all those who have contributed publicly or anonymously. If you are public, consider posting a link to the UU World article and asking others to contribute.
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Update 1
26 months ago
Thanks to your generous contributions the initial fundraising for the Seminarian Defense Fund was successful within one day! The initial $3,000 goal was for retainers only. We are now raising funds for legal work beyond the retainers, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to donate generously.

Any funds remaining after legal fees are paid will be given to the SKSM Student Body government to establish a fund for SKSM students in crisis.
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$10,462 of $75k goal

Raised by 84 people in 26 months
Created May 28, 2014
JS
$50
Joyce and Mike Simowski
18 months ago
RK
$112
Reverend Eric Kaminetzky
18 months ago
$100
Anonymous
20 months ago
SM
$120
Steve Marston
20 months ago

UU seminaries should go out of business and their funding given to accredited seminaries (or used to endow UU chairs at those institutions). I am deeply proud to be a UU, but deeply ashamed of the way Starr King has handled this matter. It should change its name to Star Chamber School for the Ministry.

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RK
$100
Robert Kaeser
20 months ago

In a world so filled with injustice, mass killings, forced starvation, etc., this petty and vindictive punishment stands against what UU's are about ... and what SK should be teaching. I believe this action is likely much more damaging to the UU movement than any leaked documents.

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MF
$5
Matthew Frisk
20 months ago

All blessings and love to for your courage. It's hardest to speak out against ourselves when the injustice comes from within.

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CA
$50
Carol Agate
20 months ago
$25
Anonymous
20 months ago
KM
$75
Kristin Maier
20 months ago
BC
$100
Betty Carrie
20 months ago

Continue to stand strong!

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