As U.S. social movements transition from defense of democracy to the battles ahead, Movement Law Lab co-authored this letter with our partners at Detroit Justice Center, the East Bay Community Law Center, and Georgetown University Law Center to spark action and offer ten tips to connect law with organizing. While this letter was drafted to the legal community, the insights on supporting social justice movements transcend sectors and apply broadly.

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Protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown. Photographer Purvi Shah (2014).

Dear Legal Community,

This summer, we saw the largest mobilization of protest in U.S. history. Across the country, communities rose up in love and rage, for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and so many other Black people killed by police. The movement is clear that reforms of recent years have done nothing to keep Black people safe. With demands to #DefundPolice and invest in needed community resources, organizers offer us a vision for true collective safety. From the summer of 2020 to the elections and beyond, there is more at stake than we could possibly list. Whether you are new to the struggle or not, we invite you to join us in opposing repression, strengthening vital movements, and advancing a society that is truly democratic, fair, and free. …


Movement Law Lab

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