Supporting the Black Community: Links to NGOs and Pro Bono Assistance

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5 Jun 2020

In the wake of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more Black Americans, we have compiled a list of charities that are supporting those communities and assisting the Black Lives Matter movement and lawyers offering pro bono assistance to protesters.

We will endeavour to keep this list up to date on a daily basis. Please feel free to send us names of organisations to add to the list and please share this list.

Thank you!

From the Chambers D&I Team: Dee & Luke
diversity@chambers.com

Charities and NGOs

The Bail Project

The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Since bail money comes back to us when cases close, we’re able to recycle every dollar donated at least twice per year.

Learn more and donate here.

Belly Mujinga Fund

This GoFundMe is to fund Belly’s funeral; to give her the burial she deserves, so that her loved ones and the many whose lives she touched can visit her. This fund has been set up by London Victoria staff representatives on behalf of her family.

Learn more and donate here.

Black Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Learn more and donate here.

Black Protest Legal UK

Black Protest Legal UK Is a hub of Lawyers and legal advisors providing free legal advice and representation to UK Black Lives Matter activists and protesters. There are 2 upcoming Marches in London, one on the Wednesday 3rd of June and the other on Sunday 7th of June, and various other Marches are also taking place on different dates throughout the UK. We aim to support all BLM protesters UK wide. We will also have a group of Legal Observers supporting at the Marches. We have created this fundraising to help assist with the cost of running this project.

Learn more and donate here.

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Learn more and donate here.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

A fund set up by Breonna’s family to stand up for justice by paying lawyers fees and court proceedings, as well as to support the family.

Learn more and donate here.

LGBTQ Fund

Each day, tens of thousands of LGBTQ people are held in jail or immigration detention because they cannot afford bail—for immigration status or charges like sleeping in public. With your help, the Freedom Fund posts bail to secure their release and safety. In tandem, we raise awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ over-incarceration. We strive towards a critical mass against mass detention.

Learn more and donate here.

Local Bail Funds

This is a comprehensive list of bail funds across the USA. The list was compiled and verified alongside the National Bail Fund Network. The US criminal justice system operates a commercialised system of bail, illegal almost everywhere else in the world, which charges a cash fee to release a person suspected of a crime before they go to trial. Money bail is discriminatory; the rich can afford to pay it, while the poor are imprisoned before trial, even if they are innocent. These funds are especially important in the current climate, when protesters are being arrested and held without charge.

Learn more and donate here.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund was set up by George’s brother, Philonise. This fund was established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.

Learn more and donate here.

National Bail Out

National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.

Learn more and donate here.

Reclaim The Block

Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.

Learn more and donate here.

Say Her Name Campaign

A movement that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls and femmes, and demands that their stories be integrated into calls for justice, policy responses to police violence, and media representations of police brutality

Learn more and donate here.


Firm and Lawyers Offering Pro Bono Assistance to Arrested Protesters and Black Lives Matter

Firms

Asante Legal, PLLC – Dallas, Texas
Campbell Law Group, LLC – Dallas, Texas
Corbett & Corbett LLP – Dallas, Texas
Ekeh Law Firm, PLLC – Dallas, Texas
Legal Rights Center – Minnesota
Saeed and Little LLP – Chicago, Indianopolis, Louisville
Washington Law Firm – Dallas, Texas

Individuals

Dave Hollenberg – San Francisco, California
Arthur Huggins – Daytona Beach, Florida
Durante Partride – Atlanta, Georgia
Nicole Moorman – Atlanta, Georgia
J. Edward Shipp – Buford, Georgia
Lawrence Zimmerman – Georgia
Henderson Banks – Chicago, Illinois
Javaron D. Buckley, Sr – Chicago, Illinois
Nicole Scott – Chicago, Illinois
Jessica Edwards – Boston, Massachusetts
Melissa D. Lee – Boston, Massachusetts
Gilbert Bayonne – Amityville, New York
Nicole D. Smith, Esq – Columbus, Ohio
Nick Mermiges – Columbia or Richland Country, South Carolina
Bethel Zehaie – Arlington, Texas
Jason Katims – Austin, Texas
Albert Roberts – Dallas, Texas
Alison Grinter – Dallas, Texas
Andrew W. Wilkerson – Dallas, Texas
Anthony Eiland – Dallas, Texas
Chareka Gadson – Dallas, Texas
Chris Tolbert – Dallas, Texas
Dave Olivas – Dallas, Texas
Dax Garvin – Dallas, Texas
Doyle Clayton – Dallas, Texas
Huma Yasin – Dallas, Texas
Hunter Biederman – Dallas, Texas
Jasmine Crockett – Dallas, Texas
Johnny Lanzillo IV – Dallas, Texas
Laura Andrade – Dallas, Texas
Marc Fellman – Dallas, Texas
MarQuetta Clayton – Dallas, Texas
Marwa Elbially – Dallas, Texas
Mary Panzu – Dallas, Texas
Michael Campbell Jr – Dallas, Texas
Patrick McLain – Dallas, Texas
Paul Saputo – Dallas, Texas
Seth Fuller – Dallas, Texas
Shawnika Harris – Dallas, Texas
Shehzad Shaikh – Dallas, Texas
Stephen Le Brocq – Dallas, Texas
Suzanne Stevens – Dallas, Texas
Tifanee Baker – Dallas, Texas
Tycha Kimbrough – Dallas, Texas
Flint Schneider – Denton, Texas
Eric Sundin –  Houston, Texas
Ricardo Briones Law – San Antonio, Texas