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LAW FOR BLACK LIVES

Law For Black Lives  is a national  network of radical lawyers, law students, and legal workers of color committed to building the power of the Black Lives Matter movement. Formed out of the uprisings in Ferguson & Baltimore, we use the law to embolden, defend and protect the growing movement for Black liberation.  L4BL started in 2015, as a 2-day convening organized by Center for Constitutional Rights along with a steering committee of visionary legal thinkers. The success of the convening made it clear that the time is now to build a legal arm for the movement for Black lives. 

 
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Join us for our Washington D.C. Listening Tour! 

Law for Black Lives will be in Washington D.C. Thursday, June 21st through Saturday, June 23rd for the fourth stop on our Listening Tour. We are excited to be working with Law for Black Lives D.C., BYP100 D.C., and Bread for the City to provide opportunities for lawyers, organizers, and legal workers to connect and build a deeper understanding of how to use the law to support local organizing.

On Thursday, June 21st, we will be hosting a Black only networking space that will include a panel titled “Movement Lawyering in Action.” We will discuss the challenges of legal representation for and within grassroots movements, anti-blackness within the legal profession, and the future of movement lawyering. 

 

Come kick it with the Law for Black Lives crew, L4BL D.C., BYP100 and Bread for the City on Friday, June 22nd, at 8:30. We will be hosting a karaoke night at the Meeting Place! We rarely get a chance to meet up with like-minded folks and would love to meet you all in person. Grab a mic or drink and hang with us for a few.

 

 

On Saturday, June 23rd, join us for our half day Movement Lawyering Convening. The Convening will feature workshops that explore how organizers and lawyers can collaborate to end the criminalization and incarceration of Black bodies. The first workshop “Beyond Bail: Decriminalizing Blackness” will look at ongoing fights to end money bail as the beginning of our struggle to end mass criminalization and change social and cultural narratives. In the second workshop, “A World Without Cages: Prison Abolition Visioning Exercise with Intelligent Mischief,” participants will have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles and utilize innovative tools that help us transform our assumptions about what is possible. By engaging the Black radical imagination, we will begin to deconstruct the law and legal structures and become more aligned with organizers who challenge systemic and institutional racism every day.