Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of nearly 4,000 radical lawyers and legal workers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering. Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.
Marbre Stahly-Butts works closely with organizers and communities across the country to advance and actualize radical policy. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Movement For Black Lives Policy Table and helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform. Since graduating from Yale Law School four years Marbre has supported local and national organizations from across the country in their policy development and advocacy. She joined the Center for Popular Democracy as a Soros Justice Fellow in Fall 2013. Her Soros Justice work focused on organizing and working with families affected by aggressive policing and criminal justice policies in New York City in order to develop meaningful bottom up policy reforms. While in law school, Marbre focused on the intersection of criminal justice and civil rights and gained legal experience with the Bronx Defenders, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Prison Policy Initiative. Before law school Marbre received her Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and worked in Zimbabwe organizing communities impacted by violence and then in South Africa teaching at Nelson Mandela’s alma mater. Marbre graduated from Columbia University, with a BA in African-American History and Human Rights.
Erica Perry works at the intersection of community organizing and lawyering. She is committed to working with other organizers and lawyers to weave together our dreams and visions of black liberation to create policies and transformative actions that get us closer to a world free from oppression and anti-blackness. Erica organizes with the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and Our Grass Our Roots to build community power and a more just Memphis. While in law school, Erica taught Street Law at local high schools, externed with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, clerked for the Memphis Housing Authority, and was a student attorney in the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic. In 2012 Erica graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in political science with concentrations in public administration and philosophy. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2016.
Kimberly Gonzalez is a queer, Latinx womxn who was born and raised in Miami, FL by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico. She is committed to the self-determination of communities of color and is passionate about sharing her history and culture through food. She has spent the last six years organizing communities of color against police brutality and towards the end of mass incarceration. One of her core values is that liberation can only be won through the liberation of womxn and her work meets at the intersections of addressing patriarchy, white supremacy, and anti-capitalism. She is dedicated to continuing to fight for the liberation of all oppressed peoples and building communities reliant on radical love.
Ameca is a dedicated and entrepreneurial advocate for freedom and justice who is deeply inspired by her family and the philosophies of women like Ella Baker and bell hooks.Ameca has been working with people in Louisiana to create sustainable, thriving communities that are safe for everyone for over 10 years. She served as a Programs Officer and then Director of Economic Justice Programs at the Foundation for Louisiana for 3 years. There she oversaw the creation of a funding strategy for statewide grant-making and programs with a focus on criminal justice reform, housing, public health, arts and culture. Her work included supporting the development of numerous coalitions advocating for a vision of safety that goes beyond badges, jails, and punitive systems.
Ameca co-founded the Justice and Accountability Center in 2011 as an Echoing Green Fellow. JAC developed a mobile expungement clinic model to address and eliminate some of the collateral consequences of arrest and conviction for thousands of people across Louisiana. She earned a B.A. in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006 and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2011. In her free time Ameca loves to create costumes, craft, cook and go on long walks with her two dogs Prince and Rufus.
Daryl Atkinson, Forward Justice
Scott Roberts, Color of Change
Vince Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
Anneke Dunbar, Harvard Law School
Andrea James, Families for Justice
Alana Greer, Community Justice Project
Amna Akbar, Ohio State University
Iman Freeman, Baltimore Legal Action
Purvi Shah, Movement Law Lab
Marbre Stahly-Butts, Law for Black Lives