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14 August 2014 @ 09:22 am
more on Ferguson  
The Ferguson situation remains horrible, with the police escalating tensions and violence at every opportunity.

Here are some places to send money:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri: http://www.aclu-mo.org/. Also check out their letter to the Ferguson police regarding the police departments's "requests" regarding assembly yesterday: http://www.aclu-mo.org/download_file/1258

Anti-State STL is a St. Louis news clearinghouse that has set up a fund for bail and legal defense of the dozens of people who have been arrested in the course of the vigils that have turned violent each night. As of now, the only link to pay is via PayPal, which I'm extremely leery of because of their history seizing funds for causes/uses they don't approve of, so I'm holding off until there's a way to donate through Dwolla, WePay, or directly by sending a check. Something tells me there will be an extended need. If you're comfortable sending money via PayPal, the link can be found on this page: http://antistatestl.noblogs.org/post/2014/08/11/bail-and-legal-fund-for-those-arrested-during-ferguson-anti-police-demonstrations/

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has been a steady presence at the vigils and has provided a constant stream of photos and vines from on site, and who was arrested last night for unlawful assembly (?????) also founded an education-focused nonprofit in St. Louis -- The North Campus http://www.thenorthcampus.org

I will share additional opportunities to support the community in Ferguson as they come across my screen, and in particular, when there's a way to donate to the bail/defense funds through other means than PayPal.
I'm feeling: dumbfounded
goslinggosling on August 14th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this.
Beowabbitbeowabbit on August 14th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Will check out these links and donate when I get home tonight.
Doug Orleans: DOUGdougo on August 21st, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I work for PayPal, but I don't speak for PayPal (and I don't work anywhere near the departments in charge of account security etc). However, my impression is that PayPal as a company has put a lot of effort over the last couple years into addressing issues with inappropriately freezing accounts and reducing the onerous red tape to get them unfrozen. I think they have not done a great job at publicizing these changes (and I don't have hard evidence at hand to point to improvements) but if your opinion of PayPal is based on events from before 2012, things may have changed for the better since then.