Helen Keller, one of the ACLU’s founders, said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
I know this to be true and I credit much of the success of the ACLU of Missouri to our volunteers.
We deeply appreciate all of the support we get from volunteers, from spreading the word through social media or letters to legislators, to tabling at community events, to serving on the ACLU board of trustees, and everything in between. Volunteers are an integral part in our fight for civil liberties.
St. Louis County is marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown by charging hundreds of people arrested by the St. Louis County Police in protest actions that occurred since August of 2014. The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges.
Nonetheless, the newly-appointed County Counselor has stepped in to file ordinance violations. This is the same entity that currently defends St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar against numerous civil rights lawsuits stemming from these protests.