Brooklyn native, artist, activist and Hip Hop luminary, Talib Kweli organized the Action Support Committee and launched the Ferguson Defense Fund back in October 2014. The fund was established to support Ferguson activists who had been protesting for over 60 days in the face local and state police. The original goal of the IndieGogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-defense-fund was to raise $25,000 but instead to date has raised over $112,000!
In a press release Kweli said “These are young men and women who have put their lives on hold to stand up for all of our freedoms. “The overly militarized police force in Ferguson has attempted to criminalize them by harassing and throwing them in jail for exercising their right to peaceful protest. We hope these funds help to empower.”
The funds raised are to be released in the form of grants in various forms which include and disperse funds to:
– A Revolutionary Reading Program,
– Tech Impact Initiative
– THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
The full press release can be viewed on Talib’s Tumblr. http://talibkweli.tumblr.com/post/110837156912/action-support-committee-press-release-re
Hip Hop Gives Back salutes Talib Kweli and the entire Action Support Committee for coming together and taking the lead on organizing and assisting the Ferguson protestors on the front line.
ABOUT THE ACTION SUPPORT COMMITTEE
The Action Support Committee (ASC) is a committee of activists, organizers and artists established by musician Talib Kweli. ASC is committed to supporting the ongoing social justice work of individuals and community organizations based in Ferguson, Missouri and at large.