Pamela Meanes is the president of the National Bar Association and a partner at Thompson Coburn, St. Louis’s largest law firm. In that capacity, she’s issued a call to action after the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The NBA intends to wage a “war on police brutality” by, among other tactics, demanding a DOJ indictment of Wilson, enacting new state laws mandating independent investigations and “diversity training,” a national economic boycott and – here’s the real kicker – staying off of social media. Distinguished barrister and TTAG reader Dirk Diggler is on Meanes’s distribution list and forwarded her email blast. . .
Subject: *** NEWS RELEASE *** The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”
The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”
In Wake of the Michael Brown Verdict, Yesterday’s 12:30 a.m. Call to Action Conference Call Brought Members and Community Advocates Together to Begin Our Journey To Justice
WASHINGTON, DC — In the aftermath of the verdict by the St. Louis County Grand Jury, the National Bar Association is still questioning how Darren Wilson, a Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was not indicted and tried for the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Accordingly, this Association is deeply concerned whether under the current legal standard a victim of excessive and/or deadly force by the hands of a police officer in America can receive fair and equal justice.
During yesterday morning’s national, “War On Police Brutality” conference call held at 12:30 a.m., “REAL SOLUTIONS TO AMERICAN’S EPIDEMIC”, were provided by the National Bar Association President, Pamela J. Meanes along with members of the National Bar Association; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Founder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author; Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.
THE PLAN: JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN
1. Demand the United States Department of Justice Indict Darren Wilson
How to Implement: Submit your demand by contacting the US Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Submit demands to: [email protected]
2. The National Bar Association filed an action seeking to revoke Wilson’s license to be a police officer.
How to Implement: Click here to sign our petition.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA BLACKOUT
We are asking everyone not to use Twitter or Facebook as follows:
- Tuesday, November 25 – Tuesday, December 2, 2014
- From 8:09 pm until 12:39 am for a week. (The month and date of Michael Brown’s death and four hours his body laid in the street)
- During this time, be sure and post the above image. Click here to download.
2. NATIONAL ECONOMIC BOYCOTT WITH LOCAL IMPACT
As the National Bar Association studies the impact of an economic boycott on police brutality, we wanted to make all aware of several individuals/organizations who have called for an economic boycott:
Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Founder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference
- To join the National Boycott, contact: [email protected]
Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author, Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.
- To join the Targeted Cities* With Local Impact, contact: [email protected]
Five cities that are being targeted include*:
Lottery, Macy’s, Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond
Lottery, Macy’s Best Buy, Target
Lottery, Galleria Mall (Designate Mall as of limits for shopping
- Los Angles
Lottery,(To be determined in consultation)
- New York
Lottery, (Macy’s Target)
1.Demanding the Implementation of New State and Local Laws
How to Implement: Require your councilperson and state legislators to implement the following laws:
LOCAL LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Visit your City Hall to locate the following:
- Contact information for all council members.
- The expiration date of council members terms.
- Scheduled council meetings and citizens should attend and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.
- Local attorneys (at least two) are asked to attend each council meeting.
- Demand higher standards for individuals to Become Police Officers (local & state)
STATE LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Check your State Legislature website for the following:
- State Senate and Congressional representative’s contact information.
- The expiration date of the legislative member’s term.
- Legislature sessions.
- Write letters, attend congressional sessions and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.
STATE AND LOCAL LAW: Mandating Diversity Training
- Require a standard training program for police officers in every state.
Participate in the National Police Brutality Day On The Hill:
- Friday, November 28, 2014 and Friday, December 5, 2014
- Show up on the steps of your state legislative and/or your local municipal building and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.
More information: [email protected]
2. DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION BEFORE DEMOCRATS LEAVE SENATE
- Congress Pass laws related to:
- Body Video Cameras
- Use of Force
- Elevation of Force
- Permanent Suspension
- Felony Police Brutality
- End the “School to Prison Pipeline
- Contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and demand that he allow Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality.
- Contact Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and demand the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5431
Committee Office: (202) 225-3951
The Honorable John Conyers (D-MI)
House Judiciary Committee
2142 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5126
Committee Office: (202) 225-6906
The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Senate Judiciary Committee
244 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4502
Personal Office: (202) 224-4242
Committee Office: (202) 224-7703