The Action Support Committee, an organization of 13 activists, artists, and musicians that helps to oversee the Ferguson Defense Fund, announced that it will distribute over $100,000 to community programs in Ferguson, MO.
The Ferguson Defense Fund began in the months following the murder of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson, started by musician Talib Kweli, his label manager Donna Dragotta, and publicist Autumn Marie in order to support protesters who faced aggression and arrest from the Ferguson PD. The fund was a successful Indiegogo campaign that went on to raise $112,052 before Indiegogo’s 7% fee.
Kweli then created the Action Support Committee to oversee the distribution of funds, bringing together 13 “artists, organizers and activists” to help empower the Ferguson community and further the mission of social justice. Six months following Michael Brown’s murder, 7 programs will become beneficiaries of the first round of funding beginning tomorrow.
Read on for details about the multiple organizations and programs that will blossom and help to bring Ferguson closer together.