Shannon Erwin J.D. ’10 – The Muslim Justice League- Boston, MA
The Muslim Justice League, a partnership of lawyers and scholars professionally shaped during the ongoing “War on Terror,” was formed in response to the discrimination, scrutiny and coercion Muslim communities were facing under national security pretexts. MJL will work to empower Greater Boston communities with tools to end policies and practices that marginalize Muslims and suppress dissent through targeted legal advocacy, community education and mobilization. To this end, MJL will engage in pro bono consultation and representation for persons approached by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
MJL will also lead community education efforts including Know Your Rights trainings; engage in legal and policy advocacy against policies that target Muslims under national security pretext and coordinate local communities to guide and sustain grassroots advocacy.
Alana Greer J.D. ’11 – Community Justice Project- Miami, FL
The Community Justice Project, a movement lawyering project that was established as a part of Florida Legal Services, provides legal support and tools to a movement for racial and economic justice led by youth of color. Concentrating their efforts in South Florida, CJP co-founders Alana Greer ’11, Human Rights attorney Meena Jagannath, and attorney Charles Elsesser will support grassroots campaigns led by the Dream Defenders and Power U Center for Social Change, among others, to transform the relationships between police and communities, and envision innovative, new approaches to community safety. Alana has has also been recently awarded a 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship for her work with CJP.
CJP will use a variety of tactics including litigation, policy advocacy, and human rights forums to amplify grassroots organizing on these issues. In recent months, they have also supported the growth of a local movement lawyering infrastructure in Ferguson, Miss., as founding members of the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee, and helped lead a delegation that included Michael Brown’s parents and movement leaders from Ferguson to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. The Community Justice Project will continue to work with allies in Florida and beyond so that the voices of those most impacted by systemic and institutional racism are heard and their vision for a more just world becomes a reality.