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Reading List for Movement Lawyering by White Allies in Black Struggles


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In the 1960s, the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee told their lawyers: “The volunteer civil rights lawyer is not a leader of the civil rights movement. We are there to help the movement with legal counsel and representation, not to tell the movement what it should do. You may, if asked, suggest what the legal consequences of a course of action might be, but you may not tell them whether or not they should embark on it. They have more experiences than you in civil rights work in the South, and they are responsible for the action programs. Even if they make mistakes, they are theirs to make; your task is to defend their every constitutional and legal right as resourcefully and as committedly as you can, even if they have made a mistake. Until the time comes when they ask us to lead the movement, do not be misled by any advantage of education, worldly experience, legal knowledge, or even common sense, into thinking that your function is to tell them what they should do. The one thing that the Negro leadership in the South is rightly disinclined to accept is white people telling them any further what to do and what not to do, even well-meaning and committed white, liberal Northerners.”

Rose Hackman, “We need co-conspirators, not allies: how white Americans can fight racism,” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/26/how-white-americans-can-fight-racism

Khury Petersen-Smith & Brian Bean, “Nothing Short of Liberation: Ally-ship isn’t enough.  To confront structural racism, we need a politics of solidarity,” https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/06/black-lives-matter-police-brutality-allies/

Endesha Juakali, “White Allies in Black Liberation,” https://billquigley.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/white-allies-endesha-jukali.pdf

Movement Lawyering Reading Guide & Social Justice Lawyering Reading List, https://billquigley.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/social-justice-lawyering-reading-list/

Ten Questions for Social Change Lawyers, https://billquigley.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ten-questions-for-social-change-lawyers.pdf

Purvi & Chuck: Community Lawyers, http://www.organizingupgrade.com/index.php/modules-menu/community-organizing/item/71-purvi-amp-chuck-community-lawyering

Reflections of Community Organizers: Lawyering for Empowerment of Community Organizations, http://www.loyno.edu/~quigley/Reflections_Community_Org_Ohio_Northern_LRev_1994.pdf

Community Lawyering – The Role of Lawyers in the Social Justice Movement, https://billquigley.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=219&action=edit&postpost=v2

Revolutionary Lawyering,  http://www.uchastings.edu/academics/faculty/facultybios/musalo/classwebsite/docs/quigley.pdf


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