We need your help: More than 75 individuals are facing unjust criminal charges in Akron since July 3rd. Some of those arrested were engaged in peaceful protest, and others were bystanders — arrested on their way home or to work during the mayor's sudden and unwarranted curfew. The police and the city are trying to stifle dissent and ruin these folks' financial livelihood.
"Protesters did not shoot one of our neighbors 40 times. Protesters have not been stalking community members. Protesters have not been detaining and beating people. The Akron Police Department has. But somehow, we are the ones facing charges."
— Natalia Wyrd, a defendant and volunteer in the Akron Bail Fund.
The Summit Legal Defenders — who are leading the defense of protesters and bystanders — have filed motions to dismiss all charges. Now, the judges will decide whether to dismiss charges or to take cases to trial.
You can offer support by showing up in-person to our press conference (9/22 11 a.m. @ First Congregational of Akron), watching the livestream on our Instagram, emailing the Akron City Prosecutor’s office (we have a pre-filled letter you can send quickly), calling them at (330) 375-2730, sharing and supporting these demands, or by speaking at City Council meetings, which take place every Monday at 7 p.m.
For more information on these and other actions or to donate to the bail fund, visit the Akron Bail Fund action hub.