Fundraising, Lawyers and More

What an amazing couple of weeks it’s been. We passed out $10,000 crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo on June 17th – a whole two weeks before our deadline. And last week Ken and I met with our lawyers for the first time to begin the serious trial preparation.

We are so grateful to the 131 people who have thus far contributed to our legal defense fund. This money will enable our team to pay the expenses for our expert witnesses, and make sure that our organizers have the resources necessary to make the trial on September 8th and 9th a serious, colorful and joyous celebration that effectively communicates our message and the message of the climate movement. Thank you to all who have shared our story, passed the link on to your friends and contributed money. We were supported mainly by lots of small contributions (an average of $78), so every little bit helped. THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this campaign a success.

Also, last Tuesday, Ken and I met with our two lawyers for the first time to begin to flesh out our legal strategy going into the trial. One of the biggest pieces of information is that we are certain at this point that the trial will last two days (the 8th and 9th of September). We also talked about honing our list of witnesses, the order of the legal proceedings for the day, and likely consequences. Our criminal attorney let us know that we were potentially facing more jail time than we had thought – just one of our charges (disturbing the peace) carries the potential maximum of 6th months in prison. And that the sentences for other three charges can be added on top of this.

But we aren’t daunted! Our trial organizing team is meeting again this coming Tuesday in Cambridge, and we’ll be making sure that our plans for outreach, media and arts and culture for the event itself are all lined up.

Again, from the bottom of our hearts – thank you all who have helped us get this far.