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Law students to have ‘Putting our Words into Action’ online event


A Black Lives Matter event co-sponsored by the IU Maurer School of Law will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. Donations will be accepted until Sunday. Courtesy Photo

An event co-sponsored by 18 IU Maurer School of Law student groups will happen on Zoom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to fundraise and educate law students and advocates on how to put their support for the Black Lives Matter movement into action. The event is open to everyone, not just law students, according to the Facebook event.

The event, “BLM: Putting Our Words Into Action,” will begin with a keynote speaker from BLM Bloomington at 11 a.m. 

At 12:15, a panel about how to take action will featuring Jane Heneger and Jacinda Townsend. Jane Heneger is executive director of American Civil Liberties Union Indiana, former deputy mayor of Indianapolis and Maurer alumna. Jacinda Townsend is Appalachian writer in residence at Berea College, author of Saint Monkey, a historical fiction novel, and Duke University School of Law alumna.

At 2 p.m., Equinox Group fitness instructor Sean O’Donnell will lead a workout session. No equipment will be necessary.

The event also features a fundraiser for BLM Bloomington, Black Visions Collective and the Bail Project. Money can be sent through Venmo to Kacey Benegel, treasurer of the International Law Society at IU Maurer School of Law, @Bengel-Kacey, or can be donated directly to the organizations. The organizers ask that people who independently donate fill out a form so they can keep track of the group’s fundraising total.

ILS President Olivia Potter said in an email Thursday that they’ve already reached their $1,500 goal and are now aiming to raise $2,000.

Attendees can register to receive the Zoom link through this form. Donations will be accepted until Sunday.

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