Lessig Meets with Activists in Ferguson to Discuss Racial Justice and Citizen Equality

For immediate release
September 2, 2015

Video Release: Footage for Media Use

Holds 1st Public Campaign Event at “Ground Zero” for #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Ferguson, MO– Exploratory Presidential Candidate Larry Lessig met with MO State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, community advocates and racial justice activists in Ferguson yesterday for a listening session on the problems that plague the area and the country.

Lessig believes that police violence, voter suppression and racial profiling of African Americans as well as other people of color are clear violations of equal citizen rights, which is the centerpiece of his possible Presidential campaign.

Footage from a press conference earlier in the day is available here for media use (password: lessig).

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal who invited Lessig said, “Why is it that some people in this community get to have everything and so many others don’t have anything whatsoever? That’s why it’s important when we can find someone who is able to put ‘black lives matter’ in the same sentence where you talk about the equality of all people, and then be able to eloquently describe the vision of what America should look like.  People deserve to listen to that person’s message.”

“It’s important to me that the very first campaign event we’ve held is in Ferguson, Missouri,” said Lessig. “Ferguson is ground zero for an idea that we as a nation have to rally to achieve, and that is the idea of equality. It shouldn’t be controversial in America that citizens are equal. Yet we have a system where there are second class citizens everywhere – we have business class citizens and the rest of us.”

The founder of Lost Voices, Cheyenne Green said, “If you’re not here in Ferguson, if you’re in DC sleeping and in New York saying you can’t do nothing about it, then you guys are a part of the problem and not the solution.  We want real change.  We need the people to come together, allies and all.  The time is now.  Be a part of the solution and not the problem.”

For more information about Lessig and his candidacy visit lessigforpresident.com.

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