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November 11, 2014; BMAFunders.org

Led by the Deaconess Foundation of Missouri, members and allies of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Men and Boys of Color released a statement on Monday asking for an observance of civil liberties in response to any demonstrations that may occur after the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting. The statement is addressed to local, state, and federal officials.

It reads, in part, that no one wants to see any escalation, and in light of that, “We must create conditions where people can assemble, as is their right, in a manner that is civil and peaceful for all involved, including residents and officers entrusted with maintaining safety.”

The signers described the Alliance as “a growing network comprised of the presidents and CEOs of national, regional and community foundations th