A barbeque and fund-raising auction is being organized by supporters of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.
The event, which will be held in Manitowoc on June 11, comes as part of a “worldwide protest” for the exoneration of the convicted men.
According to the GoFundMe page, the group has been able to gather $195 as part of the effort.
Avery spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before DNA evidence proved that he had not committed the crime. Released in 2003, he was arrested two years later for the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.
Megan Prather, organizer of the event, emphasized that the success of the protests is “100% dependent on your contribution.” The demonstrations are held to spread awareness about the injustice that Avery and Dassey have been subjected to, the group said. The event as part of the protests will include “a special guest, bbq, silent auction, and much more.”
“We all watched the Making a Murderer Documentary on Netflix this winter and we were outraged. Just like many of you I found myself captivated and began tirelessly looking for ways to help,” Prather said. As reported by the Morning Ledger, she also said she was part of the first protests in January 2016.
The page also features a mailing address where one can send items for the silent auction, as reported by Green Bay Press Gazette.
As part of the demonstrations, some have also attempted to ask President Barack Obama to exonerate the two convicts. However, the White House responded to these requests by saying that the president has no authority over the matter, as the two are state prisoners. A statement issued regarding the same said, “A pardon in this case would need to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities.”
Meanwhile, the docuseries Making a Murderer earned the 2016 Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association. The makers of the series Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi will be honored with the award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on July 12.