In the spirit of Harriet Tubman, Color of Change is collaborating with Southerners On New Ground, Movement for Black Lives and several activist organizations to bail out unconvicted Black women across the country for National Mama’s Bail Out Day. Eighty percent of women caged behind bars are mothers who have only been accused of minor offenses but not found guilty. We have the power and resources to right this wrong. But we still need $20,000 to make sure the freed women have the media coverage and support needed when they are bailed out.
Thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime languish in jails everyday because they simply can’t afford to purchase their freedom. The criminal justice system, with the help of prosecutors, uses money bail to drive mass incarceration. Prosecutors have the option to choose alternatives to money bail, but fail to do so because they are more concerned with receiving kickbacks from the bail bond industry than working for the people who elected them.
Color of Change will be launching a campaign to demand prosecutors stop this practice of locking people up for not being able to pay. We’ve run previous campaigns where we’ve held Anita Alvarez in Chicago, Devon Anderson in Houston, TX, and Tim McGinty in Cleveland, OH accountable but this time we are going big–organizing our members in cities around the country to confront their local prosecutors. With your help, we will produce a video recap of the Mama’s Bailout effort that will tell the the real stories of people being held on money bail and inspire our communities to take action.
But even while we hold elected officials accountable, reform and abolition of the bail system isn’t coming quick enough. So we are taking Black matters into Black hands and bailing out unconvicted Black women across the country.
Black women make up 40 percent of the women that are imprisoned and more than 40% of Trans women are sexually assaulted in jail. These mamas don’t deserve this! Some of them made mistakes. Some of them got caught in the system despite their best efforts. But if they’re not charged of any crime, then they should be allowed to go home with their families.
Carmen, our people are being held hostage and cash bail is ransom. Money kept them in. Our love and resources will get them out.
This year, make your Mother’s Day gift count. Bring a mom home for Mother’s Day.
PS – Visit www.nomoremoneybail.org for more info on Mamas Bailout Day